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7 Small Bedroom Storage Ideas

The curse of the small bedroom is a lack of storage space – especially when the bed itself takes up most of the room. And if the room has an awkward shape, perhaps in a loft space with sloping walls, it can be even tougher to find space for clothing and other possessions. But you can have a small bedroom with storage – you just need some clever thinking and the right furniture. Up for the challenge? Read on for our top 7 small bedroom storage ideas.
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1. Use every space in your small bedroom

The best answer to the question of how to utilise space in a small bedroom is to use every nook and cranny to your advantage.

The wall is perhaps the biggest unused area for storage you have. Try running perimeter shelving around each wall, about 12 inches from the ceiling, perhaps with hooks underneath, and don’t forget the space over the bedroom door either.

Get creative, and make your walls and the back of your door suitable for hanging clothes and shoes, freeing up wardrobe space.

Having bedroom furniture the same colour as the walls makes it seem less intrusive – paint the walls white and you can get away with a bigger white wardrobe than usual.

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Small bedroom ideas – white triple wardrobe.
Small bedroom storage ideas – ottoman bed.

2. Get more storage use from the bed

Top of the list when it comes to small bedroom storage ideas should be buying a bed that allows you to place items in, under or around it.

The best option is an ottoman bed, which has lots of hidden storage built-in – go for a single bed or small double bed rather than a king or super king to save room. A divan bed with drawers works too, but even a simple wooden or metal bed frame can hide items underneath.

The areas at the top and foot of the bed can be used for storage too. A low-profile headboard could allow for floating shelves on the wall above, or try a bookcase or clothes rack in the space instead. A small set of shelves or a storage ottoman can also work at the foot of the bed.

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3. Storage ideas for a child’s small bedroom

Many of the best small bedroom storage ideas can be applied to a child’s room too – multi-purpose furniture and beds with built-in storage, for example. But with an overwhelming number of toys, books, games and clothes, you will need every storage solution you can get.

When choosing a child’s bed, a mid sleeper bed or high sleeper, raised off the floor, will offer built-in storage underneath. Some of these so-called cabin beds even feature a desk.

Be creative when it comes to the rest of your child’s bedroom furniture – buy a children’s wardrobe to store clothes, and while they are still small use the extra space below to fit in more shelving or a children’s bookcase. Buy a toy box that also doubles as a bench seat.

Kids’ storage can be playful – try a ladder bookcase, for example. Also invest in plenty of wicker baskets as a speedy solution for clearing away clutter. Use the largest one for stuffed toys.

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Small bedroom storage ideas – mid sleeper bed.
Small bedroom storage ideas – storage footstool.

4. Utilise space in a small bedroom with multi-use furniture

What if one piece of bedroom furniture could perform the tasks of two or more pieces? A sofa bed is a great example, providing somewhere to sit and somewhere to sleep.

Need storage and somewhere to sit? An ottoman chest by the bed could pull double-duty here, or look for a storage footstool that can hide away items.

Try placing a small desk close to your bed, so it doubles as your bedside table. Or have your storage work as a statement piece that makes the space appear larger – a mirrored bedside table or chest of drawers adds a contemporary edge and reflects light around the room.

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5. Wardrobes made for small bedrooms

Look for a compact or narrow wardrobe, but something fitted or even a corner wardrobe can make better use of the room you have. The ideal solution might be a sliding door wardrobe, as this will not open outwards, taking up space unnecessarily.

The finish can help the space too. Try a mirrored wardrobe, place it opposite a window, and allow it to reflect natural light around the room, making the space seem larger.

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Small bedroom storage ideas - white wardrobe.
Small bedroom ideas – Ercol tall chest of drawers

6. Choose tall, slimline bedroom furniture

When choosing furniture for a small bedroom, avoid anything wide or with a low profile, as it will take up more space. With small bedroom storage ideas, instead look for narrow, slender pieces, like a tall, slim bookcase or drawer unit.

Go for bedroom furniture that makes the most of its storage potential. The taller the chest of drawers, the more drawers it should have, for example. Choose a bedside table that has a good number of drawers – in a small bedroom, you can’t miss an opportunity when it comes to storage.

If you are short on space, you might shy away from larger furniture pieces such as a dressing table – but look for one with a narrow, compact design, offering storage, and it might just work.

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Small bedroom ideas – jetty scene wall art
Small bedroom ideas - mirror

7. Try hidden storage solutions

Coming up with the best small bedroom storage ideas can require creativity, and thinking outside the box – or in this case, the usual four walls. Hidden storage solutions, or furniture that can easily be tucked away and hidden, are all great space-saving ideas.

A fold-down desk or table paired with a foldaway chair that only come out when they are needed could work. Get really creative and you could fold your entire bed into the wall, giving the appearance of a set of wardrobe doors when not in use.

Don’t forget, just because you have a small bedroom it does not need to feel bare. While you probably need to steer clear of too many accessories, you can express your own unique style through decorative items that do not take up any floor space – such as mirrors, curtains and pieces of wall art. Mirrors and wall art can work magic in a small bedroom as they can open it up and make it feel larger.

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