I get it, sometimes we just don’t have enough space in our bedrooms for all the things that we want, and whilst it’s annoying it’s not the end of the world. Learn how to organize a small bedroom on a low budget.
I’ve had to deal with small bedrooms for my children on many different occasions as we lived in military accommodation for a number of years.
But we managed and along the way, we learned a lot in the process, so check out my bedroom organization tips.
Fitting The Essentials Into A Small Bedroom
One thing we learned quickly was how to arrange a small bedroom to fit everything that we needed and what the children needed too.
As we lived in a rented property, it often meant we couldn’t put shelves up so you have to think outside the box and come up with different ways to solve all the problems of having small bedrooms and stuff you need to store.
One thing that also made it difficult was children sharing, it meant a larger room suddenly becomes tiny when you have at least 2 beds to fit in.
You have to get creative but it’s possible to organize a small space with everything you need with these simple small bedroom ideas.
Bed Storage Ideas For A Small Bedroom
We didn’t get bunk beds for our boys until they were a lot older, we didn’t think they would benefit them. You also can’t guarantee that they are going to fit into the next property you move to.
What we did do was to make sure their beds had storage in the base, you couldn’t fit anything under the base, but you could fit things into the base.
This was an amazing space and it was perfect for lots of things including toys, it meant we didn’t need a lot of toy storage in their rooms as they had access to this under-bed storage.
What Else Can You Store Under The Bed?
You can use this space for clothes, folded Marie Kondo style, and in individual boxes. But I was always careful with shoes, I would put these in similar boxes because you don’t want the space to smell of stinky feet.
The options for under-bed storage are huge, it’s about finding the right sizes that work for the space you have.
If you have space under the base of the bed this is perfect for plastic storage boxes to store a multitude of different items from toys, out-of-season clothes, and shoes, I’ve even stored excess pantry supplies in these before too.
Getting A Murphy Bed
Whilst we are thinking about the bed and the space that one takes up it’s possible to think about a Murphy bed. This wasn’t an option for us as it was for young children and we rented a home, but these are a great alternative to maximizing space in a small room.
These simply fold up when not in use, whilst they are great if you are in your own home, this won’t be an option if you are renting as they will need attaching to the wall.
They fold up onto the wall and are attached for safety reasons. They are great if space is limited or the room is a spare room. If you are using this every day, I think it would get annoying quickly to put up each morning and take it down at night before bed.
The space where the bed needs to rest in the down and up position would need to be quickly cleared as you wouldn’t want to do a full room clear out every time you wanted to go to bed.
If you are unsure what a Murphy bed is, here is an example of one that Becky Mansfield created in her own home. It is purely stunning
Storage At Foot Of Bed
The foot of the bed is often an area that is underused. We have an ottoman at the foot of our bed, and this stores all my husband’s work clothes. It’s easy to access and the space is large enough to accommodate his needs.
If you have space at the bottom of the bed this is ideal real estate for toy storage or even a small bookcase. You don’t need a wall for a bookcase, which is valuable space in a small bedroom.
Behind The Bedroom Door
The space behind the door is an amazing opportunity if you have limited storage in your bedroom, the only downside, is some of the options for over the door aren’t very aesthetically pleasing so you need to find something that you like and something that works well in the space.
It’s about finding clever storage ideas for small bedrooms that work well and don’t create an eyesore in the room.
This area isn’t in view if the door is open but once the door is shut it can be an eyesore so think carefully before buying any over-the-door storage.
Storing Clothes: Bedroom Storage Furniture
If you don’t have space for a closet, how do you store clothes?
I have found that even though my daughter had a closet growing up, she seldom used it so other options for clothes storage were something I became an expert in quickly if I wanted her to have a tidy room.
To be fair a closet does take up a lot of room and whilst it’s great to see everything hanging nicely you can get more into a chest of drawers if folded correctly.
Not only does it look nicer it’s easier to maintain too.
By using dividers in drawers, it stops things from becoming a mess, it holds things into place which is key if you want something to look good for long-term use.
Clothes Storage Ideas For Small Spaces
If you have a small closet that you need to work for think about the space and how you use it, if there are very few long items to hang but a lot of smaller items think about installing another rail to get double the hanging space.
There are quite a few products on the market that reduces the hanging space by utilizing the vertical space of each hanger.
