Ways to Set Up a Small Bedroom

Image titled Organize a Small Bedroom Step 1Move things elsewhere in your home. One of the easiest ways to organize a small bedroom is to keep less things in it. If you have the option, move possessions you are keeping in your bedroom to another room of the house.
  • Don't store anything in your bedroom that you don't absolutely have to.
  • For example, if you have a desk in your bedroom, consider moving to the living room or den.
Donate or trash unwanted belongings. If you can't move things into other rooms, it may be time to consider getting rid of some excess stuff. If things you don't need are cluttering up your room, it is time pare down.
  • You can donate clean and functional clothing and household goods to many charitable organizations. They will find new homes for these items.
  • Throw away unwanted items that are in bad shape.
Don't overdecorate. One things that can a small bedroom feel even smaller is the clutter of too much décor. A clean, simple look look will help the room feel bigger.
  • Don't cover the walls with lots of posters and pictures. Instead, choose a few items to display prominently.
  • Don't cover the surfaces of your furniture with knickknacks. Again, choose a few items to display, and stow the rest elsewhere.
Keep things to scale. Avoid combining large furnishings and small ones in the same room. This creates a more cluttered appearance.
  • Furniture that is the same scale, and designed with simple, clean lines will make the room look bigger.
  • Avoid furniture with ornate decoration, as this too will contribute to a busy, cluttered look.

Method 2

Making the Most of the Bed
  1. Place the bed effectively. The bed should be the focal point of your room. Being thoughtful about where you place it can make the room feel larger or smaller.
    • If you have a double bed, place it in the center of the room's most visible wall, with space on either side to get out. This leaves the most free space along the walls. If you have a dresser, place it on the wall opposite the foot of the bed.
    • If you have a twin bed, put it in a corner. The head and one side of the bed should be along perpendicular walls. This maximizes the remaining floor space in the center of the room.
  2. Use the space underneath.Image titled Organize a Small Bedroom Step 2 Chances are, your bed takes up more floor space than any other item in the room. Don't let this space go to waste! Store as much as you can under the bed.
    • Consider some risers. For a small amount, you can buy risers that go under each leg of your bed. They raise it further off the floor, allowing you to store larger items underneath.
    • Some tubs, bins, or baskets can help you make the most of the space under the bed, keeping your possessions organized.
    • You can also install drawers under your bed. You can use the drawers of an old dresser, or you can buy a bed with drawers already installed. This can be a great place to store clothes, shoes, or small knickknacks.
    • Alternatively, if you don't need to store anything under your bed, it can be a good idea to choose one that is low to the ground. This creates a smaller appearance and can make the room look more spacious.
  3. Consider a loft or murphy bed. If you are in a position to consider buying a new bed, another option is to get a loft or murphy bed.
    • A loft bed is a like a bunk bed without the bottom bunk. This allows you to use the space under the bed for another large piece of furniture, like a desk or dresser.
    • A Murphy bed is a bed that folds up off the floor, sometimes right into the wall. You won't be able to store things in the area the bed folds down into, but you can fold the bed up when not in use to create more floor space.

Image titled Organize a Small Bedroom Step 3Method 3

Using Storage Furniture Effectively
  1. Use wall-mounted shelves. Shelves can help organize any room by allowing you stack your possessions vertically. In a small room, wall-mounted shelves that hang are often the best choice.
    • Mounted shelves allow you to store items against the wall without taking up floor space.
    • You can also mount shelves above your bed, allowing you to store items both above and underneath.
  2. Use dual-purpose furnishings. When possible, use furniture that doubles as storage. For example, instead of a bedside table, use a cabinet or trunks that can double as storage.
    • Trunks can be attractive nightstands. You can use them to store winter blankets that you only need to access once a year when the weather starts to get cold.
  3. Use stackable containers. If you use baskets or tubs to store your belongings, use attractive containers that stack on top of each other.
    • These container get your things off the floor and hide clutter
  4. Make a window box. Windows create storage problems. You can't hang shelves or place large furniture items in front of them. A window box provides storage space as well as seating.
    • Get a large wooden box with a lid. It should be slightly shorter than the bottom edge of your windowsill. Fill it up with your possessions. Then, close the lid and cover it with some large pillows. Now, you have a place to sit and enjoy the sunshine, and you can store things there.

Method 4

Organizing the Closet
  1. Install a second closet rod. Small bedrooms often have small closets. To maximize your space, you want to make the most of the closet you have. One good way to to do this is to install a second rod below the one that's already installed.
    • You can buy an adjustable closet rod in any home improvement store. This will allow you to hang clothes on a second level, doubling the amount of hanger space.
  2. Use coordinated hangers. Another way to increase your hanger space is with coordinated hangers. These are hangers that hang on one another. They allow you to hang two or more items together, each on its own hanger.
    • You can also buy slimmer hangers. These take up less space on the rod. They are often designed to be coordinated as well.
  3. Put shelves in the closet. Another option is to install shelves or place storage furniture in the closet. This allows you to get more items up off the floor.
    • If you can fit storage furniture such as your dresser in your closet, this also frees up space in your room.
    • If you have a lot of shoes, consider a shoe storage unit that hangs on the inside of your closet door. This is another great way to save floor space.
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