In a small bedroom, effective use of space can be the difference between clutter and comfort. By using storage intelligently, it’s refreshingly simple to make even a small, cosy bedroom feel far more spacious and comfortable than it really is.
There are several keys to making the most of your storage space in a small bedroom, from storing objects vertically to making use of hidden storage spaces under the bed or beneath other items.
In this post, we’ll share 10 easy ways that you can save space, save time and simplify your life using bedroom storage. If you’ve moved into a cosy apartment or just need to free up space at home, read on to learn how to make the most of your bedroom.
STORE ITEMS UNDERNEATH YOUR BED, BEDSIDE TABLES AND DESK
Most bedrooms have huge amounts of wasted space that goes completely unseen by their inhabitants. The space underneath your bed and below your bedside or desk is perfect for storing linens, folded clothes and other bulky items.
Instead of letting this space go to waste, purchase a few plastic clothing containers and keep them beneath your bed. Most bedframes have at least six inches of ground clearance, which is more than enough for storing winter blankets or bulky coats.
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HANG SHELVES HIGH UP ON THE WALLS FOR FUNCTIONAL STORAGE SPACE
Effective use of shelving is one of the best ways to create additional storage space in your bedroom without compromising comfort. Install shelves high up on your walls – preferably high enough that you need to reach to use them – for functional storage.
The great thing about high shelving is that it provides useful storage without ever getting in the way. Since it’s higher than your head, there’s no chance of bumping into it or needing to move furniture due to shelving.
CHOOSE MULTIFUNCTIONAL FURNITURE THAT DOUBLES AS SOMETHING ELSE
How many uses does your bedroom furniture have? The key to furnishing a compact bedroom is using furniture that serves more than one purpose, like a small desk that can double as a useful bedside table.
Desks that double as tables, large shelves that double as simple desks and functional closets that double as bookshelves all provide useful storage while freeing up space in your bedroom.
MAKE USE OF THE EMPTY, OFTEN UNUSED SPACE ABOVE YOUR BED
The space under your bed is great for storing coats, linens and other thick and bulky items. The space above your bed is even more useful as a place to install shelves and cupboards.
Since the space above your bed – particularly along the wall next to your bed, if it’s installed up against a wall – is never used, it’s a great place to install shelves, small cupboards and other useful storage furniture.
AVOID USING BULKY CURTAINS, WHICH TAKE UP UNNECESSARY SPACE
Curtains may not seem like items that can dominate your room, but they can often take up far more space than you’d expect. Since you need space to draw and close the curtains, choosing bulky curtains can cost you valuable living space.
Instead of choosing bulky curtains which take up three to four inches of space from the window itself, stick with light curtains that you can easily pull back into an inch or two of free space.
USE A DIVIDER TO SPLIT YOUR ROOM IN TWO AND CREATE AN EXTRA WALL
Dividers are great for small, cosy bedrooms. Not only do they split your room into two different sections – they also give you an extra wall that you can install tables, desks and other useful furniture against.
Try installing a divider to split your room into two zones: a sleeping area, which is home to your bed and bedside tables, and a working area that contains your desk and bookshelves. This solution is perfect if you often work at your bedroom desk.
USE SHELVING FOR MORE THAN JUST BOOKS AND PERSONAL ACCESSORIES
Most people use shelves to store books, DVDs and accessories – small items that just don’t fit in elsewhere. But shelving is actually useful for a massive range of different items, from folded t-shirts to shoes, bags and more.
Use your shelving for more than just books and DVDs. By installing hooks on each of your bedroom shelves, you can hang bags, shoes, belts and other accessories to free up space in your closet.
STORE SHOES, BELTS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES ON THE BACK OF YOUR CLOSET DOOR
The back of your closet door is prime storage real estate – real estate that is far too often completely unused. If your closet is bursting at the seams, buy a door storage organiser and store your shoes, belts and other accessories on the back of the door.
Door organisers can also be attached to your bedroom door, giving you a great place to store frequently worn accessories and items. In a small bedroom, every space has serious value – even the space on the back of your bedroom or closet door.
VACUUM PACK WINTER CLOTHES IN SUMMER, AND SUMMER CLOTHES IN WINTER
Bulky coats and jackets can take up lots of space in your closet. One of the best ways to make the most of your bedroom’s storage space is to vacuum pack large items to keep them out of the way until they’re needed.
Seasonal items like winter coats or summer bathing suits take up space without any purpose in the wrong season. Vacuum pack them to store underneath your bed and save valuable closet space that you can use for more weather appropriate items.
KEEP COATS, SHOES AND OTHER ITEMS OF CLOTHING IN THE HALLWAY
Do you keep your shoes inside your bedroom? Many people store their shoes inside their closets, freeing up floor space in their bedroom at the expense of useful closet space that’s better suited to clothing or accessories.
Keep a coatrack in your hallway or living room and use it to store winter coats and other bulky items that don’t belong in your bedroom. Likewise, a shoe rack can help free up space in your bedroom by making it easy to keep shoes near the front door.
HOW EFFICIENTLY DOES YOUR BEDROOM USE SPACE?
When you’re furnishing a small bedroom, it’s important not to be wasteful. Every inch of space counts, and seemingly small changes can result in a surprisingly big amount of extra storage space.
How efficiently does your bedroom use space? If your bedroom doesn’t use space efficiently, try some of the 10 tips listed above to reclaim storage space and make your small bedroom more comfortable to live in. Browse our bedroom collections for a multitude of styles and storage solutions.