Bedroom Storage Ideas: 27 chic and clever bedroom storage ideas

These bedroom storage ideas prove that you can squeeze storage into the most unlikely of spaces – and use storage to make a style statement at the same time.

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(Image credit: Suzanna Scott)

These bedroom storage ideas prove that you can squeeze storage into the most unlikely of spaces – and use storage to make a style statement at the same time.

A sleek bank of built-in wardrobes is ideal for maximising the feeling of space, while keeping everything in place and hidden away. Floor-to-ceiling built-in wardrobes make the most of space, plus they’ll look neater than wardrobes with boxes on top. Include high shelves for luggage and out-of-season clothes. Glass-fronted doors are ideal for reminding you of what’s stored up high, plus they’ll help break up a solid bank of units.

Some of the bedrooms below cleverly conceal storage, so you wouldn't know it was even there. This was achieved by giving handleless cabinetry decorative panelling and mouldings to make it look like the wall. Meanwhile designer Tom Barlett achieves the opposite, making a real feature out of Mondrian-inspired custom cabinetry by painting it a bold colour and giving it striking handles too. Or copy the homeowner below who covered a boring built-in wardrobe in Gucci’s striking Heron wallpaper.

In one urban apartment, the designer chose to wrap storage around the whole room, including around the bed.

Short on space, but benefit from some awkward nooks and alcoves? Recessed shelves allow little pockets to display books and decorative items, and could even act as space-saving bedside tables. When storage is built-in, and recessed, it frees up floor space. Having recessed shelves makes the most of any alcove space, and looks cleaner than having traditional shelves protrude from the wall.

And a window seat doesn't just make the most of the view, it's an opportunity to hide built-in storage too, like the below daybed that's used for storing linens.

The modern bedroom ideas below all have one thing in common; they are feature bedroom storage that are both chic and clever.

It doesn't matter whether you have a generous master bedroom with wall of built-in wardrobes – or even a separate dressing room – or whether you have a small and compact bedroom, every room needs storage in order to keep it as tidy and organised as it can be.

1. Clever Panelling

It doesn't matter whether you have a generous master bedroom with wall of built-in wardrobes – or even a separate dressing room – or whether you have a small and compact bedroom, every room needs storage in order to keep it as tidy and organised as it can be.

The panelled walls below open to reveal hidden storage. The entire wall behind the bed is actually a run of concealed cupboards with white mouldings. Explore more of this South Kensington apartment here...

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Get the look: The floral fabric used for the bedcover is by Josef Frank, available at Svenskt Tenn.

(Image credit: Rei Moon)

2. Mondrian inspired

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

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

(Image credit: Tom Barlett)

3. Wallpapered storage

This petite built-in wardrobe is covered in Gucci’s Heron wallpaper. It makes a stunning accent out of an otherwise boring corner, plus it's an efficient way to use a small amount of expensive wallpaper to big effect.

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Get the look: Secondome Edizioni vanity dressing table and stool, 1stdibs. Gaetano Scolari pendant, Les Trois Garçons. Thistle Gold rug, Vivienne Westwood at The Rug Company.

(Image credit: Rowland Roques-O’Neil)

4. Concealed vanity table

This clever storage design ensures the built-in wardrobes also incorporate a dressing table area. 

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Get the look: The wardrobes and dressing table area are painted in Paint & Paper Library’s Cotton V architects eggshell. The stool is from Ikea.

(Image credit: Anna Stathaki)

5. Make the most of wall space around the bed

This master bedroom 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. 

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

(Image credit: Suzanna Scott)

6. Recessed shelving

Recessed shelves 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.

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(Image credit: Rory Gardiner photography)

7. His 'N' Hers

This integrated bed and storage was designed to give a feeling of “his and hers”, with two different colours and a delicate flower motif etched into the surface. 

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Get the look: The bed and cupboard unit are by Prototype Design Lab.

(Image credit: Matthew Williams)

8. Fitted storage

Seamless storage frames the bed in this compact master bedroom. 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.

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(Image credit: Design by X+Living)

9. Take It To The Top

Floor-to-ceiling units make the most of space, plus they’ll look neater than wardrobes with boxes on top. Include high shelves for luggage and out-of-season clothes. Glass-fronted doors are ideal for reminding you of what’s stored up high, plus they’ll help break up a solid bank of units. 

bedroom storage ideas

Get the look: For bespoke wardrobes like this, from £2,500m, try Cue & Co.

(Image credit: Paul Raeside)

10. Built-In Shelves

These bespoke built-in cupboards also feature bookshelves for displaying the owners’ book collection. 

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Get the look: Rug is Robert Stephenson.

(Image credit: Interior Design by Studio Peake)

11. Window Seat

A window seat doesn't just make the most of the view, it's an opportunity to hide built-in storage too. This bedroom daybed is used for storing linens. 

