In this post, I’ll walk you through the thought process behind adding more storage to our teeny tiny bedroom that won’t even fit a standard size dresser. To catch up on my previous ORC progress you can read Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3 posts.
This week I wanted to talk about storage space solutions in a small bedroom space. Our bedroom is VERY limited in space. In fact, you can just barely fit a queen size bed and narrow nightstands in the space. There is simply no way to include a dresser or an extra wardrobe. We have one small built in closet in the bedroom that we share and that’s it.
Bed Frame with Storage
The fact of the matter is that it’s especially important to have enough space for storing everything when your living space is limited. Sometimes that means you have to get creative with storage solutions to optimize every inch of the space. One way we have already optimized our bedroom storage is by choosing a bed frame that has six large drawers underneath. We have had the Ikea NORDLI bed frame for a couple of years now and it has been a life saver in our small apartment dwellings.
Custom Bedroom Storage Unit
Since we can’t fit a dresser I chose to make a custom storage unit consisting of two Ikea Billy bookcases and a DIY natural wood top. These bookcases are very narrow, which was the most important factor in the decision-making process. Also, with a variety of perfectly fitting basket options to choose from it’s easy to also add some hidden storage into it. We’re planning on adding a TV to our bedroom soon and this storage unit will also function as a TV stand, which is why I chose to go with the 42” high bookcases.
New life for our hand-me-down antique nightstands
Instead of spending extra $$$ on new nightstands I decided to do a DIY makeover to our existing ones that we originally got for free from Andrew’s dad. They have already gone through one makeover previously but there’s still lots of life left in them. To make them fit my modern boho design I opted for white paint with an oak wood detail. I happened to have a small sheet of oak veneer on hand and I used leftover paint so this makeover cost me a total of zero dollars. Is there anything better than a zero-dollar home décor update?!
Next week’s post will be all about art work and textiles. I will be making some DIY art for the wall above our bed. My plan is to go with a set of three abstract pieces of art in beige tones.
Shelving unit (2xIKEA Billy with DIY top) Nightstands: DIY makeover
- DIY art above bed
- Basket wall across from bed
- Install new light fixture
- Window treatments: install curtain rod
- DIY curtains
WEEK 4 – Small Space Storage
WEEK 5 – DIY Art Work
WEEK 6 – Final Reveal
Are you new to The One Room Challenge?
The One Room Challenge is a design challenge that’s sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens. Twice a year 20 featured designers are selected to transform a space. During the six weeks of the challenge they share their progress with weekly updates.
Also, anyone can join in on the fun as a guest participant and transform a space in six weeks. The progress can be shared in blog posts as well as on Instagram.
For more information about The One Room Challenge visit the official website here.
See you next week!