Chic Bedroom Storage

Bedroom storage is a highly coveted commodity. Even if you don't have a roomy closet where you can stash things out of sight, you can choose a great piece of furniture that will store your stuff in style.
By: Karin Beuerlein
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High-Glam Armoire

Freestanding bedroom storage certainly doesn't have to be stuffy. Witness this stunning Erinn Valencich turquoise mirrored armoire, which anchors a bedroom designed for three young girls and provides ample storage space. "I love mirrored furniture for the sparkle it brings," Erinn says. "For a large piece like this, it opens up the room and doesn't appear so massive." The piece was custom-designed, but a version of it will appear in the Erinn V Maison furniture line.

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Room With a View

This botanically inspired guest bedroom has a light, airy feel thanks to French doors that open onto a veranda. Designer Sarah Barnard extended the ambiance with a pair of glass-front armoires flanking a window seat. "This room didn't have a proper closet," she says, "so this was our solution for putting one in that didn't look big and ugly." A grid pattern in the glass made of oil-rubbed bronze wire echoes the hardware on the doors, softens the look and takes the focus off the clothes inside.

A Hidden Treasure

This bedside table in the same bedroom by Sarah Barnard has an antique look but is actually new — and it has a winning feature. "What's fantastic about this table is that it has a writing surface that pulls out at the top," she says. "People tend to accumulate things on the top of the nightstand, which renders it unusable. So you just pull out the writing table and you can put a teacup or a book there."

Just Pop the Top

If you're looking for an ingenious place to tuck away extra bed linens and pillows — without adding an inch of extra footprint to your bedroom — this pivot storage bed frame from West Elm fits the bill. The frame comes in full, queen and king sizes and can be combined with most West Elm headboards. The storage area in all versions is just over 10 inches deep.

Old-School Glamour

This mirrored nightstand echoes the opulent finishes used throughout this bedroom designed by Erinn Valencich. Note her clever lighting trick: "I decided to hang pendant lights over each nightstand instead of using standard lamps," she says. This leaves the table surface free for other items. Storage is also available inside the table behind the touch-latch doors.

From: Erinn Valencich

Clean and Simple

A stunning ocean view like this one calls for clean lines in the bedroom. The owners of this home already had the bed frame shown, so designer Sarah Barnard added an upholstered headboard and had this electronic storage console custom-made to match. The room was fairly small, so mounting the console on the wall preserved the illusion of ample floor space.

Sleek Modular Storage

This cozy unit from West Elm combines a six-drawer storage bed frame with a sleek headboard and modular nightstands. Finished in white lacquer or a chocolate veneer, this low-slung contemporary set makes it easy to stash books, linens and clothing out of sight. Sizing options run from twin to king.

Functional Focal Point

Framing a bed with built-in storage not only provides a place to store odd items, but it gives the eye a place to land. "This was an older home where the space had become convoluted over the years with lots of add-ons," says designer Connie Gustafson. "We eliminated some closets and opened up the space to make a nice master suite. We designed this shelving specifically so the bed could fit right in." The simple architectural details on the built-ins match the character of the home, and drapery tassels on the doorknobs add a polished look.

Modern Earth Tones

Erinn Valencich designed this simple nightstand as part of her Erinn V Maison furniture collection. "The wood drawers and lacquer frame are great for texture while keeping a very modern look," Erinn says. "I love a mix of materials — it's like adding jewelry to an outfit!"

From: Erinn Valencich

Charmingly Off-Center

West Elm's Hudson collection adds a playful asymmetry to the contemporary bedroom. The five- and six-drawer dressers feature offset drawers of different sizes; a three-drawer version and a nightstand are also available. The dresser shown here has a white lacquer finish but also comes in chocolate or barley-colored ash veneer.

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