Furnish Small Bedroom: The Best Tips and Tricks

Furnish a Small Bedroom: How It Works

Your dream apartment has a small bedroom? Don’t despair. A small bedroom is not a disadvantage for you – provided you furnish it adequately and design it appropriately. Find out here how to unobtrusively create storage space and what else you need to consider when furnishing a small bedroom.

A bedroom is not a junk room. In order for you to sleep peacefully at night, the room should not be too cluttered
A bedroom is not a junk room. For you to sleep peacefully at night, the room should not be too cluttered.

Of course, every room in an apartment is important and should be at least functional, better still, pretty to look at, as well as reflect the residents’ personality. However, the bedroom always takes on a special position because it is the room where we want to recharge our batteries so that we can get going again the next day. So there must be a cozy sleeping atmosphere, not a rumpus chamber atmosphere. The size of the bedroom is less relevant than its design and furnishings. Therefore, you can arrange even a tiny bedroom to provide storage space, coziness, and tranquility. We will provide you with some ideas.

Five Tricks To Make a Small Bedroom Look Bigger

A small bedroom does not have to cause claustrophobia in us. If you follow a few basic rules, the room can seem much larger than it is. With these five tips, your small bedroom will come out big:

  1. If the bedroom has many or large windows, you can generally opt for a design with darker colors, even if the room is rather small. If the room has little daylight, for example, because it is on the north side, you should choose a lighter design.
  2. You can make a narrow bedroom look more spacious by painting the walls but leaving the lower area (from the floor to about window height) lighter. You should also paint the ceiling light for an airy effect.
  3. Decide on a decorating style and choose matching colors and patterns that work well together. Repeat this mix of colors and patterns in several places and objects distributed across the room. The room radiates calmly when all colors come from one color family- this goes for the color-matching bed linen. Sounds boring to you? Try using different materials to create visual differences. Tip: Plants in the bedroom also provide color variety without violating the style of the room or disturbing the basic colors.
  4. Install a mirror, preferably on the opposite side of the window. This way, it will serve as a practical decoration and reflect daylight.
  5. Hang curtains just above the flooring – this streches the wall and makes the room look higher.

composition of modern bedroom interior bed creative lamp and elegant personal accessories concrete wall

Tips for Sloping Ceilings in the Bedroom

How do you choose the furniture for a small bedroom with a sloping roof? A difficult combination, but no reason to despair. The important thing is to make the most of the sloping roof. This means: furniture at the height of the knee – that is, at the height of the free area between the top edge of the floor covering and the beginning of the sloping roof. The best furniture for this purpose is individually adapted to your sloping roof. Since this involves handcrafted custom work, such individual pieces are usually expensive.

A cheaper option is to convert existing furniture yourself. For example, you can adapt modular shelving or tiered shelving systems to the sloping roof by extending the depth or length of the boards and raising them using small wooden blocks or pedestals.

Simple & effective idea

Depending on the length of the sloping roof, you could also convert a simple bench without a backrest and place it in the sloping roof as a storage area. The shelf space underneath can be wonderfully used for books, magazines or boxes.

You could also place the bed with the headboard under the sloping roof and thus use the space wisely. If you then position it directly under the skylight, you’ll even have the option of counting the stars to fall asleep. Speaking of windows, small bedrooms with sloping ceilings are great for skylights, which you can use as a balcony. This will not only give you more light in the room, but also add a little fresh air space to your bedroom.

mansard bedroom with minimalist interior design

How To Create Hidden Storage Space in Small Bedrooms?

Of course, even if you set up a small bedroom, you need storage space for everything important and to prevent chaos. After all, an untidy room looks even smaller. But where to put all the stuff? Stay away from large, bulky, dark furniture. Such chests of drawers, sideboards, or cabinets can quickly make the room feel full and squeezed. Unobtrusive such pieces of furniture are not at all. Small, delicate, and light furniture, as well as the courage to open spaces, would be visually the better choice, but this also gives less and often visible storage space, which makes for more visual clutter. On the other hand, if you can find narrow but deep pieces of furniture, you can confidently place them in a smaller room because the depth visually takes up less space than the width.

