How to style a small bedroom

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Is your bedroom on the small side? Even a double bedroom can seem snug once you’ve added furniture to the space.

Whether you’re renting or you’ve just bought a new home and you want to make the most of the box room, it’s possible to style it in a way that’s both practical and works for you.

Here are some tips to guide you.

Draw up a plan

Before you start moving things around, you’ll need to think about the shape of the room. Some setups are straightforward, but if you’re in an attic room, you might need to think of how you can store your belongings without taking up floorspace.

To make your new bedroom setup work, try planning where you want everything to go. This is a simple but effective way to work out how to design a bedroom layout that you’ll love.

Measure the room’s dimensions, then try to map out on paper where you’d like to move things to. This will help you work out where you want things to go and help you decide what furniture you’ll need.

Doing this is especially useful when you’re focusing on a smaller space as you don’t have the room to move things around and try different setups out.

Make space

Next, make space in the room. To do this, consider adding shelving and storage that takes everything up off the floor.

Everything from wall-mounted bike racks to floating bookcases can provide the ideal solution, especially if you’re spending a lot of time in the room and want to keep it clutter-free.

Clear out

About decluttering, this is the perfect opportunity to revisit your belongings. Take out everything, from your clothes and shoes to your books and magazines and decide what can stay and what needs to go. You’ll be surprised by how much stuff you’ve kept that you don’t need anymore.

Once you know what you’re keeping hold of, you can find a home for it in the room.

Prioritise the bed

As well as the wardrobes, think about the bed. Whether you can squeeze a double into the room or you’re settled on a single, try pushing the bed up against two walls. This frees up floorspace and will help you to work out how to lay out bedroom furniture.

Introduce clever storage

In smaller bedrooms, every inch of the space counts. So, invest in storage solutions that will work in the bedroom.

Swapping out a space-taking freestanding wardrobe is one of the most important steps as this can take up a lot of room. Instead, invest in fitted wardrobes that neatly slot into the space. This is especially helpful in an attic room or a bedroom that’s not in the traditional boy layout as the wardrobes can be customised to fit.

Lighten up

What colour is the bedroom? While there’s a trend for jewel tones right now, such as reds and blues, try to steer away from these and towards the pale greens and soft off-whites to brighten things up and create the illusion of space.

A well-placed mirror can also do wonders for reflecting daylight through the window, while the lighting you use, from standing lamps to bedside lights, can also make the room appear bigger and brighter.

Try these tricks to see how you can transform your small bedroom.

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