25 Effective Bedroom Storage Ideas To Make The Most Of Your Space

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Your clothes are scattered in the corner. Clutter fills your nightstand because you’re not quite sure where to put your piles of books and knick-knacks. The top of your dresser is a mess of disorganized jewelry. And inside the drawers, it’s tough to locate anything in the mixed-up socks and accessories. Needless to say, you need some bedroom storage ideas.

An organized bedroom ensures everything has its place. A bit of effort now can help you stay organized down the road. Keep your bedroom tidy and free of clutter, and you’ll never have to tiptoe around dirty laundry again.

With a well thought out closet configuration and plenty of functional storage, getting ready for the day is so much easier. Stop worrying about clutter with these smart bedroom storage ideas.

Buy A Bed With Drawers

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Invest in a platform bed that has built-in drawers at its base. Store bulky sweaters, outerwear, and other seasonal items here to save closet and dresser space for everything else.

Use Vertical Space In Your Closet

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You don’t need to hang everything. A closet that only contains a hanging rod doesn’t make good use of storage space. This closet is an excellent example of how to incorporate multiple storage options.

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There’s a rod for hanging clothes along with shelving and cubbyholes to put items that don’t need to be hung.

Supersize Your Nightstand

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Even a small bedroom benefits from the addition of furniture like this over-sized side table. It provides additional storage so you won’t need to stuff all your oft-needed things inside your dresser or closet. If your bedside table is too cramped, things are likely to fall off and find a home on your floor — which ultimately creates added clutter.

Turn Your Headboard Into Storage

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The back of your bed (assuming it’s placed against the wall) is the ideal place to sneak in bedroom storage ideas. Try a DIY headboard with shelving or buy one ready made.

Put Bins Under Your Bed

All that empty space under your bed is wasted. Make use of it by sliding in storage bins or bags. It’s a great place to store seasonal items that you only use part of the year.

Use A Bookshelf As A Headboard

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The headboard is one of those features that, besides being practical and functional, can also serve as a decorative element for the bedroom. If functionality is what you’re looking for in a headboard, one that has built-in storage can turn out to be ideal. Bookshelf headboards are popular for their practical and space-efficient designs. But finding the perfect balance between useful storage and simplicity can be a real challenge. That’s where a DIY headboard gives you the ability to decide what you want to store/display and customise accordingly. Read more- link in bio #designmindsouthafrica #homeinspiration #bookshelfheadboard #bedroomideas #designmind #homedecor #homedesign #homeinspiration #decorideas #homeideas #interiordesign #interiors #interiors #headboards #headboardideas

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Books take up so much room, and avid readers know the struggle of trying to pare down. If they’re are scattered on your floor, or you’ve created a massive pile on the nightstand, consider adding bookshelves to the back of your bed.

Use An Armoire To Hang Clothes


A beautiful armoire is an elegant bedroom addition. Armoires are pretty, and they provide hanging space for rooms without closets.

No Bedside Table? No Problem!

If you don’t have room for a bedside table, or perhaps you’re tired of leaving yours full of clutter, add this clever pouch to the side of your bed. This bedroom storage idea provides storage for things like tablets, e-readers, books, and magazines — all within easy reach.

Use Cubbies

These units from IKEA are available in multiple sizes and configurations. These bedroom storage ideas are incredibly versatile and work well for bedrooms without traditional closet space.

Get Rid Of Your Closet And Install A Full Wall Unit

When my husband and I moved into our home, we spent a few years grappling with a poorly designed closet. The awful doors didn’t allow us access to the whole space, and we were continually struggling to store our garments.

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Eventually, we ripped out the entire closet wall (doors and all!) and installed an IKEA closet unit. The sliding doors give us access to ALL our stuff, so we’re no longer struggling to reach the recesses of our closet.

Use A Hideaway Bed

This alternative to drawer storage is great for storing awkwardly shaped items or larger things that won’t quite fit in a regular drawer.

Install A Closet With Sliding Doors

Sliding doors are essential if you want full access to closet space. Choose mirrored doors in a small room to make it appear larger, and you won’t have to install a mirror elsewhere.

Lock It Up

This cute locker-style nightstand is roomy enough to store items from books to beauty supplies. It also locks if you prefer to keep your stuff secure.

Use A Versatile Cart

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You’ve probably seen this cart everywhere. It’s great for storing a host of things. In a bedroom, you might use it for shelving books, jewelry, or other items you don’t have a spot for elsewhere. Check out this article for three different ways to use this handy cart in your home.

Add A Corner Shelf

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Corner space is often wasted in rooms, and if you’re low on storage space in a tiny bedroom, a corner shelf is a great way to display decor or store books. Shelves are great go-to bedroom storage ideas since there are so many different options to fit every kind of space.

Keep Books Off The Floor

Go up to the ceiling! In a small room, adding shelves close to the ceiling frees up floor space and helps make the room feel a bit bigger than it would with a traditional bookshelf.

Take Advantage Of Back-of-the-Door Space

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The back of your door is a hidden storage spot that provides ample space for shoes, scarves, jewelry, and other small accessories.

Hang Clothing In Sight 

An exposed storage unit like this one is perfect for those with a small, monochrome wardrobe. If your space lacks a closet, hanging clothes within view is an option — just be sure to keep the area tidy to prevent visual clutter.

Use Curtains To Hide Stored Items

No closet? No dresser? If you want to store your clothing on a rack but don’t love the idea of letting everything hang out, use curtains to hide your DIY closet area.

Store Shoes On A Rack

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Don’t dump shoes at the bottom of your closet. Use a rack! Whether a beautiful wooden display rack to show off your shoe collection, or a standard metal model for inside your closet, keeping your shoes neatly organized prevents them from getting prematurely scuffed and worn.

Utilize Corners

corner bar for clothing storage

If you don’t mind leaving your clothes exposed, this corner bar is a handy storage option for tight spaces. Have a closet and don’t need extra hanging space? Install the corner bar anyway and create a spot where you can prep your outfit for tomorrow.

Add A Storage Bench To The End Of Your Bed

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End-of-bed benches are popular bedroom storage ideas and adornments. If you’re short on space, choose a bench to store clothing and memorabilia as needed. A storage bench is a dual-purpose furniture piece that also serves to glam up your sleeping space.

Go Into The Wall

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Not keen on adding shelving that will cannibalize floor space? Build into the wall instead. Of course, this won’t work in every bedroom, but it’s a clever way to add storage without sacrificing floor space.

Use Drawer Dividers

Messy drawers are a recipe for frustration. Use dividers to keep them neat and tidy and make your days easier.

Install A Loft Bed

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Functionality is a key part in how I incorporate mindfulness into my life at home & has been especially necessary for me to maintain a sense of calm while living in a small Brooklyn apartment. The width of my bedroom is shorter than I am & just a few inches wider than a queen-size bed. When I first moved in, this space fit an unlofted bed & a dresser. I took advantage of the height of the ceilings and have doubled the space where the bed once sat low to the floor by lofting the bed. Now I get to have a distinct sleeping space above & a working space/desk + a lounge space below (where I actually sleep 70% of the time after falling asleep to a David Attenborough documentary or an episode of "I Love Lucy"). The additional space has added so much functionality in my life which has invited in so much more peace & serenity. 💚

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It’s tough to store everything you own in a tiny bedroom. A loft bed frees up floor space and provides extra room for a desk or bookshelves.