The one room that has to be clutter-free for me, has to be the bedroom.
I find it very hard to settle and get a good night’s sleep if my bedroom is full of clothes that haven’t been put away, overflowing laundry baskets and makeup covering the tops of furniture.
It can be hard to keep a bedroom clutter-free if it is small, so how do we organise a small bedroom and increase the space in your room?
How to organise a small bedroom
Whether your small bedroom is your master bedroom, box room or guest room which becomes a bit of a dumping ground, there are plenty of ways to keep your small bedroom organised if you are clever with the space.
Storage is your best friend when it comes to an organised bedroom and there are plenty of storage hacks that can help keep the clutter at bay.
Another way to organise a small bedroom is to make the most of every available space, without it becoming too cluttered.
Think shelves above doors and storage boxes in wardrobes, all great examples of storage ideas.
Here are 20 Small Bedroom Organisation Ideas…
1. Only use furniture you really need
There’s nothing worse than walking into a bedroom and constantly banging into furniture that gets in the way or not being able to open doors fully.
The bed is the first place to start as this will always be the biggest piece of furniture in a bedroom.
Depending on what you are using the bedroom for, go for a bed that doesn’t overwhelm the room and if it is a double or larger, there is enough room to get out of either side.
Have a good look around the room and see if there is any furniture you can remove.
Is there an old chair that has become a dumping ground for clothes? Is there a dressing table that’s sole purpose is to home dirty coffee cups and books you’ve read?
Removing furniture that really isn’t needed can help the room feel less cluttered without much effort and can help towards an organised bedroom.
2. Purchase a bed with storage
One of the best ways to keep a small bedroom organised is to purchase a bed with storage underneath, or an ottoman.
Ottoman beds are the best for rooms that don’t have a lot of space on either side of the bed as the bed lifts to reveal complete storage underneath.
We had an ottoman bed in our last house as we had a king-size bed in quite a small room, so this provided ample storage for items we didn’t need every day like bedding, bags and seasonal clothing.
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3. Use the space under the bed
Looking for space that isn’t utilised is the best way to find storage ideas for small bedrooms on a budget.
If you already have a bed and it doesn’t come with internal storage (and has room to put things underneath), this is the perfect space to use under-bed storage.
You can purchase large plastic storage boxes, vacuum-packed bags or an under-bed drawer on wheels for easy access.
The Fredvang under bed storage from IKEA can also be used as a bedside table and can be pushed out of the way when not needed, perfect for an organised bedroom.
4. Zone the room
To help keep an organised bedroom, designate specific areas for sleeping, clothes, organising make-up and toiletries and laundry.
If you know where everything goes, there is less chance of it becoming chaotic and messy!
5. Use the space under a window
This is prime space in a bedroom that is often underutilised.
It is a great place to put a small desk or dressing table as you can look out of the window whilst sitting at your desk.
If you don’t have the space for a dressing table or desk, look at a very thin console table which contains storage and has room to put small, organised things on top like jewellery stands or boxes.
If the radiator gets in the way (as they’re often found under a window) find a small drawer system that can perch above the radiator.
6. Use all wall space available
Without making the room cluttered, get clever with all the wall space available.
Freeing up floor space can automatically make a room feel less busy, so go for wall-mounted shelves and bedside tables where possible.
Putting shelves up high can make a room look taller and are perfect for storing items you don’t need daily like books, hats, scarves and jewellery you only wear on special occasions.
7. Keep your bedside tables clear
Apart from your bedside lamp and a book, keeping bedside tables clear of chaos can help a bedroom feel organised and spacious.
The more clear surfaces you can see in a small bedroom, the better!
If you can install lights above the bedside tables, even better.
Wall lights are perfect for small bedrooms, it means you can have smaller bedside tables without a bedside lamp getting in the way.
8. Use an IKEA Raskog or other trolley for extra storage
The IKEA Raskog is perfect for extra storage and for use as a bedside table and brilliant for keeping an organised bedroom.
If you have limited space next to your bed, it can be easily rolled away during the day to make more space.
It comes with 3 shelves that are adjustable and can be used to store things like books, toiletries and makeup.
As it comes on wheels, you can move it depending on what item you need.
9. Buy a wardrobe with a sliding door
Tired of having to stand on your bed whilst you open your wardrobe doors?
Buy or install a wardrobe with sliding doors.
The best way to utilise space with a sliding door is to install doors from wall to wall, cordoning off the space behind it and filling it with clothes rails, drawers and clever storage solutions.
