Small bedrooms can be a headache to set up. Having it all in a tiny space can also get messy very quickly. You don’t have a choice but to get creative with how you store your stuff. Nowadays, it’s easy to be cramped up in the tiny spaces we call apartments or dorms.
Fortunately, you can find many ways to make your small room work for you, from turning the headboard of your bed into storage to adding something as simple as a wall-mounted table.
We have rounded up 10 extra small bedroom storage and organization solutions to make the most of the space you have. If you need some small bedroom storage solutions, this video and list are for you.
10. Under Bed Storage Idea
A small bedroom usually lacks space, so save some by making under-the-bed storage. You can have it by creating a platform bed along with built-in shelves underneath. After that, invest in some wire baskets to hold the clutter at bay.
You can use such storage to store shoes and other stuff, such as sheets, towels, blankets, and other essentials that you may not use every day.
In detail, to start the project, your instructions are:
- Step 1: Measure the length of the current bed frame and combine it with the length of your new bed.
- Step 2: Carve out a space for your new bed on one side of the room. Measure two feet up from the floor to get an idea of exactly where you want to put your platform bed.
- Step 3: Cut a piece of lumber slightly longer than your new bed frame and is about an inch wider than your original floor. Work with a circular saw to make it even more accurate, but ensure that its edges are not too sharp. Set up some old towels underneath to avoid accidental cuts when using this type of tool.
- Step 4: Lay the lumber on a flat surface and mark the cut line of your platform bed. Make sure that it’s level with your floor.
- Step 5: Once you have followed all of these steps, you can place the platform bed in place by positioning it on top of your first cut so that it’s flush with the opposite side of the room. Then nail a 2-inch-thick piece of wood along your platform bed to attach it to the wall.
- Step 6: Install decorative brackets at each end to hold decorative elements, such as pillows, boxes, and potted plants.
9. A Bookshelf over the Bed Idea
This custom bookshelf, for example, acts as a headboard and a safe haven for your book collection. It begins from the floor all the way up to the ceiling, providing plenty of space for your knick-knacks, too. Besides, the colorful books will jazz up the plain wall well.
If you have a lot of books that do not quite fit over your bed, take the additional step, and make your under-bed book organizer (just like the previous idea). The space is free.
Instructions details of how to build a new bookshelf over the bed are:
- Measure your bed and the length of your bookshelf.
- Cut the boards first. Attach one end board to a wall. Then, attach the other end board to a piece of wood halfway up your bed (like you see in pictures). Don’t forget to drill holes in the correct spots so that you can secure both ends.
- Drill some holes towards the bottom of the bookcase so that it can be tilted down, if necessary, and make sure your book will fit tightly inside it.
- Install the bookshelf.
8. The Corner Shelving Shoe Storage Idea
Corner shelves or corner racks can hold more shoes than any other type of corner store, so it’s a brilliant idea to have more shoes in your small room. These shelves offer an efficient way to organize your shoes and will make your room look tidy. And that’s what you want in your small space, right?
To replicate the idea, your instructions are:
- No 1. Choose a corner space where you want to place the corner shoe rack.
- No 2. Use a tape measure to find the appropriate depth of your shoes, which usually is 6″ or less.
- No 3. Determine the width of your shoes so that you can choose the size of your shelving unit accordingly.
- No 4. Install small metal brackets on each wall, including where you install your shoe rack and hammer in nails so that you can secure every bracket in place with a hammer. Then, attach all metal brackets securely with some screws and nuts and wood glue (if necessary).
- No 5. Install your corner shoe rack with the shelves in place. Then, tap your shoes into the rack slots to have a secure place to keep them out of sight.
7. Take Pegboards to Get Your Accessories More neatly Arranged
The pegboard may be something you associate with shops and repair shops. However, it can be useful in organizing more than just a workshop, and you can even decorate and use it in any room of the house.
Your instructions to install a pegboard wall organizer in a small room are:
- Step 1: If your room has a concrete or wooden wall, you can attach the pegboard there. The kit usually includes the mounting hardware, so you don’t have to purchase it separately. However, if your walls are made of drywall, you will fasten them directly to the drywall with some screws and a few nails.
- Step 2: If your pegboard is not already loaded with hooks and accessories, then it is time to get busy.
- Step 3: Take the hooks out of the packaging and place them where you want on your pegboard.
- Step 4: After arranging the hooks, turn your attention to the accessories that you have. These might be bins or trays that you want to put on your pegboard wall organizer.
- Step 5: Place accessories in all available areas, including any empty spaces left by the hook placement.
In detail, your installation instructions are:
- Measure your wall and find the perfect area to place your organizer.
- If you pick a wall that’s opposite the door, you’ll have all of your accessories on display when you enter.
- Measure the depth of each item, and choose a suitable size for your organizer so that it can hold all of them comfortably.
