We believe the bedroom should be a sanctuary (see 10 Secrets for a Better Night’s Sleep). Thankfully, architects have long known that creating calm—read: killing clutter—in your sleep space is simple and efficient with built-in storage. Here are 15 favorite examples of architectural built-ins in the bedroom, from shelves to cabinets to drawers:
More storage and organization in the bedroom:
- 10 Easy Pieces: Storage Beds
- Small-Space Solutions: 5 Tiny Bedroom (and Dorm) Ideas to Steal from Stockholm’s Hobo Hotel
- Steal This Look: Moody Monochrome in the Scottish Highlands
N.B.: This post is an update. The original ran in October 2014 as part of our Genius Storage Solutions issue.
Frequently asked questions
What are some architectural built-ins for the bedroom?
Some popular architectural built-ins for the bedroom include window seats, built-in bookshelves, alcove beds, built-in wardrobes, built-in desks, built-in nightstands, window nooks, built-in vanities, platform beds, built-in storage benches, built-in daybeds, and built-in seating areas.
What is a window seat?
A window seat is a built-in bench or seating area that is typically installed below a window. It provides a cozy spot for sitting, reading, or enjoying the view.
What are built-in bookshelves?
Built-in bookshelves are shelves that are custom-designed and built to fit a specific space in the bedroom. They are integrated into the wall or surrounding cabinetry, providing a seamless and space-saving storage solution for books and other items.
What is an alcove bed?
An alcove bed is a bed that is recessed into an alcove or niche in the wall. It creates a cozy and intimate sleeping space, and can be further enhanced with built-in storage or shelving around it.
What are built-in wardrobes?
Built-in wardrobes are custom-designed closets that are integrated into the bedroom walls. They offer ample storage space for clothing, shoes, and accessories, and can be tailored to fit the specific needs and style of the room.
What is a built-in desk?
A built-in desk is a desk that is custom-built and installed into a specific area of the bedroom. It provides a dedicated workspace and can be designed to include storage compartments or shelves for organizing office supplies.
What are built-in nightstands?
Built-in nightstands are bedside tables that are designed to be a part of the bedroom's overall architecture. They are usually attached to the wall or built into a bed frame, eliminating the need for freestanding tables and optimizing space.
What is a window nook?
A window nook is a small, cozy seating area created by a window or bay window. It often includes a built-in bench or cushioned seating, allowing for a comfortable space to relax, read, or enjoy the natural light.
What is a built-in vanity?
A built-in vanity is a custom-designed makeup or dressing station that is built into the bedroom. It typically includes a mirror, storage drawers, and a countertop, providing a dedicated space for getting ready.
What is a platform bed?
A platform bed is a low-profile bed frame that eliminates the need for a box spring. It often includes built-in storage drawers or shelves underneath, maximizing bedroom space and providing a sleek and modern look.
What is a built-in storage bench?
A built-in storage bench is a combination of seating and storage, usually installed against a wall or in an alcove. It offers a convenient place to sit while also providing hidden storage compartments for items like extra bedding or seasonal clothing.
What is a built-in daybed?
A built-in daybed is a seating and sleeping area that is integrated into the bedroom architecture. It offers a versatile space for lounging, reading, and can also double as an extra bed for guests.
What are built-in seating areas?
Built-in seating areas are custom-built benches or seating nooks that are integrated into the bedroom. They can be placed near windows, in alcoves, or against walls to provide additional seating options and storage.