How to Buy a Home: Examining the Bedroom - Quicken Loans Zing BlogIn an ideal world, a bedroom would be roomy enough to hold a bed, a dresser, a bookshelf, matching nightstands, a huge walk-in closet and maybe a couch or a chaise to complement a nice fireplace. In reality, bedrooms almost never seem big enough for the items they need to contain. Living in a small space requires some ingenuity to solve storage problems, and small bedrooms are no exception.

Even though having a small bedroom means space is at a premium, storage doesn’t have to look utilitarian. With a bit of creativity and a modest budget, you can maximize your bedroom storage without sacrificing style!

Lift the Bed

One of the easiest ways to free up some storage space is to use bed risers to elevate your bed a little. Dorm-style lofts aren’t always practical, so risers are a nice compromise. Use the space under the bed for storage – long plastic totes or under-bed bags are perfect for sweaters or shoes. Or, store your off-season clothes in your luggage and keep it stowed under the bed.

Ideally, you should use this space for items used less often or for bulky, oddly-shaped items that won’t easily fit elsewhere. It’s a great way to keep holiday decorations and wrapping paper out of the way for 11 months of the year.

Find a long bed skirt to cover everything up, or try your hand at making a simple one – with the bonus of customizing it to match your decor!

Use the Doors

The backs of bedroom and closet doors are a great place to hide miscellaneous clutter. Hooks and racks are extremely versatile and can be customized in almost any configuration. Go for pretty hooks for a little pop of color, or go for a plainer look with adhesive-based hooks – perfect if you don’t want to put holes in your door. Hang your scarves, bags, belts, hats or jewelry, and free up other space!

Over-the-door shoe organizers are also a perfect storage solution. The shoe racks are obviously perfect for shoes, but the ones with pockets can be used for shoes and anything else that would fit in them, like accessories or toiletries.

Add Some Containers

Baskets, bins and boxes are the perfect way to disguise the clutter that always seems to build up in bedrooms. If you have the space and the budget, a cube shelf or bench with basket storage placed at the foot of the bed is a perfect place to store shoes, books, sweaters or any other odds and ends. These are also perfect for kids’ rooms – bins or baskets are easier to pull out than drawers!

These containers are also perfect for containing miscellany on top of your dresser, or for using on closet shelves. For small dresser tops, raid your kitchen and store accessories in jars, tins or bowls to keep them reined in.

Switch Your Nightstand

Take advantage of the square footage your nightstand takes up, and use that space wisely. Instead of just a table, use a small bookcase. Pop a lamp on top, and you’ve got a perfect place to store any books you’re reading before bed. A two-stack storage cube with bins or baskets provides a little bit more covered storage space for bedroom clutter. Repurpose a cart to use as a bedside table, and take advantage of the open shelves by using one as a charging station for electronics.

If your budget is really tight and you need a lot of storage, try a stack of two plastic totes covered with a sheet or other fabric. This is perfect for little-used items or out-of-season clothes, and you can customize your fabric to match the rest of your room.

How do you solve the storage problems in your bedroom? Share in the comments below!

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