Of course, now you could also say: take the opportunity with a small bedroom and clean out your closet neatly; less is more, and minimalism liberates. But the reduced lifestyle and rigorous clean out do not suit everyone. If you can not place your closet outside the small bedroom, a built-in wardrobe is optimal and unobtrusive. Another solution, which is also visually suitable for furnishing small bedrooms, would be a wardrobe in the same color as the wall or a wardrobe with mirrored or glass doors, which reflect the light and thus distract from the wardrobe itself.

However, multifunctional furniture is still the best way to unobtrusively provide more storage space in a small bedroom. The classic storage space in small bedrooms is in multifunctional furniture. Number one: the bed. However, we don’t recommend the classic sofa bed in the long run – your back will thank you. However, a sofa bed with drawers is certainly not the worst solution if you are still looking for a combined solution for a small guest room.

However, you have more choices in your small bedroom. If you’re still fit and not afraid of heights, a loft bed might be the right piece of furniture for you – this will give you more storage space between the floor and the sleeping surface and even room for furniture. If you prefer to sleep closer to the floor, a bed with a bed base is also an option to create additional storage space. The third option is to fill the space between the bed and the floor with color-matched under-bed crates and boxes, which you can use to store vacuum bags of winter clothes. The boxes, which come in different sizes and heights, could also be covered with a mini-curtain placed around the bed frame. However, if you want to arrange your bedroom following the Feng Shui teachings, then this storage option is not suitable for you because the boxes and crates under the bed block the flow of Qi.

Bed near window in modern apartment

Further inconspicuous storage space can be hidden in the headboard of the bedstead by recessing narrow but deep shelves on the left and right sides. In these fit more than you can imagine at first glance. Seating furniture or stools with a folding function, as well as chests that find their place at the foot of the bed, also provide additional storage space. More obscure than convertible seating furniture, on the other hand, are standing mirrors, the inside or back of which consists of shelves and in which, for example, there is enough space to store necklaces, rings and co. Of course, you can also hang a visually appealing, traditional mirror cabinet. However, make sure that the mirrors are not placed or hung directly in front of the bed, because according to Feng Shui, this makes for a restless sleep, as the Qi is reflected and multiplied in it. As a result, your body will be overloaded during sleep and will not be able to relax.

Flexible storage space in small bedrooms offer boxes and boxes, which are placed on cabinets, shelves or as a substitute for side tables in corners, and their shades should naturally fit into the color scheme to be inconspicuous.

The Right Lighting for a Small Bedroom

The light source of the first choice, even if you furnish a small bedroom, is, of course, daylight. At the same time, the window should be as large as possible but not destroy your privacy and also not take up too much valuable wall space that you could use for shelves or decoration. In terms of windows and privacy, privacy films can help. However, it is important in this context that some films no longer provide privacy if there is light on in the room behind them.

As with any room, the following also applies to a small bedroom. Indirect lighting, such as a strip of LED lights around the mirror or along the bed’s headboard, creates a cozy atmosphere and is, therefore, always a good idea. Additional individual lamps provide functionality, for example, to get the right clothes out of the closet early in the morning or still be able to read in the evening.

close up of minimalist and white bedroom in partamento

Be careful with pendant lamps: They should only be used in the bedroom if the appropriate ceiling height ensures that you can still comfortably walk underneath them. In addition, the lamp itself should not cast a large shadow on the floor – otherwise, it makes the room visually smaller. Spotlights whose individual lamps can be turned in different directions, floor lamps, or even table and reading lamps for the nightstand are the better choice when decorating a small bedroom. However, when choosing lamps, ensure that they produce warm light, and the light level is not too bright. Spotlights built directly into the ceiling can provide light in tiny rooms without wasting space. However, they are usually not suitable as the only light source because it is difficult to illuminate corners and can not be moved flexibly.

Jemma Huyett
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