Having a small bedroom means you have to be deliberate about storage, ensuring that you've got a place for everything and everything in its place to create a clutter-free oasis for relaxing, resting, and sleeping. It's important to get your clothing storage sorted, but don't forget to create storage for everything else so your bedroom doesn't look messy and chaotic.
These small bedroom storage ideas will help you find clever ways to keep your books, spare linens, eyeglasses, accessories, and other bedroom possessions neatly stowed and readily accessible while maintaining a stylish and effortless look.
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Choose Nighstands With Storage
When choosing bedroom furniture, it's always a good idea to look for nightstands with some kind of built-in storage such as drawers where you can store everyday items out of sight.
In this small bedroom from Emily Henderson Design, the wooden nightstand has a hidden storage compartment behind a woven front that can be pulled down with leather tabs, leaving the top free for a few choice items.Continue to 2 of 17 below.
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Use the Windowsill
A thick windowsill doubles as a headboard and a nightstand in this small Swedish bedroom from Fantastic Frank.Continue to 3 of 17 below.
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Swap the Nightstand for a Chest
In this NYC apartment bedroom from Becca Interiors, a large chest of drawers subs in for a nightstand, creating ample space to store extra linens, clothes, accessories, and more. The top is styled with a table lamp and objects that make the decor feel finished.Continue to 4 of 17 below.
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Hang Magazine Racks
Fantastic Frank hung a pair of black wire magazine holders on the wall of this studio apartment that keeps reading material neatly stored and doubles as decor in the small space.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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Add a Stealth Storage Bench
Thistlewood Farms added an upholstered storage bench at the foot of the bed in this light and bright bedroom. It functions as both a place to sit and hidden storage for extra blankets or anything else you need close at hand but want to keep out of sight.Continue to 6 of 17 below.
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Repurpose a Trundle Bed
Thistlewood Farms repurposed a trundle bed to create seamless extra under-bed storage, lining it with vintage newspapers instead of a mattress.
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In this small Paris bedroom from Neva Interior Design, built-in shelving around the bed provides ample storage for everything from clothes to linens, keeping clutter out of sight. The u-shaped shelving is painted in a soothing shade of pistachio green—it creates a niche that doubles as a headboard and is decorated with soft wallpaper and space-saving wall sconces.Continue to 8 of 17 below.
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Outsource Your Shoe Closet
If your closet is getting cramped, outsource your shoe closet and turn your footwear collection into decor by adding a row of shoe cubbies like this small bedroom storage solution from Neva Interior Design. Then style the top with objects and art to make it look intentional rather than makeshift.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Source a Vintage Crate
A vintage trunk or crate adds character to a small bedroom, like the painted wood crate at the end of this small modern farmhouse style guest bedroom from My 100 Year Old Home. The inside can be used to store extra pillows and blankets and the sturdy top provides guests with a convenient place to rest their suitcases.Continue to 10 of 17 below.
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Add Midcentury Details
In this Palm Springs bedroom from Michelle Boudreau Design, a pair of midcentury modern nightstands with double drawers keep bedside clutter out of sight. A built-in floating console in the same rich wood doubles as a bedroom work station or a vanity. Gold hardware in two different styles keeps the furniture from looking like a perfectly matched set.Continue to 11 of 17 below.
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Frame the Bed
Fantastic Frank added L-shaped shelving that serves as book storage, a place to display art, and a de facto headboard. The shelving melds into the white walls while bringing structure and its contents add notes of color to this light, bright, and compact bedroom.Continue to 12 of 17 below.
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Make It Seamless
If you're remodeling a small bedroom, consider devoting an entire wall-to-floor to custom-built ceiling storage that will utilize every inch of available space. This sleek modern space from Caroline Andreoni Interior Design also includes a disappearing wall desk.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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DIY Under Bed Storage
Blogger Liz Marie upcycled some spare dresser drawers to create affordable under-bed storage that looks purposeful and fits in with the farmhouse decor. She painted the drawers, distressed them for a vintage look, attached metal address numbers to the front, and then added wheels to the bottoms to make sliding them in and out a breeze.Continue to 14 of 17 below.
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Build a Wall of Open Shelving
Although it might seem counterintuitive, in a small bedroom or other space—adding an entire wall of storage, whether open or closed, can make the space feel larger by drawing the eye upward toward the ceiling and concentrating collections in a single area.
My 100 Year Old Home added open shelving in this attic guest room that is used to store and display books and decor. The battery operated-remote control lights at the top of the bookshelves provide ambient light. In a bedroom, be sure to keep shelves neatly arranged and styled so the room doesn't feel disheveled or chaotic which can interfere with sleep.Continue to 15 of 17 below.
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Use Shallow Shelving
In this compact space from Caroline Andreoni Interior Design, the radiator is covered in a perforated material that allows air and heat to flow. It is topped with a narrow wood shelf that provides extra storage and display space, with shorter floating shelves hung on the wall above the bed.Continue to 16 of 17 below.
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Style Your Storage Space
While closet storage is more about organization than aesthetics, don't forget to look for unexpected opportunities to lift your mood with lighting and decor. Most Lovely Things made space in the closet for a shelf to store jewelry that includes a small lamp for mood-boosting ambient light (a portable LED-powered lamp would work well here), removable wallpaper, a small mirror, and some art.Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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Hang It Up
In a small bedroom, look for opportunities to display frequently used items that were meant to be seen by hanging them on the wall.
This room was designed by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design—a wooden peg rack hung on the wall provides a place to store jewelry and scarves, while a bench with hidden storage below doubles as a corner window seat.