Of all the rooms that you might consider “too small”, the bedroom isn’t the worst one to deal with. Despite the obvious storage issue, you don’t need too much extra space here (just hold your dance parties elsewhere).
Small spaces have their own significance and beauty, provided that you do the decor and furniture arrangement properly. However, the flow of movement and a serene feel are important, so here are some tips and ways to arrange a seriously small bedroom.
- GO FOR SYMMETRY
The layout of your small home Bedroom can be like this; bed centered under a large window, bedside table on each side with just enough room to squeeze by, and an open wardrobe on the opposite wall. If there’s no door swing to worry about on the wardrobe, you can manage to squeeze in a chest of drawers between, but it might be a tight fit.
In most cases, we’d all like symmetrical bedrooms with easy access to both sides of the bed, if only for easy changing of sheets. This kind of symmetry will also make a bedroom feel more spacious. To make it possible, size down on the bedside table and think height, rather than width, for your storage.
- ONE BEDSIDE TABLE
Another option that you can consider is that instead of two, you can use one bedside table. If you’d still like to keep your access on both sides of the bed then you can go for a chest drawer on the other side. This will add a less symmetrical feeling but will provide you ample of space for your entryway and wardrobe doors to swing open at full capacity.
A matching bedside table and chest of drawers would make this feel more considered.
- NO BEDSIDE TABLE
Sometimes there’s only one viable wall for a bed to sit on, and it’s too short for bedside tables at all. In this case, you can purchase a bed that has a built-in overhead shelf. This not only solves your storage problems but looks pretty good as well. If you add wall mount lights underneath the shelf, with chest drawers and wardrobe tucked in the corner of the room.
- DEDICATED CLOSET
Here’s an option for those of you lucky enough to have a dedicated closet, but not much actual bedroom space. Here, in this case, the bed is tucked in a corner under the window, using the window ledge as a bedside table. There’s just enough room alongside it for a pair of chests of drawers and a cool wall sconce as a bedside lamp.
- STACK YOUR STORAGE
We’ve all seen the clothes-rail-as-headboard idea, but personally, I’m not sure I could sleep with all my clothing hanging over my head. In this smallest bedroom, the bed is hugged by 3 walls, while a clothes rail, hung at high height, sits above a pair of chests of drawers. The only thing this layout “gives up” is the surface area on top of said chests, and I think it’s a good trade.
- THINK VERTICALLY
With minimal floor space, you’ve got to think creatively about storage. You can’t go outwards, but what about up or down? A platform bed with storage below or a high-level hanging rail in lieu of a traditional closet are both options that will eke out a bit more function from your small bedroom.
Similarly, use the space along your walls. A wall-mounted TV instead of one on a unit, a small shelf in lieu of a bedside table, or sconces instead of bulky bedside lamps.
- MAKE IT COZY
A small bedroom often means at least two sides of the bed are against a wall or at least have minimal space around the perimeter. This can be particularly annoying for changing the bed—especially if you insist on a top sheet and layers of blankets. Make like the Europeans and go for a fitted one plus duvet only; this will shorten the amount of time you’re cursing your small room. Don’t worry, it’ll still be cozy.
Finally, a small bedroom needn’t be a boring one. Working with what you’ve got, think cozy and warm rather than spare and minimal. While you don’t want clutter, a bit of color and texture via pillows and throws, as well as good lighting, can go a long way to making a small space feel special.
Those pesky small living rooms always have us stumbling and second-guessing what we should do to make the most of the floor plan. If you’ve ever struggled with how to arrange your furniture then you now have a hand draft to follow.
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