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Solutions for a small bedroom

Updated February 21, 2017

When your bed is confined to a tiny room, you may feel trapped in a space that should be your sanctuary. With a little ingenuity and creative decor, however, you can transform a small bedroom into a place that at least seems bigger, even if its size doesn't actually change. Proper storage and design elements are the key solutions to making your small bedroom into a space big enough for sleeping, relaxing, studying, reading and everything in between.

Concealed Storage

Clutter can make a small room even smaller, so storing your belongings is crucial to maintaining your space. In a tiny room, though, it isn't always enough to put things away -- you need furniture that can multitask. By using concealed storage, you keep everything tucked away in inconspicuous places and save yourself space. An ottoman that opens up to reveal a storage compartment or a nightstand with drawers are just two ways you can use what you already have to solve storage problems. Even your bed can be used to hide away the things you need to store -- if it isn't high enough off the ground, put your bed on risers so that you can store things underneath.

Illusion of Space

The right decor gives your room a deceptive illusion of space -- certain design elements trick your eyes into seeing more space than is actually there. Mirrors, for example, make the room seem larger than it is, especially if they can reflect light coming in from a window. If the ceiling of your bedroom is low, hang mirrors and artwork up high to draw up your eyes. For your carpet, choose either a neutral colour or a carpet with horizontal stripes to make your room seem bigger.

Uncluttered Designs

Small rooms benefit from simplicity, so don't go overboard with loud patterns and colours in your space. For example, choose a simple and clean pattern for your bed linens -- if you choose a pattern at all. Loud, bold patterns and colours make the bed seem bigger, which makes your room feel even smaller. Similarly, don't clutter up your walls with multiple pieces of smaller art or photographs. Instead, one larger piece creates a focal point for the room other than your bed, as well as maintaining a clean and simple style.

Vertical Storage

When storing things like books or CDs, don't restrict yourself to small bookshelves. Using vertical storage not only draws your eyes up and creates the illusion of vertical space, but also keeps things tucked out of the way until you need them. Use exposed rafters to store books, for example, or install wall shelving from the floor to the ceiling to create layers of books that are as easy to access as they are decorative.

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About the Author

Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.