Small bedroom storage ideas - 14 space-saving ideas to clear that bedroom clutter

Clever, considered and creative... these stylish small bedroom storage ideas are small on space, but big on impact

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The below 14 small bedroom storage ideas will help you maximise the space available. Clothes, shoes, bags, bedding... These all need a home, making storage one of the biggest challenges in bedroom design. So we've spoken to the experts and assembled these smart ways to stash your stuff, from bespoke wardrobes to quick fixes. 

From under bed storage, above the bed storage and even around-the bed storage to recessed alcoves and pull-down desks, these clever bedroom storage ideas are tailored to tiny spaces.

1. Conceal everything behind a wall of storage

Built in wardrobes are one of the best small bedroom storage ideas, and an ideal way of keeping clothes and clutter off the floor and surfaces. In the wardrobes below, space was allocated to a vanity table, with shelves for beauty products.

Stephen Nash of interior design studio ALL & NXTHING INTERIORS came up with this clever solution for his home in north London. Deeper wardrobes sit either side of the chimney breast, while shallow shelves and a dressing table slot neatly in where there is reduced depth. 

small bedrooms storage ideas with vanity table inside wardrobe

Get the look: These wardrobes are painted in Paint & Paper Library's Cotton V architects eggshell. The stool is from Ikea

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2. Under bed storage

Under bed space is often wasted. Choose a bed with built-in trundle drawers underneath, or pick up some under-bed storage boxes (Ikea do a popular one) that can slot underneath. Then just cover the bed in a valance sheet to prevent the room from looking too busy.

small bedroom storage ideas with trundle drawer under bed

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3. Consider the space above the bed

Photographer Paul Craig's Victorian villa is full of rich tones and luxe finishes, and this guest bedroom is case in point. The bespoke headboard removes the need for other storage in the room, and so saves a lot of space. It was designed by Paul and his partner Tim and made by Material Concepts

small bedrooms storage idea with shelves built into the headboard

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4. Recessed alcove shelving

Recessed shelves in the small bedroom below allow little pockets to display books and decorative items, and also act as space-saving bedside tables. Storage is built-in, and recessed, freeing up floor space. Having recessed shelves makes the most of any alcove space, and looks cleaner than having traditional shelves protrude from the wall.

small bedroom storage ideas with recessed alcoves

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5. Wall-to-wall storage

Wall-to-wall built in wardrobes are the most space-efficient way of giving everything a place. Choose custom joinery that reaches right up to the ceiling (offering a place for out-of-season clothing on taller shelves).

Designer Tom Barlett designed this smart built in wardrobe below as part of a renovation project in a west London townhouse. It turns built-in storage into something artistic, eye-catching and wonderful. 

small bedroom storage ideas with blue built in wardrobes

Get the look: The Memphis-style Callimaco floor lamp is by Ettore Sottsass for Artemide.

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Drama abounds in this south London home below. In this bijou bedroom, dark blue wardrobes match the walls and window treatments to create a cosseting and cosy space with impact. 

small bedroom storage ideas with blue walls and wardrobes

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For a more muted look, sleek, handleless wardrobe doors keep things simple and clean in the loft conversion below.

small bedroom storage ideas with sleek handless wardrobes

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6. Build around the bed

Seamless storage frames the bed in this compact small bedroom idea. The wall of fitted storage around the bed frees up floor space as there is no need for a clunky chest of drawers or freestanding wardrobe.

Explore more of this space-saving Shanghai apartment here...

small bedroom storage ideas with storage around the bed

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Meanwhile, the master bedroom below features a built-in bookcase that frames the bed, ideal for books and display items, as well other belongings behind closed doors at the bottom. Space was left above the headboard for hanging a tapestry. 

small bedroom storage ideas with bookshelves above and around the bed

Get the look: Black and white photograph: Olivo Barbieri. Bed: Custom design by ABD Studio.

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7. Introduce a flash of colour

Function combines with form here in this sweet bedroom below. From a style perspective, Nina Campbell's vibrant chest balances the delicate wallpaper design; this ensures the scheme has contemporary oomph. From a practical perspective, it's three drawer design ensures it is a useful bedside table. The wallpaper is Old Oak by Common Room.

small bedrooms storage ideas with a colourful chest

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8. Max out any alcove space

This delightful kid's bedroom in London features built-in shelves with a difference. The display shelves are perfect for showcasing treasures, while the open shelf doubles as a slimline kids desk area. The combination of blue against the green wallpaper (Manila by Sanderson) really works.

small bedrooms storage ideas with alcove shelving and built-in desk

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9. Floating bookcase

The designer of this small bedroom took an off-beat approach when spec-ing out the storage, slotting a high-level book case in a tight corner. This could be bespoke, or you may find an off-the-rack buy that works equally well. Find similar wallpapers at Feathr

small bedrooms storage ideas with floating bookcase

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10. Wraparound shelf

This small bedroom in the Hamptons maximises on space with a built-in wall system that wraps around the space. The interior designer, Sarah Zames of General Assembly, took advantage of the window recess to create a cosy yet functional nook clad in oak. Mixing varying widths of cladding adds an extra layer of interest. Timber cladding is not only eye-catching but durable and economical too, plus it has excellent insulation properties. 

small bedrooms storage ideas with a wraparound shelf

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11. Choose small but patterned pieces

Irene Gunter of Gunter & Co  transformed a small home in Belgravia with clever design ideas and chic finishing touches. Livingetc loves this eclectic cabinet, Livia by Ceraudo. The light is Linden lap, Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort. The headboard was designed by Irene. 

small bedroom storage ideas with small patterned bedside table

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12. Incorporate a slim ladder to reach tall storage

Take cupboards as high as they'll go and give them a modern ladder in order to access dead space and make the most of every square inch. For bespoke wardrobes like this, try Cue & Co. The woodwork is painted in SC690 eggshell, by Papers & Paints

small bedroom storage ideas with ladder

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This simple yet stylish kids bedroom features a small kids desk that folds open when in use, and can fold up and away to create more space when not in use – a bit like an aeroplane tray table. 

small bedroom storage ideas with compact folding desk

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This compact, pull-down desk below also creates the perfect spot for doing homework.

kids desk area with a pull-down desk which is wall mounted

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14. Up-cycle pharmacy drawers for the ultimate shoe storage

One for the Carrie Bradshaws out there... Shoes can be one of the biggest storage challenges in a small bedroom. This vintage cabinet is a stylish solution - each neat drawer is the perfect size for a shoebox. Find similar at Retrouvius

small bedroom storage ideas with pharmacy cupboard and lots ofdrawers

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Lotte Brouwer
Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.