Approached properly, a small bedroom can take on almost any kind of feel, and the design possibilities are virtually unlimited. The process starts with knowing how to size up the space, then selecting the right furniture...
For homeowners and renters alike, furnishing a small bedroom can be a formidable challenge. Many people go into the process with the preconceived notion that a small space must automatically be cramped and limited, and that notion ends up dictating their choices. The result is self-fulfilling prophecy and an unhappy, drab room.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Approached properly, a small bedroom can take on almost any kind of feel, and the design possibilities are virtually unlimited. The process starts with knowing how to size up the space, then selecting the right furniture and putting it all together effectively.
Size It Up Right
First things first: To avoid feeling overwhelmed by the task of furnishing a small space, take some measurements and make some basic decisions right away. Measure the length and width of the room, then measure some spaces within the room where you think the furniture might fit best fit. These measurements will become a de facto buyers guide when you select furniture, and they can also help you when you start to decorate.
For example: Since the bed is often the piece of furniture that takes up the largest amount of room, it's usually a good idea to put it flush against the wall opposite the door to the room.
If this looks like the right way to go, test the theory – lie down on an air mattress or something similar in that part of the room, check the view, and visualize the other pieces. Then walk in and out and check out the view from other parts of the space to verify easy access and make sure your design will work. It will also allow you to make sound adjustments to suit your particular needs, but don't be afraid to change the formula completely if you feel the need to go in a completely different direction.
Find the Best Furniture
When it comes to the actual furniture, conventional wisdom says choose the bed first, then the dresser, and finally the ancillary pieces such as nightstands, lamps, decorative items, etc.
While this is usually the best way to go, it's also important to consider the needs of the person who'll be spending the most time in the room. Perhaps those needs start with a large bed, or maybe a bed with drawers underneath for storage. Nightstands, armoires, ottomans and other items can also have dual functions, providing seating, storage and other essential functions.
Finally, it's important to go with a furniture company that has experience meeting the specific needs of smaller bedrooms. Bolton Furniture is one such company, carrying a wide array of styles and pieces to meet the needs of just about any room. If you're considering loft beds, bunk beds (with or without stairs), storage beds or kids and youth furniture, Bolton is one of the best places to start shopping so you can find the best choices and prices.
Add Creative Touches
Once you've chosen your furniture, one of the best ways to add finishing touches you need is via stylish or creative decorating. This can work on several levels.
For adults, it opens up a wide world of styles, from Scandinavian to traditional to contemporary, and you can use color, spacial tricks and use both color schemes and specific pieces to create any number of different impressions.
For kids, the possibilities grow exponentially. Wild, colorful or funny decorative schemes can help personalize the room, and it's easy to change the styles as children grow older and their tastes begin to change.
These suggestions represent just a few options when it comes to creating a great-looking small bedroom. They also represent excellent starting points; you'll probably find plenty of new directions for your situation and needs, so don't be afraid to pursue them, conventional or otherwise. The goal isn't to end up with a perfect room – it's to end up with a room that's ideal for you!