25 Creative Ideas for Master Bedroom Storage
When it comes to master bedrooms and master bathrooms, there are hundreds of ways to store items well and keep your suite a retreat. This master bedroom, closet, and bathroom utilizes 25 super smart tricks that you can use in your own space.
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Build Your Own Storage
Off-the-shelf storage units turn into a one-of-a-kind storage unit in this comfortable, pretty master bedroom. The homeowners took advantage of height—grouping two tall units together—as well as closed and open units thanks to doors and boxes. The platform bed with storage is made of the same bookcase units flipped on their sides. Underneath the mattress, a plywood board lifts up to reveal a large, under-the-bed space for storing bulky or seasonal items.
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A mix of open and closed storage around the headboard suits different needs. Open cubes display pretty accessories, while doors and drawers conceal utilitarian necessities. Labels help you remember where you've stashed favorite jewelry, books, chargers, and more.
Bedroom Storage Tip: Keep everyday items in places that are quickly accessible. Open-top baskets are much easier to reach in to than stacked boxes on a high shelf.
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The same shelving units that frame the bed were laid horizontally to form the bedframe with storage. Baskets conceal hidden storage, but when removed, items beneath the bed are easily accessible. The space beneath the bed is perfect for storing long items, such as wrapping paper rolls, yoga mats, and even skis.
If you'd prefer to keep the open space concealed, consider lining the back of each cube with fabric. A fun pattern could make a stylish statement, or choose a neutral color for a seamless look.
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Keep Drawers Tidy
Drawer dividers help keep drawers in tip-top shape, separating items such as socks and underwear. You can find these at any home goods store or make your own by using narrow shoe boxes you already have around the house. Once inserted into the drawer, consider organizing each box for a certain occasion. For example, socks can be sorted into dress socks, stockings, and athletic socks. This also makes it easy to see when you're due for a laundry day!
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Use Space You Can't See
Under-bed storage in a master bedroom can store items that don’t have a space elsewhere in your home. Here, a wicker basket gathers oddly shaped gift bags and other wrapping supplies. You can easily find flat rolling bins with lids to keep all your seasonal clothes from collecting dust during the summer months. High-up shelves in the closet are also a great place to store special-occasion shoes or other items.
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Dress Up Walls
On the other side of the room, staggered open shelves help to break up a large expanse of wall space. On them, homeowners display favorite decor collected over the years. Here, they act as art instead of clutter on the top of a dresser.
Adjacent to the bedroom storage shelves, the homeowners had a clever built-in installed, with a built-in bench (check out the storage underneath) on an otherwise blank wall.
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Capture the Smallest Space
Small stretches of wall space next to windows and doors are all too often ignored when it comes to master bedroom storage. Here, a trio of clever shelves with heft offers space for artful display of treasured mementos. On top, a white box containing spare office supplies sits conspicuouly.
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Decorate and Store
Clever bedroom storage units offer a charming combination of decorative accents and practical storage. Here, a pretty trio of mirrors adds visual interest to a wall, while a place mat gathers together jewelry holders.
Similarly, vanities are commonly found in master bedrooms as a place to apply makeup and get ready for the day. The key to making these look just as good as the rest of the room is to use stylish containers. Consider buying containers with lids to hold earrings and other small objects that may look cluttered.
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Invest in Slim Storage
Narrow shoe shelves enable you to use even the smallest areas in a master bedroom closet. Meanwhile, baskets up top take control of every square-inch of storage space. Fill them with items you may only use once or twice a year and be sure to label the baskets.
To better store and organize clothes, consider dividing them by type, color, or season. Think carefully about where you store your clothes, too. Hanging dress shirts and slacks helps prevent wrinkles while folded shelf storage is suitable for loungewear.
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Choose the Right Hangers
You’ll be more likely to keep your master bedroom closet storage uncluttered if you use this expert trick: Buy the same type of hanger for the same type of clothing. For example, all the men’s shirts in this space have a sturdy wooden hanger, while the women’s dresses utilize a plastic version with a hook for any accessories. The slim hangers also save a surprising amount of space. Replacing bulky ones with these can almost double your storeage space in your closet.
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Find Space for Odd Items
Just a few inches of storage is all it takes to gather what would otherwise be awkward storage clutter in a drawer or on a shelf. Here, a fabric holder with loops offers a convenient storage spot for hanging belts and scarves.
Another great idea is to evenly space nails in the back wall of your closet, behind any hanging clothes. This could hold hats, small purses, necklaces, belts, scarves, and more.
