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How To Transform A Small Bedroom with Creative Budget Storage Ideas

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.

Before with double windows in tiny beach cottage bedroom.  Small Bedroom Renovation.

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.

Window replacement for small bedroom ideas.  Add extra storage by replacing the window with a closet.

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.

We had to expand the foundation to add the closet, 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.

Barn door for small bedroom ideas.  Create Space with a barn door for the bedroom remodel.

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.

Another great idea is to use a vintage headboard to save space. We did this in our guest cottage with an old 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.

Space creating ideas for small bedroom storage ideas - built in storage units and DIY headboard attached to wall.

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.

Handcrafted armoire provides lots of storage for a small bedroom. Tiny bedroom remodel storage solutions.

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.

Small Bedroom remodel ideas for a tiny house with built-in storage units surrounding the bed with wall sconce lighting.

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 gray paint shade that blends perfectly with Balboa Mist, which we used in the living room.

Renovations ideas for small beach cottage bedroom. Adding a barn door and blue bedding with neutral walls.

The bedroom renovation included new coastal-inspired laminate flooring from Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I used nautical blues and whites for the bedding.

The quilt and pillow shams are available online or in-store. The blanket spread is sold separately.

These cute coastal pillows and these prints would also look great in this room.

Creative Small Bedroom Ideas for a tiny beach cottage.  Bedroom remodel with nautical blue bedding.

I hope you enjoyed these Creative Small Bedroom Budget Storage Ideas we utilized while remodeling our tiny beach cottage.


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Tiny Beach Cottage Creative Small Bedroom Ideas and Creative Storage Ideas for Budget renovation.


Friday 18th of March 2022

Such a fabulous way to make use of this bedroom space, Rachel! I can't believe you guys made your own closet - that is so cool. Love all the coastal touches you've added to the bedroom too. We have sconces in one of the bedrooms too and I never realized what a game-changer they would be. I know you and your guests will get a ton of use out of yours! Hugs, CoCo


Saturday 19th of March 2022

Coco, I really appreciate your comments.


Thursday 17th of March 2022

I love all of your ideas!


Thursday 17th of March 2022

Stacy Thanks so much

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

So many great tips Rachel. I have a small bedroom and I'm always trying to come up with ways to make it more efficient for storage. Love what you did with the bed space.


Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Kim, It really does help.


Tuesday 15th of March 2022

What a great use of space. Your cottage is adorable!


Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Renae, I really appreciate this.