The below 14 small bedroom storage ideas will help you maximize the space available. Clothes, shoes, bags, bedding… These all need a home, making storage one of the biggest challenges in bedroom design. So we’ve spoken to the experts and assembled these smart ways to stash your stuff, from bespoke wardrobes to quick fixes.
From under-bed storage, above-the-bed storage, and even around-the-bed storage to recessed alcoves and pull-down desks, these clever bedroom storage ideas are tailored to tiny spaces.
1. CONCEAL EVERYTHING BEHIND A WALL OF STORAGE
Built-in wardrobes are one of the best small bedroom storage ideas and an ideal way of keeping clothes and clutter off the floor and surfaces. In the wardrobes below, space was allocated to a vanity table, with shelves for beauty products.
Stephen Nash of interior design studio ALL & NXTHING INTERIORS came up with this clever solution for his home in north London. Deeper wardrobes sit either side of the chimney breast, while shallow shelves and a dressing table slot neatly in where there is reduced depth.
2. UNDER BED STORAGE
Under-bed space is often wasted. Choose a bed with built-in trundle drawers underneath, or pick up some under-bed storage boxes (Ikea do a popular one) that can slot underneath. Then just cover the bed in a valance sheet to prevent the room from looking too busy.
3. CONSIDER THE SPACE ABOVE THE BED
Photographer Paul Craig’s Victorian villa is full of rich tones and luxe finishes, and this guest bedroom is case in point. The bespoke headboard removes the need for other storage in the room, and so saves a lot of space. It was designed by Paul and his partner Tim and made by Material Concepts.
4. RECESSED ALCOVE SHELVING
Recessed shelves in the small bedroom below allow little pockets to display books and decorative items, and also act as space-saving bedside tables. Storage is built-in, and recessed, freeing up floor space. Having recessed shelves makes the most of any alcove space, and looks cleaner than having traditional shelves protrude from the wall.
5. WALL-TO-WALL STORAGE
Wall-to-wall built-in wardrobes are the most space-efficient way of giving everything a place. Choose custom joinery that reaches right up to the ceiling (offering a place for out-of-season clothing on taller shelves).
Designer Tom Barlett designed this smart built-in wardrobe below as part of a renovation project in a west London townhouse. It turns built-in storage into something artistic, eye-catching, and wonderful.
Drama abounds in this south London home below. In this bijou bedroom, dark blue wardrobes match the walls and window treatments to create a cosseting and cosy space with impact.
For a more muted look, sleek, handleless wardrobe doors keep things simple and clean in the loft conversion below.
6. BUILD AROUND THE BED
Seamless storage frames the bed in this compact small bedroom. The wall of fitted storage around the bed frees up floor space as there is no need for a clunky chest of drawers or freestanding wardrobe.
Meanwhile, the master bedroom below features a built-in bookcase that frames the bed, ideal for books and display items, as well other belongings behind closed doors at the bottom. Space was left above the headboard for hanging a tapestry.
7. INTRODUCE A FLASH OF COLOUR
Function combines with the form here in this sweet bedroom below. From a style perspective, Nina Campbell’s vibrant chest balances the delicate wallpaper design; this ensures the scheme has contemporary oomph. From a practical perspective, its three-drawer design ensures it is a useful bedside table. The wallpaper is Old Oak by Common Room.
8. MAX OUT ANY ALCOVE SPACE
This delightful kid’s bedroom in London features built-in shelves with a difference. The display shelves are perfect for showcasing treasures, while the open shelf doubles as a slimline kids desk area. The combination of blue against the green wallpaper (Manila by Sanderson) really works.
9. FLOATING BOOKCASE
The designer of this small bedroom took an off-beat approach when spec-ing out the storage, slotting a high-level bookcase in a tight corner. This could be bespoke, or you may find an off-the-rack buy that works equally well. Find similar wallpapers at Feather.
10. WRAPAROUND SHELF
This small bedroom in the Hamptons maximizes space with a built-in wall system that wraps around the space. The interior designer, Sarah Zames of General Assembly, took advantage of the window recess to create a cozy yet functional nook clad in oak. Mixing varying widths of cladding adds an extra layer of interest. Timber cladding is not only eye-catching but durable and economical too, plus it has excellent insulation properties.
11. CHOOSE SMALL BUT PATTERNED PIECES
Irene Gunter of Gunter & Co transformed a small home in Belgravia with clever design ideas and chic finishing touches. Livingetc loves this eclectic cabinet, Livia by Ceraudo. The light is Linden lap, Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort. The headboard was designed by Irene.
12. INCORPORATE A SLIM LADDER TO REACH TALL STORAGE
Take cupboards as high as they’ll go and give them a modern ladder in order to access dead space and make the most of every square inch. For bespoke wardrobes like this, try Cue & Co. The woodwork is painted in SC690 eggshell, by Papers & Paints.
This simple yet stylish kids bedroom features a small kids desk that folds open when in use, and can fold up and away to create more space when not in use – a bit like an airplane tray table.
This compact, pull-down desk below also creates the perfect spot for doing homework.
14. UP-CYCLE PHARMACY DRAWERS FOR THE ULTIMATE SHOE STORAGE
One for the Carrie Bradshaws out there… Shoes can be one of the biggest storage challenges in a small bedroom. This vintage cabinet is a stylish solution – each neat drawer is the perfect size for a shoebox. Find similar at Retrouvius.