Ideas on how to maximise a small bedroom

Aside from perhaps the living room, the bedroom is the one room in our home which can truly be described as multi-purpose. It needs to provide a place for us to sleep, watch television and double up as a dressing room too. That’s without us even considering the likelihood of it being used as a mini home office, too. The living room is often a multi-purpose area but it’s easier to work with. There’s more space available to start with, especially in open plan properties. While you can’t always add physical inches to a small bedroom, you can make it look like you have!

Small bedroom with wall-mounted bookshelf
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Choose your bed wisely

Bedroom with art over it
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Higher beds give you space underneath the frame to store everything – from your socks to a hairdryer. The most common height for a bed is roughly 25 inches from the mattress to the floor, since this allows for most adults to be able to reach the floor to step out of bed.

Not only will a raised bed give you more storage space, but it also allows air to circulate freely and reach the mattress springs. That said, it’s not just height that matters. We’re all guilty of sacrificing floor space to accommodate a larger bed, but do we really need king size beds or would doubles do?

Pick multi-functional furniture

Storage bed with drawers underneath

Beds that have pull-out drawers at the bottom or tables that double up as desks and makeup stations are great additions to the bedroom. If you have a spare bedroom, daybeds that fold up to reveal sofas are ideal for saving space. Of course, furniture doesn’t have to be multi-functional to be space saving. Fold up chairs are fantastic for children’s bedrooms, as you can fold them up and store them in the wardrobe to save on floor space when they’re not in use. Likewise, beds that leave room for you to insert your own drawer or storage boxes underneath are worth investing in. As a general rule, look for furniture with drawers or in-built shelving and you’ll notice the benefits.

Single bed with pull out drawers
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Don’t look for small buys

Wooden storage cabinet in bedroom
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We’ve all made the mistake of choosing smaller furniture to fit in smaller spaces but be aware that this can backfire and have the opposite effect. The chances are that you’ll create a more cluttered and chaotic room by trying to squeeze in multiple small tables or dressers to provide enough storage space for your possessions. You could be working with the same amount of space contained within one large dresser and open up the other corners of the room.

Angle your furniture

Angling your bed, tables or cabinets tricks the eye into tracing the diagonal line starting with the longer side of the furniture rather than tracing the length of a short wall. Your eye will be drawn to the corner of the room, adding inches to the visual impression that you build up mentally.

Angled bed
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Think vertically

Blue and purple teenagers' bedroom with wall-mounted storage

When you can’t build out, the only thing to do is build up. Mount bookshelves on walls using open or closed shelving and work with brackets to secure flat-screen televisions. While you might still need floor space for a cabinet, you’ll free up its surface for other products and more importantly, draw the eye upward when entering the room. Bracketed shelves can display all manner of accessories and you can buy corner shelves to really make the most of every spare inch.

Small room with wall-mounted shelves
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Once you’ve sussed making the most of your wall space, turn your attention to your curtains. Choosing floor to ceiling types will make your room appear taller and therefore larger, since the fabric will flow down the entire length of the wall, elongating it visually in the process.

Capture as much light as possible

Natural light is always preferable to artificial light and it will do wonders for opening up a room. Swapping solid doors for glass (I’d suggest one-way to keep your privacy!) or hiring a window specialist to make your windows larger will make the bedroom seem bigger as a result of connecting different spaces and giving your eyes access to a different view. Replacing heavy curtains with thin nets, blinds or lighter sheer curtains is another easy and more cost-effective way to embrace more light. If you find that your bedroom could still do with a light booster after making these changes, mounting mirrors on the wall will reflect light around your room, artificial or otherwise.

Small bedroom with glass doors
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  1. Items above eye height also have a detrimental effect, and can make things look more enclosed – but for every rule of room design there’s an opposite!

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