We all have one!  That tiny box room that could be so fabulous if only we had a shoe-horn big enough to squeeze everything through the doorway!

Do not be alarmed – there are loads of clever ideas to maximise storage space in a small bedroom, it is simply a matter of finding what works best for your needs.

Probably the most common use of the box room is as a kid’s bedroom with the demands on it running from sleeping area to play area to study area with the need for storage the overriding objective.

It is always a good idea to begin by comprehensively listing the wish list of things to be achieved by the space, for example:

  • Clothing Storage
  • Shoe Storage
  • Underwear & Socks
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Study area
  • Bed (not to be forgotten!)

Then, incorporate an area for each into the basic room design.  Where space is tight, it is important to be utilising every available cm.

To this end, ensure wardrobes are running floor to ceiling with internal layouts matching storage requirements.  Areas can be created to accommodate clothing; shoes and underwear with a selection of hanging; shelving and pull out baskets – neatly containing things behind a closed door.

Shelving areas for books and personal bits and bobs can be useful, allowing the occupant to create their own personal space by displaying things of personal value.

Under bed storage can be invaluable for getting all those ‘toe-breaking’ toys off the floor, but leaving them readily accessible for daily use.  Care should be taken when designing a bed as this can be created as the most multi-functional item in the room.

With a plethora of options available for incorporating under bed storage; rigid or pull out desk areas and even beds that fold up against the wall with desk space on the underside when bed is locked into position, like this one below!  Clever!

Whatever it is that you are trying to achieve, good space planning and utilisation can make the unimaginable possible!

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