Creating Space in a Small Bedroom

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Creating Space in a Small Bedroom

Staff Writer · Aug 16, 2009

A small bedroom can create extra challenges for apartment life. It makes it seem like you’re always bumping into things, and there’s never enough room to do the things you want to do. Here are some ideas for creating more space in a small bedroom.

1. Utilize Closet Space

If you’re just using the hangers in the closet and stacking things on the floor, you’re not using all the space that’s available for storage. You can install some stackable shelves in the closet to create more room. These can be found at most home improvement stores. Measure the dimensions of your closet and estimate the amount of space you need to hang clothes, and choose shelves that will fit in the extra space. Once you install the shelves, you have extra room to store shoes, seasonal clothing you’re not wearing, toys, or other items.

2. Room Aesthetics

Don’t stack a piece of furniture in front of the window if you can avoid it. Allowing as much natural light into the room as possible makes the room seem less cramped. Installing a mirror on one of the walls can also create the illusion of more space.

3. Bedroom Furniture

Try to purchase bedroom furniture that is functional. A nightstand next to the bed is nice, but make sure it’s one that has a cabinet below it for more storage. Rather than a traditional chest of drawers, consider a floor-to-ceiling cabinet for storing clothes. This will cover the same amount of floor space as a traditional dresser, but uses more volume in the room, allowing for more storage space.

4. Beds with Storage

If it’s a bedroom that two children are sharing, bunk beds are an obvious choice to create more space. If it’s a room for adults, a “captain’s bed” might be the answer to a shortage of space. These beds are raised up off the floor, and have drawers underneath. This type of bed can eliminate the need for a chest of drawers, because your clothing can be stored beneath it. You can use the same concept with a normal bed. Purchase plastic tubs with lids that can slide under a traditional bed, and put them to the same use.

5. Shelves

Another option is installing shelves that can hold more of your items. Open-faced corner shelves are one option. These can be another floor-to-ceiling storage option. If you have a dresser or computer desk that has room above it, you can install a shelf directly on the wall to hold items.

Those are a few ideas for creating space in a small bedroom. If you’re starting from scratch and furnishing a new bedroom, you may have more options to work with. If you already have a bed and furniture, take a look at the items you have. Ask yourself the question, “Is there room above or below this item that I can use?” If there is, get creative with the space you’re not using.

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