Do you live in a small space? Maybe you’re moving from a bigger apartment or your parent’s house where the size of your furniture didn’t matter. If so, you may find yourself with furniture that all of a sudden seems too big. Worst of all, you don’t know what to do with the oversized furniture pieces with this limited space in your home.
Instead of going out and purchasing all new furniture, there are ways to arrange your small bedroom with big furniture. The arrangement will make all the difference in your space. Some clever arrangement techniques save you the headache and stress of trying to figure what to do on your own. Use these tips to arrange furniture in the small space and make it feel spacious:
Place Your Bed in Your New Bedroom
Your bed is always going to be the largest piece of furniture. That’s why we always recommend first placing the bed in your new room. A good rule of thumb when placing a bed in a small space is to put it flush against one wall on the opposite side of the doorway. To make sure you like the placement, try lying down in your bed. Next, get up as you would in the middle of the night and ensure there is enough space. Now that you have the bed placed, you can start figuring out where to put the rest of your furniture.
Place Your Other Big Pieces of Furniture
Next up, start placing the remainder of your big furniture pieces. This usually includes a dresser, nightstands, and even possibly a desk. When doing this, make sure you’re giving enough space around items to open drawers comfortably. The last thing you want is to have trouble opening your drawers to get your clothes out in the morning! Consider removing one or even both of your nightstands if it’s really a tight fit.
Assess the Rest of Your Space
With the large items out of the way, you can now see how much space you have left and decide how you’re going to use that space. You may find that you decide to put out fewer items in your new room to avoid it looking and feeling cluttered. We always recommend living in a space for a little bit to see how it feels. Then, add or remove things based on what you think the room lacks. If you are decorating the space for a real estate buyer, considering filling empty rooms with furniture rental for home staging. The extra furniture makes a difference, adding more visual indicators for the homebuyers.
Brighten the Room
There are many ways to brighten a room. Doing so allows the room to look and feel larger. One way to do this is to use light-coloured items. Think things like pillows, throws, bedspreads, and artwork. While you can still use dark colours, do so sparingly as dark colours will make the room feel even smaller than it is. Another way to do this is to hang a large mirror on one wall. Doing this automatically makes the room feel much bigger.
Make Use of Vertical Space
A great way to maximize space in a small room is to use vertical space. Purchase a tall bookshelf or install shelving above your furniture items. Not only will this be a good use of space, freeing up vital floor space, but it will also draw the eye up, making the room feel larger than it is. This gives you somewhere out of the way to store essentials. Use lots of baskets to make your space feel more organized and look less cluttered. Other solutions include mounting your TV, buying a platform bed underneath storage, and installing small shelves instead of nightstands to free up even more floor space.
Carefully Place Your Rug
Rugs are often an afterthought, but they shouldn’t be, especially for small spaces. Using a rug in a small area can make the room look larger, add coziness, and help tie your room together. When placing your rug, don’t just throw it in the center of your room. A good rule is to put the rug about two-thirds of the way under your bed. You may not think it, but a rug can totally change the look and feel of your room for the better.
Use Light to Your Advantage
The last thing you want to do to a small space is keep it dark. Lighting is a simple way to make your room feel much larger than it actually is. Set your bedroom up so that the light from your window can easily get inside. Instead of blackout curtains, use light, gauzy curtains that let in plenty of natural light. Hang your curtains close to the ceiling. This will also draw the eye up and give the illusion that your window is much bigger. You can also set up your mirror so that it reflects the light coming in.