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Stylish Storage Ideas for Small Bedrooms

Store more in your too-small bedroom with these stylish, clutter-free ideas

Written and produced by Debra Steilen
  • Werner Straube

    Small Bedroom Storage

    Just like their larger counterparts, small bedrooms can be organized and serene—instead of cluttered and cramped. Check out these stylish ideas for storing bedroom basics efficiently.

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  • Michael Partenio

    Expect more from your nightstand.

    Choose a bedside table that can do more than hold a lamp and your phone. Cabinets and shelves keep books, magazines, and e-tablet within arm’s reach. Use a small bowl or plate to hold your jewelry, and baskets to corral medications and toiletries. Drawers are better at providing discreet storage than shelves, of course—even if you just want to hide chocolate from prying eyes.

  • Jean Allsopp

    Get ready for guests.

    Smart storage solutions are twice as important when two people need to share a room. A dresser—instead of a simple nightstand—helps weekend guests keep their belongings organized and out of sight. 

  • Emily Followill

    Put the walls to work.

    Surround the headboard with built-in shelves and cabinets that organize reading materials and other night-time essentials. By installing wall-mounted lights, you can eliminate the need for nightstands—which frees up floor space and makes a small bedroom feel larger and more serene.

  • Werner Straube

    Gain more with bespoke built-ins.

    A full-size armoire takes up less floor space when you build it into the wall. This unit provides shelves behind mirrored doors, coupled with a stack of drawers—all for the purpose of keeping guests comfortable and their clothes unwrinkled.

  • Jonny Valiant

    Invest in a closet system.

    Whether wood, wire, or MDF, a customized closet system can help you store more stuff in the same amount of space. That’s because the system is designed with components that are sized to store your clothing and accessories—not those of the “average consumer” (whomever she might be). Plus, awkward spaces near the ceiling, on the floor, and in the corners of your closet are magically transformed into useful storage. Your clothes will thank you.

    Interior designer: Tobi Fairley

    Check out these beautiful organized closets and dressing rooms.

  • Kim Cornelison

    Make drawers do more.

    Forget about digging for socks, underwear, or scarves ever again by breaking drawers into smaller sections. Drawer dividers can be incorporated into your custom closet design, or you can buy organizers made of plastic, wood or metal. Many models adjust to fit different drawer sizes. 

  • John Bessler

    Get everything ship-shape.

    If a guest room or child’s bedroom is short on storage space, put in a built-in berth that doubles as a dresser. Sometimes called captain’s beds (think about the tight quarters on a ship), these double agents rest upon platforms with drawers that can be used for storing bed linens, clothing, shoes, or toys and games. Dividers help keep drawers organized.

    Note: This custom set-up includes a headboard with open cubbies for books and magazines, and a small shelf that’s big enough to hold a small clock. No nightstand needed!

  • Werner Straube

    Use every inch of space.

    Unless your windows go all the way to the floor, there’s room beneath the sills to add view-preserving built-ins. Use them to store everything from books to extra blankets. 

  • John Bessler

    Choose multi-functional furniture.

    You know you’re going to need a place to sit and put on your shoes. Instead of choosing a one-use-only chair, pick a flip-top ottoman that cushions your tush (or your pup) while storing extra bedding. 

    Interior designer: Lucy Earl

  • Cameron Sadeghpour

    Create a home for accessories.

    Some people use a flip-top bench for storing bedding or out-of-season clothing. Other people use their bench for one sole reason: storing shoes.

  • Werner Straube

    Give antiques a job to do.

    If an upholstered ottoman doesn’t suit your style, use a favorite antique piece instead. Vintage blanket chests are natural choices, but steamer trunks, Civil War captain’s trunks, apothecary chests, and low sideboard buffets offer attractive alternatives. You gain valuable storage as well as the opportunity to admire your acquisition every time you enter the bedroom.

    Shown: A repurposed blanket chest from a small village in France sits at the foot of a guest bed; its headboard is fashioned from an old gate.  

  • Anthony Masterson

    Turn accessories into wall art.

    Store scarves, purses, and jewelry in mere inches of space by hanging items from hooks, or displaying them on framed bulletin boards. 

  • Colleen Duffley

    Stow down low.

    Keep your cramped closet available for the clothes you wear most often. How? By stowing out-of-season clothing and accessories below your bed in acrylic or canvas storage bins, rolling carts, zippered storage bags, or boxes on wheels. Choose models with reinforced handles to make them easy to grab and pull clear. If needed, add several more inches of storage space by putting your bed on risers.

    Tip: Disguise under-bed storage behind a long bed skirt. 

    Interior designer: Scott Laslie

  • Adam Albright

    Put below-bed storage on display.

    Even vintage suitcases can provide valuable storage space for stowing sweaters, purses, swimsuits, and more.

  • Jeff Herr