Sneaking More Storage into the Bedroom
Q: Hello, We have a wonderful expansive master bedroom on the second floor of our cape. There's a great deal of open and unused space along with a window nook and we could always use more storage for things like hats, purses, scarves etc but we are not quite sure how to achieve it without closing off too much. Can you help?
- Dana, Morristown, NJ
A: What a lovely little spot in your bedroom! I totally agree--this space is just begging to be better utilized. I have a few ideas of how you might approach this, all without closing off the window and light.
My first question would be, what is behind the wall? If it is currently just dead space, you could think about installing either cubbies or drawers recessed into the space. Your possibilities here are endless--you could do bookshelves, cubbies for shoes, drawers for out of season sweaters, and on and on, gaining a great deal of functional storage, without losing any floor space. The beauty of this option is that you retain the full width of the nook, and could then think about using the window area as a cozy little reading spot. Here are some images to illustrate what I have in mind for the wall:
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If building into that wall is not an option, either due to what is behind it, or just because it is a bigger project than you had intended for the space, there are also some great options that are a bit less labor intensive and a bit more wallet friendly!
In either case, as I mentioned above, it does make sense to move the seating back into the nook, nearer to the window. Depending on the dimensions, it may be possible to move the armchair back and to one side, and then use the bench beneath the window as a spot for a little reading lamp, and perhaps some stacks of books or magazines. A small decorative basket with a cozy blanket in it could round out the seating area. If the space is too cramped with the armchair moved back, you might be able to find another home in your house for the chair, and instead create a window seat with the simple addition of an upholstered bench cushion and a throw pillow of two. You might be able to sneak in a drawer or some little cubbies by building back into the wall space beneath the bench. This example is larger than the space you are working with, but the idea is absolutely the same:
Now back to the storage! With the seating tucked at the back, we've opened up the entire wall beneath the canted ceiling for storage.
Finally, if you don't want to commit to a full-on storage system, even a few rails of pegs like these and a pair of basic cubby shelves like this would go a long way towards upgrading the space. Don't be afraid to get creative as well--for example, I recently came across this sweet set from Pottery Barn (obviously meant for a laundry room!) but you easily could repurpose it for your bedroom storage needs. The pegs are good for hanging bags or hats, the rails are the perfect spot to drape your scarves, and it even includes a few shallow shelves to corral accessories or lotions. You might need to change the "Clean" label on the bag to "Dirty" though ;)
We'd love to hear what you end up doing! Keep us posted!
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