You can never have too much storage, and the challenge of a small bedroom is creating sufficient storage. Here are the budget-friendly small bedroom ideas that we have used to transform our tiny beach cottage bedroom with creative small bedroom storage ideas. These ideas will allow you to have room to make the bed and utilize as much of the small space as possible.
Our tiny beach cottage is only 460 sq. ft. and has only one bedroom that is 12 feet x 7 feet. There is barely enough room for a double bed. However, with some creative storage solutions, the room has been transformed and is more user-friendly.
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Small Bedroom Storage Ideas and Renovation
First, the room didn’t include a closet, and when the windows needed replacing. Therefore, we decided to bump out an area for a closet. Or I should say I decided, and Brad was skeptical. LOL
How To Add A Closet
Note: We are not professional builders; this is not a tutorial. I am sharing our process as inspiration only. If you plan a project you should check for building codes and hire a professional if unsure.
I know that this isn’t an easy DIY project, and frankly, we were nervous before we began. Our worst scenario was we would have to hire someone to complete the project.
Fortunately, we did it with a few tears and minimal mistakes. If you don’t feel handy, hire a handyman. It’s not as hard as you might think.
First, we replaced one of the windows with a smaller, more narrow version. We were able to use the original frame and cut it to fit the new size window.
Then, we removed the remaining window to add a 36 x 48-inch closet. Although this was a challenging project, we were fortunate to have cordless tools from Ryobi that made the job easier.
In order to add the closet, we had to expand the foundation, and here are a couple of views from the outside during construction.
Add Barn Door To Save Space
Due to the limited space within the room, we added a barn door using an old door left over from our farmhouse construction. Delaney Hardware provided the barn door hardware.
If you have a small bedroom, a door opening into the room requires extra space; therefore, a barn door is a great solution.
You can purchase this barn door hardware from Home Depot, and old salvage doors are relatively inexpensive if you shop at Habitat for Humanity ReStore or salvage yards.
Adding Space to a Small Bedroom Ideas
Attaching a headboard to the wall is another small bedroom idea that adds space.
This headboard is a DIY project and is screwed directly to the wall, and then the bed frame is pushed up against the headboard. This gives you several more inches within the room than a free-standing headboard.
In addition, to create more small bedroom storage ideas, we added prefab storage units around the bed. We have had the units for a few years. They were purchased at Lowe’s Home Improvement.
You may recognize the basket in the corner of the top shelf. I shared a post about how to hide that ugly vent, and this basket was featured. It hides the unsightly heat and air ductwork. You can see all the tips to hide that ugly vent and more.
Utilize Every Square Inch
Additional storage is provided by this large handcrafted armoire that almost reaches the ceiling.
The large cabinet provides multiple shelves for clothing storage and additional bedding.
A full-length mirror provides additional light and a spot for makeup or to check your clothing choice before heading to the beach.
Lighting to Create Space
Because there was very little room for lamps, we added these wall scones to provide lighting around the bed. We used lights that could be plugged in to avoid involving an electrician. They can be wired or plugged in.
The driftwood and art were found at a resale shop in Wilmington, NC.
Several purchases were made while thrifting in Wilmington, NC.
Paint Colors To Create Space In A Small Bedroom
We used a neutral paint color for the walls to make the room feel larger.
Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore is a soft shade of gray paint and blends perfectly with Balboa Mist, which we used in the living room.
The bedroom renovation included new coastal-inspired laminate flooring from Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I used nautical blues and whites for the bedding.
I hope you enjoyed these Creative Small Bedroom Budget Storage Ideas we utilized while remodeling our tiny beach cottage.
Below are links to all the beach cottage renovation and DIY ideas. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to never miss an adventure. Just scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up.
Links To Beach Cottage Renovation and DIY Projects
- Tiny House Ideas for Beach Cottage Before & After
- Creative Small Bedroom and Budget Storage Ideas
- How To Add A Wood Accent Wall
- How To Build An Open Kitchen Cabinet
- Thrifted Coastal Farmhouse Decor on a Budget
- How to Make A DIY Nautical Mirror
- How To Use Wall Stencil To Create Faux Wallpaper
- Budget-Friendly Small Bathroom Remodel for under $500
- Clever Ways To Add Lighting Without Wiring
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