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10. Make use of all the space in your wardrobe
Wardrobes always have plenty of space that isn’t properly utilised and are the first place you need to start when looking for small bedroom storage ideas.
With a little reshuffle and organisation, you may find that you can squeeze a lot more into your wardrobe than you thought!
Wardrobes are the perfect place to keep all your clothes, shoes and bedroom items out of view.
But, just like keeping your small bedroom clutter-free, it is best to keep your wardrobe clutter free too!
Make sure there are designated spaces in the wardrobe so you know where everything goes and are easy to find quickly.
Use plastic storage boxes with labels that can be stacked on top of each other and sit under smaller items of a wardrobe clothes rail like jumpers and shirts.
If you find you have extra hanging space in your wardrobe, get some hanging storage organisers to put in t-shirts, leggings and other smaller items.
11. Wardrobe drawers
Have you got space under your clothes in the wardrobe? Maybe look into purchasing a multipurpose wardrobe storage organiser unit.
These tend to come with fabric-style drawers so you can fit more items inside and are small enough to squeeze into any space in a wardrobe.
12. Keep your wardrobe open to maximise space
If you have wardrobes with doors that take up all the space when open, think about taking the doors off to create more space when you are looking for items and actually make the room feel bigger!
The perfect wardrobe for keeping an organised bedroom and maximising space is the IKEA Pax System.
You can modify it, so it uses all the space available and helps your bedroom feel less cluttered.
Another way to make the most of a small space is to use shelves, hanging rails and clever storage systems so everything has its own dedicated space.
13. Hooks and hanging organisers on the back of doors
Doors are normally forgotten when organising a room, but they can provide the perfect opportunity to create more storage space.
You can get over-the-door storage organisers for anything these days, such as shoes, toiletries, clothes and toys, keeping them all out of the way and up off the floor!
They are multi-functional and can hang anywhere there is space. Over the back of the door, inside of your wardrobe or hanging from a metal pole.
14. Install shelves above the doors
Another area that is often overlooked is the space above the door!
This is the perfect place to put books, baskets filled with jewellery or storage boxes with rarely used items.
You could even just use it for plants to make the room more interesting and unique.
15. Hanging laundry basket
It’s all about keeping your floor space as clear as possible!
Having minimal stuff on the floor lets the eyes swoop around the room giving it the impression it is bigger if you can see more floor space.
Look at buying a hanging laundry basket to keep all your dirty clothes in one place and not on a discarded chair or in a pile next to the wardrobe.
16. Bespoke furniture to use all available space
If your budget allows, look at getting some bespoke wardrobes fitted into awkward spaces. Is your small bedroom in the eaves?
Create little pockets of shelves so you can fit smaller items into the awkwardly shaped space.
If you’re looking for more small bedroom storage ideas, is there space not used under the window?
Create a little storage bench with drawers so you can tidy things away. This also means you can get rid of that chair no one sits on and whose primary use is to throw clothes on.
17. Fold away floating desk
Another way to keep things up off the floor is to install a fold-away floating desk.
This can be used to either work from or as a dressing table and can be pushed back against the wall once you’ve finished.
Perfect for small bedrooms!
18. Desk organisers
If your small bedroom can squeeze a desk in, it probably won’t be on the large side!
To keep it clutter free and organised, make sure you invest in some good desk organisers.
Stackable desk organisers are the best for small spaces as they help keep your desk tidy.
These work well for stationery items, makeup and toiletries.
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19. IKEA day bed
If your small bedroom is used as a guest bedroom or for when you’ve had enough of your husband’s snoring and want to get a good night’s sleep, why not put an IKEA day bed in the room?
This is the perfect piece of furniture if you’re looking for storage ideas for small bedrooms on a budget as they incorporate a few designs.
These beds are compact and multi-functional.
They have ample storage underneath, can pull out to create a double bed (if there’s room for it) and double up as a sofa during the day.
The perfect piece of furniture for a small room.
20. Commit to having a good clear-out often
One of the most important things you can do to create an organised bedroom is to keep it clutter-free and commit to having a good clear out and tidy as much as possible.
If your bedroom is small, you need to keep it organised so it is a calm place to fall asleep.
If your small bedroom (or box room) is a spare or guest room, we all know it can become a bit of a dumping ground, so make sure it has plenty of storage, designated areas for placing items and a clear floor where possible.
I hope this how to organise a small bedroom blog with small bedroom storage ideas has helped you to finally tackle the clutter in your bedroom!
If you have any advice on storage ideas for small bedrooms on a budget, let me know in the comments!