How to Buy and Arrange Furniture for a Small Bedroom

How to Buy and Arrange Furniture for a Small Bedroom

How to Buy and Arrange Furniture for a Small Bedroom

Posted 14 September, 2015 by Benjamin Gardiner in Blog

Wardrobe and Sofa in cramped room

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While most of us would love a large palatial bedroom, not all of us are so lucky. Space is often at a premium nowadays but this doesn’t mean that you can’t create a fantastic bedroom space. There are many ways to make the best of a modest space without having to compromise on the furniture and the look you desire. To turn your bedroom into a haven of tranquillity, use these clever tips and festooning techniques.
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Monaco Oak Ottoman Bed


Space-Saving in Small Bedrooms

There are a number of strategies that you can employ to make your space seem bigger. Sometimes a large and striking piece can be good at making a space seem larger too, especially if you get something with height like a four poster or a high headboard. Large wall mirrors will also create the illusion of space and come in extra handy if you are particularly vain like me!

There are a number of strategies that you can employ to make your space seem bigger. Sometimes a large and striking piece of furniture can be good at making a space seem larger too, especially if you get something with height like a four poster bed or a high headboard. Large wall mirrors will also create the illusion of space.

Small bedrooms can benefit from pieces that have more than one use. If you purchase Ottoman beds or beds with built-in drawers for example you can use them for storage as well as a good nights sleep! Trundle beds are great for maximising space and a lofted bed creates an additional storage space underneath with bold antique wooden frames drawingthe eye away from the items stored below. Daybeds and bunk beds are particularly useful for a guest room or children's room. If pushed for space you could go for a sofa bed, enabling the room to be multi purpose by doubling up as a sitting room or office.

Blanket boxes are perfect for storage but can also be used for displaying various bedroom objects. By placing it at the end of a bed you can store a TV comfortably while doing  away with the need for a stand. Similarly, a dressing table or a desk can perform the same tasks and kill two birds with one stone.

Bedside cabinets with drop down leaves are useful in your quest for space as they incorporate storage below. A basket too can provide storage; they can be versatile and go with an assortment of interiors for your every need. Installing a floating shelf is again another great storage option.

Bedroom space can be maximised by adding a tall wardrobe, or even better, a tall wardrobe with sliding doors. This allows more furniture to be placed either side of the wardrobe and stops open doors getting in the way when you're trying to get ready on a night out. Shelf units are also handy and can also double up as bedside cabinets if you're clever.


Atmospheric colourful lamp lit bedroom

Photo credit: Paul Harvey


Using Colour to Increase Space

Colour is vitally important in home décor because it brings out your personality and while influencing mood and thoughts. What is less appreciated though is that choice of colour can be employed to cleverly increase perception of space and make your bedroom look roomier than it is.

Light wood tones and painted furniture generally increases the visual expansion in a room. If you aim for light colours when making colour choices, this should ensure that different objects blend and help carry the eye easily. By featuring dark colours in a room with limited space, your bedroom can be reduced to a dank cave. This is great if you are a bat and sleep upside down, but most people prefer a comfortable, roomy and light sleeping space! If you do insist on dark tones though, employ them in accessories such as bed linen, pillows and rugs and ensure that the walls and the rest are light. Another option is simply having white or painted furniture; have a look at our painted ranges for inspiration.

While white is obviously the best colour for walls and bedding as it creates an illusion of space, you must not be afraid to be adventurous with bold colours. Strident tones can be used as a backdrop to other accessories in order to highlight them or add character; you could even try bright wallpaper with a unique pattern that serves as a focal point for the room.

If you are a nature lover, why not create a green screen with potted plants? This serves the double purpose of filtering the air whilst providing a screen to separate sections of a room, creating the illusion of more space. Green also psychologically promotes a calm and restful ambience – perfect for the bedroom!


Bed with bedsides either side

Photo credit: Eric Maynard


How to Arrange Furniture in a Small Bedroom

Small bedrooms with normal sized furniture can feel either intimate or cramped. The arrangement of the bedroom furniture is far easier if you plan the placement beforehand, preferably on squared paper so you can scale dimensions correctly. However accurate you think you are being though, you may still find yourself with less space than you envisioned. It is therefore prudent to put the largest pieces in their correct positions first, aswell as making use of the bedrooms vertical space as much as possible.

As the bed is commonly the biggest piece of furniture in a bedroom, you'll find is easier to arrange the rest of the furniture once you've decided to situate it. Generally the best position is somewhere flush against a wall which is opposite the doorway; it is always prudent though to have a lie down in your bed once its been moved so you can see how much space you'll have when the bedroom is finished. There should be enough space alongside the bed to easily get up in the morning or night without breaking a kneecap. If you are comfortable with the bed's angle and placement, keep it there. You can frame your bed with customised cubby holes, some open and some closed. When considering the overall positioning of your bedroom you can also use the window to centralise the layout, which helps to create symmetry and contribute towards a spacious visual picture. Matching two identical bedsides on either side of the bed (room permitting!) can reinforce this.

Next, move the second biggest piece of furniture to your decided spot. This is likely to be your chest of drawers or wardrobe so make sure that there is enough space between the furniture and the other things so there is space to open drawers and doors. If you are lucky enough to be able to fit in a desk, make sure that there is enough space to sit in the desk chair comfortably!

To finish off your bedroom arrangement, place the smaller pieces like bedside units in their final positions and consider wall decoration. It's always easier to rearrange these smaller bits to make them fit than it is to keep moving around bigger ones. Remember that lamps, alarm clocks and TVs need to be placed on suitable furniture (dressers, tables and TV stands) near the electricity plugs. Nothing is worse than spending a couple of hours moving all your furniture, putting your feet up ready for some Antiques Roadshow but then realising that you can't even plug your TV in! By putting floor lamps in gloomy corners you can draw attention to space; putting it on a lamp table is another option in your arsenal. When decorating your walls it is worth remembering that you can use shelving to your advantage and display items neatly. Creating a cluster of mirrors to focus on a particular area and reflect as much light as possible is also prudent.

If you find near the end of your bedroom organisation that there is still not enough space, you can always choose to remove a few of the smaller pieces. When faced with a small living space, many prefer to go for a clutter free philosophy – if it doesn't fit then you don't need it!

Double bed in small room

Photo Credit: Shannon Malone

What small bedrooms lack in space, you can ensure that they make up for it in cosiness and character without comprising any of its function, so don't allow your bedrooms lack of size put you off!  By listening to these easy to follow tips, you can learn to love your little bedroom's idiosyncrasies and turn your barren box into a spacious sleepnest! 

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