Bedroom storage

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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Ideally, we want the bedroom to be a peaceful, calming place, a sanctuary that we can withdraw to when we are tired. In order to make this this room feels like a restful place, it is important to pay attention to the storage options in your bedroom.  This is to make sure you aren't left looking at clutter at the end of the day. Of course we all wish we had huge walk-in closets in which to keep our clothes, linens and other belongings, but often, in order to preserve space, bedrooms nowadays lack even normal sized closets. If you have a room like this, never fear! In this ideabook we bring you a number of suggestions for how to fit storage space into bedrooms of all sizes.

Wardobes

For those who have the floor space, the best solution to a lack of closets may be wardrobes. Wardrobes can sometimes be bulky, so it is important to considerer very carefully how they will work with the rest of the décor in the room. The designer of the bedroom pictured here, has managed to fit in two large wardrobes without allowing them to take over the feel of the room. The natural wood of the wardrobes matches well with the room's floorboards and creates a peaceful contrast with the colour of the walls and accessories. The way that they are situated on either side of the door keeps them balanced. 

Subtly concealed

By lining the entire wall with cabinets, this lovely bedroom manages to appear as though it doesn't need cabinets at all. This is a good solution for smaller bedrooms that would rather not lose floor space to bulky wardrobes or dressers. It does, however mean that nothing can go directly in front of the cabinet wall, as you will need space to open the doors.  

A clever hiding space

When looking for storage in small rooms, it is important to make the most of ignored spaces like under the bed. If your bed is elevated, the area below provides a huge amount of storage that is relatively hidden from view. If you want to be sure your things are completely out of sight, a bed like the one pictured is a good choice.  Here, you can lift up the mattress and easily fit your linens into the hidden compartment.  

On display

We want to keep some items, like books, photos and keepsakes, on display. In this room, shelves placed all long the wall behind the bed provide a perfect place to store and show off these objects. The shelf is custom built to act as a headboard, making it the perfect fit for the space. Note: this look works best if the display shelf remains the main focal point in the room. Be careful however, too much art or colourful furniture could make this bedroom feel cluttered. 

A matched set

Another option for including storage space in your bedroom is not to try to hide these pieces of furniture, but to make them the main source of decoration in the room.  A matched bedroom set, like the bed, wardrobe and dresser shown in this picture, can bring a strong character to the space. Here, the richly detailed design of this furniture gives the room an opulent, lavish atmosphere.

Rise above

If you are very pressed for storage space, consider lofting your bedroom.  Raising the floor just 50 centimetres will give you space to store all kind of things, and allow you to leave the floor space free from excess furniture. 

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How do you store things in your bedroom? Share your tips below!
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