It’s not just teenagers who spend all day in their bedrooms. Many people had to work from home during the pandemic. So many of us live in tiny one-bedrooms with very little living space. This means our bedrooms are a space for living now, rather than just for sleeping. Some people are lucky enough to have a bedroom with space for a super king bed and a walk in closet, but most of us are constantly battling clutter and banging our knees trying to squeeze past the bed frame.
If you need some space saving ideas for your bedroom, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up some top tips that can make your space feel so much bigger, and bring some room for living back into your bedroom.
1. Get smart about shelving
There’s prime real estate in your bedroom that probably isn’t being utilised to its full potential: your walls. And no space is more unused than the 12 inches of wall below your ceiling. Put that space to work by installing shelves along the perimeter of your bedroom walls, which will add dozens of square feet of storage space. Sure, if you’re not a giant these might be tricky to reach, so make sure you’re utilising this space for stuff you don’t reach for often, or knick knacks you like to have on display that take up dresser and windowsill space.
Floating shelves are a great option too over free standing bookshelves, which take up floor space.
2. Don’t close it up in the closet
Struggling for closet space? Wardrobe too big for your space? The bad news is that your closet isn’t going to magically grow or shrink on its own. The good news is that it’s easy to simultaneously eliminate bulky units of furniture and expand your closet space in one go.
Here’s how it works. Take our (very smart) advice and install shelves around the perimeter of your walls, ensuring that they can bear some weight. Then, in a corner, hang a clothing rail from the bottom of the shelf in an L shape around the corner of the room. Now, like magic, you’ve got a closet that takes up no storage space and is easy to expand whenever you need it.
3. Use your bed better
You know you can get more use out of your bed, right? Storage beds might seem like an obvious space saving hack, but they’re super overlooked. Storing your winter jumpers or extra shoes in suitcases and boxes under your bed might do alright, but it’s a breeding ground for dust (and spiders). Storing things like this also means you have to wriggle under your bed to pull things out when you need them. A storage bed gives you drawers and boxes that don’t get dusty, and are easy to access and organise. Whether you use those drawers for storing clothes, files, or your comic book collection is entirely up to you.
4. Make your desk space work for you
If, like a lot of the population, you’ve been working from home from the comfort of your room, it’s time to get some work/life balance in your bedroom. There are a couple of options for better utilising your desk space as a part of your bedroom, so it’s not all work work work.
- Invest in a folding desk, so that when you’re done with work for the day you can tuck it away along with all your business-related thoughts. This can help you be present and really enjoy your leisure time (and the extra space!)
- Double up your desk space as a dressing table, a nightstand and a desk all in one. Having one unit for all of these functions saves you valuable floor space in your bedroom. Desk organisers and risers can help you stay neat and organised. A set of drawers beneath the desk can give you an easy way to store things you won’t need during your work day, or work bits you don’t want to keep looking at all evening!
5. Hang it all out
If your space is cluttered and full of bits and bobs and you can’t figure out how to get your storage sorted, the answer is simple. Hang everything.
Here are some examples:
- A hanging shoe organiser. Your shoes might be made for walking, but when they’re not on your feet, they’re taking up space. Hang this inside a closet or on the back of your bedroom door.
- Jewellery. Get your hands on a corkboard or pegboard and use it to make your jewellery a decorative feature of your room even when you’re not wearing it. This will help each piece of jewellery be at the forefront of your mind so no special pieces get forgotten, as well as cutting down on the space taken up by chunky jewellery boxes or trays.
- Laundry hamper. You might be disciplined enough to take your laundry down to the washer every day, or you might be the kind of person that lets their laundry basket overflow. Either way, we’re not here to judge you – just to save you some floor space. Instead of a laundry basket that takes up valuable floor space, get a hanging hamper that hangs from your bed frame or your door.
If you’ve got a small space, the last thing you want is excess clutter. Whether it’s clothes you don’t wear anymore but can’t bring yourself to let go of (like your outfit for prom or what you wore for your wedding) knick knacks that bring you joy but you’ve got no space for, files and records or a vintage comic book collection, it’s time to get it out of your room and into self storage. Self storage can help you free up space in your home whilst ensuring you don’t have to let go of beloved items. Here at Magenta Storage, we’ve got a storage solution for you no matter what you’re looking for. Get a quote or use the live chat on our website today to find out how we can help you save space in your home.