One of the unfortunate realities of affordable housing is that, more often than not, it translates into small housing. If you’re struggling to fit much else in your bedroom beyond an adult-sized bed, no, you’re not alone and yes, there are solutions to ensure you make the most of whatever space you have without being forced to make significant compromises.
The key isn’t necessarily to embrace minimalism, but rather creativity and the ability to see potential in every nook and cranny of your space.
Here are five ideas to get you started:
1. Embrace stacking
No matter the size of your space, creatively stacking furniture can open up your floor plan and transform any room into a welcoming environment. Invest in bed frames that can elevate your bed high enough above the floor to make space for clothing drawers, bookshelves, shoe racks, and decorative, aesthetically pleasing boxes for storage of laundry. Stacking furniture may give freshman year dorm vibes, but if the alternative is having no floor, then the choice should be clear.
And, of course, if you’d rather hide everything that’s under your bed, long bed skirts or comforters can serve as curtains.
There’s really no limit to what you can store under your bed, and how much you can personalize this setup. If you’re going for a chic look, top it off with DIY decorated storage boxes, or hang string lights around your bed frame to add a youthful glow to the room. Stacking furniture can be as fun and visually appealing as it is efficient.
2. Combine your desk with a bedside table
In a small bedroom, pieces of furniture will often have to take on multiple roles to ensure all your needs are met in the space allowed. An example of this is doubling your desk as a bedside table. One look you could try is lining a small desk along one side of your bed, positioning a small lamp on the desk close to your bed, and topping it off with a cozy office chair to prop in front of your desk.
3. Make the most of your walls
When it comes to furniture, too often we confine ourselves to what we can fit on floors. But there’s so much more to rooms — namely, walls. If you don’t have the floor space for a bookshelf, consider investing in wall shelves. And of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to shelves. Invest in hanging shoe racks, or any hanging racks for that matter, to carry makeup, handbags, jewelry, clothing, or other accessories.
Next to a hanging mirror, you could instantly create the perfect place to put on makeup or pick your look of the day. You can also set up small tables for flower vases, lamps or other decorative pieces to give the illusion of space by making the most of room corners. And if you want the light that typically requires big, space-occupying lamps, consider string lights. They take up absolutely no floor space hanging from your ceiling, and they can easily light up any room. Just because your room is small, that doesn’t mean it has to lack cute decorations or displays.