Whether you’re spread out in a sprawling mansion or crammed into a tiny apartment, it seems like no one ever has enough storage space for their stuff. When that issue comes into your bedroom, it turns an area that should be a peaceful sanctuary into a cluttered mess. So skip the stress and get motivated by these creative storage solutions, check out our Pinterest for additional bedroom inspiration, and rest easy from now on.
1. A Multi-Function Headboard
Put that headboard to use! As long as you have a solid place to rest your head, there are a ton of customizable options for bedside storage. Rather than waste space with nightstands, keep your alarm clocks and other nightly essentials close at hand (with a ton of extra room for other items). And if you can’t find an existing shelf that does the trick, you can always whip up one of your own.
2. Using the Corners
When it comes to storage hunting, leave no corner unused. These individual shelves take advantage of often-forgotten corners, creating visual interest while keeping everything organized and close at hand. But don’t stop there: corners are also perfect for hanging shelving, shadow boxes, stacked racks…get creative! With tutorials like this one from House of Rose, you’d be surprised how quickly you can turn a blank wall into something worth displaying your favorite items on.
3. When in Doubt, Go Up
Since not every item needs to be within arm’s reach, your best bet for extra storage it to build upward. The Decoholic displayed it well: prioritize by keeping your everyday essentials at eye level or lower, and store out-of-season or display items higher up. Whether you choose open shelving or closed cabinetry, it’s a smart way to make the room work smarter (without having to be bigger).
4. Under the Bed Storage
Perhaps the greatest organizational lifesaver of them all is under the bed storage. The range of options means that there’s something for everyone: individual drawers, cubby holes, beds that fully lift up to expose a platform, etc. Either use it as an easy way to keep out-of-season items out of sight, or utilize side drawers as an alternative kind of nightstand. And if these changes are out of budget, the simplest solution of all was also my go-to in college: bed risers.
5. …and the DIY Version
But of course, sometimes you need to get crafty and customized. There are some insanely inventive ways to repurpose everyday items into a modern bed storage; everything from flat file drawers and bathroom vanities to platform bookcases (seen here by Oh Yes) and thrifted dressers can be reinvented into a smart sleeping space. As long as you start with a solid foundation and comfy mattress, you’re off to a good start.
6. Fully Functional Wall
If you can spring for built-in storage, absolutely go for it. This room combines a closet, bookshelf and dresser all in one, and manages to utilize every inch of available space on the wall. An additional smart touch was installing a door that slides along a track, instead of having one wasting space by swinging outward. This can also be DIY-ed for less using curtains and tension rods: keeping things out of sight and in one place!
7. Strategic Workspace
This example from Jessica Helgerson demonstrates smart planning when it comes to bedroom design: a floating desk allows for space underneath while fitting snugly under the window, and these bookshelves take advantage of depth. The chair can be tucked underneath when not in use, and everything is accomplished without blocking incoming light from the window. The key here is to see what your room is giving you to work with, and planning accordingly.
8. Mobile Clothing Rack
Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have a home that comes with closets. You can take the classic clothing rack route, or get crafty and build something perfectly-sized to fit your space! This mobile clothing center allows for storage from top to bottom, and the proportions can be customized to fit your needs. Display it proudly in you home, and easily take it with you when you move.
9. Repurposed Clothing Rack
Or maybe you were looking for an easier solution? It’s no secret that ladders can be repurposed into a variety of stylish storage from your home, and this DIY for a clothing rack is a smart (and easy) project. Once you’ve whipped this up, try out ladders throughout your home: from planters to bookshelves and bathroom organizers, it’s a cheap buy that turns into a fun way to stay organized.
10. Back of the Door Storage
If you do have a closet, don’t forget to take advantage of the back of the door! This door manages to combine a makeup center, jewelry organizer and place to keep your outfit of the day, but it’s really customizable to fit your style and storage needs. These rods are a smart addition, but here’s another quick tip: small containers attached to the door are a great place to store miscellaneous and small items.
11. Alternative Nightstands
If you do need a nightstand, try some inventive repurposing. These vintage trunks from The Sweet Escape double as storage for out-of-season items, while adding visual interest to the room. For even more storage, swap in a lowboy dresser instead. More storage space without sacrificing the convenience of a nightstand = win win.
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