You don't want to clutter up your bedside table with a lamp, if you even have room for a bedside table that is. But that doesn't mean that you have to forego bedtime reading. Just opt for one of these more practical lighting options:
Wall lights can be placed to the side of your bed to perfectly illuminate your ideal reading window and, unlike table lamps, where often you have to follow the lead to find the switch, they should be more simple to turn on and off. This Porta Storage Wall lamp from Made.com even has a small shelf where you can rest a book or place a glass of water.
This Frosini light from Made.com concertinas out and can be pushed back into the wall when not in use, so as not to encroach too much on your limited space.
Now pendant lights, suspended from the ceiling, may need to be installed by an electrician, but for the wow factor it could be worth it. Floating gently at your bed's side they will help to make your sleeping area the focal point of the room. If you have a particular size in mind, this Drum shade from Random Lights via Etsy can be made to fit. It will also throw beautiful soft patterned shadows across your boudoir!
Floor lamps may typically be associated with living spaces, but for something a little bit different, consider using one along side your bed. This Fresh Silver Chrome Effect floor lamp from B&Q will likely cast enough light for two readers.
If you need a light that is really weeny and simple to install, go clip on. Designs for lights that grab onto furniture have become a lot more sophisticated recently. This Tutti Goose Neck clip on lamp from B&Q is really sweet and could work well on a bunk bed.
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Some people dream of living in a home with a walk-in wardrobe. For several years I dreamt in a walk-in wardrobe. To give my two kids more space in the bedroom they shared, we moved their wardrobe into our room. Being within arms' reach of four people's clothes' storage was a very efficient way or sorting the laundry, but sometimes I did feel like I slept in a closet. This beaded clothes rail would have come in handy. And, would look great full of cute kids clothes. It would also look cool suspended in a hallway, as an alternative to a coat cupboard
If you need to have your entire wardrobe on display, you need a more substantial clothes rail. These don't have to look like something out of a nightclub cloak room. Look for a sleek neat frame, like this one, with a sculptural quality.
If you don't just want hanging space, however, opt for a clothes rail that includes drawers for smalls or accessories and shelves for folded clothes. This Maria dresser would sit well in a bedroom or entrance way.
All of these pieces will only work if you're naturally tidy. Keep like colours together and separate long and short clothes, so that it all works together visually.
If you've just arrived at Uni and find your accommodation a little cramped and depressing, don't despair. With just a few minor inexpensive adjustments, you will have it feeling like home in no time. Begin with the bed. Dress it in your own individual style.
Decorate the bed with plump cushions so that during the day it can almost double up as a sofa and drape a cosy throw at the end too.
Decorate those bare walls with posters, your very own artwork or wall stickers. Just make sure that anything that you put up will not leave a mark behind once it's removed at the end of your tenancy.
That bright ceiling light is great for studying, but when you want to prepare for a big night out or chill at home with your friends you want to take the luminosity in the room down a notch or too. Opt for a couple of funky side lights or perhaps a contemporary take on traditional fairy twinkles.
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So, you might not have the luxury of huge walls upon which to hang paintings. But, surely you will have some walls, and they can't just be made to look like a pretty space. They must be made to work. If you live in a studio flat, you might want to put a bed on one of them, such as this one here by Furl. Wall beds, or Murphy beds as they are sometimes known, have come along way since they were first invented around 200 years ago, by a guy who, no surprises, went by the name of Murphy.
This, for example, is not just a full-length mirror, it can be pulled down and opened up to become a double bed. Furl also do a version that doubles up as a shelving unit, initially we presumed that the shelves would need clearing when the bed is required, but within the unit is a clever mechanism that ensures that the shelves remain level throughout so their contents can remain on them!
Most of us don't have enough wardrobe space for our clothes. So when clothing storage space is limited every inch must be made to count. One way to do this is to invest in some clever hangers. There are a lot of ingenious contraptions around that make storing and, just as importantly, accessing, clothes so much easier. Trouser hangers that allow you to stack several pairs of trousers on one hanger and remove one pair without disturbing the others, for example, are a must have.
This is a clever little hanging gadget for scarves, ties and belts.
Whilst, this is useful for costume jewellery and other wearable knick knacks.
An ottoman at the end of your bed will help to give your boudoir the air of a boutique hotel room. It will also provide an extra seating area and, probably most of interest to you, an additional rather useful storage cavity.
As an ottoman will often open up to expose a deep and wide storage space it is the perfect place to keep bedlinen, towels or handbags.