- Choose a material for your pegboards like corkboards or wood so that they can withstand many years of use without any damage over time.
- Measure the width and height of your organizer, and determine the size of each pegboard slot.
- Drill the holes in the wall where you want to place pegboards to attach them safely.
- Install this organizer on your walls with pegs or nails, depending on what material you chose for your pegboard. Then, hang up all your accessories in place by using hooks to secure them with screws or nails as required.
6. Add Rod under the Shelves
If you have multiple shelving units at home and you’re not exploiting the space underneath properly, then install some rods. You can hang your shirts and dresses under the shelves. In this hack, you will use more vertical space. And still don’t lose room for bags, shoes, or other items. And you can even place drawers under it.
- Take some wire to cut the bottom of 1 inch PVC pipe and cut 2 feet of the top.
- Run the wire from wall to wall at floor level, and near one end of each room is a shelf.
- Push into each shelf about a foot-long metal rod you can buy online and even in local stores if there are few shelves. Stick one end into your flat surface and use it to hang things on rods, hang clothes, hang bags, etc.
- Use the two ends as handles when you take them down, and then you can use them as hooks for coats or hats or whatever else that needs a hook, whether it is placed on your rod or not.
- You can use the top part of the wire for a riser shelf under another shelf.
- If you need more hooks, then you can get two packs of metal hangers.
- You must measure each location where you want to place a wire to prevent damage from your walls.
- Drill a hole in your walls and fasten the wire on the wall, and you can use it to hang up clothes or accessories in those areas.
- Now you can hang everything under the shelves.
- There are many different ways to use this trick in your small spaces well depending on what material you use for the area.
The main reason why we should place racks under your shelves is to use more space underneath. And this way, you can also make sure that almost every item you have is out of sight and out of mind.
Also read: 10 Organization Ideas and DIY Projects Using Tension Rods
5. The Wall-mounted Night Stand Idea
Is your alarm clock still on a large wooden nightstand with four legs stuck in the ground? Recently, floating nightstands have become a trend. It is a legless nightstand that mounts from the wall, much like a shelf.
They allow accessing lots of space underneath that you can use for storage. And, if you have an electrical outlet under it, it will make access super easy.
They also take up much less space than your traditional nightstand and can be squeezed into the smallest areas. If you pay careful attention to trends on Instagram, then you’ve probably noticed that floating nightstands come in all styles, sizes, and shapes.
The larger options offer space to place your alarm clock, book, or tablet while you spin and fall asleep. Others, however, are more like shelves and don’t provide much surface to place your things.
To copy a similar project like this, your instruction is:
- Step 1: Measure how much space you want to fulfill underneath the nightstand and acquire a drill.
- Step 2: Use the wire to cut the legs of your nightstand and attach them to the wall if you’re using a wooden one.
- Step 3: Push your alarm clock into the nightstand until it clicks and place other small items there while you sleep.
- Step 4: Mounting time: Drill holes in the wall where you want to install your nightstands, then insert nails or screws that will help keep it in place without harming your walls.
- Step 5: You can even use a small shelf instead of a nightstand and place it on your other shelves or attach it from the wall like a floating nightstand.
- Step 6: Place everything you need every day on your nightstand to ensure that you have an easy time when you wake up in the morning.
Also read: 10 DIY Side Table for Bedroom Ideas
4. Keep Your Shelves High
The least used space in your home is prime real estate for implementing nifty bedroom storage ideas. If you are curious about a highly potential spot in your room, look up. There is no more unused space than a 12-inch wall below your ceiling.
Let that space work by installing shelves along your bedroom wall, which can add tens of square feet of space for storing. This floating shelf design is immaculate and helpful for keeping your seasonal clothes, duvet covers, blankets, and many other less-used items.
Basically, all you need to do to copy and complete the idea are:
- Measure the width of your wall and add like 10 inches more.
- Use a pencil to draw the dimensions of your shelf on a piece of cardboard or paper.
- Trace the shape through a pattern, but cut 4 inches less off both sides than you drew on your cardboard paper to ensure that you have enough room to sew around it later.
- Attach or secure your patterned piece of material in place along the wall with pins or tape and then sew along its outline with strong sewing thread and needles as required for its size and thickness as required.
- Fasten everything in place with nails, screws, glue, etc.
3. Get A new Headboard with Extra Storage This time
You had better opt for a headboard with storage. This way, you can stash away your books, magazines, collections, and other essentials without investing in more pieces of furniture, which means you have saved a lot of space.
Instructions you need to follow to copy the idea:
- Step 1: Take the measurements of your headboard and start shrinking it until you have hollow compartments.
- Step 2: Use your pencil to draw a square on top of the mattress, ensuring it is the same size as your headboard.
