Buy or DIY: Smart and Stylish Wall Storage to Organize Your Small Bedroom

Buy or DIY: Smart and Stylish Wall Storage to Organize Your Small Bedroom

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Marlen Komar
Feb 16, 2017

If you have a small bedroom, chances are you understand that the struggle is real when it comes to space. Unless you're a hard-core minimalist, you probably feel like you're just drowning in stuff. Sweaters litter chairs, boots are strewn across the floor, knick-knacks run into each other the desk, and books and magazines and anything else imaginable just tumble into each other with no rhyme or reason. But what can you do if you can't manage to fit another nightstand or chest of drawers in your square space? You're kind of out of luck with your little room.

Well, not exactly. While it might be true that there's no more floor space for some much needed furniture, that doesn't mean the wall isn't up for grabs! Whether you store-buy shelving, DIY some using tutorials, or tweak old shelves to make them feel chic and new, you have so many options to help organize your small bedroom. Read ahead to get some ideas and start tidying your space!

(Image credit: Better Homes and Gardens)

Chic Crate Storage

DIY Inspiration: Better Homes & Gardens

If you have a lot of books or random odds-and-ends, then this crate storage could be the perfect way to capture it all. Just upcycle old crates by painting them and secure them to the walls by screwing them into studs. The same can easily be done with wire baskets if that's more your style, too.

(Image credit: Upper Earth)

Stylish Honeycomb Shelves

Smart Buy: Upper Earth, $279

If you're not much into DIY and would like to just buy a set of shelves, consider this fun honeycomb option. The brass mesh gives a fun pop against the wood, and the honeycomb shape offers visual interest as you stack your knick-knacks across it.

(Image credit: Style by Emily Henderson)

Repurposed Wire Baskets

DIY Inspiration: Style By Emily Henderson

If you want to give your room a bohemian kick or you have a few wire baskets lying around that you're not using, consider hanging them from your wall as a storage solution. You can store anything from books to folded sweaters in these, helping you free up space in your drawers or on table tops.

(Image credit: DIY in PDX)

Metal Wall Grid

DIY Inspiration: DIY in PDX

From photos to sunglasses, a metal wall grid is a pretty way to display memories or inspirational photos. It's like the grown up version of taping posters to your wall like you did as a kid—except it will look a lot more visually appealing. (Not that I'm knocking your Fresh Prince of Bel Air poster, of course.)

(Image credit: Paper & Stitch)

Mood Board Organizer

DIY Inspiration: Paper & Stitch

If you like to have a lot of photographs, style guides, and inspirational signs, but don't know quite how to display them without cluttering up your wall, then this mood board organizer will be a godsend. You can paint it any color you want, perfectly fitting it to your room's aesthetic.

(Image credit: Country Door)

Industrial Shelving

Smart Buy: Country Door, $119.99

If you like a more industrial aesthetic, then why don't you opt for something with metal pipes incorporated into the design? This particular unit adds a little something extra with its rectangular pipework, and you can easily pop decorative boxes onto the shelves to keep anything from sweaters to electronics stored.

(Image credit: Burkatron)

Hanging Shelves

DIY Inspiration: Burkatron

If attaching regular old shelves to your wall feels too boring, try adding a bohemian touch by incorporating rope into the mix. This tutorial from Burkatron explains how to do it, and it will take you about 10 minutes to create this fun touch.

(Image credit: Kate La Vie)

Pretty Up Industrial Shelving

DIY Inspiration: Kate La Vie

Bare, industrial shelves that have naked tracts might sound unappealing at first (something about them could give off "dorm room" vibes), but it's really all about how you style them. If you stack three on top of each other and display vases, frames, and books—along with a few decorative boxes to house your loose odds and ends—then they turn into something truly stylish.

(Image credit: Senkki/Etsy)

Corner Shelf Displays

Smart Buy: Senkki on Etsy, $126.54

Make better use of your space by not ignoring the corners of you room! Opt for corner shelf displays to fill in those nooks in your house, placing your plants, books, and souvenirs on a fun wrap-around design.

Even though you might have a tiny room, you still have a lot of organizational options. You just have to get a little bit creative! (Which is half of the fun, anyway.) Happy decorating!

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