You can find them in a rainbow of colours. The brighter styles are particularly well suited to children's bedrooms, where they double up as fantastic toy boxes.
If you want something a little less formal looking, opt for an ottoman with open storage, under which you could perhaps stack books, line up shoes or keep baskets of scarves, belts and hair accessories. As you can see through these pieces of furniture into the room beyond they have the added advantage of making your room feel larger too.
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Room dividers are back in fashion. But they've always held their own allure. An air of mystery over what lies behind them, a whiff of 1950s glamour. They are not only a pretty folding picture, however, especially if where you live is a tight sqeeze.
They can help to distinguish between the sleeping and living area in a studio flat, for example. Create the illusion of an entrance hallway in a home where the front door takes you straight into the lounge. And give you somewhere behind which you can hide all that mess that you can't seem to get on top of.
And combine a screen with a clothes rail, hey presto you have a walk-in wardrobe. Drape this linen studded screen with a feather boa for a real Hollywood feel.
They also come in useful in children's bedrooms where two siblings are sharing. With this coastal scene you can put a whole sea between brother and sister.
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If you need to maximise your storage in your bedroom, then you can't ignore that huge void under the bed . Yes, your room might look bigger if you could see beneath the bed (see why here), but if it's a choice between the two go for tidy over space enhancement every time.
If you need to use the space under the bed for clothes or linen, opt for a bed with tough and roomy pullout drawers. Strength is key here, you don't want the bottom falling out of the drawer once it's filled with shoes or handbags. Oh and never put clothes away under the bed slightly damp, with little air under there they will start to grow mouldy.
Remember also to check that you have space around your bed to actually pull out the drawers so that you can access their contents. If this could be a problem look at a bed with open shelving beneath it. This Hypnos Hideaway divan bed has a sleek integrated valence that pull up to reveal deep shelves. They may even hold your suitcases.
Whilst, if you need to store tonnes of stuff that you don't need to access everyday, such as winter duvets, suitcases, a tent, spare folding chairs for when guests come etc., an ottoman storage bed could be for you. Here the whole mattress lifts up to reveal the deep cavity within. A bit of a pain if you need regular access to the stuff inside, however.
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There is something uniquely glamourous about being in possession of a walk-in wardrobe. How wonderful to be able to walk into a room within a room where you are instantly ensconced by the costumes, shoes and accessories that you have bought and collected for every occasion in your history, some that you have yet to find an event for and a few that you wished you’d never bought.
Well, the feature of nearly every American home the walk-in closet is now becoming a requirement in many British homes. This is because we are beginning to realise how much more practical they are than a traditional wardrobe, where you can never find what you need in a hurry. What is more, you don’t need to have a Hollywood-style mansion to accommodate a walk-in wardrobe.
I am an interiors stylist and I recently styled a tiny one-bedroom apartment in the very trendy Shoreditch area of East London for a magazine. Despite the limitations of space the owners had managed to encompass a wonderful walk-in closet into the scheme. It had been formed from an alcove in the bedroom and screened off with a pair of shutter doors.
A closet can actually be a space saver in fact, because it uses the walls of your room as its structure and it doesn’t need to be enclosed by that extra carcass that a traditional wardrobe has. Plus, because a well-organised closet makes it much easier for you to see everything within it, it’s easier to see all those garments you don’t wear any more and never will. All those out of date clothes and fashion mistakes can be bundled off to the charity shop.
You can create a simple walk in wardrobe - or reach in closet if space is really tight – by putting up a partition wall in your bedroom. One way is to put up a partition wall just behind your bed, not much wider than the width of the bed so that you can walk in to it from either side of the bed and yet it remains completely screened off from the rest of the room. Or you create a walk-in closet corridor from your bedroom door so that you walk through the wardrobe to emerge Narnia-like into the cosy inner-sanctuary of your main bedroom.
A builder or carpenter can put up a non-load bearing partition wall pretty cheaply, where you really want to invest your money is in the fixtures and the fittings. Look for a closet system that allows for lots of different storage options: hanging space, drawers and shelves; as well as offering drawer and shelf dividers. Shoe racks or shoe-cubby holes are also handy, just make sure that they are fenced in so that you are not showered with shoes should one slip. Jewellery and hosiery inserts are also useful, as are valet drawers for cufflinks, bow ties and watches if there is the space.
California Closets has a great range of clothing storage systems and they will come along and totally customise your unit to suit your needs. Their solutions can be applied to the rest of your house too, with modules for laundry rooms, entertainment systems, home office and hallways. My garage could certainly do with one of their garage makeovers.
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