No matter how large or small your bedroom, the key to creating a calm, clutter-free environment is sensible storage. Whether you prefer the cleverly concealed approach or an ordered display, take time to plan your storage needs and you’ll soon have the perfect space in which to relax and unwind.
Ottoman storage beds are the ultimate space saver, as they don’t take up any extra floor space yet provide ample room for spare blankets, throws and pillows as well as last season’s clothes if your wardrobe is fit to burst. Handmade designs from Button & Sprung are available with a variety of storage options in everything from modern minimal designs to elegant French-inspired styles and a sumptuous selection of fabrics and colours.
Traditional blanket boxes can also be used to complement, providing a dual-purpose seat with concealed storage within. Perfect for cushions or an ever-growing book collection, choose a matching fabric for a coordinated look or a contrasting colour for instant impact.
Fitted furniture is often used for period properties as it can make the most of awkward areas such as eaves, alcoves and sloping ceilings whereas freestanding wardrobes, dressers, chests of drawers and armoires take up more space but will create a flexible design as you can add to them as you go and update the scheme as trends change.
Whichever option you choose, consider how many clothes you have and the type of storage they need, whether it’s full height hanging rails for dresses and suits, deep drawers for t-shirts and tops or pull-outs for shoes and accessories.
Another way to keep the floor area clear, which promotes a feeling of space, is to use floating shelves or box units to display favourite pieces. It’s a great way of personalising your bedroom with framed photos and prints, books, vases and treasured items.
1) For an industrial feel, this wall-mounted bookcase is forged from metal and has an antique black finish. Rivington book shelves, £65, Rockett St George
2) Metallics are still huge in interiors so check out this Brass Wire Display Board, £198 from Holly’s House, which comes with plenty of holders and hooks for showing off your favourite pieces
3) When your laundry basket looks this good, you won’t want to relegate it to the bathroom. Moeve bamboo/canvas laundry basket, £62, Amara
4) Utilise unused wall space with shelves and wall-hung units. Collector wall shelf, £100, Urban Outfitters
5) Organise the dressing table or desk area with a practical yet stylish handmade mini chest. Henry Mini Wooden Chest Organiser, £130, Oliver Bonas
Main top image: Poppy King Size Ottoman bed in Linen, £1,325, Button & Sprung. Bedlinen, all The Secret Linen Store. Oatmeal Artisan cushion, £40, Holly’s House. Kabru Radhi rug, £324, Holly’s House. On shelf: Ceramic Eden vase, £28; ceramic spotted vase in mint, £25, both Rockett St George. Set of 2 Green/Copper tea lights, £28, Gold Round mirror, £98.50; set of boxes, £39, all Holly’s House. On side table: Rose Drop vase, £7.50, Holly’s House. Tall brass and glass hurricane candle holder, £48, Rockett St George. Used as storage: Pink Bow cushion, £25; Gent cushion, £85 Dogtooth throw, £85, all Holly’s House.