10 Times Built-in Storage Has Transformed a Bedroom
Building storage into a bedroom can do more than just create hanging space for shirts – it can ingeniously transform the room
So if you thought built-in bedroom storage didn’t go much beyond constructing a wardrobe in a chimney alcove, think again. These nifty rooms contain genius ideas that look beautiful, exploit space and deliver invaluable stowaway space, too.
The space under a bed is rarely fully exploited, wasting useful square footage, but this unique bedroom is a lesson in how to get round that. The bed sits on a raised platform, accessed by a wooden staircase. Below, deep drawers are built in, while the wood-panelled wall conceals further storage and shelving.
The lofty roof height makes this design super-successful, but many rooms have enough ceiling height to accommodate a raised bed in this style.
It can be hard to find the right size storage for a bedroom, especially if that room is on the petite side. Building in cupboards and shelves, on the other hand, can squeeze the maximum storage out of a small space.
This double bedroom benefits from bespoke units, providing wardrobes, cupboards and bedside tables, all in a small footprint.
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This bedroom only exists thanks to clever storage. Neat cabinets conceal a pull-down bed, so that by day the room can serve as a study before morphing into a bedroom again at night.
Own a huge collection of heels and pumps? Give them pride of place above your bed. This space is typically underused, but provides ample room for shallow units that can hold shoes. Painted a bright shade, this run of cupboards adds energy and colour to this bedroom.
Built-in storage is ideal in any room with a tricky shape, since it can be made to fit the available wall space. This bedroom in a converted Manchester loft sits on a mezzanine and relies on light from windows in the exterior wall beyond.
To maximise the light, a low run of drawers skims around the mezzanine wall, then morphs into a dressing table at the far end. Tall wardrobes hug the only available corner, making the most of the space while maintaining the open loft feel.
Wrapping around a door to make use of the upper third of the wall, this built-in storage looks wonderfully stylish while providing lots of stowaway space. Beautiful wooden interiors, complete with drawers, rails and open shelving, give this small but efficient storage real elegance. A ladder in dark wood provides access to the higher cupboards.
This converted stable has a simple, clean aesthetic, so this built-in wardrobe fits in perfectly. Beautifully unadorned, it’s a simple unit that works as storage and as a room divider between the bedroom and en suite bathroom.
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Built-in storage doesn’t have to be designed specifically for the space – it can be created from an existing piece that’s simply fitted into the fabric of the room, as here. This vintage haberdashery display cabinet has been installed in the wall, adding lots of warmth and character to the space (as well as essential storage).
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Bedrooms need more than just clothes storage, and inspired built-in designs provide everything from shelves to drawers and hooks. This bedroom has a bespoke window seat with a shallow bookshelf incorporated to utilise every scrap of space. There’s also hidden additional storage under the bed.
Storage that’s been built in can help a space to feel calm and ordered by hiding kit and technology that may not be very appealing to the eye. This room contains a cupboard for the TV, which can be pulled down on an arm and hidden away again after viewing.
The built-in shelves and tea table at the end do much to lighten the look of floor-to-ceiling wardrobes, too, breaking up a long run of storage.
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