Castlery | Jan 24, 2023
Small can be beautiful. But when it comes to bedrooms it can also be a bit of a challenge. That’s because as well as the bed (which is a big item of furniture, especially if it’s a king or superking size) the bedroom also must act as a dressing room, a storage area, a private sanctuary, and potentially as several other spaces too. So, unless you have a large area to play with, it can be difficult arranging your bedroom to make the maximum use of space.
However, luckily there are a few ways you can use furniture as well as clever design tricks and tips to make the most of the space in your bedroom, even if you don’t have much room to play with. Keep reading to find out how.
Instead of getting separate items of furniture such as a bed, dresser, and nightstand, why not look for pieces that can double up? For example, choose a bed with built-in drawers or a wardrobe with interior storage sections. A bench or trunk at the foot of the bed can serve as both seating and storage, ideal for spare duvets, bedding, and blankets.
Choose pieces that are narrow, slim or that don't take up a lot of floor space. A wall-mounted headboard can help to make the room feel bigger, and slimline furniture can offer storage without extending too far out into the room. Instead of getting your extra-large king or superking bed, why not scale it back a bit with a queen bed to create more floor and traffic space around the room? And choose nightstands and sideboards with a slimline presence to maximize floor space.
If floor space is limited, then why not make use of the walls and ceiling? Install shelves, hooks, and hanging organizers to store items like books, hats, and bags. A hanging rod can be used to store clothes, and a wall-mounted drying rack can be used to get laundry out of the way or to free up traffic spaces. Think about extending your storage up too, making full use of the floor to ceiling space with some overhead storage options or extra tall wardrobes.
Use tall shelving units like the Esther Bookshelf to add storage area without taking up too much footprint in your bedroom
If you don’t have a divan bed with built-in storage, there are still ways you can make use of this otherwise dead floor space. Think about under bed storage boxes, specially designed to slide or roll in and out from under the bed frame. These are great for creating storage solutions for items you don’t need on a regular basis or for storing your winter or summer wardrobe when out of the season.
Mirrors can help to make even the smallest bedroom feel more spacious by reflecting light and creating the illusion of more space. You can hang a large mirror on the wall or use a standing mirror to reflect light into the room. Or you can get creative by creating a mirror feature wall, bouncing light off various mirrors or even having mirrored surfaces such as drawers, dressers, or vanity units. Plus, the mirrors also serve a practical purpose as you can see how you look as you dress or get ready for the day or night ahead.
If your small bedroom is also a relaxation space or even a home office, then you can use rugs to define the different areas or zones of the room. This can help to create a sense of separation and make the room feel more organized, creating a distinct separation of space and making the room feel larger than it is.
Lighter colors reflect light and make spaces seem bigger. So, choose lighter tones for your walls and furniture. Think white furniture or lighter woods such as pine and keep dark hues to a minimum.
Lighter wood shade pieces like the Seb 4-Drawer Dresser keeps your space looking brighter and bigger
In small spaces it can be hard to find enough storage space to keep everything stowed away neatly and out of the way. This can mean that sometimes items end up on the floor, stashed in corners or even blocking traffic spaces. So, try and use effective overflow storage solutions such as free-standing baskets and boxes to keep spaces free from clutter. These don’t have to be simply utilitarian, and can even be used to make a design statement of their own.
As you can see, having a small bedroom space is not necessarily a bad thing. There are lots of clever tips and tricks you can use to maximise your space. By choosing the right furniture and arranging it in the right way you can create the illusion of space and still find the room for everything you need in a bedroom space.