Bedroom Storage Ideas
Bedroom Storage Ideas to Use Now
- Lighting - If you have small bedside tables or none at all consider mounting your lights on the wall. Many do not require an electician because the wires are on the outside of the wall and elegantly covered. They come in many styles and are very practical. The lights are great for bedside reading and free up valuble table space.
- Shelving - You can install shelving anywhere you have wall space. So, think vertical. It can be used for displaying collections, photos, books, just about anything you want to keep up off the floor. If you have an attic bedroom you can also add shelves in the space right below where the slope ends - take advantage of the slopes. Some say they are a hinderance while I say they add character and add an opportunity to be creative.
- Drawers - You can use the traditional drawer dividers. You can also get creative and visit flea markets or antique shops for unique trays, bottles, boxes, or glasses that can be used for bedroom storage in drawers.
- Empty Your Pockets - Most men(and some women) do have the habit of emptying their pockets when they walk into the bedroom. Plan to have a jewelry box or men's catchall box for the odds and ends that are carried everyday. They also make special boxes for watches or jewelry that are very stylish.
- Perfumes and Lotions - Like stated before, organize like items together. Place all perfumes and special lotions on one decorative tray. It can be placed on a dresser or on a dressing table in the bathroom.
- Bedside Table - Use nested nightstands, stack old vintage suitcases, Use a coffeetable and place a small storage unit on top for extra items such as a pen, paper, book, glasses, etc. This is a good idea for those who have a platform bed - tradition tables are usually too high. Place a skirt around a small table. Even if it is not in the best of shape simply paint it or place a tray on top to conceal any damage. Use the space under the skirt for additional concealed bedroom storage.
- End of the Bed - The tradition is to place a chest at the end of the bed. But you can also consider a dresser or bench. Do you have a modern decor? - try placing a metal bench or chest from an automotive department that is in sleek silver. These supply extra bedroom storage while being decorative and functional.
- Under the Bed - If you have a bedskirt in place than you can definitely use underbed storage. There are many options available. You can use clear plastic storage bags or bins designed for under the bed. Another idea is to make a underbed drawer out of an old dresser drawer by adding a handle and wheels to the bottom. Just make sure the items in the box are also sealed in a bag to protect the items. Any kind of old boxes like hat boxes can also be used.
- Vanity - I think that there are less people today that use a traditonal vanity. However, there are other ideas to make your own modern version of a vanity. You can use an old desk or any other table that is the right size for your space. These can be picked up inexpensively at yard sales. Don't be too concerned about the condition as long as the frame is good. The appearance can be altered dramatically by painting or refinishing the piece. You can also add a skirt to the table and add more bedroom storage under it.
- Bed Frame - If you are really in need of space you can always use a bedframe with built in bookcases at the head of the bed. But bedroom storage can be made as well. If your bed is on a regular frame mount your own shelves at the head of the bed and just place the bed at the top.
- Dressers and Armoires - The day of matching furniture pieces has pretty much changed over the last several years. Be creative in you bedroom storage. Choose from old pieces such as vintage dressers or cabinets. Armoires also add a great deal of storage and are also the most versatile. It can be used for clothing , an entertainment center for music or television, linens, or any other items that need storage.
- Calling All Spaces - When planning your bedroom storage you must review every space that has a surface area to be considered for storage. For example, a wide headboard can accomodate books, glasses, or pen and a writing notebook. A wide windowsill can hold collections of photos, boxes or baskets of items, or books. A bay window can be converted to a window seat to house linens or out of season clothing. A fireplace mantel can hold collectables and photos or again decorative storage boxes or bins. The top of a high dresser or armoire can hold a large basket or decorative hat boxes for your bedroom storage as well.
- Divide and Conquer - What I mean by this is if you have a large bedroom divide it using two tall bookcases back to back for extra storage. A dividing screen can also be used. You can add pockets to the screen to help you contain small items.
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As you see your bedroom storage can be as creative as you can imagine. Hopefully these ideas have sparked some more creative thoughts for your specific bedroom space. Once you see how neat and organized it can be with a little effort you will never go back to a cluttered bedroom again.
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