How to Organise a Small Bedroom and Increase your Space

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.

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How to Organise a small bedroom and increase space

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.

3 different sized metal trunks in grey, pink and light grey
Trunks can fit under the bed, perfect small bedroom storage ideas Set of 3 Metal Storage Trunks – Von Haus

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. 

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.

king size bed with four pillars, shelving as a headboard and under the bed
The perfect bed for a small bedroom? King 4 Poster Bed with Storage & Shelves – Cuckooland

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.

blue velvet ottoman bed with pink walls and colourful bedding
An organised bedroom is clutter free! Avery Ottoman bed – sofa.com

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.

under bed storage on wheels that can also double up as a bedside table
These are a great for storage ideas for small bedrooms on a budget FREDVANG Underbed storage/bedside table – IKEA

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.

small bedroom with single bed, desk and shelves
Image credit: simphome.com

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. 

compact dressing table with 6 drawers and boucle armchair all sat under a bedroom window
Using the space under the window is a great way to keep things compact in a small and organised bedroom. Claremont Panelled Dressing Table – Armac Martin

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.

wall mounted wooden shelving with drawers
Ash Wood Hall Receiver with Drawer – SKLUM

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.

oak effect floating/ wall mounted bedside tables
Pair of Floating Bedside Tables Oak Effect – Sue Ryder

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!

wall light above bedside table in the bedroom
Fermaluce Wood, wooden wall light with bent extension – Creative Cables

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.

white trolley in the bedroom
White trolley can help towards an organised bedroom. Image credit: DigsDigs

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.

mirrored sliding doors with shelves, a desk, office chair and burnt orange sofa in a small bedroom
This sliding door wardrobe integrated with a desk shows you how to maximise small bedroom storage. Spacepro Wardrobe – Homebase

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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.

white stackable and foldable drawers for wardrobes
Set of 4 Stackable Foldable Wardrobe Storage Box Organizers – Amazon

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.

plastic drawer with fabric drawer inserts in the wardrobe
Amazon Basics Fabric 3-Drawer Storage Organizer Unit for Closet

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.

IKEA Pax wardrove with colour coded clothes, white fluffy rug and industrial style desk in a home office
This is such a great use of IKEA Pax wardrobes! Image credit: styledsnapshots.com

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. 

open wardrobe with clothing rail and drawers in the bedroom
Storage Solution Systems – IKEA

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.

3 wicker baskets hanging over the back of the door
Wall Hanging Storage Bag, Over the Door Storage Organiser – Autumn Life

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.

doorway to a hallway with vintage furniture and shelf above the door filled with plants
Image credit: unknown

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.

linen laundry basket hanging from some shelves
The perfect linen hanging laundry bag which comes with handles so you can hang it from anywhere! Either on the back of the door or under some shelves. Linen Door Hanging Laundry Hamper Bag, 19×27 Inches – Amazon

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.

Cupboard with sliding doors fitted into the eaves of a small bedroom
Small bedroom storage ideas Image credit: Sharps

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.

storage bench seat fitted into a bay window
Window storage bench seat – Sharps

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!

white drop leaf table desk with storage for a small bedroom
Organised bedroom? Get a fold-away desk Folding Wooden Wall-Mounted Drop-Leaf Table Desk – ManoMano

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.

Bamboo stackable desk organiser
Bamboo stackable desk organiser – Amazon

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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. 

IKEA day bed with pink canopy over bed, pink wallpaper, IKEA chest of drawers and a jute rug
We had an IKEA day bed in my daughter’s old bedroom which was small. It was perfect for sleepovers and storage!

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.

IKEA day bed in a small bedroom with white wardrobe, jute rug and shelves
The perfect piece of furniture for an organised bedroom IKEA day bed

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.

day bed built into a small area with shelving and walls painted in a dark sage green
Image credit: simshilditch.com

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! 

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