Start by having a big clear out and sending unwanted items and unworn clothes to the charity shop – because that old saying ‘less is more’ really counts, especially if you have a small bedroom. Then consider how much and what type of storage you need.
As for the design of your bedroom, do you want to see your storage (and what's in it) or do you want your room to be streamlined and minimalist and have everything hidden from view? Or maybe you’d like to have storage that enables you to display your favourite items?
Read through our great guide to bedroom storage solutions so you can create the ultimate organised bedroom.
1. Maximise space with an upholstered ottoman
Ottomans are a great way to hide away extra bedding and blankets - and upholstered ones have a look of real elegance, especially if they're covered in a stroke-able fabric, such as velvet. Pop one at the end of the bed or beneath a window - and make sure to use it as seating, too.
The Ascot from Brissi, £389, comes in a beautiful dusky pink velvet with tufted detailing. It has a hinged top and generous interior space.
2. Invest in wardrobe storage
Invest in a wardrobe that has fantastic internal extras - it will help you be more organised, especially during the early morning dash!
The Tuscany Wardrobe from Willis & Gambier is a beautifully crafted premium double wardrobe that has a shoe rack, full size mirror, hanging rail, shelf, cufflink tray and tie (or scarf) rack. On a budget? Try Ikea for a range of customisable choices.
3. Stuff lying around? Buy bedroom storage baskets
Forever useful, baskets are a no-effort choice for storing everything from magazines and books to spare throws and scarves.
We particularly love this raffia basket in natural and white, £85, from Ross & Brown. Its lovely shape has a charming appeal and its generous size makes it a versatile choice.
4. Get extra surface space with side tables
Although more often seen in living rooms, table nests can be very useful additions to a bedroom for adding a surface as and when you need it. Use them instead of a bedside table and pull out the smaller one for lazy weekend mornings – perfect for tea and toast!
The Worthing nest of tables is a set of two made from solid oak with smooth triangular tops, £269, from Mood Collections.
5. Build storage into your bedside table
A bedside table with drawers, cupboards or some kind of storage is perfect for hiding away odds and ends like reading glasses or medication.
For lovers of modern style the Cairn pink bedside table, £199, from Made is perfect, and this design is really clever. It’s made from three stackable, modular storage trays which enables you to create the height and amount of space you need, and to add or remove them as you wish. Seen here in pink, it also comes in grey.
6. Chest of drawers? Go for width or height
Every bedroom needs a good sized chest of drawers, with taller designs being best for smaller bedrooms with little floor space, and wider ones ideal for large rooms.
The Azalas five-drawer wide chest from Barker & Stonehouse ticks all the boxes. It also has a lovely real wood veneer top which is perfect for displaying a pretty vase of flowers, or your favourite perfumes, lotions and potions. It is part of a wider range which includes wardrobes.
7. Doubling up as a home office? Find a stylish desk
With more and more of us working from home, the bedroom can often be the place that doubles up as mini home office space.
The stunning Treviso Desk by Matthew Hilton for Ercol, £1,595, could even be used as a dressing table; it has two handy drawers and plenty of work space. Seen here in oak with a clear matt finish, you can also purchase it in a walnut.
8. Save space with a hanging rail
If you’re into minimalist style and are great at keeping tidy, then why not opt for a hanging rail, such as the Clerkenwell solid oak hanging rail from Soak & Sleep? Its multi-purpose rail means you can hang things from the two rails at the top: one for hangers; the other for scarves and ties. The handy shelf is ideal for shoes or neatly folded jumpers.
9. Use the under-bed area for hidden storage
One of the best ways to keep unsightly bedroom clutter hidden is to invest in a bed that has storage underneath, especially if you have a small room with few storage options.
The Bencatel ottoman bed from Wayfair has easy lift up storage that will give you oodles of space elsewhere. Use it for duvets, bedding, pillows, cushions and seasonal clothes.
10. Display stuff in a contemporary storage trunk
If you love to display your items yet keep them dust free take a look at this super modern transparent Treasure Trunk from The French Bedroom Company. Made from clear acrylic, it’s perfect for storing your favourite shoes, or those beautiful coffee table books you like to read in bed. And it also makes a great alternative to a bedside table!
11. Use vertical space with a shelf ladder
Shelf ladders suit most rooms and are a great way of displaying and storing all sorts without taking up tons of floor space – or causing you to put your hands in your pocket for a carpenter to build shelves for you.
Crafted from spruce, the Aldsworth shelf ladder costs £165, from Grace & Grey.
12. Small bedroom or corner to fill? Try a tallboy
If space is at a premium then a tallboy is a great option. Slim enough to fit into the tightest corner, they often come with different depth drawers, which is really handy.
The Larsson Tall Chest of Drawers from Neptune is hand-finished with intricate carving and comes in a wide choice of lovely colours; seen here in Antique Salt.
13. Invest in a storage bed
If space really is tight, you might need to be creative with how you create storage for your room.
