In real-estate terms, a bedroom isn’t a bedroom unless it has a closet. Of course, in real-life terms, a bedroom is pretty much any room with a designated sleeping surface—storage space be damned.
If you’ve lived in an older house or apartment, then odds are good you’ve run into the closet conundrum before. Many houses simply weren’t built to accommodate them, and many apartments have been subdivided and renovated so many times that rooms are no longer being used in their original capacity.
There are plenty of solutions, though. Here are a few of the best:
Buy some new furniture.
Okay, so this one is pretty obvious. Your first thought was probably to go out and buy a dresser—which, incidentally, is a solid idea. Dressers keep your clothes neat and out of sight, but they also mean lots and lots of folding. If you have clothes that require hanging, you may want to consider going with a wardrobe or an armoire.
Of course, if your bedroom is already on the cramped side, adding a bulky piece of furniture may not be high on your list. Lucky for you, furniture is just one option of many.
Raise your bed—or loft it.
If it worked in college, there’s no reason it won’t work out in the real world. Raising your bed just five or six inches with the help of risers can give you all sorts of storage room underneath. If you want to go one step further, try lofting your bed. Not only does this give you more room for a dresser or wardrobe, but it can also give you a lot more floor space in a small room.
Add a clothes rack.
If you’re not opposed to hanging your clothes in view of the rest of the room, a clothes rack can be a nice, lighter-looking alternative to a bulky wardrobe. Plus, there are plenty of ways you can achieve the same basic function in a way that matches your style. Try hanging a straight piece of driftwood from the ceiling or getting a decorative screen to separate your rack from the rest of the room.
Build in some shelves.
If you lucked out with an oddly-shaped room, try putting it to use by building in some storage. The best part? This route is completely customizable. Whether you go with rods and floating shelves or stacked crates, you can create exactly what you need and still tuck it away behind a curtain.