Guest Blog: 5 Clever Space-Saving Ideas for Small Bedrooms

1 comment Apr 4, 2018by Jenny Zhu
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:

Small Bedroom Space Saving Tips

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.

Space Saving Work Space

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.

Small Bedroom Space Saving Tips

You can even utilize your wall space to set up a foldable desk. Your desk can be any size you want — or any size that can be accommodated by your room space — giving you enough space to work before you hang it back up along the wall, and go back to having all the floor space you would have without a desk. True, you won’t be able to keep supplies like books or pencil bins on your desk’s surface, but with the installation of wall shelves on top of your desk, the problem is solved. Sometimes, small spaces require compromise — and sometimes they don’t.
4. Make the most of your door
If you can use your walls for additional storage space, you can also use your door. Hang racks for shoes, jewelry, coats and other accessories, or if the rest of your wall space is occupied with hanging shelves and desks, take advantage of your door for personal touches, such as picture frames and posters.
5. Consider the Murphy bed
A staple of many New York studio apartments, this bed can easily be folded back into the confines of a closet when you need the extra floor space. It’s like any other bed in that it’s comfortable and gets the job done every night, but it’s different in that you don’t have to choose between floor space and a spacious sleeping spot. You can also utilize the closet that your Murphy bed is tucked away in for additional storage, adding drawers or boxes along its outer frame.

About the Author:

Alfonso Gonzalez Alfonso Gonzalez is a freelance writer based in Malibu, California. He spent 25 years in the construction industry and has served as a marketing consultant for companies like Joel & Co. Construction. In his free time, he enjoys building furniture in his wood shop.

1 comment

  • Sports Wall Art October 9, 2018 at 8:15 am

    This is really an amazing interior design for a house. It is spacious and comfy. Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas! I am excited to incorporate these ideas into my house. These wall arts also helps to add elegance to your home

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