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Clutter-Free Dreams: 11 of Our Best Bedroom Storage Ideas

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!

Floating Shelves

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.

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Elevated Nightstand

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.

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Wardrobe Armoire

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.

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Underbed Bins

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.

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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.

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Mid-Century Dresser

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.

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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.

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Storage Bench

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.

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bedroom storage furnitureLidded Baskets

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!

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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.

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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.

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The Best Home Storage Solutions for Any Room in Your House

Storage. It’s something we all need—and something most of us never seem to have enough of. In fact, home storage solutions are actually one of our most-requested features from Modsy customers! For those who have plenty of closets or a basement or garage where you can store stuff this isn’t much of a problem—but for those of us who don’t have those features in our home, we have to get creative!

However, there are many ways to use design to your advantage and use it to help increase your storage space and make the most of the space you do have. And we’re not just talking about buying furniture that gives you extra storage. Because furniture storage options like a credenza, while beautiful and practical, are bulky and take up valuable square footage that many small spaces can’t afford. And most often it’s small spaces that need the most creative storage solutions. No, we’re talking about both hidden storage ideas and practical organizational solutions that will make your life easier, help you stay organized, and make your home more beautiful.

If you’re wondering how to create more storage space in your home, we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up our best clever storage ideas for every room in your house!

home storage solutions1. Get Organized With Large Baskets

One of our favorite home storage solutions is utilizing baskets. Large baskets are easy organization tools, as they can be moved around to where you need them most and you can easily stash things in them to keep your home looking sleek. Plus, woven baskets look great anywhere in your home!

Some favorite basket storage ideas for homes with kids? Assign a basket to each kid, and they’ll always know where to put their stuff during clean-up! Baskets can also help make use of the “dead space” underneath raised furniture, like a bench, platform bed, or sofa, adding extra storage while minimizing clutter. And you can also utilize the wall space above the furniture for added organization or decor. Hang a floating shelf, and perhaps a mirror to help reflect light and open up your space.

Bonus organization tip: If you’re using the bench in your entryway but don’t have a front closet or space for a coat rack, consider hanging a single hook near your front door. This gives you the perfect flexible organization option for coats, a dog leash, or even a purse.

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home storage solutions2. Wall-Mount a Storage Shelf

We love the idea of using floating wall shelves with cubbies for additional storage. Using this style, like the one pictured above, means you not only have the top shelf space for storage and display, but you can also use the inside cubby for storage! (Whereas, with a traditional floating shelf, you mainly just have space for decoration.)

Wall-mounted storage shelves are a great storage solution for small bedrooms that don’t have a ton of space, giving you extra surface space for books, cosmetics, personal objects, or even baskets for stowing socks or accessories! And, since they’re floating shelves rather than a standing bookshelf, you don’t have to worry about them taking up any precious floor space.

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home storage solutions3. Do Double-Duty with a Storage Bench

Storage benches are perfect home storage solutions for any space in your home. They’re great in entryways, as pictured above, for stowing outdoor gear, bags, extra shoes while also giving you a place to sit as you put on and take off your shoes. And, in an entryway, it’s particularly nice to pair them with a coat rack and mirror. But they’re also great in living rooms, hallways, and bedrooms.

Wherever you place a storage bench, it gives you an easy, out-of-sight place to put clutter—which is great for busy households with kids. Instead of stressing about things looking cluttered, you can just throw things in the storage bench and have it out of sight and out of mind! And we love the practicality of a storage bench with drawers versus a lid that lifts up, so that you can have a nice arrangement of pillows or a blanket on top that doesn’t get disturbed every time you want to put something away.

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home storage solutions4. Divide your Room With Shelves

For those in studio apartments, where storage tends to be minimal and you don’t have the benefit of as much wall space, we love the idea of using a room divider with built-in shelves. Not only does this help add more distinct zones to your space, but by opting for one with built-in shelves, you’re adding surface space for books, decor, baskets, and more. We love pieces that offer double-duty practicality.

This is also a great option for homes with open living and dining rooms, or as a way to section off a play area or office within a living room. For everyone who’s working at home right now and doesn’t have a separate office, this is a perfect way to create that separation of work and living space. If a room divider isn’t quite your style, a great alternative would be open-back bookcases floating in the middle of the room, which can still help create some distinct zones within a space.

