Small Bedroom = Big Ideas

Many homes and apartments have rooms that moderately sized or downright small. Being forced to sleep in a small bedroom can be a great challenge since it’s uncomfortable when it feels like the walls are closing in on you. Some strategies can be done to make the room feel a little bit bigger and give it a more spacious feel. Here are some tips to go.

  1. Keep the Bedroom Clean and Declutter Often

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Keeping a room tidy and clean will help you maximize the space and make it easier for you to move around. It won’t take you too long to do so since it’s just a small space. Declutter means to remove unnecessary items from an untidy place. One of my favorite decluttering approach is to “fill one trash bag”. Grab a simple trash bag and see how quickly you could fill it, just to prevent accumulating items that don’t belong in the room. Take the time to clear out the extras to make your room more open.


  1. Don’t use Bed with Foot Boards

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Some beds have large or very thick foot boards that can occupy much of your available space. Take the foot board off the bed frame.


  1. Buy Appropriate Furniture for the Room

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Measure the spaces you have in the room. Try not to buy curved furniture because they might just give you a smaller space to walk around. Everything from bed to simple lamps needs to be downsized in order to give the room a larger feel. Decreasing the bed size might help to put in more needed furniture inside the room.


  1. Paint the Room Light to Promote Height

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Light colors make the room brighter and bigger. Painting the ceiling with a light color makes it feel that the room a bit higher.


  1. To have or not to have a television?

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If you decide to have a TV, consider a flat screen type that can be mounted on the wall so it won’t take up a big chunk of space in your bedroom. Though a study says that having a television in the bedroom negatively affects one’s sleeping habits. Try not to take the TV sets inside the bedroom if it’s really not necessary to have one.


  1. Keep Your Décor Simple

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Use comforters or blankets with simple designs and light colors to help create a bigger, more flowing space. Consider using lighter colors on the walls, and ceiling to open up the space visually. Bring in natural light as much as possible to illuminate the space and your mood.


  1. Use Multi-Functional Furniture

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Use furniture that can suit multiple functions. A table can become an all-in-one nightstand, desk and a dressing table when you hang a mirror on top of a small side table. Our bed can have drawers underneath for extra storage too.


  1. Give the Room a Focal Point

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Even a simple piece of artwork create a good focal point in the room. You can hang a large piece of art above the bed to keep your attention away from thinking that the room’s small. Use your imagination to heighten the positive about your room and remove emphasis from the small nature of your bedroom.


  1. Let the light in

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Keep window treatments to a minimum in a small space to make the most of the natural light and keep the look plain. For privacy, add plain roller blinds or hang flat panels of lace.


  1. Trick the eye with mirrors

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A mirrored wall will visually double the space. Creating the illusion of space with mirrors is a classic trick that works every time.

To summarize it all:

  • Light colors enhance the feeling of space, while darker hues tend to close in; lighten up your walls and furnishings.
  • This may seem obvious, but ditch the king-size (or even queen) bed and use space-saving furniture. If storage space is an issue, under-bed storage containers such as this one can free up a lot of space.
  • Visually expand the room by using mirrors.


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