When you are limited for space but still want to fill your home with all the necessary furniture and still keep it stylish, you’ve got a challenge on your hands. It’s not insurmountable, but it is a challenge nevertheless. Thinking carefully about the space you have will help you to achieve your dream bedroom regardless of the space. Here’s how:
Measure up – The first thing to consider when changing the furniture or décor in a room is to find out exactly how much space you are dealing with. Obvious measurements include length and width of the room but checking the height can also be important when investing in new wardrobes and cupboards. The best option is to use large sheets of brown paper cut out to the size of your desired furniture so you can easily move it around to test out where to place your furniture before you spend your money. Only by knowing down to the last centimetre how much space you have can you use it all properly.
Beds – The average person spends around a third of their life sleeping so you’ll want to be in the best and most comfortable bed possible while you’re getting 40 winks. There are beds for rooms of all shapes and sizes. The Divan Beds Centre has a great range of affordable beds plus space saving zip and link options, which function as two single beds or a double when linked together. These are great for the changing needs of a small room.
Storage – You don’t always have to opt for traditional wardrobes and cupboards to store your clothes and other belongings. There are lots of creative storage solutions that will help you to utilise all the space that is available. Under bed storage is an excellent way to fill up an area that can’t even be seen. Clever slim line cupboards with pull out hanging rails allow you to hang extra clothing as well as take up less room. You could also try investing in bespoke furniture that you can get to fit the needs of you and the room that you have.
Multi-functional furniture – When looking for furniture think about the purpose that it will serve and look for items that can be transformed for several different uses. You could make a nightstand do double duty as a desk or storage boxes that also work as a seat. Check out Amazing Spaces on Channel 4, hosted by George Clark – an architect who is well known for his creative use of small spaces. You can have real fun trying new things in this way.
Cheat – Using lots of small mirrors or one large mirror reflects the room and instantly makes a small room feel bigger and brighter. If you position the mirror opposite a window you’ll have maximum light-boosting power and might mean you can cope with cramming into bigger items of furniture.
Strip back – You can take the focus off the size of the room by exposing the brickwork on one or more walls. This gives a room a lovely countryside feel and will show off all the details. Back this up with furniture by ‘upcycling’ old items that match your look.