5 Ways to make the most of a small bedroom

If you have a small bedroom and feel like you need more space, here are five ways that you can easily and cheaply make the most of the room you have so that it feels more spacious...

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While you would love to add extra space to your home, especially your bedroom, this isn’t always possible. Instead, you must find the best ways to make the most of your space so you can ensure you’re comfortable and well-rested every day.

How can you make the most of a small bedroom? If you are dealing with a small space for sleeping, here are some ideas to help you maximise the room without resorting to any renovations or extensions… 

1. Under Bed Storage 

The most common –and best– solution is to make the most of the space under the bed. You can use any space beneath your bed to store things you don’t need all the time, such as seasonal clothes, extra bedding, and even books you want to keep but have already read.

Many beds come with drawers for this exact reason but you can also purchase plastic buckets or baskets with lids that could make it easier to organise everything. In fact, I made some DIY sliding underbed storage using some old drawers and castors so be sure to check out that project for a low-cost solution.

2. Foldable Workstation

If you’re working from home and can only work in your bedroom, you need something that will help you create a home office even if it doesn’t feel permanent. Folding desks can minimise how much space you use during the day. When you finish work, simply fold the desk and chair up and store them in the cupboard or against the wall.

This approach is much better than working from your bed, as this approach can impact your posture AND your sleep quality as you may struggle to switch off when you are trying to sleep. I’ve previously shared my own ergonomic work and sleep tips on my blog so I hope that will help you too.

3. Use All Your Surfaces 

How can you create more space in a bedroom? Many people feel like they only have one surface to work with, but that isn’t always the case. Besides your floor and any tops of drawers or desks, you also have your walls. These mean you can install accessories to make your bedroom more manageable and avoid taking up precious floor space.

A wall mounted clothing rail could be an ideal solution, even if you only use it for work clothes or jackets as they are more easily accessible compared to your cupboard. You could also add shelves and storage boxes in alcoves – I managed to create a whole dressing table in my bedroom alcove.  

4. Multifunctional Items

Multifunctional items can also benefit you and ensure you make the most of the space within your home. You’ve already considered a foldable desk, but you could also use this same desk for eating off. Another option could be an ottoman or a footstool that has built-in storage for books, cables, or even socks.

These items give you the chance to get creative and find innovative ways to maximise your space without. For example, I’ve made a little wooden stool (ideal for a dressing table) that doubles up as a laundry hamper. This has the added bonus of helping to keep the room tidy, which also adds to the feeling of spaciousness. Which brings us nicely on to…

5. Declutter 

If you’re still struggling to make the most of your space, you might have to admit that you have too much stuff, whether that’s clothing, books, cosmetics or trinkets. If there are still too many things in your room to fit the storage you have, decluttering your bedroom is an essential step that will benefit you in the long run.

You don’t necessarily need to give things away forever. You can use a self-storage solution or see if friends or family can look after more sentimental items until you have the space for them. However, it might be better to sell or donate other things that you’re only keeping out of habit. This will give you a nice clean, tidy space, which will feel much more relaxing.

You can’t conjure extra space out of thin air but you can find the best ways to work with the space you have. I hope that these tips will help anyone staying in a small space to find effective and beneficial options to maximise the space they have so they can live and sleep comfortably.

Let me know your own small-space hacks in the comments below, I’d love to hear your storage tips and DIY ideas.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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