We’ve sifted through our Livingetc.com archives to pull together some of our favourite bedroom storage ideas. Whether you’re after built-in wardrobes, alcove shelving, bedside storage or trundle drawer storage, the bedroom storage ideas below all have one thing in common; they are all stylish, chic and beautiful.
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.
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 tiny master bedroom in Shanghai, 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 panelled walls open to reveal hidden storage. The entire wall behind the bed is actually a run of concealed cupboards with white mouldings.
Get the look: The floral fabric used for the bedcover is by Josef Frank, available at Svenskt Tenn.
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.
Get the look:
The Memphis-style Callimaco floor lamp is by Ettore Sottsass for Artemide.
This petite built-in wardrobe is covered in Gucci’s Heron wallpaper.
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.
This clever design ensures the built-in wardrobes also incorporate a dressing table area.
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.
This 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.
Get the look: Black and white photograph: Olivo Barbieri. Bed: Custom design by ABD Studio.
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.
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.
Get the look: The bed and cupboard unit are by Prototype Design Lab.
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.
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.
Get the look: For bespoke wardrobes like this, from £2,500m, try Cue & Co.
These bespoke built-in cupboards also feature bookshelves for displaying the owners’ book collection.
Get the look: Rug is Robert Stephenson.
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.
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.
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.
Get the look: Window Seat Fabric from Jasper Michael Smith.
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.
Get the look: For similar wardrobes, find a recommended cabinet maker locally to build to your own design via ratedpeople.com.
Here, hidden built-in storage in disguised by wood panelling.
Joinery in this bedroom was created with pre-grooved MDF boards. The top of the built-in wardrobes offers space for displaying personal collections.
Get the look: Bedroom rug is a Swedish antique by MMF.
Sleek, handleless wardrobe doors keep things simple and clean.
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.
Get the look: Bed, Hästens. Walls in Celestial Blue, Dulux. Throw, Heal’s. Ikat cushion, Pentreath & Hall
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.
Bookshelves at an angle in a criss-cross formation put a funky, modern spin on things.
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.
The design on the walls opposite is continued onto the wardrobes, helping to blend the wardrobes in with the rest of the room.
Get the look: This is de Gournay’s Wisteria wallpaper.
The walls and wardrobe doors are painted the same shade of porcelain pink. The sheepskin chair lends a luxurious, sculptural element to this room.
Get the look: Walls and wardrobes painted in Temple, Paint & Paper Library.
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.
Instead of a clunky chest of drawers, these home owners decided to build them into the wall instead, in an awkward alcove, maximising space.
Get the look: Floor Paint: Farrow + Ball Off-Black. Chair; Housewright.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These plain wardrobes look gorgeous thanks to their coat of sage green paint, complementing the bedroom's wallpaper.
This 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.