Whether it’s the master suite, a child’s room or a spot to be used by guests, a cozy bedroom can be a comforting place in which to fall asleep each night. Small spaces, however, bring a special set of design challenges: you need to choose the right size furnishings because large pieces will quickly overwhelm the room, and the choice of patterns and colors can play an important role in peace and tranquility. If you want to create a design that offers a sense of balance, here are five things to know about how to furnish a small bedroom.
Choose the Right Bed
A king-size bed might offer a lot of room to unwind, but it takes up a lot of floor space – about 42 square feet. Instead, consider a queen-size bed, which takes up about 33 square feet or a full-size bed that takes about 28. The extra space will provide more room for nightstands and storage.
Go For Light Materials
Instead of a large mahogany headboard or canopy bed, look for furnishings that have an open feel. A metal bed, for example, will allow the wall behind the headboard to show, giving the room a lighter feel. Glass-top nightstands will seem to take up less space because you can see through them.
Sneak In Storage
In a small bedroom, you might not have room for a pair of nightstands, dresser and chest of drawers. Instead, streamline your space by choosing double-duty pieces. A small accent chest can serve as a nightstand and dresser. Or choose a bed that has storage in its base. You might not need a dresser or chest of drawers at all.
An uninterrupted line of vision gives a room a sense of flow when it comes to how to furnish a small bedroom. When choosing wall color, flooring and bedding materials, consider sticking to a neutral and monochromatic palette. Light colors can brighten a room and create an illusion of more space, but darker colors can also work, making walls almost fade away. Choose an upholstered headboard in a fabric that matches the wall color. And stay away from bedding with large prints, which can overwhelm the space.
Have One Focal Point
Every room should have a focal point that draws attention. This can be the headboard, a piece of art hung above the bed or a collection of bold pillows. In a small room, the focal point is important because the room can feel cluttered if items compete for attention. Streamline your accents, and put the emphasis on one spot.