Include these inspirational design tips to make a small bedroom feel bigger and function better
Raise your bed
If you can, raise your bed up on legs, by choosing a bedstead, rather than a divan bad. A bedstead will ensure that you can see some of the floor space beneath the bed. The more floor space you can see in a room, the larger and more spacious it will feel. It is an optical illusion, but it works. You can still dress the bed and have a throw or bedspread hanging down from it, just leave it clear of the floor.
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Raise your furniture too
If you can raise your wardrobes, chest of drawers and bedside tables up on legs too, you will ensure that even more floor area can be seen in your bedroom, which all goes towards making the whole room feel larger. It also makes everything easy to clean too, you can just whip the vacuum cleaner under there.
If you have space for bedside cabinets, look for a mix of hidden and open storage. Seeing into the unit again takes the eye further into the room and it also gives you a place to display attractive books, as above. While the hidden area gives you a place to keep personal items.
Opt for a stylish storage bed
To maximise storage in a small bedroom go for a stylish storage bed that offers storage in the base. You may have to sacrifice the raised bed design tip for this, but if you are short on wardrobe or drawer space, this is the route to go down.
If you go for drawers, as in the option above, make sure that you have space around the bed to actually pull them out to access.
If you don't have room to fully access drawers underneath a bed, opt for the lift-up variety instead, where the whole mattress can be raised up to reveal a huge cavity beneath; perfect for storing linen, suitcases and bulky jumpers. The style shown above, has raised legs too, so it will also help a small bedroom feel bigger.
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Incorporate a mirrored wardrobe
It's always useful to have a full-height mirror in a bedroom, so that you can check that you are presentable from head to toe before stepping out. In a small bedroom, a mirror will also bounce light around the room and help it to feel deeper and brighter. It makes sense to double up full-height wardrobe doors as mirrors. It works particularly well on the armoire above from the French Bedroom Company.
Consider a wardrobe you can see into
A wardrobe that you can see into will make your room feel larger too, as it takes the eye deeper into the room. Look for traditional glazed free-standing units, or more contemporary designs, such as the one above. To ensure they look their best though you will need to keep the contents tidy.
Build up to the ceiling
If you have the budget to go bespoke, make sure that you build your wardrobes right up to the ceiling, so that you're not left with dead space and a dust trap above it. Going bespoke also ensures that you can make your design fit awkward spaces, such as the eaves shown above, and really make the most of every available square inch of space, to maximise storage in a small bedroom.
When you've no room for a wardrobe
If your bedroom is too tiny even for a wardrobe, see if you can squeeze in a more compact clothes rail to maximise storage in a small bedroom. Another one for naturally tidy people, it will also help your room feel a little larger than it is too, because you will get glimpses of the wall behind it through the clothes.
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Go for blinds instead of curtains
Curtains jut into the room and take up valuable space. Blinds can be fitted within the frame of the window, so they don't take up space either side of it and when they are fully pulled up, they should maximise the flow of light into the room too.
Choose wall or pendant lights for your bedside
If you've no room for a bedside table or just don't want to clutter up your tiny bedside table with a table lamp, then opt for a wall light fixed to the wall instead. Pendant lights suspended from the ceiling either side of the bed can work to make a small bedroom feel bigger too.
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