Just like other areas in your small studio apartment, you also need to store a couple (and mostly private/intimate) of things in your bedroom space. You don’t want that piece of lace lingerie lounging in the living area, do we)
Opting for open storage for clothes in your bedroom can be an open invitation to dust, but it can make the most of limited space. Built-in and recessed shelves (photo) often make a pleasing pattern, and can then be left exposed. If you could never amount to this level of tidiness, a simple drape covering the area does the trick.
A more sensible compromise might be to mix open rails with boxes and drawers, as in the photo. Two sizes of willow basket remove clutter safely from view. The only items shown are those which have a pleasing color or shape.
10 Tips for Effective Bedroom Storage
- If there is room at the foot of the bed, use a blanket box or ottoman for storing out-of-season clothes and bed-linen.
- Bedside tables should incorporate storage wherever possible. The skirts of a fabric-covered table (left) are capable of hiding an enormous amount of clutter. Small chests of drawers and filing cabinets are also useful In bedroom settings.
- If floor space is very tight, fix sturdy shelves or decorative brackets next to the bed. They will look even better If your bedside lights are also wall mounted. Remember to leave enough room for moving the bed.
- A few items of clothing, such as hats and shawls, will form a decorative display placed on a stand or on the wall. A valet stand will help to keep clothes off the floor, as will a row of hooks hung discreetly behind a door.
- Store rarely worn clothes elsewhere, in an attic or landing closet perhaps, then group the remaining items in your closet according to type and length.
- Coats and dresses need 5 feet of hanging space, while shirts and separates will hang in 3 feet 3 inches. If possible, fix the rail at 5.5 feet, and use the space underneath for a shoe rack, shelves, a drawer, trolley, or stacking boxes.
- A garment rack is much cheaper than any kind of closet. Buy the largest size that you can afford, so that there is spare rail space for a set of lightweight hanging shelves. These can be used to store shoes or folded clothes. If possible, hide the rack behind a screen or drapes when not in use.
- Keep large and small items separate. Bulky woolens can be stored on open shelves or in boxes, while small items such as socks and underwear are easier to find in shallow trays or drawers. Accessories and jewelry should be kept in lidded boxes.
- Fix hooks or rails to the insides of closet doors to hang ties, belts, and small bags.
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