How to Make the Most of a Small Bedroom

Is your room cramped and cluttered? Read these nine top tips

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Whatever the size or shape of your bedroom, there are many ways to maximise space and storage, and create more space and a more relaxing environment.Here are 9 simple ways to squeeze every last inch out of a room:

1. Remove big, clunky standalone furniture

Although clothes-dressers and standalone wardrobes may be the cheaper option, they are often quite chunky bits of furniture which don't sit flush to your walls, leaving valuable unused space around the sides and above your furniture,' says Kirsty Oakes, Marketing Manager at Hammonds Furniture. 'Opting for made-to-measure fitted furniture will not only help maximise your storage, giving you much more space, but you will notice how this will make the room look cleaner, tidier and much brighter'.

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2. Dedicate a side of your room as a wardrobe wall

Built-in wardrobes are a great investment; not only are they a really practical solution to storing all your clutter and clothes out of sight, but they also transform a room. 'A clean simple line like built-in wardrobes is so much more visually pleasing than higgledy piggledy furniture and mismatched wardrobes, dressers and chests of drawers', says Russell Whitehead, interior designer and half of interior blogging duo 2 Lovely Gays. 'If your room is particularly small opt for slightly shallower wardrobes and a lighter colour finish to keep your bedroom feeling bright and spacious', suggests Kirsty Oakes from Hammonds.

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3. Organise your wardrobe to find all the unused space

How well is your wardrobe organised? Can you find what you need when you need it? 'If you have a lot of shoes then create a section of your wardrobe where you can pull out a shoe rack. Or, why not incorporate your vanity table and jewellery storage within your wardrobe?', suggests Kirsty Oakes.

4. Use other rooms for seasonal clothes and accessories

If you are really short of space, make some in another room, where you can store Winter coats and boots in Summer and bikinis and Summer dresses in Winter. 'Hall storage is often over-looked, but by building storage with sliding doors in a place you often pass it can be a great way to store additional belongings whilst keeping it in easy reach', suggests Kirsty Oakes.Under the stairs or spare bedrooms can also hold handy additional storage spaces! Interior designer Russell Whitehead suggests 'evaluate the functions of the room. Do you use your bedroom to get dressed, put on makeup, read, and maybe even sort through laundry – as well as sleep? Try not to have more than two functions in one space. People often use the bedrooms as a dumping ground. If you have a small room, consider moving some of these functions. For example, consider moving your makeup and jewellery to a shelf in the bathroom, and moving the reading chair or desk to the study or living room (or get rid of them altogether). Or perhaps consider moving the laundry basket nearer the actual washing machine.'

5. Reduce the size of your bed

We'd all love a hotel style super-king size bed, but let's face it, most bedrooms are simply too small and it's more a nice to have than a necessity.'By opting for a humble double bed over a king or super-king you could add an additional 20 inches to your room', says Kirsty Oakes.It just depends how important bed space over room space is to you. A top tip is to choose a bed with built in storage drawers or space to slide storage boxes underneath to gain even more storage space. Russell says 'maximise your sleeping area but minimise the actual furniture'.Interior designer Celia Sawyer agrees: 'buy a bed with in-built storage. Bespoke joinery is great in bedrooms as you can build into eaves and utilise space better in small rooms'.

6. Add an ottoman to the end of your bed 

Not only do ottomans look ultra-chic, they're also a great piece of multifunction furniture, doubling up as seating and storage in one. 'This particularly useful addition is great for narrow bedrooms where there is only room to squeeze fitted wardrobes in along the sides' says Kirsty Oakes.

7. Use a sofa bed or day bed for spare rooms

Opting for a sofa bed or a day bed in your spare room is a really clever (and affordable) way to make your spare room a functional space for your guests, while also being able to serve other purposes like an office, kids den or hobby room. Not to mention the valuable floor space you will save.

8. Create a window seat with hidden storage

Who doesn't love a pretty window seat? Window seats can be made-to-measure to fit any window shape or size with, most importantly, bags of storage inside them. 

9. Search for hidden unused spaces

Finally, there are always more nooks and crannies which we overlook but can provide additional storage. These include shelving above your bedroom door – who'd have ever thought of that? Or wall to floor book shelves for displaying and organising your items.Take a look around your room and scan for coves or wall space which could house some of your belongings which you'd like to show off whilst having them out of arms way. Even consider using the space below the ceiling. Celia explains: 'Bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes; if you have a bedroom with eaves it can be hard to find furniture and storage to fit, that plays to the shape and individuality. I use this to my advantage in schemes and therefore have storage built into the eaves. It's key to make sure the higher storage areas are used for items you need to access less frequently, while the day to day items sit in the lower storage compartments.'

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