Bedroom Design Ideas to Maximize Space
Bedroom design has taken on a whole new meaning these days as people are downsizing and living in tighter spaces due to high housing costs and as the function of bedrooms has changed. If you live in a one-bedroom apartment or a small older home, chances are the space you have to work with in your bedroom is limited.
Don’t worry, not everyone has enough space for a master suite, but with a few clever bedroom design choices you can turn the place you lay your head into a comfortable, relaxing space for day or night. While it’s always helpful to enlist a professional designer’s opinion, transforming small spaces is more about organization and repurposing.
There are a bunch of ways to make the most of your floorplan. Many of the options below are found by browsing the aisles of your favorite home store or online retailer. Depending on your budget and the size of your room, buying dual-purpose furniture or considering a smaller bed can open up a room instantly. If you’re not willing to part with your sleigh bed for a murphy bed or trade your queen mattress for a futon, there are other tricks you can try.
Here are a few:
1. Keeping a small room airy and bright requires organization. If the closet is small, buy under-the-bed storage for seasonal clothing and other items that are important, but not needed every day.
2. Declutter your bedroom and keep only the things that you absolutely need in your room, including furniture. Extra tables, blankets, pillows can all be stored elsewhere in your home or apartment.
3. If it can be mounted, up it goes. One of the best ways to make your room feel bigger is by installing shelving for books and frames, mounting lights on the side of your bed or over your desk instead of using floor or table lamps and even hanging jewelry and scarves on wall hangers (this doubles as a decor!).
4. If you need to have a desk in your room, chose one that (you guessed it) can be mounted to the wall and can fold up when it’s not in use. If you have closet space to spare, put a desk in the closet and use an over-the-door system for files. And yet another option would be to place your desk at the end of your bed as a footboard.
5. Decor lighting can go a long way to making a small bedroom feel bigger, but using curtains and rugs as design elements will help create the illusion (if done right) that your space is larger). Choose lighter color rugs, window treatments in varying shades to make the room feel larger. If you like patterns, make sure to select a pattern that will not overwhelm the room.
6. Mirrors are one of the best tricks to make a space feel bigger than it is or create the feeling of a window. Floor length mirrors are perfect for small bedrooms as they can be used as decor behind furniture and draw the eye away from the floor up to the ceiling. Grouping mirrors together is a good trick to create depth as is using square mirrors to fake a window.
7. Use decorative hooks for hanging purses, belts and hats.
8. Attach a laundry hamper to the wall or hang over your closet door. Empty and keep laundry baskets elsewhere in your living space.
9. Trade thick plastic hangers for slim, non slip hangers. They take up less room in your closet and keep silky blouses or pressed trousers from landing on the floor.
10. Take a cue from your local bookstore or coffee shop and hang a magazine rack on the wall. It can hold magazines, yes, but it can also work as a filing system for mail and other paperwork.
Making your bedroom feel bigger is easy and all depends on your comfort level. Can your dresser double as a workstation? Are you comfortable ditching a headboard? Last, but not least, pick a paint color or wallpaper that not only makes your room feel bigger but makes you want to spend time there too!