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Get the look: Wallpaper is William Morris’ “Blackthorn”. Custom Roman Shades from Workroom: Pilchard Designs. Wall lights flanking built-in daybed are from Circa Lighting. Custom Daybed Cushion is by Workroom: Pilchard Designs. Daybed pillows are Lulu & Georgia.

(Image credit: Stacy Zarin Goldberg)

Similarly, this built-in window seat offers trundle drawers for things like linens, plus it's the perfect cosy spot for reading, or people watching. 

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Get the look: Window Seat Fabric from Jasper Michael Smith.

(Image credit: Photography by Suzanna Scott)

12. Cool handles

These wardrobes are bespoke. The design (which conceals inset handles) is based on dandelion seeds being blown in the wind. Inside, the wardrobes are meticulously arranged with a space for everything. 

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Get the look: For similar wardrobes, find a recommended cabinet maker locally to build to your own design via ratedpeople.com.

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

13. Concealed storage

Here, hidden built-in storage is disguised by wood panelling.

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(Image credit: Future)

14. Tongue and groove

Joinery in this bedroom was created with pre-grooved MDF boards. The top of the built-in wardrobes offers space for displaying personal collections. 

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Get the look: Bedroom rug is a Swedish antique by MMF.

(Image credit: Interior Design by Studio Peake)

15. Sleek and seamless

Sleek, handleless wardrobe doors keep things simple and clean.

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(Image credit: Future)

16. Alcove Shelves

This bed was placed against the chimney breast, leaving alcoves on either side – an ideal opportunity for built-in storage like open shelves or even built-in wardrobes.

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Get the look: Bed, Hästens. Walls in Celestial Blue, Dulux. Throw, Heal’s. Ikat cushion, Pentreath & Hall

(Image credit: Photography / Patrick Williamson)

17. Rounded Edges

The alcoves on either side of the fireplace in this old Victorian house in Bloomsbury were too undeep, so shelves protrude out. The rounded edges of the shelves soften the look.

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(Image credit: TheModernHouse)

18. Criss Cross

Bookshelves at an angle in a criss-cross formation put a funky, modern spin on things. 

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Get the look: The bedside light and cabinet are from Talisman. The lacquered shelving was made bespoke. Find a carpenter to make something similar via ratedpeople.com. The wallpaper is Cole & Son’s Cow Parsley.

(Image credit: Paul Raeside)

19. All-over wallpaper

The design on the walls opposite is continued onto the wardrobes, helping to blend the wardrobes in with the rest of the room. 

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Get the look: This is de Gournay’s Wisteria wallpaper.

(Image credit: Rowland Roques-O’Neil)

20. Pretty in pink

The walls and wardrobe doors are painted the same shade of porcelain pink. The sheepskin chair lends a luxurious, sculptural element to this room. 

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Get the look: Walls and wardrobes painted in Temple, Paint & Paper Library.

(Image credit: Future)

21. Hidden Bathroom

One of these wardrobe doors opens to reveal a 'hidden' bathroom. When the door is closed, it looks like one smooth wall of uninterrupted storage.

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(Image credit: Matt Clayton)

22. Drawer Storage

Instead of a clunky chest of drawers, these home owners decided to build them into the wall instead, in an awkward alcove, maximising space. 

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Get the look: Floor Paint: Farrow + Ball Off-Black. Chair; Housewright.

(Image credit: Kevin Scott)

23. Mirror Panels

This TV is framed by mirrored cupboards on either side, as well as built-in drawers underneath for socks and underwear. Much sleeker than a bulky chest of drawers.

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(Image credit: Photography: Laurey Glenn)

24. Rustic-style storage

Nature feels like it’s just an arm’s reach away with these huge windows overlooking the garden. The wardrobe doors add to the rustic scheme.

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Get the look: The wardrobe doors are made from reclaimed scaffold boards. The overhead lamp is a vintage find. The mat is from Wayfair. The bedlinen is from Soak & Sleep.

(Image credit: Future)

25. Elegant Storage

A sleek bank of built-in wardrobes is ideal for maximising the feeling of space, while keeping everything in place and hidden away. Add comfy seating to complete the look. 

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Get the look: Shaker cabinetry by John Lewis of Hungerford, from £5,000, is similar. For a similar bench, try the HM93 double-sided sofa by David Chipperfield for Hitch Mylius at Viaduct.

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

26. Painted doors

These plain wardrobes look gorgeous thanks to their coat of sage green paint, complementing the bedroom's wallpaper.

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(Image credit: Design by Lucy Barlow of Barlow & Barlow.)

27. Modern retro

This modern bedroom has been transformed into something really rather gorgeous with the gold-leaf ceiling, one raw concrete wall and lacquered green elsewhere. We love the mix-up of modern and traditional – with retro style wood wardrobe doors.

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(Image credit: James Merrell)
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