September 9, 2021

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The 5 best bedroom storage ideas

Keeping our bedrooms tidy is an ongoing campaign waged daily. One of the ways to make that task easier is to have lots of bedroom storage. 

With all the clothes, shoes, bed linen, accessories and other stuff that we accumulate, there’s a lot of pressure on bedroom storage. If the bedroom doubles as a workspace, this is further exasperated. So to help make life easier, we’ve put together the five best bedroom storage ideas for both large and small bedrooms. We also make special mention of kids’ bedrooms to help establish good habits and tidy rooms. As well as tips for clothes storage systems.

Best five large bedroom storage ideas 

Why is it so important to have sufficient storage in the main bedroom? Because we start and end the day there because we dress and undress there and because it’s our private sanctum. When running a household, it’s the place that sets the agenda for the entire house.

So if we can succeed there we’ll be equipped to handle other household storage issues. Wardrobe storage ideas are a great place to start, but there’s a lot more potential for storage in the bedroom.




#01 The fitted wardrobe

Fitted wardrobes and dressing rooms are the gold standards of bedroom storage. It represents the most important investment you can make in the bedroom when it comes to spending. The trick to getting the optimum wardrobe storage is reconciling the space available with what needs to be stored. However, this is logically different for every room and every person. Today, there is a range of fitted storage options to suit the needs of every customer.


#02 The storage bed

The average size double bed measures 54 in x 75 in (135 x 190 cm), so if we multiply that by 25 inches (height of typical bed frame), it’s clear that the dead space beneath a bed (almost 1.1 cubic meters) is worth its weight in gold. As well as being a significant storage space, it is also easily accessible and, apart from anything else, is an excellent way of preventing dust.


The ottoman bed provides a complete elevating base, while the half-ottoman combines under-bed drawers and a half-base that lifts. The cover is usually attached to a hydraulic mechanism for easy lifting.

#03 The headboard & bedside tables

Think about the headboard as an additional storage element, with integrated or free-standing bedside tables. There are many attractive designs on the market in traditional or more modern styles. And if matched with a feature wall directly behind the bed, the whole installation can add character. The depth of the headboard can be adapted with shelves and deep pull-out drawers.

#04 Shelving 

Bedroom shelves are another practical way to keep items on display and near at hand. Shelving can be built into walls, incorporated behind headboards or stand-alone. Typically personal items like photos and trinkets as well as accessories used regularly are stored on shelves.


#05 Free-standing bedroom furniture 

The clothes horse, dressing table and storage chest/bench at the end of the bed may seem slightly antiquated. However, nothing could be further from reality with contemporary reinterpretations of these classic items of furniture. The potential they have for storage and de-cluttering can not be overstated. And they look good!


Best five small bedroom storage ideas

The following tips will help to do more with less. The storage of spare rooms, box-rooms, kids bedrooms or just a tiny bedroom, call them what you will, is even more critical. The minimum size at which a room can be considered a bedroom in the UK is 70 sq. ft. or 6.51 sq.m.




#01 Racks & rails

Choose a clothing rack instead of a wardrobe to display your clothes. This storage option has the advantage of taking up less space physically and visually. It can be free-standing or attached to the underside of a shelf. Moreover, it can include compartments for storing items not suitable for hanging, shoes, socks, underwear etc.


#02 Perimeter and high-level shelving

We don’t need to access everything all year round. In the case of small bedrooms, decorative boxes on high shelves are perfect for storing seldom-used items. Alternatively, create a continuous bespoke shelf at the upper level of the door architrave. It looks like moulding, but it serves as a helpful storage area for your most precious items.


#03 Baskets

Kept either on the floor or on shelving, a collection of matching wickerwork baskets can visually and practically de-clutter the bedroom. Equally suited for dirty laundry or folded jumpers, the wicker adds an organic touch and pleasant aroma.


#04 Architectural storage

If the small bedroom is in an attic space or has alcoves, make the most of every square inch. Use the eaves to provide custom-made built-in drawers and shelving. If there are alcoves on either side of an old chimney breast in the bedroom, fill them with shelves. The result will be functional as well as aesthetically appealing.


#05 Keep the bedroom floor clutter-free

One fail-safe way to visually de-clutter a bedroom is to support bedside tables, work surfaces and clothes rails off the wall. Doing this helps leave the floor free of clutter and makes the space appear larger and tidier.


Best 5 Kids’ bedroom storage ideas 

Yes, it is possible to keep the kids’ room tidy – hard to believe but true. Just follow some of these storage recommendations below to keep the playground organised:

  • Create a feature bed with a surround built-in wall storage installation that will give kids free rein to re-imagine their beds as pirate boats or spaceships.
  • Window box seats are not only a good storage solution but also a handy piece of furniture.
  • Modular shelving systems are an excellent way for storage to respond to growing kids as they develop. Just change the modules when necessary.
  • Make storage fun by converting the containers into colourful play toys in their own right. It will help stimulate kids’ imaginations and encourage a ‘clean-up routine’ at the end of playtime.
  • Pegboards provide very practical storage in kids’ bedrooms, things that are commonly needed for childcare and upwards can be kept easily at hand. 


Best five clothing storage ideas for small bedrooms 

Whether you have a lot of space in your bedroom or not, here are some tips on how to store your clothes efficiently:

  • Be creative with hangers. Jeans can be suspended on S-hooks from rails to save space. Similarly, a plastic chain on a hook can hold several lightweight T-shirts on the same hanger.
  • Vacuum pack winter/summer clothes out of season. You’ll be surprised at how small the space they require.
  • Use the back of the door for a storage frame with fabric compartments to store everything from shoes to scarves to bags.
  • Marie Kondo is an excellent source of practical information for storing clothes, like rolling up t-shirts, folding socks etc.
  • A decorative picture rail attached to the bedroom wall makes an excellent shoe rail.


The trick is to find the balance between getting the most out of the storage and not overwhelming the space itself. So built-in storage, under-bed storage and shelving provide optimal results. Make use of the high-level shelves. A good starting point is to decide on a hierarchy of storage. The less frequently something is used, the higher it goes.

Local authority building regulations dictate that new developments must include storage. For a typical one-bed apartment, this amounts to 10 cubic meters. The average ceiling height is 9 ft so this translates into an area roughly 6.5 ft x 6.5 ft.

Think of every single piece of furniture and wall surface as a potential storage element.

Start with what you already have. After making a selection of things to keep and things to get rid of, then start reorganising. Maximise wardrobe storage; you’ll be surprised how much space you save by organising clothes by type. Maximise the lower and upper compartments. The bed, the headboard and the bedside tables are among the other easily adaptable resources for additional storage.

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