WE can’t always choose the size of our bedroom, but we can certainly decide how best to use it.
Interior design experts have some handy tips that will instantly make your small bedroom feel more spacious, and that means never running out of storage either.
When it comes to opening up space, designers at Instrument Furniture in London said it’s the little things that count, like positioning your bed against the window or installing mirrors to create the illusion of a larger space.
But creating extra storage in a tiny area is where the problem lies. Fortunately, there are simple ways to get the job done.
Use your bed
“The bed tends to be the bulkiest item in a bedroom and in a particularly small space it’s important to think about how savvy you can be when it comes to storage,” said Jonathan Warren, director and bed specialist at Time4Sleep. Fabulous.
He believes the ideal solution is an ottoman bed that offers plenty of hidden space to store anything from luggage to bed linens and even out-of-season clothing.
Rhiannon Johns, interior designer and brand manager at Piglet in Bed, agrees and says “space under the bed is often wasted”.
“Choose a bed with built-in pull-out drawers underneath, or grab some underbed storage boxes (Ikea makes a popular one) that can slide underneath,” she said.
“Then just cover the bed with a valance sheet to keep the room from looking too busy.”
In small bedrooms, it’s important to use as much space as possible, which also means thinking about wall space.
Rhiannon said floating shelves are great if you have smaller knick-knacks or sentimental items you want to show off — and it also keeps other surfaces, including your bedside table or desk, clutter-free.
“Instead of buying a bulky, free-standing shelf, utilizing the wall space saves space for valuable storage furniture like dressers and bedside tables,” she says.
Kate Salmon, housewares purchasing manager at Oliver Bonas, agrees that shelving is a simple way to create extra storage space, but think carefully about which ones you choose.
“Make sure you find ones that match your bedroom decor theme, as the open shelves will keep your treasures on display,” she told Fabulous.
“Look for a style with hooks so you can hang your bags and scarves and maximize underfoot space.”
Rethink your wardrobe
Our closets are often a place that never seems big enough, let alone trying to keep it organized and clutter-free.
But it’s a good place to start if you’re a bit short on space, and the experts have some handy tips to help us on our way.
The design masters at Instrument Furniture in London said to try and find a matching shelf to add to the side of your wardrobe, if your space permits.
Not only will it act as an extension of your wardrobe, but it will help you declutter by housing smaller items that might otherwise be lying around.
As for the inside of your wardrobe, it matters just as much, even if the usual clutter is hidden behind closed doors.
“If your closet space is tight, think of all the seasonal clothes you don’t touch for half the year,” Rhiannon said, which means you don’t need your winter coats. take up valuable space in your summer wardrobe.
Instead, she suggests finding them a new home. But don’t dwell on the place of things, just put them where they go, she said.
Don’t ignore the corners of your room
If you have an awkward corner or short walls and you’re out of ideas, don’t assume they can’t be used because they can.
Instrument Furniture experts suggested using hooks or rods in unoccupied corners of your bedroom for additional hanging storage solutions.
“They’re perfect for bags, accessories and jumpsuits – all within easy reach when you rush around on a busy Monday morning,” they said.
Use your doors
The same goes for your bedroom or wardrobe door which is actually the perfect place to create another storage solution.
Believe it or not, the back of a door is a great place to store your shoes, which also keeps them off the ground.
Instrument Furniture designers recommend adding hanging rails, shelves, pegs or bags inside your closet or behind your door.
These can both store your shoes and protect them from dust and sun.
Also, if you’re still using your laundry basket in a desperately small room, you might find it wiser to replace it with something else.
“A flatter laundry bag that you can hang on your bedroom or wardrobe door [is a great way to] keep it out of sight,” the experts said.
“You might want to hang it on the inside of the door, if your wardrobe allows it,” they added.
Consider the furniture you have
In a small space, it is important to think about its furniture. Cram too much in there will eventually make it even smaller.
Maybe consider a flip-top desk that’s great when you need it and even better when you don’t.
If you want a more permanent desk situation, try placing one next to your bed, experts said.
This way it can act as a nightstand for your reading lamp or bedtime essentials, rather than also having a bulky nightstand.
Likewise, if you have a relatively low chest of drawers, it can also be used as a bedside table.
If you love having a nightstand, Kate advised choosing a style with extra storage space.
“Every inch of space should be maximized in small and very small bedrooms,” she said.
Choose a style that has a cabinet or drawers to hide things you need easy access to but don’t have room to store on top.