21+ space-saving Small Bedroom Storage Ideas (2023)

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Is your small bedroom driving you a little crazy? Just because a bedroom is small doesn’t mean it has to be cluttered. We’ll look at 21 space-saving small bedroom storage ideas and organization tips to help you maximize your small space.

Some of these ideas are bedroom organizers, tips, storage ideas, and other ways to make the most out of your small room.

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Note: this article has been updated to include even more small bedroom storage ideas.





How to organize a small bedroom – Small Bedroom Storage Ideas

In order to organize a small bedroom you’ll have to remove the stuff from the bedroom that can be stored elsewhere in your house, donated, sold or thrown out.

Then utilize “wasted space” such as:

  • behind the bedroom door
  • behind the closet door
  • under the bed
  • over the bed
  • and other spots in your closet to get a nicely organized small bedroom.





1. Declutter (First step)

If you’re wondering “How do you organize a small bedroom with a lot of stuff?” Perhaps you should be asking yourself, do I have too much stuff? Do I need all this stuff?

So the first thing to remember is don’t organize and store what you don’t need or want. Declutter first so you’re only storing and organizing stuff you actually want to keep.

Get rid of, or donate clothes, accessories and books that you don’t need.

Need help? Check out Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” (More on her methods below.)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing





2. Think Vertical to organize a small bedroom

The second important thing to keep in mind is you need to maximize vertical space.

Don’t just think about square footage: think of cubic footage.

For instance, the section of wall above a doorframe or window can be a great place for a book shelf.





3. Consider a loft bed

HOME ACCENT FURNISHINGS New Full Over Loft Black Metal Framed Bed

The largest area hog in our bedroom is… the bed!

Now unless you’re Dracula you probably sleep lying down and not hanging from the rafters. So you need a bed.

If you’re wondering how do you create storage in a small bedroom you should consider getting a loft bed.

They make them in twin size, but also double (or full) size too.

The loft bed above is made by Home Accents and is a popular and highly-rated loft bed.

Look at all that living space or potential storage area under the bed!







4. Consider a getting a platform bed (more under-bed storage space)

ZINUS Van 16 Inch Metal Platform Bed Frame / Steel Slat Support / No Box Spring Needed / Easy Assembly, Queen

If a loft bed is too extreme, you could consider getting a platform bed like this metal Zinus brand platform bed.

It has supportive metal slats so you do not need a box spring with it: just put your mattress right on the slats.

By the time you ditch the box spring, the final height of your mattress off the ground will likely be close to your current bed.

Plus now you’ll have all that extra space under the bed for storage.







5. Consider a murphy bed

Bestar Edge Queen Murphy Bed and 2 Storage Cabinets in White, Space-Saving Wall Bed with Storage for Guest Room

A murphy bed is cool piece of furniture.

You may think of a spare bedroom when someone mentions one, but some people use it in their master bedroom too.

You could fold the bed up when you need to, and free up the floor space to play, exercise, etc…

Many come with built-in shelves along the sides to provide space for books, a bedside lamp, etc…

This particular model from Bestar has shelves on both sides of the bed and a cabinet on each side too.

You could place some nice wicker baskets on these shelves if you don’t want all your stuff and knick-knacks out in the open.







6. Fabric Under Bed Storage Bags for clothes and bedding

Lifewit Under Bed Storage Bag Organizer with Reinforced Handle Thick Fabric Clear Window Large Capacity Foldable Underbed Storage Container for Clothes Blankets Set of 2 Organization and Storage, Grey

Can you make better use of the area below your bed?

If you don’t want to get a loft bed there are still ways to better utilize the space under your current bed.

And if your bed frame is too low, you can buy bed risers to slightly elevate your bed so you can store stuff under it. (Bed risers allow you to add additional storage under your bed without having to buy a whole new bed.)

I came across these well-rated storage bags on Amazon. They are 6″ high so you’ll need at least that much room under your bed.

And if you don’t currently have that much clearance, you can look into getting some bed risers.

The bags have a clear “viewing” window so you can remember what you tossed in there and they have a handle so you can yank them out for easy access.

They’re a good choice for stashing seasonal clothes and bedding such as sweaters and fleece sheets in the summer, then bathing suits and light sheets in the winter.

And, these are a great storage solution for people who have a small closet.

Click here to see the current price of this 2-pack of under bed storage bags.






