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Clothes storage without a wardrobe

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Clapham Common Flat Scandinavian style bedroom by YAM Studios Scandinavian
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An apartment or a studio is often deemed to be ideal because of its price. That's truer still when it comes to subletting a room. Unfortunately, there are reasons for the low rent and one of them is the absence of a wardrobe in the bedroom. It can be disheartening not to have this essential organisational tool for your clothes. However, don’t be dismayed as we are here to remedy the unfortunate situation.

There are plenty of innovative solutions to replicate a wardrobe, from small investments in cloth rails and storage boxes to DIY shelves and multi-purpose beds. The absence of a wardrobe will soon be a long forgotten issue.

Let’s have a look at 6 resourceful alternatives for clothe storage when you don’t have a wardrobe.

Under the bed

Oakland 4ft 6 Double Bed Country style bedroom by The Cotswold Company Country
The Cotswold Company

Oakland 4ft 6 Double Bed

The Cotswold Company

A simple way to utilise the room in the absence of a wardrobe is with bed risers. This practical solution will give you the optionto optimise the unused space underneath the bed by placing storage containers for out-of-season clothes or other idle belongings.

If you have the budget you also buy a multi-purpose bed thatcan act as a storage solution.Perhaps though, the most innovative way to exploitthe unused space is with a lofting bed. Not only do they add a unique element to the room but they give you the option to place things underneath it. 

The only issue with a lofting bed is the length of your room. If you don’t give yourself enough space to sit up on the elevated bed you might frequently end up with a sore head!

Clothes rail

Clapham Common Flat 2 Scandinavian style bedroom by YAM Studios Scandinavian
YAM Studios

Clapham Common Flat 2

YAM Studios

A great way to replace a wardrobe is by including clothes rails in your bedroom. You have the option to purchase or you can also use your craftsmanship and build one.

Clothes rails can have an added layer on the bottom that can serve as storage space for your shoes. These great storage solutions can also come with multi-layered hanging rails, which will provide you with some diversity of hanging options.

Modern, industrial clothes rails come in many materials, shapes and colours, thus giving you choices that will blend harmoniously with your bedroom's décor.

Chest of drawers

The oldest trick in the book for a storage solution are chest drawers. These classic pieces of furniture can usually provide you with adequate storage as an alternative for a wardrobe, allowing you to put away folded clothes, socks and underwear.

They can also hide most bedroom clutter whilst their top can be used to display decorative items, such as vases filled with fresh flowers or perhaps a mirror. If your bedroom lacks size, a mirror will help to give it more depth.

You don’t need to spend a fortune buying a chest of drawers. There are many flea markets or retailers that will sell you one that matches your taste, space requirements and budget.


To create a home for your clothes, shoes and other paraphernalia, install some shelves on the wall. You can build your own shelves by repurposing wooden planks from palettes or you can opt for the easy solution and buy them. If you go for a single shelf you can install a clothing rod underneath to simulate a closet.

A complex shelving unit, of course, might provide you with more storing options but it might take up vital space in your room.  Boxes can also be used in a way to create a shelving unit. As the colourful image above illustrates, boxes in multiple hues create a contemporary shelving unit for a chromatic bedroom.  


Clyde storage box: scandinavian  by Loaf, Scandinavian

Clyde storage box


Storage boxes can also become a very helpful organisational tool for your clothes. There are many options when it comes to boxes; wooden, vintage crates, industrial plastic or even old shoe boxes. They can neatly store your clothes, shoes, books and cosmetics.

To avoid cluttering your room with boxes they can be stacked up in a corner. Or you can take the cue from the picture, above, and opt for a large storage box. In you opt for smaller boxes, they can be decorated according to your taste. For example, you can take pages from old magazines and newspapers and wrap them in a comic allure. Or you can paint them in colour accents that match your bedroom.

Hanging from the ceiling

Prettypegs - Shoe your furniture!: scandinavian  by Prettypegs, Scandinavian

Prettypegs—Shoe your furniture!


Instead of focusing on how to use the floor space as an alternative to a wardrobe, why don’t you try looking upwards? By hanging a few ropes or chains on hooks from the ceiling they can hold a clothes rail or even a shelf. This way of storing will be a lot easier if your bedroom ceiling is made out of wooden beams, as it will allow you to create a noose rather using a hook. 

Another way to explore the ceiling as a storage solution is by placing hangers on a chain for your clothes and scarves. It is an amazing DIY project that will add a sophisticated element to your room. You will be creating art with your wardrobe!

You will however need to be careful on how you will install the chains and ropes on your ceiling so you don’t suffer them falling down. You will need to carefully assess the weight of the suspended items and adjust accordingly.

While a wardrobe is a very useful storage and organisational tool for your clothes and shoes, its absence can be countered with just a little resourcefulness.

For more wardrobe inspiration, you might like to check out: Nobody’s Perfect But Your Wardrobe Can Be.

Do you plan on using any of these ideas in your bedroom? Let us know in the comments!
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