Bedroom Storage Ideas That Won't Break The Bank

This post was written in a collaboration with Betta Living. I will be compensated for my time.

I have been looking into ways to use your bedside furniture for additional storage. 

The premise here is to forgo nightstands for other types of furniture that serve your storage needs in a more creative fashion.

These old trunks look fantastic as coffee tables, but they also look great as a side table next to your bed. You can store linens, quilts, blankets, or anything else in these big trunks.

Below is another example. Using dresser for a bedside table. I have one on either side of my bed. And I love the storage it allows me.

Elect to have your desk next to your bed, and you have another piece of furniture to utilize as a night stand. 

This ladder serves a multitude of storage purposes. There is room to fold blankets or quilts on the bottom shelf. You could add decor or books to the second. 

And the top could be used for reading glasses, an alarm clock, or whatever you need to have next to your bedside.

Carts are another great way to get storage out of a small space. Not only that, but it looks stylish and pretty.

I doubt I would ever have come up with the pegboard idea below. But it's pure genius!

Cubed furniture can serve all kinds of purposes for whatever you need close by your bedside. It's also attractive.

File cabinets have rolled onto the scene lately as a popular use for a bedside table. You could use it for files. Or skip the files and just use the space inside.

Good places to seek out storage ideas for your bedroom is IKEA, Betta Living, and Wayfair.

Do you have additional ideas for storage that I haven't shown here? I'd love to hear about them.

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  1. I like most of these. I do not care for a lot of bulk in my bedroom. I chose a vintage, yellow chippy kitchen step stool. It is narrow and has three tiers. I love it and it is unexpected.

    1. The unexpected is always a good choice, I think.

  2. I really wanted to use a dresser as a bedside table but alas, no room! Great ideas, Brenda!

    1. I'm lucky that I have a big bedroom. Or at least big enough for two good-sized dressers to go on either side of my bed with room to spare.

  3. I love all of these ideas, but I really love the desk. .so feminine and elegant!

  4. I have the IKEA cart, but I think my favorite is the file cabinets.

  5. I like these, but I am with you Brenda; I have a dresser next to my bed. Besides lots of storage it is also able to hold a nice sized lamp.

  6. At first, I read it as, "Cats are another great way to . . ." Hahaha! I wanted to see that!
    But really, I love the old trunk best. So pretty and practical too!
    - Leslie Anne

  7. I have "nightstands" with three drawers on either side of bed and like that idea best for bedside storage. There is a trunk also. It has an extra blanket and throws. The shelving is beautiful, but not practical for our situation. We like spots for books and lamps and J's medical data machines and c-pap etc. We also have the adjustable mattress now and I haven't found a good spot for the controls. I'll figure it out. We've been here less than a year, no time at all!
    The top photo is my favorite of all the rooms. I would just move the trunk and have stand with drawers. This is the sort of room we like.

  8. I love all these ideas! Just wish I had the room for a dresser. Right now, I'm using a small, two-tier plant stand.

  9. All good ideas...I may try to find a smallish dresser to replace the nightstand which is woefully inadequate. You always find the best ideas!

  10. At this point in my life, I think I have tried everything known to woman-kind. I have a pair of tables with three drawers now, cute but not ideal. So underneath I have big cloth covered bins holding things that won't fit in the drawers. It works, but could be better. I had some that were better designed, but not tall enough. It's always something....

  11. The pegboard idea is genius and one I haven't seen before - I love it. It's especially helpful for renters with a lease barring nail holes in the wall.

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