5 Expert Bedroom Storage Ideas
A bedroom should be a haven from life's chaos, a place to relax and unwind. But it's hard to feel serene when looking at piles of dirty clothes, or searching through an overstuffed closet. Get five expert tips for stashing in style.
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3. Make it kid-friendly
Stashing the bed itself can make a tiny bedroom double as a nursery by day. Diane Selkirk of Vancouver put a Murphy bed in her daughter's room, making the small bedroom's storage space more versatile. "When it's up, she has ample play space. And when down, it hides the toys."
It's in your best interest to make storage fun, attractive and easily accessible for your kids. Blankets and stuffed animals, for example, can be stored in a built-in chest that doubles as a window seat. "Kids find it easier to put stuff on shelves and baskets than hangers," Kristine says. "If something is out of sight in a drawer, they don't think about it. If it's in plain view, they're more likely to reach for it." A set-up that encourages kids to put specific things in specific baskets has the added benefit of teaching organization skills.
Stacked rods make it easier to flip seasons, so that clothes children are currently wearing are on the lower rod. "Even a child 3 feet high can reach a rod that's 38 inches off the floor, which means they can pick out what they want to wear by themselves," she says. Toys can be stored on extra shelves, and then traded for shoes and sweaters as kids get older and their wardrobes expand.
4. Think vertically
Despite its limited square footage, Denise Schipani's first apartment had very high ceilings. So when she and her husband ran out of storage space, they looked skyward. "We installed deep shelves high above our heads," she says. "They were great for stuff you don't need often, like luggage and boxes of off-season clothes."
To avoid extending shelves into the room itself, consider removing some drywall and creating recessed spaces between the studs. You can add doors to enclose them or install shallow shelf inserts.
If you have limited space around the bed, ditch the bedside tables in favor of a headboard with cabinets to hold lamps, books and glasses. Look for tall, narrow dressers, armoires and corner cabinets to stretch your small bedroom's storage space. Opt for a compact entertainment center for your TV, stereo and related media, or free up floor space by wall-mounting towers for DVDs and CDs.
5. Create storage access
If your attic is difficult to access, consider adding another attic door in one of the bedrooms. Installing a hinged door with a drop-down ladder in a large closet will allow you to tap hidden bedroom storage as you need it.
As we all know, discarded clothes pile up fast in the bedroom. Lise found the perfect way to keep her laundry organized and out of sight. Inspired by her in-laws' laundry chute, the Lingos cut and trimmed out a hole in the wall between their bedroom and laundry closets. Now they can throw clothes directly into bins sitting on their washer and dryer. "We call it the laundry lob since it's not really a chute," she says. "It keeps the closet more organized and makes it obvious when laundry must be done. If I can see the clothes above the lip it's time to do a load."
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