Arranging and decorating your bedroom can often be a challenge. It’s more than just a place to sleep, it’s your space to relax and unwind. If you can’t find the right curtains or place for the wardrobe it can be really frustrating.
Whether you’re struggling to find the perfect spot for your bed or where to put that mirror in your awkward L-shaped bedroom, we’ve got great ideas to help you arrange your bedroom furniture into the relaxing retreat that you deserve.
Think about how you want to use your space and other purposes for your bedroom in order to decide where you need to put your fixtures. For example, you can tick both the convenience and space saving box by placing a television on top of your dresser, opposite your bed.
A smaller bedroom doesn’t necessarily mean less furniture. Get creative with it. For your child’s bedroom, consider multi-purpose furniture that will take advantage of the full height of the room, such as a storage bunk bed with a dressing table and desk underneath. Or you may want to consider finding a bed with drawers underneath to provide more space for storing items.
If you have a platform bed, find some vintage suitcases that will slip underneath to add additional storage for a more decorative approach to plain storage boxes. Depending on the space, putting drawers inside your wardrobe will also help to create more room and your clothes will all be in one space. Perfect if you ever have that problem of remembering what you own…
Save space by hanging up shelves that reach up to the height of the ceiling. Utilising the wall space this way will elongate the height of the room and act as added storage.
- Instead of bedside tables, hang a shelf on the wall beside the bed. Alternatively choose a side table with a shelf so you can store items you need next to you. We love the Tokyo Natural Solid Oak Bedside Table because the open sections means more room for things like displaying photo frames.
- If you’re opting out of having a bedside table but still want to have some atmospheric lighting when reading, hang ceiling lights down for a subtle but effective feature.
- Using frameless or light-framed mirrors help to create an illusion of a more space.
- A tall mirror will create the impression of higher ceilings whilst a long wide mirror will lengthen the space. Looking for inspiration for alternative mirror uses? Take a look at our guide to using mirrors in your home here.
- Using light neutral colours on the walls will help to reflect light, making the space feel more open. Alternatively opt for dark colours to help make your room feel initmate and cosy. But if you love bold colours, don’t be afraid to use them in small rooms.
If you’re looking for further inspiration on what colours work in small spaces, take a look at this round up from House Beautiful.
Lastly, you may want to consider whether you actually need some of the furniture in your bedroom. Could it go elsewhere? Is it really essential to the room?
For more space saving ideas, there’s a great article from Style Caster with plenty of tips on making small spaces feel bigger.
2. L Shaped Bedroom / Long Narrow Bedroom
The difficulty of arranging your furniture in an L shaped bedroom is easy to overcome. Consider splitting the room into two sections, one acting as the bedroom and the other as a work space or dressing room. In your sleeping area, using bedsides tables will minimise clutter and an intimate, cosy atmosphere is created when they fill the space between the bed and wall.
If you’ve chosen a dressing area for the other nook of your bedroom, you could create a walk-in wardrobe area. A taller but thinner chest of drawers will allow for more floor space and accompanied by a wide mirror will make the space feel larger.
Once you’ve established how you want to divide your room, here comes the fun part! Free your inner interior designer and cohesively join the separated parts of your room with a particular scheme or style. We think rugs or accent chairs are perfect for this.
- Two rooms in one means you have the perfect excuse to finally use a divider in your bedroom! Perhaps a classic folding screen? Or lightweight fabric curtains to separate the sleeping area? If you’ve got space, you may want to construct a bookshelf divider for storage space too.
- Round accessories and furniture in long, narrow bedrooms can help distract the tunnel-like space by breaking down the parallel lines. We suggest round ottomans, tables or even lamps or light fixtures. This solid oak round table could be perfect in this type of room.
3. Attic Bedrooms
Attic rooms are a challenge to arrange and decorate but when done well can be a beautiful and unique space. Make its originality stand out by painting the slope of an attic room a different colour. The room can be light and muted with the slanted walls painted lighter than the rest. Depending on the size of your attic room you could alternatively use wood panelling. Horizontal panels will help your room feel wider, whereas vertically helps to lengthen the lines of the room.
We suggest placing the bed close to the sloped ceiling. It is the perfect area for creating a cosy nook and with some fairy lights, scented candles and bundles of cushions, you’ll create an intimate space, perfect for a bit of peace and quiet. If you only have the one slanted ceiling, adding low seating will help the room feel like a secret, getaway area. Subtly patterned armchairs can give character and combining this look with the use of vintage trunks for storage can diversify the room and create an eclectic modern vintage style.
If you would like further inspiration about how to use your attic, take a look at our blog, How to Utilise a Redundant Attic Space.
High Ceilings – If you own or rent a period property, then you may have gorgeous high ceilings. While it may be difficult to clear the cobwebs, you have a lot of flexibility in how you can decorate.
Freshome suggests using a rule of thirds, with the furniture placed at the bottom third of the frame to create a focal point within the large room.
You can also go big and bold with statement lighting. A grand crystal chandelier will create a luxurious and chic aesthetic or for a more rustic feel, grouping and hanging lightbulbs together works well.
Low Ceilings – If you’ve got low ceilings in your cottage or new build home, create the illusion of higher ceilings by diverting the attention to key pieces in the room. You might have an unusual styled chair or a vintage shabby chic piece that can become the focal point.
Painting a feature wall will immediately distract the eyes to focus on the colour of the wall rather than the ceilings. If you’re feeling particularly daring, you may want to try painting vertical stripes of a contrasting darker or lighter colour that extends to the ceiling or even use panelling to make the walls seem taller.
We hope you found these tips useful and are now raring to go! If you’re getting ready for a revamp, don’t forget to send us your before pictures; alternatively if you’ve already done the hard work, we’d love to know how you’ve transformed your bedroom. Share your pictures with us through Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.