Our house isn’t huge, it’s a Victorian terrace so has very high ceilings which add to the feeling of space but actual space, well that’s something we seriously have to work with in order to make it work for us now we’re a family of four.

Our bedroom is huge, thankfully as Archie is still in with us until we can save enough for a loft conversion. Until then the Teenager has a pretty small bedroom but it works really well for him as it’s not about the space you have but how you use it.

We’ve been able to come up with 5 ways to make a small bedroom feel big

1. Really consider what furniture you ACTUALLY NEED not what you think you need

As long as there’s plenty of clothes storage I don’t think kids really need wardrobes, we’d never fit one in this room along with Brandon’s desk, which he does need, so wardrobes were a no and drawers were a definite yes. Plenty of room for all his clothes plus he uses one of the drawers for his shoes. Any items that need hanging up like his school uniform is in mine or the hubby’s wardrobe.

2. Think about your furniture options and shop around

We didn’t want a loft bed as it would have blocked out most of the window but he really needed under bed storage as it’s such a waste of space to simply have a single bed there. We took the measurements of the bed he did want and found two sets of drawers in Ikea that would fit perfectly underneath using every inch of the available space for storage.

There’s also a strange corner added into the house running up through the kitchen into his bedroom meaning that there was a little bit of wasted space as his desk won’t fit right up to the wall. We found this DVD/CD tower in Argos that fit perfectly into the space creating much needed extra storage for all his DVD’s & Xbox games etc.

We chose a simple desk from Ikea that you bought in separates to make the most of the space. We fitted the drawers were purposely on the door facing side so as you walk in it hides the space under the desk, including the chair & wires etc. Then on the other side of the desk fits two simple legs so you can make full use of the space so it doesn’t feel cramped when he’s sat there doing his school work.

3. Use light colours to make the room feel more spacious

Dark colours close the walls in so we used white on three walls to really open up the room. He didn’t want a completely plain room so we opted for the New York feature wall to add a bit of interest and make it feel like a more grown up space.

4. Have a blind instead of curtains

I didn’t get a chance to take a photo before the hubby replaced the curtains with a blind but it makes a huge difference to how the room looks. We purposely chose a white blind to maximise the look of space. Because the whole wall is white & the blond blends in it gives the impression on the room being wider than it actually is. The curtains used to visually cut the wall in half making it look much smaller.

5. Add shelving

At the moment he only has one shelf but we do plan to add more for displaying his football trophies & photos. Plus by adding a few baskets onto the shelves he can keep a few things safe & out of sight such as his keys, phone, hair brush & straighteners!

That’s the five really simple changes we have made that has made a huge difference to the room. Once the loft has been completeled & he moves into the loft room Archie will move into here and we’ll have to rethink it all over again but I’m looking forward to the challenge!

Do you have space issues? What are your space saving solutions?

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  1. May 28, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    Yes to drawers under the bed and shelves on the wall! What a great use of space. And you got a desk in too! Thanks for sharing! post. Jess x #HomeEtc
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  2. May 28, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    Love that bed with all that storage underneath, do essential I think for small bedrooms. My daughter has a ‘box’ room and when she gets a bit older I think we may need to invest in a similar bed x
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  3. May 30, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    Wow, what a great idea! I never thought of having drawers under the bed! Our bedroom is quite small and so our wardrobe is in another room, I never thought of having drawers under the bed, such a great plan! Will definitely be trying that!
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  4. June 1, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    These are great tips. I’m just about to redecorate my son’s box room and it’s always a nightmare trying to fit it all in (major declutter). We also don’t have curtains, just blinds which really helps. I like the light coloured theme of you son’s room. #TheList
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  5. June 2, 2015 / 8:16 am

    Wow, you really have made great use of the space. We are a family of 5, in a small 3 bed terrace so storage is very important. In my boys room, I have added an extra rail to the wardrobe as they don’t need full length. It’s been a life saver.
    My ottoman bed is brilliant space saver as well.
    Great Post, Katy 🙂

  6. June 5, 2015 / 5:28 am

    Some really great tips there. Love the bed and the wall paper 🙂 I also had never considered the curtain thing but it totally saves on space! We’ve just moved from a victorian terrace due to space issues – what is with those tiny yards?! – but I miss the high ceilings! Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx
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    • June 29, 2015 / 10:42 pm

      Thankfully we’ve got a huge garden, just some miss proportions inside. Big kitchen, lounge & master bedroom, little back bedroom & bathroom 🙁
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