I believe your bedroom should be your favorite place in the world. Your safe haven, your retreat from life. Your bedroom should reflect who you are and what you love. It should recharge you, and prepare you to face the world each day.
That is a lot expected of a simple room. It can feel especially hard to accomplish all that when you’re working with a small, apartment bedroom. Most of the time, it feels like a victory if you can actually successfully cram all your stuff in your room.
Luckily, there are a ton of tricks you can use to get the most out of the space you have, to turn your room into the oasis you deserve! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways to make the most out of your small bedroom for you right here in this post!
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Use Under the Bed Space
Remember all those times your mom told you not to clean your room by shoving things under your bed? I want you to forget that. You can absolutely use the extra space available under your bed! Why not? It’s just wasted space gathering dust bunnies otherwise!
A great way to use this space effectively is by adding some drawers or containers under your bed. This will maximize the space under your bed, while still being able to easily pull out and grab anything stored under the bed. You can either buy a premade option, or DIY it to fit your bed’s exact measurements.
If you have a super low to the ground bed (like my old bed was) you can add more under the bed space with some risers. Before you groan about how ugly they are, hear me out. Especially with storing stuff under your bed, it might be a good idea to get yourself a bed skirt, which would also cover the risers. Problem solved! These bad boys come with outlets to plug in your phone and alarm clock, I mean, how awesome is that?
A final option for additional under the bed storage is by getting yourself a loft! These definitely aren’t just for kids, and kick up the options for additional storage to a whole new level. By having a loft bed, you could move your desk or dresser into the newly available space. Loft beds are essentially a two-for-one space saver, and if done right (like the example above) can easily fit right into any adult apartment.
Use Multi-Use Furniture
One of my favorite tricks for getting the most out of what little space I have is by making any and all furniture pull double duty. In the past, my desk has doubled both as my craft room and home office. I’ve also used my vanity as my nightstand, and my dresser as my junk ‘drawer’. Think outside the box, and come up with a solution that works for you and your space.
I love this use of a bedside table as a makeshift desk. Not only does this small space desk make the most of a tight squeeze, the limited surface area would force you to keep your workspace clean and tidy!
I also love this idea of a console doubling as a workspace, making your bed the desk chair (and not just because I would love to work in bed!). It would be so easy to just slide this table over the bed, get some work done, and slide it right back to its position on the wall when your done. No need for a chair taking up extra space in this room!
Another fun desk idea is using deep set wall shelves. The above example hung shelves at the foot of their bed and turned it into a whole happy office wall! Again using the bed as the desk chair, this desk hack barely takes up any space at all. What before would have been a complete loss of space, turned into a hardworking and productive addition!
Add Storage to Walls
Ok time for the Captain Obvious solution. Shelves. I know, you’re rolling your eyes like duhh Merrit, but I have some not so obvious and some pretty darn fun shelf ideas for you guys.
Ever thought about hanging shelves directly over your bed? This whole section of wall behind a bed is generally overlooked and considered ‘unusable’ for storage. Why? I have no idea, but I think it’s a silly rule. Use that available wall space for everything its worth! Just make sure you hang the shelves higher than the top of your head when sitting in the bed, no one wants to wake up with a bang to the head!
Another fun way to add storage to the wall above your bed is DIYing a super storage headboard. This example above shows recycled drawers attached together, but you could really use any sort of box or container! Just think of the possibilities, and the crazy amount of storage you could add! I especially love the tiny bits of negative space left between the drawers above, so fun!
My final fun shelf idea comes to you in the form of shelf-crown-molding. Imagine a border of shelves, or small cubbies, around the top of your room. How cool would that be?? It would be perfect to display all your decorative items, or store not frequently used items, or out of season clothing, the list goes on and on. Anything that you don’t need regular, easy access to can be stored up and out of the way with these shelves.
Add Storage to Your Door
Another often untapped source for storage space is the doors in your room. Given the right set of tools, and doors can be made into a powerhouse of storage!
You can add all sorts of
bells and whistles hooks and railings to one side of your door. Again the beauty in this solution is that it can be completely customized to fit your needs. So whether you need a place to store all your jewelry, or want somewhere to plan out tomorrow’s outfits each day, it is up to you!
Another favorite door hack of mine is hanging a shelf above the door frame. This is another super under-utilized space is every house. Just one more place to add some extra storage for whatever you need!
Add Storage to Your Ceiling
Running short on floor and wall space? Why not use your ceiling! Hanging things from your ceiling frees up a ton of floor space, and opens up so many options. Depending on how high or low you hang something can also dictate exactly how much space you can save!
I love this simple little hanging bedside table. Enough to hold a book and a glass of water, without taking up any unnecessary floor real estate.
This hanging clothing rack is a great idea if your bedroom didn’t come with a closet. Simple make your own closet that hangs from the ceiling! This would also leave enough room for a shoe rack or some drawers underneath your hanging clothes. Double the storage with the same floor footprint!
Add Storage to Your Corners
Finally, I want you to think about how you can better use the corners in your room. Every room has corners, unless you’re in a wierd (but pretty darn cool) circle-room. But let’s just assume that your room has corners. How are you using them?
I love this mini corner clothing rod. It is the perfect solution for storing longer dresses, leaving regular rods free for shorter clothes like shirts (allowing you to add additional storage under those shirts!).
Or you could add some awesome corner shelves to your room. Think of the extra storage you could add with these babies going floor to ceiling? You could even make them look build it with a tall and skinny bookcase on either end!
That finishes up all my favorite ideas for adding space to your small bedroom. How are you going to add more space to your bedroom? I am just itching to line the top of my walls with an around the room shelf border! Tell me your favorite bedroom space saving tips and tricks in the comments below!
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