We work with some of the smallest, awkward shaped bedrooms out there and over the years we’ve learnt that however much people think they have maximised their space there is often always a better way to squeeze every last inch out of a room. We are big believers in the expression ‘less is more’, so before you get started make sure you have a good declutter and pare down your bedroom ornaments so you can start with a blank canvas and build your accessories up from scratch.
Here are 9 nifty tips to enable you to really utilise the little space you have in your bedroom making way for clever storage solutions:
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. 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.
2. Dedicate a side of your room as a wardrobe wall
Wardrobe walls 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. Our gorgeous painted Harpsden range adds colour and an air of elegance to even the smallest of bedroom. If your room is particularly small opt for slightly shallower wardrobes and a lighter colour finish to keep your bedroom feeling bright and spacious.
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? This might seem like an obvious one but we speak to so many people who simply don’t know how to organise a wardrobe to make the most of the space for them. If you have a lot of shoes then create a section of your wardrobe where you can pull out a shoe rack (ours hold up to 80 pairs!) or why not incorporate your vanity table and jewellery storage within your wardrobe like our new and improved interior options.
4. Use other rooms for seasonal clothes and accessories
If you are really short of space make space 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. Under the stairs or spare bedrooms can also hold handy additional storage spaces.
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! 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.
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.
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 whilst 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? Well now is your excuse to invest in one for its appearance and its functionality. Window seats can be made-to-measure here at Hammonds to fit any window shape or size, available in a wide range of colours with, most importantly, bags of storage inside them. This is one small touch that will make any bedroom the envy of all your friends.
9. Search for hidden unused spaces
Finally, like we said at the start, there are always more nooks and crannies which we overlook but can provide additional storage. Such as shelving above your bedroom door – who’d have ever thought of that? Or wall to floor book shelves if you are a bit of a book worm. 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.
So those were our 9 top tips for creating more space in those tight bedroom, if you’d like to get some professional advice on how to maximise the storage with fitted furniture in your home then why not book a free design visit with us and start planning your storage transformation today.
We’d love to hear your thoughts, if you have any tips that we’ve missed make sure you Tweet us @HammondsNews and we’ll add them to our list!