So you don’t have a big bedroom with loads of floor space to fit in all your dream furniture, it is not a deal breaker, and there are ways that you can work with a small bedroom layout so you can accentuate the room and make it look just how you want it to.
When you are trying to design a small room it can be hard to figure out where your bedroom furniture can go, especially if you have a vision of what you want but just don’t have the space.
Today, we will discuss how to arrange furniture in small bedrooms so that you can be happy with the end result, as well as utilize other parts of your bedroom, e.g. wall space and storage space, to make sure it doesn’t look cluttered.
Consider How Your Bedroom Looks
Before you start bringing in all your furniture such as your bed frame and bedside tables, you need to completely clear your room and look at it as it is.
You may only have four walls in your bedroom so sorting your small space out won’t be too hard as there is not a lot you will need to work with.
Sketch The Outline of Your Room
You may want to do a rough sketch of your bedroom from a birdseye point of view so you can play around with how you want to place your furniture.
Draw your furniture as well on separate pieces of paper and cut them out so you can move them around and try out different placements.
For instance, if you have a bedside table, or two, you can mix and match where you want them and see if you actually need more than one.
If you don’t need a second one, then you can donate one of them or give it to someone else in your family, giving you the extra space you need for a floor-length mirror or for wardrobe space.
Having an actual visual can show you what kind of placements will work for you to make your small bedroom layout merge with your vision.
Start Measuring Up
You don’t need to bring in an interior designer to do anything, you can get this done all yourself.
So, grab a tape measure and work out the square footage of your room to see how much space you have, you will then want to measure your furniture and work out what pieces would fit on what wall so you are not bunching things up or having them cover valuable floor space that can be used for something else.
Doing this can help you gain more floor space, especially if you strategically place them and get rid of a piece of furniture that you know is not going to work, as mentioned before.
Once you have all your measurements written down and you know what you are aiming for, this will make a huge difference when making those changes, and it will help you think of some practical storage solutions that will open up the floor without having to downsize your clothes or bedroom items.
How to Fit Furniture in a Small Bedroom
Now that you have your calculations and visuals, it is time to put some of those ideas to work.
You may find that once you start putting your bedroom furniture back in, you will have different thoughts on how you want it to look as physically doing it can change your mind.
Just go with it and whatever you feel is right, let it happen.
Placing Your Bed
The focal point of your room may be your bed, especially if it is the biggest thing that you have in there, so, because it is the ‘main event’ it is important that you arrange it in a way that is practical for you and your movement.
There may only be one wall it can go on as the others either have your window or door which can shorten the wall space, and you might block the natural light coming in, especially if you have a platform bed/storage bed that is higher up.
Where Is The Ideal Placement?
You might want to think about putting it next to the electrical outlets on either side, which is where you may also want to fit your bedside table/tables, and either have it slightly close to the wall to open up half of your room more or have it right in the middle for equal space on each side.
If you have a sloped ceiling, put it nearest the lower end so that the room doesn’t look closed off, it airs it out more and you will be able to have more space.
What Type of Bed Do You Have?
Whether you have a king-sized bed frame or a single, your room will need to accommodate that.
When arranging small bedrooms, you might find that your bed is too big and you are blocking off a lot of your room.
Downsizing could be best, and if you are worried about storing your clothes and other items, you can always take a look at small storage beds or put up an overhead shelf to help you minimize clutter.
Nightstands and Dressers
To create symmetry in your bedroom, you may want to put your nightstands/bedside tables on either side of your bed frame (if it is in the middle) so that it looks neat.
You can double them as bedroom storage by getting ones that have draws in or doors that can fit extra items you don’t want out on display or will look too busy for your room.
Making Way For Larger Items
If you really want a dresser or wardrobe, then it would be best to get rid of the tables altogether and instead have your wardrobe on one side and your dresser on another, using the top of your dresser, if it is not too big, too put your alarm on or bedside lamp so the floor space is cleared up.
Only get the necessary pieces for the room, and instead of short and wide items, go for tall and slimmer ones.
Don’t go too skinny though as it can make the room look busier and that will give a feeling of clutter even with small furniture.
Think About Functionality
What do you need the dresser, nightstand, and wardrobe for?
Are they exactly what you need or can you use under-the-bed storage instead of a dresser to free up more space on the floor?
What do you use your room for?
Studying? Working? Gaming?
Either one of these will mean you need a desk, so getting rid of a dresser for a desk that is going to be used a lot will be better for the layout of your room.
Use The Available Wall Space
The great thing about walls is that they can be used as storage in plain sight without it being too much.
Putting up floating shelves or drilling in boxes to the wall that holds little knick-knacks and decorative items will help with your small bedroom storage, and you won’t have to worry about it looking like too much is going on.
You can put little doors on the enclosed boxes on the wall or you may want to find matching fabric boxes that you can put your items in and slide inside the box shelves.
There is so much that can work with this type of space.
Making it ‘Feel’ Bigger
Furniture aside, there are ways that you can make a small bedroom space look bigger than it actually is with colour and decoration.
To visually make it look more appealing, go for a monochromatic colour scheme. It reduces visual clutter and it can make the look of your bedroom flow.
Put the wall colour, bed coverings, curtains, and flooring in a similar colour to make it blend and open up.
You don’t have to go with just white to air out the room, greys and blues can also have the same effect.
Whites and greys will make a space open up and bring in a breezy feel, which you can keep going with pastel colours, it will also make the natural light that comes in look brighter which is great for small rented spaces where you can’t change the look much.
You don’t need to shy away from dark colours in a small bedroom, you can use them to add depth and warmth to a room which can make it feel a lot cosier.
Try warm neutrals or reds if you need a pop of colour, or you may want to go for a bit of an earth tone so emerald greens and blues would be a nice addition.
Don’t forget to add lighting to keep it from looking too dark, and you may want to help that along with metallic-based items or even paint in small areas for brightness.
Hang a Mirror
A mirror can visually enlarge a room.
Place it on the opposite wall to your window and it will make it give the illusion that the room is bigger and brighter.
After reading through, do you feel like you know how to place your furniture in a small bedroom and how you can utilize the available floor space you have?
Having a small bedroom is not ideal, especially if you have a lot of items, but, if you know how to make it work, it can become your little haven and you won’t feel so closed in.