Lack of storage space is an issue in many homes and with UK homes getting smaller on average, is a problem many of us will face at some point or another. Whether it’s trying to fit furniture into a box room, dealing with an awkwardly shaped bedroom or just making the most of a smaller-than-average main bedroom, maximising the space you have in a smaller bedroom is crucial. In this article, we’ll look at ways to increase your storage in a small bedroom.
Pre-made furniture isn’t always the best choice for smaller bedrooms as it can take up more floorspace than necessary and if you have an unusually shaped bedroom or one with awkward angles or alcoves, then you’ll probably struggle to find pieces to fit. Custom-built furniture, on the other hand, such as fitted wardrobes can be designed to the specific requirements of your room in order to maximise the space available.
When it comes to adding storage to a bedroom, many people automatically think of under the bed but will forget to consider the space above the bed. Utilising the free space around your headboard with over-the-bed wardrobes will provide you with a lot more storage space without taking up precious floor space.
Consider the depth of furniture before buying it and opt for narrower or shallower options where possible to make the walkways around your room wider and easier to navigate without bumping into things or feeling hemmed in.
Use a range of storage types to maximise the storage potential in your bedroom. Think about your storage needs from larger items such as bedding, blankets and shoes through to the tiniest items like jewellery, stationary and underwear. Invest in boxes, bags and baskets that will work well with your existing furniture and decor and can be placed inconspicuously under the bed or on top of a cupboard. Using desk, drawer and dressing table organisers will also help you keep surfaces and the insides of your bedroom furniture tidy and clutter-free.
Dual-purpose furniture is a must-have for smaller bedrooms. If you can’t fit two pieces of furniture into a space, then rather than sacrifice one or the other, find a piece that serves both functions. For example, a bedside table with drawers or shelving can also be used to accommodate clothing or books. If floor space beside your bed is limited, floating shelves can hold your nightstand essentials instead and also house plants and picture frames.
If floor space is limited then make the most of the vertical space on offer and use your walls. As well as being the perfect place for decorative items such as photographs and prints, they can also be used practically for shelving or hanging items such as scarves and jewellery.
Clean, clear walkways will make what little floor space you have appear larger. Keep floor clutter to an absolute minimum and tidy away potential trip hazards such as shoes, trailing cables and laundry.
The back of your bedroom door is another frequently overlooked area for storage. Hooks can be used to hang towels, dressing gowns, jackets, scarves or handbags. You could also use an over-the-door shoe rack or fit towel rails or narrow shelves to the back of your door to house other everyday essentials within easy reach.