Clever bedroom storage ideas are key to a functional bedroom design that not only looks lovely but is easy to keep clutter-free and works with your lifestyle. From built-in closets and storage headboards to hidden cupboards and making the most of the space under the bed, we cover it all in the most stylish of ways. Because we are full advocates of storage always being pretty as well as practical.
Before getting into all the lovely bedroom ideas we’ve gathered, just take a moment (or more like a weekend) to assess your storage needs. Do you want the sleek look of a built-in option that will hold everything in one place? Or do you prefer the more relaxed look of freestanding pieces? Do you need more hanging space than drawers? Shelves for shoes? Cubby holes for bags? Once you have made a few key decisions, you can get into the fun part, choosing designs and getting creative…
1. HIDE BEDROOM STORAGE BEHIND BEAUTIFUL PANELLING
Sometimes storage is best kept unseen, a subtle addition to your bedroom that doesn’t encroach on the space or add any visual bulk. Of course, built-in storage would be go-to for this streamlined effect, but for a more unique option why not be inspired by this bedroom storage idea and hide cupboards behind ornate paneling
2. MAKE THE MOST OF A BEDSIDE TABLE
The humble bedside table is such a key piece of bedroom storage. No bedroom should be without one in some form. Even if you have to squeeze in a floating shelf next to your bed – a place to store your bedtime essentials is an important part of designing a bedroom that functions well.
‘A bedside table can take many forms and functions with its purposes no doubt differing from one bedroom to the next. A surface for a lamp and book for some, vital storage for others but aside from function a bedside table has a surprising impact on how your bedroom comes together, completing its end-look and feel.’ says Laura Hadad, Design Ambassador at Arteriors London.
‘Matching bedside tables are the usual go-to which helps bring balance to the space, giving it a hotel-esque feel. Low hanging pendant lighting and mirrors hovering above a bedside table are also nice stylistic touches that can add dept and interest as an alternative to bedside lamps and wall art.’
3. SWITCH A BEDSIDE TABLE FOR A CHEST OF DRAWERS
While we respect the bedside table, if you have a larger bedroom or plenty of space next to your bed, why put it to waste with just a small piece of furniture? Scrap a bedside table and instead add a chest of drawers, you still get the surface space for books, glasses, skincare etc, but you get lots more storage space for clothes.
‘The chest of drawers as a nightstand is great for any size bedroom, as is other multi-purpose furniture. Another secret tip is adding a small lingerie chest, as it has smaller drawer units for easy organization.’ advises Kristin Bartone of Bartone Interiors.’A jewelry chest can provide the same level of organized storage so items are easy to find. In a smaller space, you can select a mirror with a small chest behind for jewelry storage. This can be either wall-mounted or freestanding and is similar to a medicine cabinet, but it looks more elegant!’
4. CONCEAL STORAGE WITH WALLPAPER
This petite built-in wardrobe is covered in Gucci’s Heron wallpaper. It makes a stunning accent out of an otherwise neutral corner, plus it’s an efficient way to use a small amount of expensive wallpaper to big effect and you can always update it as trends and your personal style changes.
5. GO BESPOKE TO REALLY MAKE THE MOST OF SPACE
The best way to maximize storage in you bedroom? Opt for bespoke built-in storage. This will keep all your storage in one place, no need for freestanding pieces taking up room elsewhere. Plus, this will make the most of any awkward nooks or alcoves.
‘Made to measure storage is perfect for crafting solutions that use every inch of space you have. A great way to begin planning is by assessing what you need to store and then rationalizing your wardrobe.’ says Rachal Hutcheson of Sharps.
‘Hang clothes on a rail to measure how much hanging space you need, count your shoes and look at folded items to work out what needs to be stored and how. Perhaps you need to include more drawers and shelves or dedicate a section of space for floor-length items? Beginning to plan with this technique will help create the optimal design and future proof your wardrobe, especially if you leave a little extra capacity.’
6. HIDE A VANITY TABLE BEHIND DOORS
How fabulous is this bedroom storage idea? It’s a really narrow space and yet it’s been transformed into a compact dressing area. So, rather than just fill your alcoves with two small built in closets, build out slightly and use the space in between as a hidden dressing area and some handy extra bedroom storage. Once done using the space the doors just fold back over for a totally seamless look.
7. MAKE THE MOST OF WALL SPACE AROUND THE BED
This master bedroom idea features a built-in bookcase that frames the bed, ideal for books and display items, as well other belongings behind closed doors at the bottom. Space was left above the headboard for hanging a tapestry to add a touch of texture amongst the wood.
8. ADD A STORAGE NOOK WITH RECESSED SHELVING
Recessed shelves allow little pockets to display books and decorative items, and also act as space-saving bedside tables. Storage is built-in, and recessed, freeing up floor space. Having recessed shelves makes the most of any alcove space, and looks cleaner than having traditional shelves protrude from the wall.
9. CHOOSE A BED WITH HIDDEN STORAGE
Your bed can be your biggest storage assess, especially if space is tight and you are after clever small bedroom storage ideas.
‘If storage is an absolute must in your bedroom, there are two types of beds which can help you stay organised and keep your floor clutter free.’ advises Patricia Gibbons, part of the Design Team at Sofa.com. ‘For everyday access, the divan styles are best as the drawers are easily accessible for daily needs, but if your requirements are for seasonal changeovers of clothing, or duvets and blankets, then an ottoman bed is the one for you. The hidden storage uncovered is vast and can hold countless sets of bedding and suitcases, but you wouldn’t want to be lifting it up and down on too regular a basis.’
‘For smaller items, look to storage benches and ottoman footstools sat at the end of the bed to quickly stash away laptops and chargers if your bedroom is now your home office and reclaim the space as one fit for relaxation in the evenings.’
10. GO AROUND THE BED WITH FITTED STORAGE
Seamless storage frames the bed in this compact master bedroom. The wall of fitted storage around the bed frees up floor space as there is no need for a clunky chest of drawers or freestanding wardrobe.