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*This is a guest post*

We might be biased, but we love designing small bedrooms. Big bedrooms are easy! The challenge of fitting furniture into a small space without ruining the layout and flow of the room is unlike any other in interior design.

Although you might be frustrated by a small bedroom, embrace it for what it is; a compact space that needs your love and care to make it great.

Here’s how to design a bedroom in a small space:

Size furniture down

First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room: bedroom furniture.

Bedroom furniture will take up more than half your floor space, so it should be sized appropriately. Every inch counts. Empty the room and measure the space; imagine where things will go and take measurements.

  • Our best tip is always to downsize. For example, if you can fit an 80cm wide chest of drawers into the room, go for a 70cm chest of drawers instead.
  • Our second best tip is to choose narrower furniture; deep furniture is unnecessary and will only eat into your floor space with no benefit.
Ditch the dresser for a chest and a mirror

Dressing tables are unnecessary when you have a chest of drawers! Just stick a mirror on top of the chest and get a stool. Simples.

If the chest is too tall for you to see yourself on a stool, get an adjustable chair or just stand up when you do your makeup and get ready.

Save space with the bed

The biggest piece of furniture in a bedroom is the bed, so there’s potential to save space here. Here’s how to save space with the bed:

  • Get a divan. Divan beds have no protruding bed frame and are the same size as the mattress, give or take 3cm in length for the headboard.
  • Get a small ottoman bed. Ottoman beds have the same qualities as divans but have the benefit of a lift-up base with loads of storage.
  • Downsize the bed. Get a small double to replace a double and a double to replace a king. A single may also be an option.
Pictured: Giltedge 3FT Single Solo Memory Slide Store Divan Bed – Sierra Grey, Available from Bedstar The Online Bed Superstore.

Get clever with storage 

Small spaces are only cramped when there’s too much stuff in there. You can free up space and improve practicality with the right storage solutions.

Here are some clever tricks for storage:

  • Over the door hooks for coats and dressing gowns
  • Divan beds are available with built-in drawers
  • Ottoman bed with a lift-up base for storage
  • Regular bed frame tall enough to slide boxes under
  • Tiered shelving
  • Wall nets and shoe baskets
  • Dual-purpose furniture, such as buffets and benches with storage
Pictured: Giltedge Beds Bamboo 1500 Small Double Divan Bed, Available from Bedstar The Online Bed Superstore.
Lighter colours for the win

When it comes to small bedroom colour schemes, lighter colours are always better. Dark colours make spaces feel smaller.

Pure white is always a good choice because it’s timeless, but an off-white will work just as well. For a splash of colour, go for a pastel colour like mint green, blush pink or sand beige, which will brighten the space up without being loud.

Stay symmetrical 

Anything off-centre, misaligned or not perfectly spaced makes spaces feel disjointed. When possible, keep things proportionate and symmetrical.

How to keep things symmetrical? Start with your bed. Use it as a base and choose décor and furniture that balances perfectly around it.

Play with mirrors and lighting 

In small bedrooms, move ceiling lights to the wall or upgrade to spotlights to create the illusion of more vertical space.

The wall adjacent to the window should have a big mirror on it to reflect natural light back into the bedroom. You can also get fancy mirrors with coloured glass that light up the room in bright colours – great for creative minds!

Another top tip is to get a mirrored ceiling light or a chandelier; these reflect and scatter light in interesting ways to make a small space interesting.

Thank you for reading.


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