Bedroom storage ideas that are smart, ingenious and versatile

A bedroom should be a place to relax and unwind – not somewhere you have to fight through a clutter of shoes, clothes and toiletries
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  • Finding the right bedroom storage design ideas might keep you up at night, but don’t panic. Whether it’s a lack of wardrobes, drawers or hanging space making your bedroom feel less like a calm boudoir and more walk-in-wardrobe, there’s no shortage of smart storage to help you create your perfect sleep space.

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    Read on for for more simple-but-clever solutions…

    1. Build a bespoke hide-away vanity unit

    Styling: Gemma Gear; Image credit: Jo Henderson

    Built in alcove cupboards max out the storage potential of a chimneybreast wall. The shallow section over the chimneybreast needn’t go to waste, just add floating shelves and a small table top for the perfect vanity unit space.

    Folding doors shut away the clutter when not in use and a handy stool can be neatly stowed away in the fireplace recess.

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    2. Streamline a row of wall hung units

    Styling: Gemma Gear; Image credit: Jo Henderson

    If your bedroom space doubles as your work space this row of cupboards will be the perfect place to stash files and paperwork.

    Paint a row of handleless cabinets the same colour as the top half of the wall behind them, then use the bottom edge of the cupboard as the level for a lower band of colour, making the storage blend in. Carry the band of colour all around the room for a cohesive look.

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    Buy now: IVAR cabinet, £45, IKEA
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    3. Transform a chest of drawers into clever shelf storage

    Image credit: Jo Henderson; Styling: Gemma Gear

    Wall hang two basic drawer units (minus the drawers) to provide deep storage for clothes and shoes, and save on precious floor space. Add a length of dowel to create useful hanging rails, too.

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    4. Get your jewellery super sorted


    Styling: Gemma Gear; Image credit: Jo Henderson

    Hang a panel of corkboard between the brackets of a wall shelf to create a clever space to hang jewellery and help clear surfaces. Loop necklaces over smart pins and hang earrings by pushing them straight into the cork. Keep boxes and baskets on top of the shelves for extra storage.

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    Buy now: Groover chest of drawers, £825, Loaf

    5. Maximise your space with a clever storage headboard


    Image credit: Jo Henderson; Styling: Gemma Gear

    Providing handy shelves and hidden storage, this headboard also doubles as a bedside table, freeing up more space in a compact room. Team with a storage divan to stash away bedding and out-of-season clothes.

    6. Double up on desk space and bedside storage

    Styling: Gemma Gear; Image credit: Jo Henderson

    For bedrooms that double as offices (or homework rooms) this fold down desk blends storage with table top space. Finish the interior of the desk in a contrasting shade for a pop of colour when pulled down.

    Buy now: IVAR Fold down table, £128, IKEA

    7. Fit alcove cupboards


    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Built-in floor-to-ceiling storage puts alcoves either side of a bed to best use. Connect them with a full-width headboard in the same colour to give you a streamlined shelf for books and other bits. Green is a restful choice that’s perfect for bedrooms. And why not fill the gap with a panel of flamboyant wallpaper?

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    8. Pop a bookcase-turned bench at the end of the bed


    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Place a sturdy shelf unit on its side to create a bench with storage cubbies to sit at the end of the bed. Perfect for basketfuls of shoes or spare bedding. We added old feet for a pretty detail but you could also consider using castors – particularly if you are adapting the idea for moveable storage in a child’s bedroom.

    9. Store behind the door


    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Use over-the-door hooks, a key organiser and a kitchen rail to keep your favourite accessories ready to grab and go. You could even consider adding a magnifying mirror to the mix.

    S-hooks can hold anything from shoes to bags to scarves to umbrellas – but make sure you double up support for heavier items. So the overall effect doesn’t become too messy, try to use fixtures from the same range (try IKEA, Clas Ohlsen or The Holding Company for a good selection) and curate accessories in a complementary colour palette.

    10. Create a neat styling station


    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Spice racks don’t have to be confined to the kitchen! Here, a stack of three are fixed to the bedroom wall to serve as mini shelves for hair products and make-up kit, for speedy morning sessions. Note the third rack has been attached upside down, and s-hooks added, so towels don’t end up on the floor and your hair dryer or straighteners needn’t be left in a tangle.

    11. Add high shelves near the ceiling


    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    In a box room, make a feature of a high shelf on decorative brackets, with grab-handled baskets that fit flush to the ceiling, for storage that doesn’t intrude into the space. Keep bedtime reading easily accessible on a magazine rack mounted to the wall. Piles of cushions allow this bed to double as seating during the day.

