7 Bedroom Storage Solutions that Save Space
Whether you’re living in a house or an apartment, there’s one thing that’s often in short supply — space. Floor space, drawer space, cabinet space — it’s the one thing that we could all do with a little more of, particularly when it comes to our bedrooms.
For many of us, the bedroom is the place where we relax — as well as sleep, dress, and sometimes work too. But how can you make the most of the space that you have, to make sure your bedroom is as comfortable and clutter-free as possible?
We at Big Furniture Warehouse have put together a list of 7 space-saving bedroom storage solutions that can turn your bedroom into the calm, tranquil, and organised space that you deserve.
1. Ottoman beds
In the average bedroom, the item of furniture that takes up the most floor space is the bed. With the standard UK double bed measuring over 6 feet (1.83 m) in length, that’s plenty of room that could easily be converted into handy storage.
You’ve probably come across under-the-bed storage solutions like rolling plastic storage bins before, but if these don’t fit in with your personal style, an Ottoman bed can be a fantastic option. These platform bed frames have a hydraulic system inside, so that you can lift the mattress up and store whatever you like in the space below!
Ottoman bed storage is a great place to keep out-of-season clothes, spare bedding for your guest room, winter duvets — anything you can imagine, really! They can be matched to your bedroom decor with a wide range of colours and fabric available, and anything you choose to store will be completely hidden away.
Storage hack: To really maximise the storage space in your ottoman bed, invest in some vacuum bags, so that you can flatten bulky items and enjoy even more spare space.
2. Folding vertically
For those who have already been exposed to The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up or the Marie Kondo method of folding, you may already be a convert to this space-saving life hack. However, if not, you’ll be pleased to know that you can double the amount of drawer space available to you by simply changing the way that you fold and store your clothes!
Most people grow up folding and stacking their clothes in their drawers. This means that thick items can eat up drawer space, and more annoyingly, get stuck when we try to open them. The KonMari method, named after its creator Marie Kondo, teaches you to fold items into tight squares, and place them vertically in a drawer.
This not only saves space, but means you can see all your clothing at once and don’t need to dig around for a specific t-shirt or a pair of trousers. It looks much more attractive and uniform, too! To learn the basics of this technique, check out this handy video tutorial of the basic KonMari fold.
Storage hack: If you have most of your clothes hanging up in a wardrobe or on a clothing rail, see which ones could be folded and stored away in a chest of drawers. Clothing rails often look neater with fewer items hanging on them, and you won’t run the risk of a catastrophic collapse from overloading them either!
3. Customisable Cube Storage
A modern storage solution that’s become a recent trend is cube shelving. With units that have as few as 4 and as many as 16 handy spaces, this versatile storage system can be customised for any bedroom — regardless of how much space you have.
Whether you’re looking for a place to store your freshly vertically folded clothing, a bookshelf, or somewhere to display your favourite decor pieces, a cube storage unit could be the perfect choice for you.
Not only can you choose from a variety of colours and finishes to fit your space, but the shelves can also be fully customised with easy-to-add inserts. At BFW, we stock a selection of drawer inserts, fabric boxes, and hinged cupboard doors which means you can personalise your cube storage.
Storage hack: A small 4-space cube storage unit can make a fantastic bedside table. Add some drawer inserts or a fabric box for a place to store your pyjamas, and pop the books you’re keen to read in the spaces above.
4. Self-adhesive hooks
These little lifesavers are a great way to free up space and keep the clutter at bay! Self-adhesive hooks are renter-friendly and can free up shelf space by allowing you to hang photos and artwork that you might otherwise be tempted to leave propped up.
You can find hooks that can support a decent amount of weight, so you can add a discreet hanging hook for your dressing gown on the back of the door. And if you have little ones, no more tripping over their wet towels!
These hooks are easy to apply, remove, and won’t damage your wallpaper or paintwork.
Storage hack: You can even fix storage hooks on the inside of your wardrobe door, for a handy place to hang belts, jewellery, or scarves.
5. Shelves, shelves, shelves!
When floor space is at a premium, one of the best things you can do is to look upwards!
Floating shelves are a stylish and eye-catching way of displaying things like plants and books, or even storing practical items like your wallet and keys. They are on the smaller side and don’t have any unsightly brackets, so they’ll take up a little less space on your wall, too.
Another space-saving option, which has been trending in interior design publications recently, is ladder shelves. These units sit close to the wall, taking up minimal floor space, and can be styled in a variety of ways.
You could wind some string lights up the side columns for a cute addition to your teenager’s bedroom, or pack it with potted plants for an incredible vertical indoor garden! The choice really is yours.
6. Sofa Beds
One mistake that many homeowners make is fitting out their guest bedroom with a full double bed. Although this can be made storage-friendly with an ottoman bed, this is a lot of space to give to a piece of furniture which may only get used once or twice a year. With a lot of us needing our guest rooms to double as offices, a folding sofa bed is a great way to make sure your guest bedroom can serve multiple purposes.
Sofa beds come in both single and double sizes, and up into a comfortable seat. You can make your guest bedroom into a gaming room for your little ones, an office, or even a home gym. The more space you have, the more possibilities are open to you!
With a number of fabrics and designs to choose from, from sofa beds to more casual futons, BFW have got you and your guests covered!
7. Window Seats
A stylish and sophisticated bedroom storage solution can be found in our range of ottoman-style window seats. You can create a cosy reading nook in your bedroom, with a bench to store bulky items like towels, sheets, or cushions. If you like to switch your decor with the seasons, a window seat can be a great place to hide away out-of-season items.
Choose from a range of fabrics and materials, and even our popular Chesterfield design. A window seat can be a great place for the kids to sit and chat to you as you get ready, or to relax and listen to the news with a cup of coffee to start your day.
We hope that you’ve found these bedroom storage tips helpful, and are now brimming with ideas to create space in your bedroom. At Big Furniture Warehouse, we’re passionate about providing stylish, high-quality furniture at an affordable price so that you can design the home you want.
Feel free to visit our online store for more innovative storage solutions, and bedroom furniture that will help you to design your space. And if you’re interested in more home and garden ideas, feel free to visit the Big Furniture Warehouse blog for more home decor tips and expert advice.