Want more under bed storage ideas? This helpful article has suggestions such as under bed drawers, captain’s beds, rolling totes and more…






7. Under Bed Shoe Storage Cube

Under Bed Shoe Storage Organizer - TEAR-RESISTANT Heavy Duty 600D Material - Shoe Organizer Under Bed - Fits Men's and Women's Shoes, High Heels, and Sneakers - Up to 16 Pairs - Extra-Strong Zipper - Grey - Perfect for College Dorms

Wondering how to store shoes in a small bedroom? Well under the bed can be the perfect place.

This particular under-bed shoe box comes with a clear, zippered top so dust stays off of your shoes.

It is about 5.25 inches high. If you have bigger feet though, I doubt you’ll fit your pairs of shoes in each little cube: you may only be able to fit one shoe per cubby.

Whether this product makes sense for you will depend on how many shoes you actually need to stash away under the bed. (Are your shoe racks in the rest of your house overflowing?)

But this can be used for more than just shoe storage. You could put accessories in here like rolled-up belts, scarves, off-season items like mittens, tuques, scarves, etc…





You may also like…

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twin bed with storage ideas








8. Vacuum Bags for bedding, seasonal clothes, etc…

Amazon Basics Vacuum Compression Storage Bags with Hand Pump - 12-Pack (3 Jumbo, 3 Large, 3 Medium, 3 Small)

Depending on where you live you may have seasonal clothes and bedding. When it is out of season you can put these fabric items in a vacuum bag and suck them down to a smaller, more manageable size.

Vacuum bags are a good answer to the question of “how do you organize a small bedroom with a lot of clothes?”

You use the vacuum bags to ‘suck’ the clothes down into a small package. Then once you collapsed the size of the clothes or bedding you can tuck them under your bed or put them in your closet.

Vacuum bags are something I really like, and use, but I honestly haven’t had great success finding a good brand.

I’ll vacuum the air out of the bag, seal it, and then a few days later the air has seeped back in and it’s bloated back up.

If you have a brand that you love and that works really well please let me know in a comment.







9. Small Nightstand with Drawers

Sonoma Nightstand with Open Shelf, Black

If you have room for them, a bedside table (aka night stand) can provide convenient storage solutions for a small bedroom.

The top surface gives us a place to put a lamp, a book, and other stuff. (But not too much or it can make your room look cluttered: it is suggested to just have the essential nightly stuff on top and maybe one memento.)

And what’s cool about these particular ones from Prepac is the how you can put stuff into the drawers and have them out of sight.

So you can put your favorite books, journals, pens, lip moisturizer, reading glasses and even socks and underwear in these drawers and have them right beside your bed.

If you don’t want dark colors in your small room, you can also get the same nightstand in white.

Sonoma Nightstand with Open Shelf, White

Admittedly, night stands may not work in a tiny bedroom. In that case, small wall-mounted shelves beside the bed, a bedside caddy or a headboard like the one below may be a better option.





10. Get a Headboard with Shelving

Headboard with Storage – Monterey model by Prepac (Photo credit: Walmart)

Another way to increase the storage in a small bedroom is by getting a headboard with storage like this one from the company Prepac.

It’s like having a built-in bookcase right at the head of the bed! You can put stuff in the storage cubbies that may otherwise be on the floor.

It is currently well-rated on Walmart.com with 4.3 stars out of 5, and it is available in different sizes and colors.





You may also like these over bed storage ideas

over bed storage ideas







11. Bedside Caddy

Bedside Caddy by Dependable (Photo credit: Walmart.com)

While we’re still talking about beds I’ll mention bedside caddies.

They are multi-pocketed organizers that hang down beside your bed mattress and give you a spot to put books, glasses, and whatever else you may need.

They are a great option for tiny bedrooms where you simply don’t have the room for a bedside table or shelves.

This particular 5-pocket bedside caddy is made by the company Dependable and is available at Walmart (for a good price too!).







12. Do you have room for a bedroom storage chest or storage bench?

Otto & Ben 45" Storage Ottoman with SMART LIFT Top, Upholstered Tufted Bench, Foot Rest, Light Grey

bedroom storage chest at the end of the bed can be a great place for extra bedding, pillows and “out of sight” clothes storage.

This particular storage bench from Otto & Ben is 45-inches wide, 15-inches tall and 15-inches deep.

The only problem is that there may not be room for it in a small bedroom.

Will this fit in your small bedroom to provide you more storage?





Check out these other bedroom storage chest options. (We have a whole article on them.)




13. Corner Shelves (Etsy)

small bedroom organization ideas - corner shelves
Click to see reviews on Etsy

Corner shelves are another great way to make use of “hard-to-use” space that is otherwise “wasted”.