    12. Squeeze in a skinny vanity unit


    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Think you can’t fit in a make-up station? Think again. this repurposes shoe storage from IKEA and is just 22cm deep and works as a dressing table in a tight space. We added leather handles to make it extra special, while the storage inside doesn’t need to be used for shoes – you could use it to stash away beauty products or linens and towels. A half-painted wall makes a feature of your furniture.

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    13. Stack, slide and style your bedside tables

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    Image credit: Mark Scott

    Modern bedside tables make versatile storage in master bedrooms or guest rooms. A single drawer is enough to hold bedside essentials or small toiletry items, so the space underneath acts as a mini book stack when traditional shelving is not an option. Reserve the top surface for a lamp, your current book and any other items you like to have immediately to hand.

    14. Go for classic wooden drawers

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    Image credit: Spike Powell

    Keep things traditional in a country bedroom scheme. Choose a chest of drawers in keeping with other furniture in your room and stow it next to your bed so it can also function as a bedside table. Hang a pretty mirror above it and keep a smart upholstered chair nearby which can also serve as a dressing table. If space is too tight for a foot-of-the-bed storage chest, go for a basket instead – it’s perfect for storing extra linen and bits and bobs. This glorious scheme is brought together by a fabulous backdrop of full-on floral wallpaper.

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    15. Reflect on fitted wardrobes

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    Image credit: Paul Raeside

    Mirrored wardrobes seem to be a little out of favour these days, but don’t rule them out. This fabulous bedroom is the all the more stylish for its smart fitted furniture – follow its lead by going for pairs of slimline mirror inserts rather than full mirrored doors.

    The run of oversized round handles adds a quirky touch. When designing a fitted wardrobe, balance the space you will gain for storage against the space you will ‘lose’ in the main room.

    Decide where your hanging, drawer and shelf space will sit – in your wardrobe or within the main room? When designing mirrored doors, bear in mind how they will reflect the room – here, the play of floral wallpaper is kept in check by the white painted ceiling and suggests another space beyond the wardrobe.

    16. Double up with your alcoves

    Bedroom storage ideas

    Image credit: Logan Irvine-MacDougall

    Design a bedroom around your storage requirements. If you have a large chimney breast with alcoves either side, use it as the central device in your decorating scheme and place your bed in front of it. Fit alcove shelves for books and decorative pieces so you won’t need to provide floorstanding shelves or cupboards.

    Be clever with fitted alcove units and design them low enough to function as bedside cabinets. Go for hanging bedside pendants rather than table lamps so you can free up surface space for additional storage or display.

    17. Let storage shine

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    Image credit: Jan Baldwin

    While we all love seamless, streamlined bedroom storage, you’ve got to adore those statement pieces, too. Why not make your mark with a gloriously glamorous mirrored chest of drawers and set it against a backdrop of stunning statement wallpaper? Bring in a signature table lamp, chair and wall-hung mirror so that there’s no mistaking your star piece of storage.

    18. Tackle small items with baskets

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    Image credit: Simon Bevan

    Use boxes, baskets, bins and trays to maximum capacity and have storage that’s both efficient and pleasing to the eye. The right containers are essential to making any space look neat, even at a moment’s notice – just toss things in and you’re done.

    This wicker basket is not only perfect for dividing and conquering pillows and throws, it also looks pretty and creates an interesting feature in this rustic, relaxed bedroom scheme.

    19. Plan wisely with hidden storage

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    Image credit: James French

    Make the most of your wardrobe space with a neat, discreet storage unit. A combination of drawers, shelves and rattan boxes creates a stylish dressing table that wouldn’t look out of place in a Scandinavian household.

    Great for keeping things concealed, simply close the doors to tuck it all away, keep your bedroom scheme looking sleek, streamlined and best of all, clutter-free.

    20. Shape up with unusual shelving

    bedroom storage ideas

    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Make a display different by swapping flat shelves for hexagonal boxes and papering the insides. These unusual shelves are both functional and fashionable. In these calm colours a bedroom can double as a quiet office space (and your desk can be a dressing table, too). Contrast grey with a warm, cheerful colour. Soft yellow is the perfect foil to pale grey, giving a gentle contrast in the bedroom.

    21. Fit panelling-cum-shelving

    bedroom storage ideas

    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Short on display space? Think about building an alcove shelf into the unused section of wall behind the bed. The shelf visually frames the bed and acts as a mantelpiece to a host of trinkets, vases, books and artwork, adding much-needed interest in a small space.

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    Play it safe by painting it white and work colour in with accessories for a look that can be changed year-on-year with minimal fuss.

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