Making the Most of a Small Bedroom | Pip Milburn

Modern houses are often a little on the small side. Affordable three bedroom homes often feature at least one smaller than average bedroom. Even your master bedroom could be smaller than you’d dreamed of. But, we don’t all have much choice. Our circumstances change, rooms need to be swapped and switched around, and even if you started out with a large bedroom, it doesn’t always stay that way. Sometimes, the home of your dreams isn’t quite achievable in the first place, and some things have to be sacrificed. Often a large master bedroom is one of the first things to be compromised on. As adults, most of us just sleep and get dressed in our bedrooms anyway.

Even if your small bedroom is a guest room, that is only used infrequently, you’ll want to find ways to make the most of it. But, if it’s your own room, you’ll undoubtedly want to put some thought into how you can keep it useful, while still spacious and light. Here are some of the ways that you can do just that.


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Select Furniture Carefully

When you’ve got a massive space, you can pick whatever furniture you want without much consideration. But, in a smaller room, some pieces won’t fit at all. Even those that do might not be practical. If you’ve got a small room, you don’t want a bed that’s just a bed. You want one that also doubles up as a storage space or shelving.

The first thing that you need to do before shopping for furniture is measure your space — taking care to account for door and window openings. It can be a good idea to draw a floor plan to help you ensure everything will fit comfortably without overcrowding. Then, look at different size options like these handmade solid wood beds to suit your space.

Wall Mount

Wall mounting is another wonderful option. You might not have much floor space, but most rooms are around the same height. If you want a TV in the room, mount it to the wall. Add high shelves to your walls and corners to give yourself storage without taking up all of the floor space, which is needed for other things.

Keep it Light

In a small room, the last thing that you want is dark colours and thick textures. These will make the room feel closed in and stuffy and could even make it seem smaller than it is. Keep your walls light, include thin, flat textures like silks and cotton, and make the most of any natural light source by avoiding heavy curtains and dark blinds.


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Accessories can be a great tool when it comes to opening a room up and making it feel bigger. Light walls can be a little boring, so add some colour with vases and photo frames. Adding pictures and photos of large outdoor spaces and bright colours can make the room feel more substantial, and mirrors are also exceptionally effective. If you want to add a pretty feature and improve the air quality in what could be a musty room, add colourful fresh flowers, but avoid strong scents which could overpower a small area.

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