14 Ways to Get More Bedroom Storage

Once-worn clothes piled up on the chair, stacks of unread magazines teetering beside the bed, clothes spilling out of overstuffed drawers … sound at all familiar? If so, you are in good company. Finding a place to put everything in the bedroom is not easy, especially if your closet space is limited (or nonexistent). Here are 14 ways to maximize your bedroom’s storage potential.

1. Build in floor-to-ceiling cabinets. Consider investing in tall, narrow cabinets or shelving. Surrounding a doorway on both sides looks balanced, and you can fit a surprising amount of clothing into a narrow space when it reaches all the way to the ceiling.

2. Use a tote to stow dry cleaning. Do your clothes awaiting dry cleaning tend to pile up in an unsightly heap in the corner of the room? Dedicate a large tote bag or market basket to collecting dry cleaning, and the heap will be contained in one spot until you get a chance to go to the cleaner.

3. Go for an extra-wide dresser. Does your dresser leave wasted space on both ends? Fill the entire wall instead with one long dresser (or a bunch of little matching dressers) to use every last inch. Filling the space from wall to wall can actually make your room look bigger, too.

4. Hang clothes for extra storage. Take a cue from homeowner Tina Fussell and use a simple wardrobe rack to keep your favorite, prettiest pieces on display, freeing up room in the closet for bulkier pieces and basics.

5. Make a closet where there is none. No closet in the bedroom at all? Transform one wall into a boutique-inspired closet with a combination of hanging rods, shelves and drawers. If you don’t want everything on display all the time, install a curtain in front.