Top tips for bedroom storage for a calm, serene space

Work and clutter don’t belong in the bedroom. Make a space that’s a special haven of peace and relaxation with a few handy storage tricks. Here’s how:

Practical guide - 11 October 2016

Tip 1

Use overhead space

Don’t waste all that lovely space over your head. A ready-made bed surround can accommodate all your night-time essentials, or even a home-made rustic shelf adds valuable space.

Tip 2

Drawer dividers

It’s amazing how much space drawer dividers create. Many models are adjustable for different drawer sizes. No more digging around for that special scarf: now you know exactly which compartment it’s in!

Tip 3

Scrap the chair

Take away the chair that uses up valuable floor space and replace it with a small square ottoman. Hey presto: you can sit down when you need to, but you have blanket or duvet storage as well.

Tip 4

Accessorize the walls

Turn jewelry and accessories into wall art with some creative DIY wall storage ideas. Hang scarves from hooks under a mantel, and display jewelry on pin-boards on the wall.

Tip 5

Out of sight...

Free up closet space by storing out-of-season clothes in plastic boxes on rollers under the bed. They’re easy to grab and roll out when needed but otherwise, they’re out of sight.

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Tip 6

A captain’s bunk

A favorite kids’ room storage idea is a captain’s bunk; it works equally well for a small spare bedroom. A high bed accommodates large under-bed drawers to tidy away blankets, toys or visitors’ clothes.

Tip 7

Wall-mounted lights

If you have ample overhead storage, you can capitalize on this by using wall-mounted lights. No need for a bulky nightstand, and your bedroom is instantly larger and more peaceful.

Tip 8

Hang the laundry

There’s no need for a laundry basket to take up precious floor space: make use of back door storage ideas with a fabric container mounted on a regular coat hanger, and simply hook it up on the back of the door.

Tip 9

Can the trash

One of the best hidden storage ideas is to make your nightstand into a secret trash bin! If you find one with a tilting cabinet, it’s easy to open, hides the trash, and doubles as a nice flat surface for your nightlight, books, and phone.

Tip 10

Invisible floating shelves

Floating shelves with a frame but no footprint can look lovely in the right place, or a frameless platform can be mounted anywhere on the wall for books or ornaments.

In a nutshell

Think in three dimensions: air-borne storage solutions are practical and fun. Stacked hanging baskets or floating wall frames are great examples, and especially don’t forget above-the-bedhead wall space that’s often wasted.

Make use of that under-the-bed space too, not with random shoes and boxes, but with captain’s bed-style built in drawers or simple boxes on rollers.