The bedroom. Your (and perhaps your partner’s) bedroom is private. A haven of tranquillity and peace. A place to go before a night’s sleep when you hope to nod off quickly and wake up refreshed. It should be decorated with tasteful calm styles and colours to help lull you to a peaceful and night-long sleep. But one thing is almost guaranteed to break that calm…Having a cluttered bedroom. Tripping over clothes, shoes, fussy furniture and the like when you get up is just not conducive to restful sleep patterns.
But all is not lost. This problem is recognised by many storage manufacturers and there are now a lot of good quality cleverly-designed storage items that are available for you to consider purchasing for your bedroom. The first thing is to plan. Don’t rush out and buy the first things you come across. Look at your bedroom objectively. Are the essentials- the bed, the dressing table, the bedside table, and perhaps the wardrobe and/or chest of drawers, in the best places?
First tip: Look up. If you have a high-bedroomed ceiling such as can be found in older Edwardian or Victorian houses and conversions, consider buying attractive storage boxes for the tops of your wardrobes and cupboards. It’s the place for those items that you don’t use that often; spare bedding and duvets/pillows. A pair of nice homely fold-away steps can be stored under the bed to access the items when you need them.
Us e your bed for storage. No not under the sheets of course! If you don’t have a divan with drawers, but have a gap under your bed use “drawers on wheels” and easy-slide plastic boxes to store clothes and the like. If you have a bed sheet/mattress cover or something similar that reaches to the floor, then it doesn’t matter if the storage box is cheap and cheerful- no-one is going to see it! I have also seen people use vintage re-conditioned travel suitcases from the 20’s 30s and 50s to house clothes, blankets, and even computer games. While we’re on beds, of you are thinking of buying a new bed- have a serious look at Ottoman beds. They lift to reveal a truly large area of storage in the base. Ideal for towels, bedding etc.
If you’ve decided to splash out on a new bed really take the time to look at the great idea of a bed where the ‘lid’ lifts to reveal a large area of storage in the base. Ottoman beds frames are becoming more and more popular and can be fabulous storage for bedding and towels. The only drawback is that if you need to get something out, you’ll need to unmake the bed and slide off the mattress- so best not used for items you’ll be wanting on a regular (twice a week or more) basis.
There are clever storage solutions for shoes too- like inside of the wardrobe door hangers, and pigeon hole storage system that can be placed above your bedroom cupboard (you’ll need those steps again).
Finally check out some great bed storage headboards- ideal for books, and the things that are likely to clutter up your bedside table.