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?