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home storage solutions5. Keep a Low-Profile with Wall-Mounted Bookshelves

When square footage is at a premium, we’re big believers in utilizing the height of your room and making the most of vertical space. That’s where wall-mounted shelves come in. They have a slimmer, lower profile than traditional bookcases or credenzas—so, overall take up less space—but still offer a ton of shelf space for storage.

With open shelving like this, you can still have hidden storage by placing baskets or organizational boxes on some of the shelves. This is a great option for an office or for living room storage ideas. In fact, the desk and shelf combo, pictured above, is perfect for if you don’t have space for a separate office but still need a space for working from home.

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home storage solutions6. Sneak in Storage with a Coffee Table

If you have a small living room that doesn’t have space for additional storage, then you definitely need to consider a storage coffee table. This piece of furniture gives you a place to stash extra blankets, remotes, magazines—whatever you want close at hand but out of sight! And it’s also perfect for cleaning up clutter in a pinch when someone stops by unannounced!

We love the option featured in the design above because it doesn’t look like a storage piece but is seriously so practical for a small living room. Plus, the lid pops off, so you can put a bowl or tray on top of the coffee table and easily remove the lid without upsetting all of the decor. But, if you don’t like a drum table style, you could also go with a storage coffee table that has drawers, a pop-up top, or even just a traditional coffee table with two tiers so you can use the bottom shelf for storage. All in all, it’s one of our favorite storage ideas for small spaces.

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home storage solutions7. Corral Clutter With a Credenza

For those who do have a little space to spare, you can’t go wrong with a console table or credenza. These low-maintenance furniture pieces offer tons of storage—but, if you get one with doors and drawers, you can simply hide away what’s stored inside! So, you don’t have to worry about maintaining it and keeping it looking good like you would for an open or glass-front shelving unit. No one knows how much clutter is hidden behind those gorgeous carved doors! Plus, the top is a perfect place for decor, a lamp, and perhaps a bowl or tray for keys or knick-knacks. This is a perfect way to utilize a random nook in your home for storage.

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home storage solutions8. Utilize a Pass-Through Space

Do you have a wide hallway, a larger entryway area, or even a pass-through or alcove space that you aren’t sure what to do with? Make the most of this “dead space” by lining the wall with useful pieces. This is a great place for a console with drawers, giving you both hidden storage and surface space for decor and organization. And we love the style above that has a lower shelf—perfect for shoe storage!

If you have a longer space, you could also add a bench, and hang some wall hooks for additional storage. And, while not a storage solution, adding a runner will help give this set-up a more intentional look instead of it being a hodge-podge of furniture and objects! By putting wall space to work, you can make the most of a space that would otherwise go unused.

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Dresser Styling: 10 Ways to Decorate This Bedroom Essential

It’s safe to say that most bedrooms have a dresser. But it’s important to remember that a dresser is not only a piece of furniture for clothing storage—but it also offers surface space to your room! And it’s important to consider this element in bedroom design if you want a space that feels polished and considered.

dresser decorating ideasBut what do you put on a dresser? And how do you style it in a way that looks polished and not cluttered? First, there are many ways to style a bedroom dresser, so there’s not one right or wrong answer! It all depends on your needs—Is the dresser in a kids room? Is there a TV on top of it? Do you need extra space for storage and organization?—your personal style, and what else is happening in your space. (Aka the room shape, size, and window placement.)

But there are some universal tips that you can use to style your dresser. And we’re not just talking tips for on top of your dresser, but also for around it. Keep reading for our 10 best dresser decorating ideas and tips on how to style your dresser in a way that complements your design style!

For the Contemporary TV Viewer

When you have a TV on or hung above your dresser, we recommend adding low-profile decor on the dresser top. Think: short vases and plants or a small stack of books. You want to make sure you don’t obscure the view of the TV. But using these elements on your dresser top helps incorporate the TV into the design so that it doesn’t feel like an eyesore.

We also love the idea of having a full-length mirror next to your dresser for getting dressed and having a tall basket nearby for laundry or extra storage. A taller plant on the other side of the dresser helps visually balance out the overall set-up.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Refined Rustic Lover

Going for a symmetrical design is a more formal approach to dresser styling—but one that certainly looks beautiful. Top your dresser with a mix of sentimental objects, photos of loved ones or favorite vacations, and a plant for a vase of flowers. (And maybe even a tray for your morning coffee!) But don’t overdo it—keep your dresser top decor simple and refined.

