Catherine Collins: 6 Useful Tips for Increasing Storage Space in Your Bedroom
Organising bedroom storage is easy when you have an open area, but what can you do if you’re stuck with a small bedroom that doesn’t have a lot of manoeuvring space? In that case, you need to think outside the box and find a couple of creative ideas, so if you too are looking for ways to increase your storage space, the following suggestions might help you find a solution.
This is the oldest trick in the book, but it’s still one of the most effective ones, and the philosophy behind it is simple – if you have fewer things to store, you won’t need that much storage space. So, before you start organising your clothes, declutter your closet and throw away all the things you’re not wearing anymore, and only then start thinking about the other items and create a zen-like atmosphere.
Use the space under the bed
Even if you don’t have a California king bed, your bedroom is probably equipped with quite a huge bed, which means you have a ton of unused storage space underneath it. And unless you want it to go to waste, do something about it because utilising it can make a huge difference in your bedroom storage space organisation. Add some handy containers under your bed and keep your linens, beddings, pillows and blankets there. Alternatively, you can store bigger clothing items such as jackets, sweaters and winter trousers there and free up some space in your wardrobe.
Speaking of wardrobes, the problem most often isn’t their size, but practicality – they take most of your bedroom space! Moreover, they usually don’t fit your walls and rarely utilise all the available space, which is why opting for wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling wardrobes is the best solution for those who are in a desperate need for storage space. Moreover, if you have sliding doors, you wardrobe will be much more compact even when it’s opened, which is why more and more people are looking for built in wardrobes, paired with sliding doors thus saving a lot of space – not to mention fitting all their clothes in there easily!
Use the upper space
Bedrooms with high ceilings offer lots of unused space and even though not everyone is a fan of maximising it, this can really make a difference when it comes to storing all those things you don’t use on a regular basis. So, if you install high shelves along the perimeter of your walls and use them for storing boxes, you can save a considerable amount of space in the wardrobe, and that means quite a lot in the long run.
Practical bedside tables and nightstands
For all those avid readers out there, who love nothing more than curling up in their bed with a new volume of Knausgaard’s My Struggle, a small lamp near their pillow is simply a must. But, what if their bedside tables and nightstands surpassed their initial purpose and became a small storage unit instead? Adding a couple of drawers and shelves shouldn’t be too hard and this is something you can even do on your own, so make a plan and turn these bedside tables and nightstands into something that gives you extra storage room for your sheets or blankets.
Repurpose a dresser
We all have at least one antique dresser we don’t use because it’s unpractical and takes more space than it should, so think about repurposing it. Turning it into a storage unit is one of the most creative DIY tasks in the world, and you can come up with a bunch of solutions: from a small bookcase for all your favourites to an adorable little bench that can actually provide you with some extra storage space. Finding new ways to organise storage in your bedroom is also important for keeping things in your home innovative, so search for new solutions every once in a while and your life will become more exciting as well.
Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog.