Extra storage space can be valuable in any room in the home, but perhaps especially in the bedroom, where a great many items, from clothes and shoes to grooming products and spare bedding are typically kept. Carefully choosing beds, cabinets and other furniture items to suit the size and shape of the room can do much to increase the available bedroom storage space, both for everyday items which need to be easily accessible and for seasonal or rarely-used items that you want to keep tidily out of the way until they are required.
Probably the item of furniture at the front of most people’s minds when they think about bedroom storage is the wardrobe. Today’s wardrobes are very varied in their design and there are wardrobes to suit bedrooms of every size and shape. For example, if space is at a premium or if the bedroom has an unusual shape, making it difficult to open wardrobe doors without them banging against walls or other furniture items, sliding wardrobe doors are a useful feature. Attractive and practical, Sliding doors are a popular feature of many modern wardrobes and may also be chosen for larger bedrooms, simply because of their visual appeal.
People often think of bedside tables as merely a place to keep a book, a lamp and perhaps a telephone handset. However, for anyone who wants to make the best use of the space available within their bedroom, a well-designed bedside table could be the ideal place to store other items, including paperwork, jewellery and other valuables.
One of today’s most popular and practical types of bedroom storage is the divan bed with drawers built into its base. Clothing and other items can be folded neatly into these drawers. Divan beds are available in any size, including single, double or king size beds. Divan drawers are particularly useful for blankets and bulky knitted items that do not need to be hung up, as they no longer need to take up valuable and sometimes limited space in the wardrobe. Sheets, pillowcases and other spare bedding can also be kept there, so it comes easily to hand when it is time to change the bed.
As an alternative to divan drawers, other types of beds with storage are those designed in the Ottoman style. Ottoman beds feature a hollow bed base with a liftable top on which the mattress rests. In the Half-Ottoman style bed, only half the top of the bed base opens, although the whole of the base may still be available for storage. Both the top and mattress can then be lifted to reveal the storage space inside. Ottoman and Half-Ottoman beds are ideal for storing larger or bulkier items which might be difficult to store in, and remove from, sliding drawers.
When choosing a bed with a storage base it is important to consider the kind and amount of items you will want to store in it. Because storage beds offer an opportunity to store little used items neatly out of sight, it can be tempting to overfill the base to the point where it places strain on the bed and may result in the drawers breaking or cracking over time.
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Of course, visual appeal and, in the case of bed, comfort are also important considerations for bedroom furniture. In bedrooms of all sizes, having matching bedroom furniture can add to the beauty of the room and, in the case of smaller rooms, can help create an illusion of extra space and less clutter. Storage beds, like other items of bedroom furniture, are available in a wide range of colours, designs and fabrics, so there is no need to compromise on the look of your bedroom in order to add to its storage capacity.
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