Space saving ideas for your small bedroom
For those living in homes with particularly tiny bedrooms, you’ll know just how tricky it can be to not only efficiently fit all your bedroom furniture in but your belongings, too.
From making use of higher ceilings to doubling up your furniture for multiple practical uses, we’ve put together a list of fifteen amazing space saving ideas for smaller bedrooms that will make them feel and look like a cosy haven instead of a cluttered mess.
Choose a storage bed
Most beds have so much wasted space sitting underneath them. Maximise all that extra room by opting for either a divan bed that comes with built in draws or an ottoman bed which lifts up to reveal a big storage cavity underneath it.
Put up corner shelves
If your tiny bedroom has lots of corners and not a lot of wall space to play with, put up a few corner shelves to hold your books and other knickknacks. Corner shelves can also handily serve as bedside tables if your bed is positioned close to the wall.
Place furniture at the end of your bed
Most people typically tend to place their beds in the middle of the room so there’s a gap either side. While practical for getting in and out of bed, it can leave you with less room for other furniture. One solution is to use that wasted space at the bottom of your bed for a desk or slim table with a stool pushed underneath it that can be adapted as a work space or dressing table.
Put up long curtains
While not specifically a space saving solution, buying longer curtains is a great way to add a touch of luxury to your bedroom as well as give the illusion that it has taller ceilings and, therefore, more spacious dimensions.
Double up furniture
Most furniture is able to be given more than one purpose, whether it’s a bed with storage draws or a desk that’s also used as a dressing area. You could additionally double up a chest of drawers or a desk as your bedside table if you place it alongside your bed.
Maximise space underneath your furniture
Whether it’s a bed or a chest of drawers with a gap underneath it, don’t let that space go to waste. Purchase some shallow storage boxes that will easily slide underneath them or, for a DIY solution, keep hold of old shoe boxes and decorate them with some cool wrapping paper.
Use vertical coat hooks to hang bags and accessories
Take advantage of your wall vertically by attaching coat hooks downwards. You can then hang bags, scarves and other accessories in an orderly way without taking up valuable space.
Install some high shelves
If you’re lucky enough to live in a home with lovely high ceilings, don’t just admire the extra space, but make use of it for storage! High shelves are perfect for storing things you don’t necessarily use every day such as linen, towels or holiday clothes — you could even put one above your bedroom door!
Use a cork wall for hanging jewellery
For women, instead of having all your jewellery cluttering up a table or chest of drawers, make use of any extra wall space by hanging a cork board and then fixing your jewellery to it with pins. You can even place the board in a nice frame or attach some fairy lights or fabric round the edges to make it look more stylish.
Put hooks on the back of doors
Whether for coats and jackets or just your dressing gown, hooks on the backs of doors are essential for nifty storage. Either add sticky ones on, drill some in or use a hook rack that hangs over the back of the door. Hooks are also ideal for placing on the inside of wardrobes for extra hanging space.
Use a book shelf as a headboard
Most headboards serve no purpose apart from looking nice. Turn that purposeless item into something super practical by pulling your bed away from the wall a bit and using a bookcase as your headboard!
Give the illusion of a larger room with mirrors
If you’re keen to make your room look as bright and airy as possible, make sure you’ve got a big mirror either on the wall or on the outside of your wardrobe. Mirrors truly are magical at making a room appear wider and more spacious.
Use a storage box as a seat
Instead of using a standard chair or stool for your dressing table, purchase a smaller square ottoman that can double up as a storage box for clothes or spare linen.
Put in a ledge shelf as your bedside table
If your bed is positioned right up against a wall or you haven’t quite got enough space for a proper bedside table, consider a ledge shelf instead. These look like floating shelves but they’re much narrower. They provide enough surface space for storing essentials such as your phone, alarm clock, book and a glass of water.
Opt for a rail instead of a wardrobe
If you’re really tight on space but you absolutely need somewhere to hang your clothes, a hanging rail rather than a full-size wardrobe is the best solution. You can make them look more attractive by painting the rail a funky colour or even by building some floating shelves above for extra storage.