You can make your own corner shelves quite easily, or you can find them at most local retailers.

I came across the wooden floating corner shelves (shown above) on Etsy. They are thick and reviewers say they are easy to install and sturdy. And because they are so thick it gives them a sense of intention and belonging: like you put some thought into the purchase and didn’t just throw up some cheap stuff on your wall.




14. Metal Wall Baskets (a useful small bedroom organization idea)

Spectrum Diversified Vintage Large Cabinet & Wall-Mounted Basket for Storage & Organization Rustic Farmhouse Decor, Sturdy Steel Wire Storage Bin, Bronze

I first came across this product when I was researching an article for “RV Bedroom Organization Ideas“, because those are obviously small bedrooms too. These are metal wall baskets from the company Spectrum Diversified.

People use these to hold everything from baby supplies, to books, to plants and way more.


I see the width of these “large” baskets are 10.25 inches. That isn’t wide enough to hit the wall studs on the usual 16-inch on center walls. So you’ll have to use drywall anchors which will limit how much weight you can put in the baskets.

Or you could mount a strip of wood (like a 1″x2″ board) horizontally to the wall and have it hit the studs, then mount the basket to your wood strip. This would provide a better hold.

Another great thing about baskets like this is you can clearly see what is in them.

You could mount them to the back wall of your closet and use them to store small items like belts, socks, and even jewelry boxes.

Click here to see the other sizes and colors of these baskets.





“Back of the Door” Organization Ideas

The space behind the back of the bedroom door is generally just thought of as ‘dead space’ – if it’s thought of at all. But in a small bedroom there are several ways you can use this wasted space by getting some hanging organizers.





15. Hanging Laundry Hamper

Fine Living Hanging Laundry Hamper with Over Door Hooks, Durable Space Saving Laundry Bag with Zipper and Wide Open Top, X-Large Machine Washable Hanging Dorm Laundry Hamper (Grey-XL)

Is your dirty laundry piled up on the floor in your closet?

No, I’m not psychic it’s just the place almost everyone has it. But why? It is almost like a custom.

There are other options for your dirty clothes though, such as this hanging laundry hamper from the Fine Living Company.

Hang it behind your bedroom door – or closet door if it fits – and make better use of the space at the bottom of your closet.




16. Over the Door Hook Organizer for Robes, Scarves, Purses, etc…

DecoBros Over The Door 6 Hook Organizer Rack - Silver

Over the door hook organizers slip over the top of your door and provide great storage opportunities for bath robes, house robes (great for winter mornings), scarves, purses and darn near any thing else that can be hung up.

The one show above will fit doors up to 1.75″ thick.

The problem we’ve run into in the past though is some of our door jambs are too tight. The door won’t close with a hanger on it.

So check the gap between the top of your door and the door jamb before you invest in an over the door hanger. Make sure it’ll fit and you can still close your door.

Click to see just how well-rated this organizer is…






17. Back of Door Pegboard Organization Station

White pegboard organizer by Azar Displays (Photo credit: Walmart)

I always thought of pegboards as something you use in the garage or craft room. But you can utilize their versatility in your bedroom too. It could be a great option for customized storage.

The pegboard set shown above is two pieces of plastic pegboard that are 13.5″ wide and 22″ high. So you could screw them to the back of your door, one on top of the other, or perhaps side-by-side.

(Just be careful if you have hollow core door because if you do, this won’t be able to hold as much weight as a solid door.)

You may be able to screw them to the wall at the back of your closet too.

This set comes with a bunch of hooks and organizers so you’ll have fun organizing your new storage space.




18. Hanging Shelving Unit

Smart Design Over The Door Pantry Organizer Rack with 6 Adjustable Shelves - Steel Metal Wire Baskets and Frame - Hanging - Wall Mountable - Cans, Spice, Storage, Closet, Bathroom, Kitchen - White

Here is another organization idea that you may associate with the kitchen pantry, but it can be used in the bedroom as well. (It is actually marketed as a pantry organizer.)

This over the door shelving unit can hang from the top of the door, or be screwed to the door.

(Ignore the food items in the picture above and imagine your bedroom stuff in there.)

One thing to look out for with this particular organizer from Smart Design is that the hooks are quite thick so your bedroom door may not close properly with it attached.

But you can also screw this into your door or wall if it won’t hang from the top of your door. So you have options.

Click here for more details on this popular organizer.




19. Use Dresser Drawer Dividers and Organizers

mDesign Expandable Kitchen Drawer Organizer - Adjustable Divider with Foam Ends - Secure Hold, Locks in Place - Separators for Pantry, Cupboard, Cabinet Storage, Ligne Collection, 4 Pack - White

Dresser drawer dividers can be a good way to help keep your clothes organized.