- Step 3: Measure, cut, and trace out a sheet of fabric to fit precisely to the headboard. If you don’t have an exact fit, you can fold over the edges on one side for extra support or even cut one edge. So it is not as wide as the rest of the design.
- Step 4: Sew around all four sides from corner to corner and press any loose areas with pins or weights.
- Step 5: Turn the piece of fabric you just created into a headboard. Attach it to your headboard and then fasten it to the wall with nails or wire.
The alternative idea is, Use your Denim Bedding for Clothes Storage.
What is more used than a bed or an ordinary chair? One hundred percent of it is an old pair of jeans that are either worn out, dirty, ripped, messy, or all four.
- Measure your headboard to make sure it is the correct size.
- Cut out the length required for your denim to cover the entire area of your headboard and leave enough material so that you can fold over the edges for extra support.
- Cut off the legs of your jeans to get rid of excess material, and then pin them on top of your headboard.
- Sew all four sides perfectly from corner to corner, leaving no gaps or loose areas in between so that you don’t need to use an extra piece of fabric to cover any holes or frayed edges later on.
- Attach your denim headboard to the wall with nails or wire.
- Once you have sewn together your denim headboard, you can use it as a clothes hanger. Just hang it on the back of your bedroom door or somewhere else accessible that will help save more space in your room. The key is to avoid keeping clothes on the floor if possible; otherwise, they can create clutter and become a tripping hazard for anyone walking around at night time.
2. Install a Fold-down Desk
Are you in need of a table but doesn’t have enough space for it? What’s the solution? A fold-down desk like the one in the picture that magically will disappear when you fold it back against the wall might be the best answer.
These desks are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles. Some even have internal storage for your office items, like this fold-down desk. They are a smart storage solution for your small bedroom, especially when you work from home. All you need is only a chair, although the foot of your bed can do that in a pinch.
- Measure the area that you want to place your desk.
- Decide where to locate your desk so that it is a comfortable and convenient distance from your chair and bed if possible. Measure this distance and note it for future reference.
- Draw out the dimensions of the desk (height, width, depth) on a piece of paper, creating a rectangle instead of drawing it as an L-shaped design like in the picture above. A rectangle shape will always fit in more places than an L-shape design would allow. You can modify the location by making one side longer than the other if necessary for different spaces while still getting everything to fit well together without any wasted space difficult angles.
- Cut out all of the pieces needed to create this design.
- Lay the boards on top of one another with a small amount of space between them and then trace around them to create an outline to follow when cutting them out later, as shown above.
- Cut out all wood pieces by following your outline and then set them aside until construction time.
- Take your drawing paper, tape it together, and then place it on top of your piece of wooden plywood (or whatever you are using). Trace the outline design with a pencil or pen but try to do this step as accurately as possible if you want everything to fit well together without any minor complications later on during the construction and installation stage.
- Place your wood boards into the stencil, pushing them down and tucking them neatly into the lines so that everything fits together nicely with no minor spaces left or corners that are mismatched.
- Once you’ve finished tracing and cutting out all of the pieces and all of the edges, fill in any little cracks with wood glue as necessary to create a perfect product that is ready to be mounted on your wall later on.
- Mount two pieces of wood against each other on your wall using nails or screws depending on what type of material you’re mounting it to as required for its strength and weight.
- After you’ve mounted your desk to the wall, place your writing surface at the back of it and then start filling it up with all of the items you’ll need to use regularly as well as fun items that don’t need to leave your desk.
- You can use a small cutting board to organize all of the knick-knacks that will be on display, including books, remote controls, and other small office-related objects.
- Use one or more containers upside down in front of your desk for pens, pencils, papers, and other related stationery supplies.
Lastly, number 1. Store Your Things on Curtain Rings
Your closet and closet space are valued commodities. If you have a lot of clothes to store, save yourself the hassle of folding by following these simple steps: Attach the shower rings to some hangers, hang your clothes in the rings, hang the entire storage solution above your bedroom door frame or in a closet itself.
- Attach the shower rings to your hangers using either metal hanger wires or screws. If you choose to use screws, make sure that they are rust-resistant so that the wood doesn’t become ruined.
- Take your curtain rings and hang them on your hangers and then fill up each one with an individual outfit or by clothing type as shown in the picture above.
- Stand back and admire how much storage space you’ve created for your clothes by simply using a few materials like shower rings or rubber bands. That would have otherwise been thrown out or stored away in a junk drawer somewhere if they weren’t used for this purpose first, saving them from becoming unnecessary clutter.
That’s all. It is super easy, isn’t it? This brilliant solution allows you to hang more than one piece of cloth using only one hanger.
We hope you like these 10 extra small bedroom storage, the instruction, and organization solutions and apply them in your next project, or maybe you have your own? Share in the comments section below if you did!