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An end-of-the-bed bench is a plus for any bedroom. Its slender construction is suitable for even small bedrooms. And a storage-packed bench, such as this one, pulls double duty. Baskets slide into the compartments and are great for storing books and extra linens. The cushy top is the perfect perch for putting on your socks and shoes in the morning. To make your own bench, use an open-back bookcase; turn it on its side and attach bun feet, one at each corner, to the bottom. For a finishing touch, throw on a coat or two of paint.
A stately secretary adds dimension to this light and airy bedroom and also contributes plenty of storage. Drawers hold bedside necessities (books, tissues, etc.) and the desk portion serves as a nightstand. Scout out flea markets and antiques stores for secretaries, which also work well as linen cabinets.
When organizing your bedroom, a great place to start is the bedside table. If yours is a jumble of books, medicine bottles, and empty water glasses, take steps to ensure a more calming before-bed spot. Start by storing just the bare necessities--an alarm clock, light, and single book or magazine. Another lesson from this savvy setup: Get that nightstand off the floor. Mount a shelf on the wall, as shown here, or integrate it into your headboard. You'll give yourself an out-of-the-way spot for storage baskets that hold books and magazines.
If you have an old dresser languishing in the basement or crates stashed in the garage, adapt them for underbed storage. These white pullout drawers are perfect for hiding holiday and seasonal decorations, as well as out-of-season clothing. Attach a set of casters to drawers or other containers to make them easy to slide, and add pulls to give you something to grab. Many plastic storage containers also will fit beneath your bed frame. Just make sure to track where you store any long-term items.
These simple white cubes provide ample display and storage space. The modest, nonbulky configuration -- with wheels for mobility -- can easily fit into most dormitory rooms, serving as a spot to display college collectibles and stash textbooks.
For the ultimate clothing organization system, sort clothes for each day of the week and stow them in cute labeled drawers.
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