They are useful for containing small items like socks, belts, scarves, and underwear, but the ones shown above even allow you to organize larger clothes too.

These drawer dividers from mDesign are adjustable bars that slide to fit your drawer and lock into place.


Another option for organizing drawers is the fabric bin style organizers. These are baskets that you place your clothes inside and you can use them in your dresser drawer or even in your closet.

Drawer Organizer Clothes, 8 Pack Underwear Drawer Organizer, Foldable Closet Organizers and Storage Dresser Drawer Dividers for Clothes, Socks, Scarves, Ties (White)

They can help you tidy up your drawers for sure.





20. Fold your Clothes Smaller (Konmarie method)

Before and After watching Marie Kondo’s show Tidying Up

So I mentioned at the start of this article the Marie Kondo book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” I also like her Netflix show, “Tidying Up.”

One of the things she suggests is to fold your clothes smaller: basically fold them into tight little packages.

After watching the first episode of her show I decided to tidy my dresser. The results are above.

So, as you can see the Konmarie method of folding greatly reduced the amount of space my t-shirts took up in the drawer. So this is another answer on how to organize a small bedroom with a lot of clothes – fold them smaller.

But I also got rid of several shirts that I didn’t wear, and would probably never wear.

Here are my personal thoughts on Marie’s approach.

Pro’s of Marie Kondo’s folding method

  • Prompted me to declutter
  • frees up space in the drawer


Cons

  • I can’t see what is on my shirts
  • more time-consuming method of folding clothes


Just like anything in life, I think there are pros and cons to the “Konmari” (as in Kondo Marie) method.









21. More on getting rid of clutter from your room

Ask yourself if you need all the stuff in your room. Do you need it at all? If you do need it, does it need to be in your small bedroom?

Being able to clean out your bedroom and get rid of some of your “stuff” will make your space feel larger.

Is there money hiding in your bedroom?

You could have several hundreds of dollars in clothes, books, jewelry and in other items just sitting in your room that you never use anymore.

Go through your items and see if you could list them on a site like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. The money you make could help you buy some of the cool small bedroom organization ideas I’ve mentioned. 🙂

Remember to always be safe when it comes to selling items to people where they have to come to your house. We often just use the honor system and if we know “Jane Doe” is coming to buy some clothes from us, we’ll put the clothes in a bag and hang from our door knob. Then “Jane” can slide the money under the door or put it in the mail slot. If she doesn’t want the clothes she can just put them back on the knob.

Obviously use your own judgement and discretion.





22. Maximize Closet Space to help organize your small bedroom

If you have a small bedroom, it is important to improve your closet storage in order to organize your room as a whole.

There are lots of closet organizers and storage systems to help you make the most out of your closet space.

In fact, I have an article with 53 closet storage ideas to get you started right now.




CONCLUSION

Researching this article on small bedroom storage ideas, I’ve come to a few conclusions:

  1. Declutter your room. Take out what doesn’t need to be in there. “Organized junk is still junk.”
  2. Assess your needs. What is it that you need help organizing? Is it clothes, books, bedside stuff, blankets, etc…
  3. Think vertical. You may have a small bedroom in terms of square footage so you’ll need to think vertically and take advantage of wall space, space above and below your bed, and behind your bedroom door.
  4. Think beyond dedicated “bedroom organization ideas.” You’ll notice I listed items like pegboards and pantry shelves, and these are usually used in other rooms, but why not bedrooms?







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I hope you’ve found this article on small bedroom organization ideas inspiring and helpful.

Thank you and take care.








2 thoughts on “21+ space-saving Small Bedroom Storage Ideas (2023)”

  1. I JUST finished re-doing my room over on a VERY minimal budget. Almost everything I used was stuff laying around the house. The rest was provided by my parents’ time and money for Christmas presents. I’m 40. They’re 73 and 78 and both still working. I’m in school full time as an Accounting major (I love meticulous details and organization!) and I’m trying to lose weight, so between semesters, I got creative on my 11′ x 13′ bedroom. My parents got me a small tool set and some storage bags for Christmas. Storage bags: Amazon Basics are what I went with. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RP7TJVT/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I got the $40 Multi-Pack of 15 for Christmas. I’ve used 2 but I’m not done organizing! LOL Just after Christmas, I was surprised with a Cricut Joy and have had time to explore that!! I could go on for days…let me know if you would like pictures of some of the things I came up with!

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