20 Clever Bedroom Storage Ideas to Save Space
Written by: Instrument furniture
Date: Jun 22, 2021 Updated: Dec 17, 2021
Designing and arranging a bedroom with the best bedroom storage ideas can be tricky. The good news is that no matter how small or large your room is, there are solutions that can be incorporated without taking up too much space. From floor-to-ceiling wardrobes with nifty compartments to beds built with storage functionality, packing away clutter takes just a little innovative thinking. Here are our 20 best bedroom storage solutions:
1. Under the Bed Storage
Under-the-bed storage is a very simple solution to your storage issues and is super handy when space is limited, or for rooms with no closets. All you need to do is purchase a bed frame that raises your mattress off the ground. You can then slide your belongings beneath the mattress and frame. Some bed frames have been very cleverly designed to include pull-out storage compartments, making them a practical and stylish investment.
Under-the-bed storage is perfect for packing away seasonal clothing and for storing extra pillows, linen, and bulky blankets.
2. Save Space with an All-In-One Closet System
Most all-in-one closets feature a hanging rack, shelving units for hats and shoes, etc. as well as drawers for foldable clothing and accessories.
3. Corner Clothes Rack Idea
The best thing about a corner clothes rack (apart from it saving space), is that your clothes and accessories will be on display all the time. This means that you will quickly learn which items you love and want to keep, and which ones you want to donate.
Corner bedroom clothes rack ideas come in all shapes and sizes and are even easy enough to fabricate on your own.
4. Build Bedroom Storage into Your Side Table
A list of clever bedroom storage ideas would not be complete without including the bedside table, which often doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves.
To increase your bedroom storage options, find a bedside table that includes cupboards, drawers, or shelves. A smaller storage unit like this is ideal for hiding away odds and ends such as phone chargers, watches, glasses, books, and any medication that you may need quick access to.
Suggestion: If you are really pressed for space, you can replace your bedside table with a slightly larger single chest of drawers. Just don’t choose a unit that’s too tall, or you won’t be able to reach your belongings whilst in bed.
5. Use a Desk as a Nightstand
This bedroom space-saving idea is perfect if you have a small bedroom but desperately need a desk to get your work done. Instead of investing in two separate pieces of furniture, simply use a desk as a nightstand.
*See point number 6 for an alternative desk storage solution.
6. Install a Fold-Down Desk
A fold-down (or fold-out) desk is one of those timeless tiny room storage ideas that give a small space huge potential.
A fold-down desk can be kept tucked up against a wall when it’s not needed and is a great solution if your small bedroom needs to double as an office.
7. Extend Wardrobes with an End Shelf
If you have enough space next to your wardrobe, why don’t you extend its appearance and functionality with the addition of a shelf? We love the slim design of the Dixon Shelf. Depending on how much space you have; you can place two or even three shelves alongside each other. Use the shelves to organise books or place bits and bobs in baskets that fit into the compartments to avoid exposing clutter.
8. Use Your Wardrobe Doors to Organise Shoes
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If you like to keep your shoes in pristine condition but don’t have enough shelving space to give them room to breathe, why not mount them to the inner panel of your wardrobe door?
Use pegs, rails, shelves, or hanging bags to keep your shoes organised and preserved.
9. Make the Most of Wall Space Around the Bed
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Adding custom-built shelving to the area behind and around your bed is a brilliant way to provide a bedroom with compact storage solutions. If you look at the image above, the bed tucks itself neatly into the shelving unit, which doubles up as a headboard.
Idea: if you’re set on having the traditional addition of artwork above your bed, remove the overhead shelves and mount a picture directly onto the panelling. The effect is both original and practical.
10. Ditch Your Laundry Hamper
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Create extra floor space by replacing your laundry hamper with a laundry bag that hangs on the inside or outside of your wardrobe door. These bags also come in handy for storing stuffed animals in kids’ rooms - or nappies in a nursery.
11. Mount a Peg Organiser to Your Wall
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Peg organisers are super versatile and can be used to organise almost anything! They can also be used to add creativity to a room and can easily become a focal point.
Use them to store your jewellery, add shelves for make-up, hang your caps, bags – you name it! They are an ideal cheap room storage solution.
12. Store a Bed Under Your Bed
This hack is ideal for tiny rooms. If you need to accommodate guests but don’t have the space for double mattresses or twin beds, why not invest in a trundle bed? The invention is genius! The design by Instrument Furniture, as seen above, can also be used as a sofa, making it highly functional and ultimately stylish.
13. Add Hooks to The Back of Your Wardrobe Door
This is probably one of the cheapest bedroom storage ideas out there.
Fix self-adhesive hooks to the inner panel of your wardrobe doors and use them to hang accessories, shoes, bags, and ties.
14. Consider a Murphy Bed
A Murphy bed can fold into the wall to provide more floor space. While you may not be able to flop onto your bed the minute you come home, this type of bed can be the best space-saving solution for tiny bedrooms.
15. Add a Storage-inspired Ottoman to the End of Your Bed
If your room is medium-large in size, you can add the luxury of an Ottoman to the end of your bed. More than just a comfy seat, some Ottomans also feature storage compartments. You can look for a design where the top can be removed like a lid or opened like a door. There are also more original designs that include drawers so that you can organise your belongings and possibly eliminate the need for a chest of drawers.
16. Turn a Ladder into A Clothes Rail
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No closet in your tiny room? No problem!
Simply zhoosh up an old ladder, hang it from your ceiling, and convert it into a clothes rail.
This is another cheap clothes storage idea that will save you tons of floor space while making your room look unique.
17. Ladders for the Win
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This is another way a ladder can be put to good use for tiny room storage. If you’re an avid reader, convert an old ladder into a bookshelf by mounting it so that it’s flush with your wall.
18. Under-floor Storage
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This concept will only work if you have raised flooring, if you don’t, it’s something you could look into investing in. Under-floor storage compartments can be designed to be discrete, so the uninformed won’t even know that they’re walking over your belongings. In the past, people have used hidden compartments to store letters, photos, and important and confidential documents.
19. Install floor to ceiling wardrobes
Eliminate empty spaces found above wardrobes by choosing floor-to-ceiling designs. These units can be built-in, or they can be purchased as free-standing hinged wardrobes. This storage solution is well-suited to those who don’t like the idea of storing belongings on top of a wardrobe in plain sight.
20. Jeans Storage Idea
If folding your jeans is taking up too much shelf space, use one of our clothes rack storage ideas to hang your jeans instead of packing them on top of each other.
Use hangers with clips to maximise the space in your wardrobe.
Why is bedroom storage important?
Decluttering and organising “life” have become integral parts of creating a home. As we find ourselves busier than ever, we have recognised the need to keep our private spaces open, airy, and uncluttered so that we can unwind and find the clarity we need to embrace each day and wrap it in the best decisions.
With the right type of storage solutions at our disposal, we can combine convenience with style as we organise and preserve our belongings and keep them nearby for when we need them.