When planning a bedroom, assessing your storage needs is the first place to start. Consider how much hanging, drawer and shelf space you’ll require, then allow extra so that clothes and other belongings aren’t crammed in.
Freestanding furniture is portable and allows you to create a more eclectic scheme, whereas built-in units can provide up to 30 per cent more storage space as they don’t leave any gaps. These can make the most of any awkward alcoves, or angled ceilings/low headroom in a loft bedroom. Bespoke bedroom designer Barbara Genda recommends incorporating pull-out cabinetry and deep drawers that tuck away storage neatly and use the depth in full.
1. Glass door wardrobes
This Aria wardrobe by Lema has transparent glass hinged doors, includes two hanging rails and a hat shelf.
Measuring H230.4xW277xD62cm, it starts at £5,980. The modules come in single door, W43.2 or W52.8cm, and two-door W93.9, W98.5 or W103.1cm options, while the doors are available in bronze reflective glass or 12 lacquered finishes, from orange and red, to grey and black. Available at IQ Furniture.
2. Fun storage for kids
Stylish storage for children’s bedrooms can be hard to find, but this stackable chest of drawers from Nubie solves that problem. Made from metal, The Pyramid Drawer Set by Lil Gaea is available in many different colours, configurations and heights and can be sold as individual boxes.
Shown here is the 6,5,4 set, which measures H54xW80xD59cm, £750; Casa single bed with optional bunk conversion, H188xW90xL206cm, from £689; Macaroon seats, H22xDia40cm, £150 each, all Nubie.
3. Handy headboard
A headboard is a great place to gain extra storage. If you place your bed against a hollow wall, build a false wall with alcoves for books and lamps. Or, if you want lots of nooks and niches for books, ornaments or bedlinen, try this House super storage bed by John Lewis. As well as useful shelves at each end of the headboard, the top opens up to offer storage, and there’s even more space when you lift up the slatted base.
A double bed measures H97.1xW141.4xL231.8cm, and costs £650; Archie armchair in Saga Grey fabric, H79xW78xD85cm, £349; Bow four-drawer oak chest, H104xW87xD45cm, £399; Woven stripe duvet cover and pillowcase set, £60 for a double; Chevron cotton throw, £50, all John Lewis.
4. An extra bed
This Bed in a Bun can sit anywhere as a small footstool, then opens up to reveal a pull-out single bed with mattress and headboard.
Shown here in Lagoon clever cotton, it comes in more than 140 fabrics. It is H93xW98xD215cm with the bed out, and costs from £595 at Loaf.
5. Bespoke choices
It’s amazing how much space you can gain with bespoke furniture. It allows you to use the full height of a wall, or make it no deeper than it needs to be to maximise floorspace. Your designer will talk through the options, measure up and come up with a scheme that suits your needs. Built-in ladders, pull-out shelves and pull-down rails allow easy access.
This Pure Bedroom design includes bespoke wardrobes, a chest of drawers and a dressing table, and starts at £3,000, from Neville Johnson.
6. Adaptable storage for teens
If you are looking for versatile children’s furniture that can be adapted as your child’s needs change, a bunk bed with integrated storage is a great choice. The Columbia mid-sleeper comes with built-in storage, a roll-out desk, two-door cupboard with a niche above, drawers and shelves.
The Columbia is made from Whitewashed Oak, measures H68xW90xD60cm, and costs from £599, from Time4Sleep.