A small bedroom's main purpose should always be function. However, having a small place to sleep and store your belongings doesn't mean you should sacrifice style and comfort. Planning a small bedroom can be fun (honestly). With the right design tips and techniques, you can turn your snug room into a dreamy retreat. From clever storage solutions to multitasking furniture, these great ideas will breathe new life into your compact scheme.
Your small bedroom may be a blessing for a better night's sleep. The American Sleep Association recommends keeping stimulating activities out of the bedroom. They warn that distractions like the TV, internet, and work can disrupt your sleep patterns. So, the less there is to do in your bedroom, the more sleep you set yourself up for.
Arranging and decorating a small bedroom can be a challenge, but by using a peaceful palette, great lighting and simple yet smart storage solutions, you can meet the challenge with style and ease. Make the most of a small bedroom with these five tips.
Maximize your storage space
A floor-to-ceiling fitted unit makes the most of every inch in this bedroom. It cleverly incorporates room to display treasures, shelves for books, drawers for more personal items, surfaces that act as bedside tables and reading lights.
Add space to your small master bedroom by paring it down to your favorite essentials. The focus of this space is undeniably the bed, so keep furniture pieces and accessories down to a minimum. Even better, use sleek, contemporary built-ins for additional storage. Built-ins maximize storage while looking like they're not even there. A good built-in around your bed creates a cozy sleeping nook while adding plenty of storage.
Create a focal point
Every room needs a focal point, an eye-catching spot that establishes a hierarchy so you don't see just a jumble. Many times, the focal point is the head of the bed, which you can amplify with an arrangement of bold pillows. In a small space, your eye might also be attracted to the window.
Add a green screen
Potted plants serve double duty here as a privacy screen from neighbors (while still allowing a view) and as natural air filters.
Wall as canvas
Instead of painting an accent wall, cover it with arty or playfully printed wallpaper-a nice technique for a small space.
Go for it
There are two ways to treat a small bedroom: You can make it dark and cozy with saturated berry reds or chocolate browns. Or, you can boost daylight with barely dressed windows and a light-bouncing color on the wall, such as cloud white or sunshine yellow. Either way, don't take a weak approach. You can be bold in a small space without risking too much money or effort.
A bunk-bed alternative
Trundle beds work well for older kids and help maximize a small space.