20 Incredibly Helpful Design & Storage Ideas for Your Small Bedroom

20 Incredibly Helpful Design & Storage Ideas for Your Small Bedroom

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Caroline Biggs
Sep 4, 2018
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Finding design-savvy ways to magically create extra storage space in a tiny bedroom isn't always easy. While unsightly over-the-door organizers and bulky dressers are always an option (if you squeeze them in), it pays to use your imagination and get creative when coming up with stylish storage ideas.

To help make your life a little easier (and a whole lot more organized), we rounded up 30 of our favorite small bedroom storage and design solutions. From wall-mounted shelves to swing arm sconces, these clever ideas are all designed to maximize a storage-deprived space — no matter how little square footage you're working with.

1. Go with a Ghost Chair

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The greatest thing about Ghost chairs—a.k.a. clear acrylic ones—is that visually, they are so light, you barely see them (i.e. less visual clutter). Not only are they super stylish—they won't further cramp up your tiny bedroom.

Shop a similar chair here: Ressler Side Chair, $87

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2. Floating Shelves

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Turn even the tightest bedroom corner into a streamlined storage display with nothing more than a few wall-mounted floating shelves.

Shop similar floating shelves here: Metal U Shape Bookshelf, $21

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3. Work a Room Divider

Don't technically have a separate bedroom? A bookcase that doubles as a room divider can work wonders for a cramped studio. It'll designate your sleeping space, but also the space between your books and decor is enough to let light stream in.

Shop a similar bookcase here: Adjustable Bookcase, $37

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4. Consider Hanging Racks

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Hanging garment racks are a clever way to score more closet storage (or create a closet out of nowhere) without taking up an inch of floor space. A dresser underneath creates the perfect dressing area.

Shop a similar garment rack here: Metal Garment Rack, $40

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5. Consider a Swing Arm Sconce

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If you've been searching for a stylish way to bring more lighting into your cramped bedroom (without taking up too much space), consider swing-arm wall sconces. Not only are they much less bulky than most table lamps and pendants, these wall-mounted wonders are designed with adjustable arms for a more space-savvy lighting solution.

Shop a similar swing-arm sconce here: Vintage Style Wall Sconce, $40

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6. Leaning Layered Art Looks Good

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If you're an art lover but lacking the space to show off your treasured works in your bedroom, a shelf or nightstand layered with framed art can make a big impact without wasting any space.

Shop similar frames here: Mandalay Gold Frame, from $39

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7. Get Creative With Shelving

When every bit of wall space counts, why not try shelving that doubles as art? A cool hanging shelf allows you to store (and show off) your favorite trinkets and display your beloved baubles, and won't take up an inch of floor space.

Shop a similar shelf here: Rustic Wood Floating Shelves, $40

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8. Accessorize Away

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When you don't have the room for large-scale bedroom furnishings, consider going big with your decor—think: bold throw pillows, colorful art, and layered textiles.

Shop similar pillows here: Hot Pink Throw Pillows, $15

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9. Floating Desk

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Who says you need a big bedroom to create your own workspace? A wall-mounted shelf beautifully doubles as a personal desk and mounts directly to your wall for added efficiency.

Shop a similar mounted shelves here: Vintage Floating Shelves, $34

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10. Consider a Modern Murphy Bed

Forget your grandmother's Murphy bed. A foldout bedframe—like this one in Daniel's NYC studio—is a clever way to conceal bulky furniture in your tiny apartment space.

Shop a Murphy Bed Hardware Kit here: Queen-Size Deluxe Murphy Bed Hardware Kit, $300

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11. Houseplants Work Wonders

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You don't always need two nightstands, especially if you're sleeping alone. Just add plants. It'll bring fast style to your bedroom without the need for a bulky piece of furniture and will help clean your air, too. Win, win!

Shop a similar houseplant here: Majesty Palm, $22

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12. Try Nesting Tables Instead of Nightstands

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Place a pair of nesting tables next to your bed instead of a traditional nightstand and you can instantly create more storage room for when you might need it without bringing in more furniture to do the job (plus, bonus points, you can use the empty space underneath the tables for even more storage in baskets or crates).

Shop similar nesting tables here: Weathered Oak Nesting Tables, $39

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13. Daybeds Aren't Just for Kids

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If you thought daybeds were just for kids then think again. Along with offering a more compact bed frame, some versions come with built-in drawers for more storage. They're also great for doubling as a sofa.

Shop a similar daybed here: Split-Rail Daybed Frame, $79

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14. Don't Overlook the Foot of Your Bed

Putting a storage bench, baskets or even crates at the foot of your bed is a smart way to squeeze in more of whatever you need. This typically only takes up about a foot of space but the payoff is invaluable.

Shop a similar storage bench here: 3-Cube Storage Bench, $65

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15. Hanging Lights

Looking for a stylish way to bring more lighting into your bedroom without further cramping the space? A pendant light, or any hanging light for that matter, instantly brightens up a room and doesn't require an inch of table or floor space.

Shop similar lights here: Plug-In Pendant, $17

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16. Devise a Desk Vanity

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Dealing with a dreaded small space double whammy (i.e. a tiny bedroom and bathroom)? Turn a super slim desk setup in your bedroom into a vanity with nothing more than a wall mirror.

Shop a similar desk here: White Console Table, $120

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17. Create Vertical Storage

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Ask any New Yorker, or small space dweller for that matter, how they pack in more storage room in their tiny apartments and they'll say the same thing: think vertically. Whether with wall-mounted shelves or suspended lights, you can always build up when you run out of eye-level storage room.

Shop similar shelves here: Floating Wall Shelves, $40

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18. Bare White Walls

You can always count on clean white walls to really brighten and open up a cramped bedroom (particularly one that gets good natural light).

Shop white paint here: Eggshell Enamel, $35

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19. Make it Happen with a Side Table

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Sometimes all you need next to your bed is a small table to hold a glass of water and your alarm/cellphone. A thin pedestal table is perfect for placing bedside miscellany without adding more clutter in a room with larger furnishings.

Shop a similar side table here: Marble Side Table, $175

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20. Leaning Ladders Matter

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There is a part of this bedroom that's perfect to borrow inspiration from for a far tighter space: a slim leaning ladder. These clever pieces allow you to hang up your purses and scarves (and other accessories) in style, no hammer and nails necessary.

Shop a similar mirror here: Multi-Use Leaning Mirror, $241

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