Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bedroom Organization - Storage

Organizing in the bedroom has a lot to do with the size of your room, but space can be had with a few simple things. First, let me say, I do not have a storage space (basement/ attic/storage closet) in my apartment, so I find space wherever I can. 

That is the topic for the day: finding or making space. Beds can be put on risers, storage pieces can go to the ceiling, shelves can be added, and space can be found behind bedroom doors.

If a bed does not have drawers underneath, bed risers add several inches underneath a bed and can work with any size bed. With the extra inches, luggage fits under the bed, saving valuable closet space.
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There are rolling totes which fit perfectly under a bed and are especially good to store spare blankets, sheets, and pillows. I like this one because, with hinged middle, the top can be removed if the full length needs to be accessed.
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In the off season, the window fan(s) can be slid under the bed, beside, behind, or under a dresser. I keep my filled journals and old calendars in storage totes underneath my bed at the pillow end. (Most people throw away their used calendars, but I save them because I have found it necessary to refer to old calendars many times.)

This bed is not on risers, but open storage bins on casters are under the bed.


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In a children’s bedroom, I like this idea I found with wall lamps and magazine racks on both bunk bed levels.


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(I have to say it: there is some good storage space under the bunk beds, too. This would be a good spot for children’s games or extra bedding,)

A loft bed is an excellent way to create storage in a small space. A bookcase, a desk and chair, or another bed can be placed under the loft.

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This piece, normally associated with a living or family room is another way to make the most of available space in a bedroom. Open shelves of assorted sizes can maximize storage needs or take the place of a dresser.


This shelving unit has doors which are half glass/half solid.
Imagine shirts and sweaters arranged on the visible shelves and lingerie inside the doors or in decorative baskets on the shelves. Perfume, an earring or necklace tree, and a bud vase can pretty up the tall, narrow shelves in the first unit. (Both pieces are from IKEA’s Expedit line.)

Enjoy!

-Amelia