We opted for a king sized bed in bedroom once the baby arrived as we co-sleep but of course we had to find ways to compensate the lost of square footage by using under bed storage for our linen and books. We also have an alcove that was not be used when we moved in and luckily one of our chest of draws fits perfectly into it, freeing up some much needed space. With all the bedrooms we have sat down and planned how to get as much out of them as possible, our eldest is in the second largest room and the nursery is in a cute box room in the eves, yet it still manages to fit a full size wardrobe on the one side.
We are really hoping for less awkwardly shaped bedrooms in our next home but until then we have the make the best of what we've got. We already have a wish list of requirements for the next property, of course some things are more important than others but I would love to have some fitted wardrobes such as the amazing ones Betta Living do as their are some real benefits to having a bedroom fitted with the correct sized cupboards to utilise the area and provide you will abundant storage and an easy way to be clutter-free. Floor to ceiling units are the best option as the make the most of every inch in a bedroom and can also contain selves for books and other personal items not just clothes.
Here are a few more tips to make the most of a small space
1. I've said this many times before and I will say it again - remove the clutter! This will instantly have an impact on any room in the house. Get rid of anything you are simply not using pack those things you want to keep away and out of sight.
2. Use mirrors to bounce the light around the room - it's such a simple, easy and cost efficient thing to do and really makes a difference.
3. Think vertically - don't let vertical wall space go to waste, you can always hang up some art or shelves and it also helps draw the eye up
4. Pick a light colour palette - light will always create a sense of space so don't make the mistake of decorating a small area in dark colours. If your unsure you can always go with the fail-safe white which is always a space enhancer.
5. Decide on a focal point - this can be particularly helpful for a narrow room where a beautiful piece of Artwork above the headboard can create a sense of length and draw the eye away from the rest of the room.
No matter big or small you should always design and decorate a space to it's full potential and this doesn't have to be something that is costly and can be done overtime. Write all your ideas and what you want to achieve in a notepad and try to tick them off one by one slowly giving yourself a goal and a way to review your vision for the space.
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