Bedroom Storage Solutions

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Small apartments or homes often have limited storage space so it’s really important to maximize the space that’s actually available. One of the biggest challenges is the bedroom, especially if it’s small. Two people sharing the room presents an even greater dilemma.

  • Sort through the clothing or items that belong in the closet or cupboard and eliminate what you haven’t used in the past few months. Do you really need that piece of clothing or pair of shoes?
  • Purchase a closet organizer to replace the single pole that is typically installed in the space. There are so many styles and price ranges to choose from that you’re sure to find just the right system for your purpose.
  • Put clear storage boxes on the top shelf to store out of season items. You’ll still be able to see what you have. Or use baskets that you have labeled.
    • Another idea for out of season clothing is to use vacuum sealed space bags. The downside to that is that you’ll likely need to press everything when you remove the clothing from the bags!

    Storage Space for Two

    So there are two of you in the room? Been there, done that! As crowded as it can be for two people sharing a small space, there are DIY solutions.

    • One of my favorite ideas is to use low chests of drawers as bedside tables. The tops are wide enough for a lamp, books and a glass of water and the drawers are perfect for clothing.

    Kiran Embossed Metal DresserMy husband had the tall dresser in the room and I used the two low chests with drawers that doubled as bedside nightstands. A great solution for a potential problem!

    An ideal height is between 27″ and 30″ and the width can be whatever size will fit nicely on each side of the bed.

    There’s plenty of room in each drawer for clothing or accessories.

    Here’s another option from Dot & Bo.

    Hagerstown Walnut 3-Drawer Dresser and TV Organizer: Dot & Bo

    • Consider under-the-bed storage, as well. Use clear plastic containers with wheels to store whatever you need to access on a fairly regular basis.


    They are ideal for shoes, for example. Because the bins are easy to roll out and can be opened from either end, it’s easy to choose the shoes you want to wear, then slide the bin back underneath the bed. Perfect!

    I think this makes sense regardless of the size of the room or the number of people sharing it! The key is to think outside the box!

    Utilizing Vertical Spaces

    Storage in a small room can be created vertically, as well.

    • Use the backs of doors and walls as storage 5.-Use-the-back-of-a-bathroom-door-to-hang-towels-29-Sneaky-Tips-For-Small-Space-Livingsurfaces. This idea of attaching two towel bars to the back of the bathroom door is nothing short of brilliant. But the same principle can be applied in the bedroom. It would be perfect for hanging ties or scarves or even towels, for that matter, which frees up space in the bathroom. Especially if you only have one bathroom.
    • Consider attaching hooks to the back of the door or to the bedroom walls in an organized manner. It’s an attractive and functional solution.



    I love these decorative hooks, too, for keeping jewelry in order. Every opportunity for being organized should be a priority in a small space.

    wall hooks

    These suggestions can be applied to just about any room. You’ll be amazed at how simple it will be to keep everything in order once you actually have it in order!

    See which of these ideas will work for you. You’ll find that it’s easier to stay organized once you get organized!

    Your thoughts?

    I’ll be pleased to post photos of your small bedroom storage solutions so be sure to send them to me in the comments!

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    16 thoughts on “Bedroom Storage Solutions

    1. Cheryl, you’ve posted a few excellent ideas for small space organization! Here are a few more ideas that have done the trick for me, feel free to add my ideas to your site!:
      -Tall, stackable storage containers for the kitchen pantry.
      -Baskets for linens or pillows. Or baskets on gliders in the pantry. I just love baskets!
      -Maximize your storage spaces by adding shelves.
      -A foldable step stool to reach the high shelves!
      -A decorative trunk or storage ottoman/bench at the end of your bed = storage + decor! Even better if it’s a bench and you can take a seat to lace your sneakers.
      ~Brianna @ The Home of Gratitude

      • Thanks, Brianna! I think all of your ideas are terrific. Some of them I have included in older posts such as Multi Purpose Furniture for Small Spaces and Decorating Ideas from Pinterest . But I will be updating some of my other posts to include your other suggestions – For example, I DO have a foldable stool in my kitchen…I’m 5′ tall and can barely reach the second shelf in my cabinets…don’t know why I didn’t think of that tip, myself!!

        Thanks again for stopping by – I do appreciate your feedback. I hope you’re having a great week.


    2. Excellent post.
      Made me realise I must start clearing out my bedroom closet and get rid of clothes I no longer use.
      You have some brilliant ideas must get those plastic container s for under the bed to store shoes ideal!
      Also I like your idea of using back of doors for storage.
      You have some v attractive images in the post too!

      • Thank you for the kind comments! There are so many aspects to small space living that can be applied to any size home…especially closets! Closets are especially tricky because (a) the doors can be closed so we don’t see the mess and (b) choosing what to keep and what to get rid of is a miserable chore!

    3. Hello chery, this is great article, i really loved the ideas in it, very informative too,Those are excellent ideas to manage space at your home, i liked the idea of using the back doors as a storage place never comes through my mind, this article will helps me in the near future to use every empty space in my home, thanks for sharing 🙂

    4. Hi Cheryl. Thanks for these great tips, storage space is always an issue in our home. We have limited cupboard space and 2 bedrooms. Hubby and I in one room and our 2 kids in the other bedroom. And we have one bathroom to share. I especially loved the idea of chest of drawers as bedside tables. It is so simple that I can’t believe I never thought of it!
      The towel rails on the back of the door also is something that would really make a huge difference to our bathroom!

    5. Hi Cheryl 🙂 This is a great post! I’ve was living in a super small efficiency last year with my 9 year old son so I did most of these things other than buy a closet organizer. These are great tips. Another thing I did was have a bunk bed with drawers built into the bottom. I also used clear plastic bins under the bathroom sink for more room in the bathroom. Anyway, thanks for the post and I look forward to visiting again 🙂

    6. hi Cheryl!
      Boy can I relate to storage in small spaces! My partner recently moved in with me and it has been a challenge to say the least. I have lots of clothes so the closet is full. And I have an organizer and baskets! And I donated some! What saved me is that my bed has 2 large drawers at the bottom. Those became his. I try to be as creative as possible and purge as much as possible but it remains a challenge. The back of the door contains a shoe organizer as well. Every inch is used!

      • It really IS a challenge but it sounds like you have everything under control, Emily. I’ll post new suggestions from time to time. It’s always been a learning experience for me, as well!

    7. Hi Cheryl,
      I’ve heard both positive and negative points on using the “Un-puffed” storage bags. With the vacuum-sealed space saving bags are there any worries of “staleness” or possible mildewing when leaving winter clothes and jackets in them while storing like in the attic or in the garage and if so (this is the only thing that worries me) what can be done to prevent said issues? Thank you for your time on this issue.

      • Thanks for the feedback, Todd! I have used the vacuum-sealed storage bags and haven’t experienced any mildewing or staleness, thank goodness! I had bedding stored in them in a cargo trailer for several months when I was in the process of moving. However, it’s possible that if they aren’t sealed properly that could happen and that would certainly be something to consider. I’ll update the post to reflect that. Thanks, again.

    8. Hi. Those are nice ideas to manage space at your home. But I have some suggestion about your website. I think the style is coherent with your niche, but this theme has a small, too small letter. I don’t know if there are other themes with better font than this. That’s all. KEEP GOING. Te tip about the boxes is especially useful. If you have any question don’t hesitate to send me a mail.

      • Thanks, Javier, for your suggestions and comments. I agree about the font and I’m going to see about increasing the size…just haven’t had time to figure it out. But it’s something I do need to deal with as soon as possible. I appreciate your feedback.

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