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10 Ways to Maximize Space in a Small Bedroom

In every room of your house there is always a better way to maximize the space you are getting out of it.  For some areas it may be as simple as decluttering, or throwing away unneeded items. Although, for rooms like the bedroom, where the most prominent piece of furniture is… bed! The bed is not always the easiest obstacle to work around, and therefore valuable space is wasted.   Here are 10 ways to maximize the space in a small bedroom.

1.) Reduce the size of your bed: Let’s face it, we would all love to have a California King sized bed, but do we actually NEED one?  You can answer that question yourself; you may be willing to reduce the size if you knew how much space you would free up.

2.) Remove large storage furniture: Armoires and clothes dressers can use a lot of floor space.  Opt for rolling under bed storage that can hold clothes and belongings. This will give your bedroom more space and visually will look more spacious. Once removed more natural light will pour into your space!

small bedroom e1280273921706 10 Ways to Maximize Space in a Small Bedroom 3.) Use a futon: In a small bedroom, try using furniture that is multifunctional.  A futon provides a bed and sofa in one. This is a good option for offices, dorm rooms, and small apartments with several roommates.

4.) Organize your closets: Storage closets should be organized to utilize all vertical space efficiently.  The more you can store in your closets, the less that has to be stored in the main bedroom area. This tip applies for kid’s rooms too!

5.) Use a sofa bed: Similarly to a futon, a sofa bed can help a small bedroom become a den, or office space and a bedroom. Sofa beds are often more formal in appearance and can range from affordable to higher end models that have leather and a plusher mattress.

small bedroom couch e1280273047305 10 Ways to Maximize Space in a Small Bedroom 6.) Maximize storage on walls: Use open and closed shelving to remove bookshelves, and storage furniture units off of the floor and on to the walls. Opt for wall mirrors that hang on the walls over large ones that sit on the floor.

7.) Install a Murphy bed: These beds pull out from the wall and provide full floor access when the bed is hidden in the wall.  Modern Murphy beds, when closed inside the wall, can house a foldout desk on the other side!

small bedroom murphy 10 Ways to Maximize Space in a Small Bedroom

8.) Remove large entertainment space: If you have your television, stereo, gaming system, etc… taking up valuable real estate in your bedroom, consider moving it to another room such as the family or living room. If you can’t live without your television, a flat screen mounted on the wall will instantly add space to your bedroom.

9.) Buy furniture that is multifunctional: A bed that has drawers below and a bookshelf at the headboard has already combined 3 pieces of furniture in one.  If you decide to use a large piece of furniture, ensure it can house the majority of your storage needs, without having to use other pieces of furniture to block valuable space.

10.) Use other rooms in your home: Have a hall closet that only stores winter coats?  Take seasonal clothing and seldom worn formal wear and put in a hall closet.  Hall closets are a great option because they are rarely used and opened on a regular basis.

How do you save room in your bedroom? Leave us your suggestions and tips that have worked for you! 

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8 responses to “10 Ways to Maximize Space in a Small Bedroom” - Add yours!

  1. Kenn said:
    July 30, 2010

    These are definitely some great tips for maximizing bedroom space, but I would disagree with using open shelving in a bedroom. Open shelves (or too many flat surfaces of any kind for that matter) tend to collect a lot of visual clutter, the enemy of a calming and serene space.

  2. July 31, 2010

    very interesting article, I was greatly helped by your article, thanks

  3. TeeOhEye said:
    July 31, 2010

    These are some great tips for maximizing small spaces. I live in a studio apartment, so I’m always looking at ways to maximize space. I think #9 is the best tip here, using mutlifunctional pieces. I found a really beautiful modern bed at HAUS furniture in my hometown of Los Angeles that has drawers underneath, and lighting in the headboard. And the top of the headboard had shelf space for me to use as a bookshelf or decorating space.

  4. wendy-liondance said:
    August 2, 2010

    If there are some plants in the room,the feeling of it become cozier immediatlly.

  5. Jess said:
    August 2, 2010

    Hang on- were those pictures supposed to be of SMALL bedrooms?

    I think not.

  6. tapet said:
    August 6, 2010

    good tips for a small bedroom

  7. Janelle said:
    October 13, 2010

    LOL I agree with Jess – that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw those pics!

  8. Heather said:
    February 9, 2011

    I know this is late ( I just now read your article “10 Ways to Maximize Space in a Small Bedroom” ) but I agree with Jess’ comment posted 8/2/10. My bedroom measures only 9′ 9″ x 13′ 9″ – and it’s a MASTER bedroom! Heck, the pictures you showed are bigger than my living room. HELP!!!

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