These are great if you are renting and can’t add that additional rail or you need longer hanging space.
Clothes Storage For Small Bedrooms
When it comes to clothes it’s almost impossible to find the perfect solution for multiple spaces.
This is why you must think outside of the box, storage boxes are great for storing clothes but not so practical when you are looking for the right items.
So, what about storage for clothes not in the bedroom? Often, there is some space on the landing for a chest of drawers.
Getting Shoe Storage Right
There are limited ways to store shoes, they are bulky and often we have more than one or two pairs.
Shoes are something I hate to see kicking around the front door. When my kids were little having shoes by the door was impossible, you had to have somewhere to put the pushchair you couldn’t fit in shoes in most of the military housing we lived in.
It’s a good idea to store shoes in bedrooms, but it is adding to the already full rooms. We stored shoes in the bottoms of their wardrobes and this caused a few problems.
Dirt and mud can fall off shoes and this adds to the dust and dirt you need to clean on a regular basis.
Ideal shoe storage is hard to find because everyone’s needs are different, so research what will work for you and go from there.
Dividing Up The Bedroom Space
When you are trying to organize a bedroom for two children you want to provide storage but also privacy for each child.
Dividing the room up with multi-purpose furniture is key. Cube storage is great for adding storage space as well as room dividers.
Room dividing ideas:
It gives the children the space they need for quiet time and to have their prized possessions.
If you are limited for space and can attach things to the wall a floating desk is a great option for any child, you can even get ones that fold flat and this is perfect if you are struggling for space.
However, you will need to fix these to the wall and this isn’t ideal if you are renting a property.
A floating desk offers the space to write and do homework but also takes up limited space as there are no bulky legs or drawers to accommodate.
If you are unsure what I’m talking about my friend Tasha from Kaleidoscope Living created a floating desk for her daughter.
Bedroom Storage Boxes And Baskets
I’m reluctant to mention baskets because I’m not a fan of seeing these everywhere, yes, they can help with tidying but sometimes they are dangerous in that you can dump stuff in them and never use them again.
If you are tight on space, everything in that bedroom needs a function and to be used otherwise it’s taking up valuable real estate that could be used for something you do need and want.
So, by using baskets you can use them to store items that you use to keep the space looking and feeling tidy. But be prepared for finding things you haven’t used in a while and if they are open baskets you might find that you have a dust issue in the basket.
Storage Space Using Shelves
If you are tight on space a shelving unit that wraps around the room at the very top is great for getting storage but it will be difficult to access for most people, so only take this option if you have no other choice.
This type of storage will collect dust easily so if you are looking at putting more storage up high consider items that won’t get damaged from dust.
Floating shelves are great for adding in a touch of decoration as they aren’t going to take a lot of weight.
Wall Space For Storage
Thinking about the wall space is going to help you unless you live in rented accommodation.
It’s easy to create more function in a room with wall storage and it makes the task of organizing a small bedroom so much easier.
Mounting bedside lights onto the wall is a great way to free up space on your bedside table.
Perhaps you also consider using a shelf above your bed as a nightstand giving you more floor space than if you had to accommodate bedside tables into the equation?
Less To Clean With An Organized Bedroom
If you think about going minimalist in your bedrooms, it’s going to give you more space and less to clean.
When you think about all the possessions that you own and want in your bedroom, it can visually seem cluttered and this isn’t always what you want in a bedroom.
Relaxation is the key to a good bedroom and for that reason the less that there is on display the more relaxing and calming it’s going to feel.
With fewer possessions in the bedroom, it means there is less stuff to clean and this is great for many reasons including reducing the amount of dust in your bedroom.
Organizing Doesn’t Have To Cost A Fortune
When it comes to organizing a small bedroom you don’t need to spend a fortune doing it, there are many ways that you can work with what you have and just organize it in a different way that suits the space better.
Often, we aren’t thinking about a solution we are wishing for a bigger space or more money to tackle the space professionally.
When all we need to do is to think about what we have and the best solution to storing those items in the space available.
You don’t need to spend big bucks to make a small room feel organized, you just need to think outside the box.
Keeping the space tidy is a must, a small space will look cluttered quickly if there are things on the floor or cluttering any flat surface.
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As long as you aren’t renting or have the owner’s permission you must consider the vertical space in the bedroom.
This vertical space is often untouched and yet perfect for getting a small bedroom organized.