8 Clever Bedroom Storage Hacks
There are numerous ways in which space can be maximized and used more effectively in your home, which if you live in a particularly sought after or urban area, could be a real issue for you.
1. Upper Perimeter Shelves
Consider installing shelving all around the upper perimeter of your wall space, so that lesser used items can be put there; not necessarily at arm’s reach but visible and neatly stored. If you want you can continue adding layers of shelves, have some sort of ladder, and create a vintage style library in your own bedroom. That’s not to say the things stored all have to be books, but it maximizes the space and helps create a certain ambience and aura that sets the tone for who you are.
2. A Headboard With Storage Capacity
Headboards can be modified so that they act as nifty storage nooks. A radiator shelf can be installed above a sliding unit, the kind you get in kitchens, which may be inserted so that shoes, underwear or whatever else may be stored in the space behind your bed. For extra security, things like car keys, wallets, lap-tops etc. might also be stowed there. It will enable you to subtly arrange your bedroom so that it isn’t too ‘busy’.
3. Under The Bed Storage
Storage beds are such a good idea. They will provide you with as much storage space as the average dresser. They have the advantage of being unobtrusive and unnoticeable; things like winter duvets can be stored in there without having to go the trouble of stuffing them into jumbo vacuum storage bags in the attic. It’s also far easier and less risky than venturing into the attic in the first place. Attics, of course, are ideal for long-term storage; things you might not need again for over a year, or things you wish to pass on to your grown-up children.
The advantage of a staircase-bookcase is that it looks stylish and breath-taking, it does away with the need for a ladder for those higher shelves, and it allows you to store thing behind its lower shelves. You can even purchase ones that have a door which opens into the ‘dead space’ behind the lower shelves. There are actually multiple versions of these, and you can go for one with a slightly steeper gradient, if you have a head for heights. In any case, it’s a unique fixture which says something about you.
5. Fold-Down Desk
Fold-down desks, or desks embedded under a high-rise bed are not just for children. They can function just as effectively function for adults, and have the advantage of using more of your bedroom’s square inches, ie. the 90% of space above your bed that’s usually used for nothing. It’s also possible to have a fold-down desk that converts into a fold-down bed. It’s best to invest in a good quality product due to all the moving parts that might falter over the years; however, you could save yourself a lot of space by thinking differently, and seeking to maximize the space, if that’s something you need or desire to do. Your bedroom could double up as your office, so that it becomes a really versatile space.
6. Convert Your Alcove
Depending on the design of your house and bedroom, there is sometimes a substantial, triangular space in which a variety of things could be installed. For example, you could have a cleverly organized shoe storage area, in which shoe racks are inserted at the back and along the sides, thus creating a kind of walk-in shoe storage area. Or you could perhaps create a chill-out zone in which an adult-sized bean bag allows you crash out; invest in some high-quality headphones and keep your CD collection in there, assuming you have one. A lava lamp could also make it a place to retreat to after a hard day’s work.
7. Floating Shelves
These not only give you valuable extra storage space but look great because their wall fixings are neatly hidden within the shelf itself, so that there are no unsightly supporting brackets. This both frees up space and, perhaps more importantly, creates the illusion of having more space. They’re not too hard to install and are usually inexpensive. They create a modern, professional feel which nicely complements a variety of other fixtures and fittings in your home. Corner floating shelves are also a nice option, since they visually expand the space you have in your room, thus enabling you to put ‘dead’ space to good use.
8. Bed Risers
Little pieces of extension called ‘bed-risers’ can come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Their advantage is that they free up a whole slab of empty space underneath your bed. You can use a range of tubs of whatever materials in order to store items of clothing under your ‘raised’ bed. If you ensure that your bed sheets are long enough, the storage containers can be concealed. It’s such a simple idea, and yet if you need that extra space this could really help.