1. GO BIG, OR GO HOME.
Wendy Labrum of Wendy Labrum Interiors recommends not settling for a too-tiny nightstand, especially if you have a king-size bed. “If the bed is large, don’t be afraid to go big on the nightstands or go for a smaller dresser instead,” says Labrum. “Scale-wise they work a lot better and it maximizes that space and offers up more storage.”
2. OH AND BY THE WAY, THE NIGHTSTAND ISN’T A STORAGE TOOL.
It’s actually for the handful of items that need to be immediately accessible to you, says Karen Vidal of Design Vidal Interior Design. “If you need a lot by your bed, a nightstand with drawers helps,” says Vidal. “Also, being able to put a light on the wall instead of on the nightstand can gain you a lot of space and make the surface look much cleaner.”
3. NOT ALL BED STORAGE IS CREATED EQUAL.
“Think about what kind of bed you want, some designs allow the bed to pop up or have storage built in underneath,” says Labrum. “I know with queen-size beds, those are great options otherwise go for the low, flat storage containers you can buy at any big box store. You can easily hide them with a pretty bed skirt.”
4. DON’T BE AFRAID OF BUILT-IN UNITS.
Bedrooms are one of the rooms with the least amount of space, if you can customize it, you can optimize it explains Vidal. “Installing a smart built-in can eliminate the need for other furniture while still taking full advantage of the space and getting exactly what you want,” says Vidal. “It’s worth the money. Plus some container or organizing stores have more affordable built-in like units that give you the same custom feel.”
5. MATCHY-MATCHY IS OVER.
“Don’t get a matching bedroom set, because every piece is all the same and there is no variety,” says Labrum. “It also ends ups crowding a space, things aren’t bought specifically and are ill-fitted because they were a set. The nightstands are too small or the dressers are too big. Buy exactly what you need for the different spaces in your bedroom.”
6. BE TOUGH ON TRASH.
A prime way for clutter to build up? Not throwing things away when needed, so keeping an adequately-sized garbage bin in your bedroom can help keep the room tidy says Vidal. Be tough, don’t let magazines linger or used water bottles, etc. Toss ’em when you no longer need ’em.
7. CLEAR CLOTHING CLUTTER.
Sure it’s tempting to throw all of your clothes from the week into a big pile on a chair in the bedroom, but think of the time it will take you on the weekend to fold it and put it all away. “Make use of a valet rods, as many as you can fit in your closet while still looking good,” says Labrum. “They keep clothes off the floor and unwrinkled.” Which, fist pump, means less work for you later.
8. DON’T BE AFRAID TO GO VINTAGE.
Believe it or not, vintage furniture has a lot of features that hold more than meets the eye, think small drawers and compartments. “Be on the lookout for multifunctional pieces,” says Vidal. “For example a desk that can open or close, but can also hold your jewelry on top of it.”
9. PUT AWAY MEANS THINGS JUST HAVE A PLACE.
So the jewelry you wear frequently feels like it’s all over, but you don’t want to stick it in a drawer, you’ll forget to wear it. “Have a big jewelry tray, a place where it is ‘put away’,” says Labrum. “If you have the drawer space you can even stack the trays for maximum storage.”
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