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Utilize Specialty Items
Once you dive into the world of master bedroom storage, you’ll be quick to find out that for every type of need, there’s a type of storage. Some are particularly useful, such as this sliding tie holder. It offers the vertical storage space that’s required without taking up too much width. You can repurpose this item to hold jewelry, scarves, or belts.
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Put Function Front and Center
As much as you can, include functional items that make storage even more practical to use. For example, this space utilizes a small mirror next to the jewelry — a good way to be able to view accessories when you try them on versus having to move to the bathroom and back. An in-closet lamp makes even the smallest of spaces feel like a custom-built walk-in closet.
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Include Some Decorative Storage
Storage is often basic and unadorned, but to display pretty items, look for pretty trays or containers. Or, paper the inside of a shelf or tray with decorative paper, as with this piece that gathers bracelets and watches. This is also a great way to get use of silver serving trays you normally only use for holiday dinners.
Another way to make decorative storage is by using a picture frame to hold necklaces and earrings. Replace the glass with a thin coardboard and prop it up against the wall.
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Mix Up Shelves
Different heights of shelves offer more flexibility in a master bedroom closet. Many custom units have adjustable shelves that you can change as your storage needs grow. If you don’t want to fuss with built-in shelves, try dividers that slip into larger spaces — used here to keep track of thinner T-shirts and other items. Shorter piles prevents clothes from toppleing over and ruining the start to your day.
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Use Shelf Dividers
Dividers are great for drawers, but inexpensive versions work well for open shelves, too. Here, tall wire options keep a collection of bags separated; the same type would work well for stacks of sweaters or T-shirts. Dividers also work to keep expensive leather purses or boots from slouching over and forming hard-to-remove creases.
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Go with Add-Ons
You don’t necessarily need to splurge for fancy built-ins to maximize storage in a master bedroom closet. A simple, low-cost fabric drawer unit offers an open spot to organize clutches or other small handbags — plus the unit is moveable should needs change. Similar units are also made to hang from the back of your door. These are ideal for smaller items such as shoes or scarves.
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Keep Shoes in the Open
Items that you can’t see tend to stay unused, and that goes for shoes. Opt for a storage unit that keeps pairs divided but on view, with different size cubbies for different types of shoes — whether they're flats, heels, or sneakers. Keep your most-worn shoes near the top and within reach and remember to rotate them out as the seasons change. The small difference will help you remember to put your shoes back where you got them every day.
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Evaluate Every Space
In a master bedroom and bathroom space, carving out extra storage can be as simple as making use of open areas in artful ways. The windowsill and tub deck here offer narrow spaces for practical items, while slim wall stretches are great for hanging rods with baskets and shelves. Clearing a tub-side ledge makes room for a set of towels so the floor doesn't get wet with water drips as you step out of the bath.
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Utilize Hanging Storage
Mass-market storage items such as hanging rods, hooks, and baskets are remarkably adaptable for a variety of rooms and items. Sponges, brushes, loofahs, and more find a perfect spot in this narrow area. The wire container lets water drip from the items without pooling together or causing mold.
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Display Daily Items
If there are items that you use every day in your master bedroom and bathroom, consider placing them on a surface and within easy reach. To keep them neat and tidy, try a pretty tray and a few colorful containers.
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Divide, Then Divide Again
When you're searching for storage containers for a master bedroom and master bathroom, go for items that have subdivided compartments. It's a trick to organize smaller pieces such as makeup brushes, toothbrushes, and more. However, be mindful of how your store items. Here, there is an empty compartment dividing the toothbrushes and the makeup brushes to keep them from contaminating each other.
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Go Deep and Tall Under a Sink
Under a sink can quickly turn into a storage nightmare. Slide-out baskets that take advantage of the awkward space as well as the available height can provide oft-used storage for extra toiletries. Also consider grouping like-objects, such as cleaning supplies, into one large container so you can remove it all at once.
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Use What You Like
One of the really great things about the evolution of personalized design, even as it relates to storage, is the ability to fearlessly mix and match materials and styles. Finished wood with unfinished wood? No problem, as demonstrated by this lovely, casual master bathroom accessory. If you have a slim wall space, a storage bar such as this can be a great way to display and access towels or other small items.
Make Your Own Under-Bed Storage
Create master bedroom storage by building a drawer with casters that easily slides underneath your bed to hide clutter out of sight. Divide the drawer with compartments to organize items by type or make multiple for custom bedroom storage units.
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