6 Small Bedroom Storage Hacks
If you live in an apartment or a tiny house, finding storage can be an ongoing challenge. With the average size of a U.S. studio now 10 percent smaller than it was in 2008, space has never been more limited. The good news is that you only need a few long-lasting purchases and a bit of ingenuity to find smart storage solutions that will keep your floors and closets free of clutter. In this article, we’ll cover our six favorite budget-friendly storage hacks that go a long way to making your small bedroom feel organized, cozy and airy.
1. Install Floating Shelves and Nightstands
Whether you’re struggling to find a home for your books, office supplies or nightstand essentials, make the most of your walls by installing floating shelves and nightstands. Not only will they clear up valuable floor space, but they can also function as a form of decor and add a charming, striking accent to your room. Since floating shelves and nightstands come in a variety of sizes, colors and materials (including ones that fit perfectly into corners), you can personalize your space by combining an eclectic mix of shelving styles and exploring endless arrangements on your walls.
2. Find a Headboard With Storage Options
Most headboards are aesthetic space fillers that do more for the look of your room than anything else. Finding a headboard with storage options can be an easy way to opt out of a clunky nightstand and keep bedside items close at hand. The BRIMNES from IKEA offers discreet side shelves that are perfect for books, chargers, gadgets and decorative flourishes, while this freestanding bookcase headboard from Bed Bath & Beyond offers front-facing compartments in several sizes for an attractive focal point of any room. If you have extra space at the foot of your bed, consider adding additional storage with a bench or ottoman to contain your extra throw pillows, blankets, linens and more.
3. Buy Bins to Stash Under Your Bed
A bedframe with built-in drawers is the ultimate way to maximize under-bed storage, but you can easily stash stackable bins as long as the frame is elevated from the floor. With their extended length and short height, these clear 41-quart Sterilite bins have the perfect dimensions to discreetly store seasonal clothes or shoes, miscellaneous files, blankets, books and pretty much anything that you don’t need to access on a daily basis. Be sure to add a label to each bin so you know exactly what’s in it.
4. Add Vertical Storage to Your Doors
Your bedroom and closet doors have plenty of untapped storage potential. Rather than clutter up the floor, drape an over-the-door shoe organizer to keep all your footwear and other items (such as gloves, socks, gift wrap tubes, makeup and more) in their own individual caddies. With flexible mesh and sturdy rack options alike, over-the-door storage solutions allow you to keep pretty much any small item in an easily visible and accessible place. Want to avoid buying a dresser? Add a hanging organizer to your closet instead or purchase cascading hangers that allow you to store more clothes in the same amount of space.
5. Make Your Office Movable
Designing a “cloffice,” or closet office, is one of the best ways to take advantage of an underutilized closet or small bedroom reach-in, but if you don’t work much at home — or if you need minimal deskspace — consider ditching the desk altogether and investing in an affordable laptop stand that you can fold and tuck out of sight after a work day. If you need to give your legs a rest and sit down, try moving to the living room or kitchen to fire off your emails instead.
6. Hang Plants From the Ceiling
Adding plants to your room has plenty of benefits, including fresher air and even boosted productivity, but resting them on a desk or in a corner isn’t always the best use of space. Instead, try hanging anything from a jade pothos to a string of hearts from the ceiling in a cute macrame planter to add dimension and green to your space, without the footprint.
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