We love the fantastic 4 poster king-size bed from Vox4You, available from Cuckooland. It has a fabulous amount of storage and is super stylish to boot. There is an enclosed space behind the head, shelves above the bed and around the frame, and a closed container in the lower part of the shelving unit for blankets and pillows. There’s also an option to have a raised mattress solution for storing items underneath.
14. Use wall space for shelving
A great tip for keeping tidy is to have everything off the floor. Shelves are obviously ideal for this – hang your shelves next to the bed for easy access.
These PUNCHed white shelves from Anthology Five look great with plants and books on them. Made to order from high quality aluminium with a satin powder-coated finish; other colour choices include orange and yellow.
15. Tidy away makeup in a dedicated desk
Who knew you could actually get a purpose built make-up desk? No more frantically searching for your mascara while getting ready! An idea solution for those without a dressing table.
The compact White makeup desk with mirror from Sue Ryder. has four compartments for storing makeup, accessories and jewellery and a good sized mirror for applying it every morning. It comes in white with a contemporary design ideal for modern style lovers.
16. Pick a spacious shoe storage solution
We all have too many pairs of shoes, so why not keep your favourites neatly stacked?
The YAMAZAKI white tower steel shoe rack from Black by Design has five tiers, so you can quickly find which ones you want when rushing to get ready. Its slim profile means it can fit into small spaces and there’s a handle so you can move it around.
More shoes than you can cope with? Find all our shoe storage ideas here
17. Save space with a slimline console table
Another useful piece that works in other small rooms is the good old console table. You can use yours for displaying your favourite pieces – table lamps, books and picture frames, for example – and their narrow depth means they work brilliantly in even the smallest of spaces.
The Eva Aqua gloss console from Danetti will add a splash of colour to a tired scheme and is affordable at £99.
18. Create depth with a glazed bedroom storage cabinet
Glazed bedroom storage cabinets aren't just useful as wardrobe or cupboard storage or display - the fact that you can see right to the back of them makes your storage look more transparent, and less like it's dominating a space, just as a mirrored wardrobe would.
The FlummeryStorage Cabinet from Loaf is made of solid reclaimed fir recovered from old buildings and has a brushed white finish; the interior is painted in a lovely inky blue.
19. An armchair is not just for sitting
The humble armchair is much underrated in a bedroom, but is actually a piece of furniture that we all use quite a lot for laying out the next day’s clothes or for keeping that extra throw handy for those nights when it gets chilly. An armchair is also the perfect spot to place all of your throw cushions if you don't like them in the way when you go to bed.
We like the Rose armchair in High Tea deepest velvet, from £440, available at Perch & Parrow.
20. Don't forget about jewellery storage
Loaded with bling? You might need somewhere dedicated to its storage.
The clever Illuminating LED Armoire from Beautify has so many great elements. It’s slim for a start, so ideal if your room is small; it has an illuminating mirror and a touchscreen dimmer; you can hang all your jewellery in it, from necklaces to earrings; and there are four shelves for makeup, nail varnish and skincare pots. It also has a single drawer that’s large enough to hold a hair-dryer, £92.99, available at Domu.
21. Add storage above the bed
Remember those 1970s melamine up and overs? Maybe you're still harbouring one... Here's how to drag the look into the 21st century and make the most of every inch of potential storage space. It keeps the room looking streamlined and you can match the bedroom storage units to your existing scheme. You can even create wardrobe hanging space as well as hidden shelves and lights can be integrated so it’s a great option to consider.
22. Build in a window seat
Window seats with storage beneath are definitely worth considering if you want to maximise the space you have around an otherwise unpopulated window. They also give you somewhere to sit and read - or you can use the top to keep neatly folded throws on. Go for a made-to-measure fitted option, or find a suitable bedroom storage bench that fits the space, but remember that you may need to swap long curtains for blinds or shutters to make it work.
The Shaker range from Sharps offers a fully fitted, bespoke bedroom storage solution.
23. Don't forget under eaves storage opportunities
Maximise what is usually wasted space in your loft by opting for bespoke fitted storage under the eaves. Cupboards are an easy fit, but drawers or shelving can help make the most of the space.
Shoe storage and drawers are the best use of space in this loft bedroom by Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture.
24. Pack - then hide - bedroom storage bags
If you have space under your bed or at the bottom of the wardrobe then use vacuum storage bags to keep chunky bedding and out-of-season clothes clean and dust-free.
The Vacuum Storage Totes from Lakeland have a handle at one end so you can easily pick them up and the clear plastic sides mean you can quickly see what’s in each. Once filled and the inner bag is sealed, vacuum out the air and zip up the outer bag to ensure they only use minimal space.
25. Neat and tidy? Open plan storage is for you...
The appeal of open storage is that you can see everything straight away. The downside is that you need to keep it tidy! Think you can? Design a system to suit your needs.
The ELVARLI system from Ikea has some great elements and you can mix and match them to create a bespoke storage system; prices start from £366 for two sections.
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