Organize This: A Sleeping Sanctuary

October 19, 2013

Trend: Mismatched Nightstands

Nightstands are one of the key pieces of storage within the bedroom of your new Chicago home, and not only does it create an eclectic look when two variations of pieces are used, but it also offers versatile organizational opportunities.

For example, if you are looking to add a small workspace, a miniature desk can perform double duty as a writing surface and a bedside table.


It is not always necessary to use traditional nightstands when selecting the right piece for your sleeping quarters.  Nesting tables and even console tables are not only stylish, but also boasting in storage and surface space.


If you are short on space and you need to maximize the tops of your bedside tables, take advantage of the wall space by using sconces for lighting.


Not all bedrooms are created equal.  If there is no room or opportunity to place storage and surface space next to the bed, think about placing it behind the bed.


Built-ins around the room are a really smart way to store extra linens, clothing, seasonal wear and accessories.  Every last nook and cranny should be considered as a way to add extra drawers, work-spaces and bookcases.


As winter approaches, it is time to start thinking about bringing out the sweaters and quilts and storing away the shorts and sundresses.  Storage benches and underbed baskets keep those linens protected while they are out of season.


When it comes to hanging your clothing, if your space is lacking a built-in closet, a stand-in wardrobe can be just as effective.  By adding in shelving, baskets, shoe racks, drawer units and even pin-boards for outfit inspiration, you have a custom closet solution tailored to your personal needs.


Nightstands, dressers, bookcases, armoires and storage ottomans are really wonderful solutions for larger items, but what about those miniature sized necessities?  Often times the simplest solutions are the most effective.  For example, cutting down mailing tubes will give you instant sock, scarf and accessory storage.


Simple hooks take up very little room and can hold belts, ties and even your favorite jewelry pieces.


Decorative boxes are not only beautiful and add visual interest to any space, they are also perfect for those everyday itty bitties such as lip balm, hand lotion, bangles and hair ties.


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