Clutter in the bedroom is a major design no in our book. When there’s too much stuff in the bedroom, it turns what’s supposed to be the most relaxing and restful place in your home into a stressful space. As the saying goes: “A cluttered room is a cluttered mind.”
Now more than ever with so much going on in our lives, a clutter-free bedroom is even more important for our sanity’s sake. This is where good bedroom design ideas come in, and on the top of that list is smart storage. And no, you don’t need a full built-in closet to maximize storage in your bedroom. Whether you have a large master bedroom or live in a small studio apartment, you just need the right bedroom storage furniture for your space. It can range from a hefty wardrobe armoire to underbed storage or a mix of pretty storage baskets that you can easily tuck under tables and into corners.
To provide you with some guidance for streamlined organization in the bedroom, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to add more storage space with smart furnishings. Read on for our picks and design tips!
With any small bedroom design, beyond closet space and a dresser, vertical storage such as floating shelves are key. Ones with cubbies are even better for corralling small everyday items.
Why It Works: Whether you hang them above your bed or along an empty wall, floating shelves give you open storage that doubles as attractive displays. They can disguise random decor, like books, plants, candles, and art, as curated and organized vignettes.
Great for… Small bedrooms with little to no floor space. If you have things that you just can’t let go of, floating shelves also lets you arrange them into displays that don’t look or feel like clutter.
Maximizing bedroom storage is as simple as choosing a raised nightstand. They not only let you squirrel away things like a basket or bin underneath it, but they also have an airy look to them.
Why It Works: First of all, nightstands with open bases are compact so they can work in any space. Many of them have drawers, giving you three-times the storage (on the surface, inside, and underneath) for everything from books to phone chargers to slippers, all within easy reach.
Great for… those looking for an affordable, stylish, and versatile bedside table option. You can’t go wrong with a streamlined and elevated nightstand as long as it suits your style and space.
No closet? No problem. Invest in a wardrobe armoire with tons of closed storage for clothes and more. The best part is that it’s a big piece that takes up vertical rather than floor space.
Why It Works: Think of the wardrobe as the all-in-one storage piece. It’s a dresser and a closet that lets you hide everything, from clothing and shoes to bed linens and towels. It has deep compartments so you can also create your own storage system inside with baskets and bins.
Great for… those who have zero closet space in the bedroom or even those who need more clothing storage. This is also perfect for keeping messes hidden behind closed doors.
The space below our beds is often underutilized. It’s prime storage space for baskets and bins that are easy to access. If you’re out of ideas for bedroom storage, make the most of this area.
Why It Works: Whether you use pretty decorative baskets or add in a glide system of plastic bins under your bed, it’s the perfect place for stashing away seasonal clothes, shoes, blankets, comforters, books, and other bulky items. Consider lidded containers, which help keep out dust.
Great for… kids bedrooms where there are items they’ll grow out of with age but need to be stored for the time being. Underbed storage is also great in dorm rooms and shared bedrooms.
Platform Storage Bed
On the other hand, you can also opt for a platform bed with deep storage drawers instead. It’s the perfect clean-lined investment piece that also gives you tons of functional bedroom storage.
Why It Works: This two-in-one bed and storage piece can easily replace your dresser or closet space. These platform beds often come with spacious drawers that can hold comforters and pillows as well as big coats. Just make sure you have space all around to pull out the drawers.
Great for… studio apartments where your bedroom and living area are one and you’re probably pressed for closet space.
When it comes to bedroom storage furniture that has both good looks and tons of space inside, consider a large Mid-Century dresser. It’s an investment piece that will be functional for years.
Why It Works: If you have the floor space, a Mid-Century dresser will provide you with storage for clothing, books, files, and anything else you want to keep stylishly out of sight. Not to mention, you can also use the surface for storage as a vanity or style your dresser top with decor and art.
Great for… typical spacious bedrooms and guest rooms where you can add bigger furniture pieces and stress less about floor space because it’s not a space you interact with daily.
Bedside Chest Of Drawers
Enlist a pair of chest of drawers instead of standard-size nightstands to increase storage all around. Typically designed with three drawers, these chests are best in big bedrooms.
Why It Works: Doubling as nightstands and dressers, chests of drawers can hold clothing, extra linens, and other personal items while keeping it conveniently bedside. This approach works well in couples’ bedrooms as it gives each person their own separate storage space.
Great for… any couple’s large master bedroom where practical storage is needed beyond the closet. The double-dresser look also works beautifully with any style bedroom furniture.
One of our favorite bedroom storage ideas is pulling in a pretty and practical storage bench. It provides comfort as a seat while also allowing you to hide clutter in plain sight. It’s a win win.
Why It Works: The deep compartment under the upholstered seat top is great for extra blankets, linens, and pillows. Meanwhile, it also blends seamlessly into any room as a seat. This is our idea of sneaky storage that’s simple and stylish, and it’s the easiest way to contain clutter.
Great for… master bedrooms, kids rooms, and guest rooms alike. A storage bench works in any room given its versatile nature. Try lining up two under a bedroom window for a chic setup.
If you already have your key storage pieces in place and are looking for smaller containers to corral things, baskets are always our go-to. They often come in sets and work in any setting.
Why It Works: Lidded baskets can easily be styled into any space, no matter the size of the room or the style of furniture. Whether you use just one or a cluster in various sizes that are spread out, they always give you a chic and clean look and can hold more than you think inside.
Great for… all bedrooms. You can tuck one under a nightstand or a few under the bed. There are endless basket storage ideas, and how you use them is up to you. Plus, they’re affordable!
Bookcase With Open Shelving
For an alternative to nightstands and dressers, consider an open bookcase for bedside storage instead. It utilizes vertical wall space while the shelves also become a sort of curated focal point.
Why It Works: It’s a creative approach to a nightstand and bedroom storage that saves you a ton of floor space, so you can’t beat that. You can use a shelf for nightstand essentials, books, art, and other small decor that you want to display rather than hide as well. Make it a point to curate the objects on the shelves to appear purposeful, which will help minimize visual clutter.
Great for… those looking for stylish but clever home storage solutions for their bedroom. Also, if your bedroom has high ceilings or if you want to show off your style without hanging up art.
Modern Closet Rack
For a thoroughly modern approach to storage in your bedroom, try setting up a streamlined open clothes rack and closet system. It’s a chic way to turn your wardrobe into a showcase that also saves space.
Why It Works: An open storage rack provides you with easy access to all your everyday clothing and accessories. Even if you have closet space, you can still use one as an extension for the fashion pieces you wear the most. Hang a mirror on the rack to make it a feel like its own dressing area and a centerpiece in your room.
Great for… city apartments where you have small closets or in a bedroom where you want to infuse a more loft-life look and feel. The open closet rack definitely has a high-style fashion vibe to it while giving you plenty of extra storage.