With this approach, we like the idea of centering a mirror over the dresser—just make sure it’s no more than two-thirds the width of the dresser. Because then you can hang sconces or pendants on either side, saving surface space on your dresser while still giving you cozy layered lighting. However, this lighting approach is definitely more permanent—so it’s not great for renters or if you like to rearrange your layout often!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Contemporary Collector

Love an eclectic bedroom design? We have some bedroom dresser decor ideas for that. Hanging a tapestry above your dresser adds soft texture and an interesting decorative element. Pair that with a large lamp to add light and give an eclectic flair to the set-up. We also love the idea of using a hat as a decorative element in your dresser styling—which also allows you to keep it close-at-hand for sunny days!

Add a practical element with a hanging clothing rack for jackets, hats, and bags, as well as a nearby mirror for getting ready. And a record player atop your dresser lets you enjoy your favorite music while beginning and ending each day.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Discerning Collector

Hanging a mixed media gallery wall above your dresser is a perfect way to incorporate a small TV, a mirror, and some favorite artwork. With a busier wall design, keep the surface of your dresser minimal but personal—with personal touches like a jewelry box, picture frames, and fresh flowers. A neutral color palette creates a cohesive look and keeps it from feeling too eclectic. Meanwhile, large plants add texture.

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For the Mod Enthusiast

Bedroom decorating can be challenging when you have to work around doors and windows. If you have a window above your dresser, keep dresser top decor simple below the window and don’t block the view. Above, you’ll see a great example of how to style a dresser under a window, with just a lamp, vases, and a box for trinkets or jewelry. Since the dresser top design is more simple, we added a practical element to the side, with a wall mirror, stool, and storage basket—along with some cheery pops of yellow!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Classic Collector

Just because you have a smaller dresser doesn’t mean you can’t utilize large decor. In fact, we recommend it! It’s a fun, unexpected way to play with scale. And, as long as you’re embracing the drama, consider some dramatic contrast with colors as well—like dark walls with pink, orange, and gold decorative accents.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Rustic Traveler

Add some personality and color to your dresser set-up with a large piece of art hung above your dresser. Pair it with layered decor like baskets, plants, and an interesting lamp. Small baskets atop your dresser are perfect for jewelry, scrunchies, or makeup.

Next to the dresser, add extra storage with woven laundry hampers and other baskets—which coordinate with the baskets on the top of the dresser. A large mirror makes getting dressed and checking your outfit a breeze, plus helps make your room appear larger—a great hack for small bedroom designs!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Contemporary Minimalist

Are you a minimalist? Go for a clean and clutter-free dresser top. Include just what you need—a small, practical lamp, and perhaps your journal and current book to keep them nearby. Opting for a larger mirror gives you a more bold, contemporary look. (And we love how the shape of this mirror echoes the shape of the dresser.) A simple, muted color palette keeps the look calm and clean.

A hamper next to the dresser is really the only other thing you need. Just make sure you opt for one with a lid if you don’t like seeing dirty socks and want to have a more streamlined look!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Rustic Bohemian

A trunk-style dresser is a bold and unique bedroom furniture piece—not to mention very sturdy. Layering decor on and near your dresser promotes an eclectic vibe. The tapestry, mirror, and basket all add some wonderful texture. (And the basket offers both storage and an aesthetically pleasing way to fill out the empty space next to your dresser.) On top of your dresser, play with different heights of objects—like taller vases and a simple tray, perfect for placing your morning cup of tea in a way that keeps the look classy and helps ensure you don’t spill on your dresser! But, with all these layers and textures, you may want to ground the look in an earthy color palette, which gives this space a soothing vibe.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Kids Bedroom

There are many approaches you can take to styling the dresser in your child’s bedroom—but we love taking the practical approach. In a nursery, you may want to simply go for a dresser with a changing table topper. But once you’re past the diaper-changing phase, you can leave the changing table topper on there and use it to help corral clutter and keep things organized! Here, we’re using it for layered storage of toys, blankets, and other necessities—great for small rooms that don’t have a ton of storage. We love baskets as an easy and low-maintenance way to stash kids toys. And, during the day, you can just set the basket on the floor and let your kids dig in!

To balance out the practicality of layered storage, we went with a colorful and youthful approach—with bright walls, fun poms on the basket covers, and a lovely lamp.

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