If your home is your castle, then your bedroom is supposed to be your sanctuary. For most people, it’s a private place where they relax, sleep, and stow a lot of their personal items. A big closet comes in handy for clothing and other items you want to keep close at hand, yet discretely out of sight.
Though what do you do if your bedroom doesn’t have a closet, or the small closet it already has is packed to the gills?
You need functional storage space and real-world storage solutions. Otherwise, you risk an ungainly, if not an unsightly mess of clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories getting tangled.
Rather than risk endless hours lost searching and sorting disorganized clutter, you could turn to one of the following no-bedroom closet solutions. Not only are they perfect for bedrooms that were built with little-to-no storage space, but they can easily be repurposed for just about any room in your house!
First Things First: Declutter
Chances are good that since you’re reading this, you’re already staring at more clutter than you know what to do with, and it’s driving you batty. Yet before you can dive headfirst into any sort of innovative no-closet storage solutions, you’re going to have to first take stock of what you’re dealing with.
This is not the time for procrastination. Unless you’re a serious hoarder, you should be able to tame that pile and get it reasonably organized into groups in an hour or two. Along the way, give yourself permission to throw some things away, or donate stuff that deep down you know you’ll never use again.
It helps to group similar items together such as:
- Shoes & Footwear
- Jewelry & Small Accessories
- Hats & Headwear
- Items for Long Term Storage
- Items to Dispose of or Donate
Once you have things decluttered, and grouped, you will have a better idea of just what kind of storage space you need for things that hang, things that stow, and things that can go in drawers.
Maximize Under-Bed Storage
For a lot of people, the cubic square feet under the bed go unused. Yet it’s easy to chase away those dust bunnies to make room for a wide range of functional storage systems.
Long flat totes are probably the easiest way to make use of the storage potential under your bed. They cost next to nothing and give you the ability to store out-of-season items like winter coats, bathing suits, and sun hats without having them take up storage space elsewhere.
Drawers with deep runners are a great option if you have a particularly high bed frame. Not only do they give you storage space for everyday items like shoes, but they also look stylish. You can easily make the finish and hardware match the rest of the room’s décor.
This is a trick you can use for a lot of other pieces of furniture. Couches, loveseats, and even some ottoman coffee tables are all good candidates for underneath storage.
Creative Cubbies & Wardrobe Wall Closets
Cubbies aren’t just for daycare centers, preschools, and entryways. They can easily be stacked or combined to create a functional wardrobe closet. You could even use them to line a single wall. Placing them in front of your bed or integrating them with your existing dresser can even let you replicate a modest entertainment center in your bedroom.
This concept can easily break out into other rooms of your house. A collection of stacked cubbies surrounding a simple electric fireplace mantle can give you a new entertainment center storage system in the family room, the den, the kid’s playroom, or a teenager’s bedroom.
Look Up For Crank Down Shelving
If you have an exceptionally tall bedroom ceiling, vaulted ceiling, or even a spare room that’s blessed with a lot of vertical space, crank-down shelving might be an excellent way to stow out-of-season items. They can be placed in totes or small boxes. Then the large rectangular shelf cranks up or you activate a spring-loaded device that gently lifts the entire shelf up to the ceiling.
Many of these suspended shelf systems have hanger rods or closet poles under them. This gives you the ability to hang coats, tops, jackets, or other items that you need to access every day.
Give Your Shoes a Brand-New Home
Are you the kind of person who has to have the perfect pair of shoes for any occasion? If so, you might want to consider taking them out of your bedroom to give them a home elsewhere in the house. Not only does this give you more room for other essential storage items in the bedroom, but it gives you the chance to put the shoes closer to the foyer, which is where you’re going to put them on and take them off anyway.
The natural place here is to build a shoe rack or cubby system to give every pair of shoes its own special place. You could even give the rest of the family their own row or column. Even if you don’t have a dedicated hall or entryway closet, shoe cubbies can be installed into bench seats and entryway storage areas to keep them out of the way, yet close at hand.
Behind the Door Pouch & Rack Systems
If your bedroom or other rooms in the house are blessed with a modest amount of space between the back of the door and the wall when the door is open, then you’re almost compelled to make use of it. Today there are a lot of different behind-the-door systems to consider.
Some simply hang over the door, but you run the risk of the hanger hardware scraping up the top of the door jamb. Others can be attached to the door via screws or permanent hardware. Though if you’re only going to be storing lightweight items, contact adhesive pads allow you to mount hanging pouches of hanging baskets without making any sort of permanent alterations to the structure of the door itself.
Hooks have evolved over the years from being a casual way to quickly hang up a coat, into ornate options for hanging just about anything from your walls. There are tons of different styles and hardware options that make it easy for you to mount a few hooks or an entire system of hooks from your walls.
Drywall anchors and similar expanding anchor systems also make it easy to place hooks just about anywhere without having to worry about load capacity. But if you’re just looking to hang lightweight items like scarves and perhaps a small purse, contact adhesive hooks can be a non-permanent solution for fixing them confidently in place.