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Small Bedroom Solutions: Selecting The Perfect Bed For Limited Space

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Are you looking for a new bed but worried it could shrink your available space? How do you maximise your space without settling for an uncomfortably small bed? Fortunately, you have several options that are both aesthetically pleasing and practical. 

Daniel Ufland, co-founder of Flitch, shows you how to find a bed that won’t overwhelm your small bedroom. 

Storage Beds

If you have plenty of space to store your possessions, your room will appear more spacious and uncluttered. An Ottoman bed lets you keep things in the storage space underneath the mattress, such as clothes, towels, or bedding. Using gas-lifting hydraulic mechanisms, they lift the mattress, opening either at the side or the end of the bed. 

Another way to keep things out of sight is to buy a bed with slide-out drawers built in underneath. Daniel says, ‘If you don’t want the drawers showing, put a stylish valance on the bed to hide them.’

Sofa Beds

Multi-functional furniture is ideal for small rooms as you need fewer items, meaning you can capitalise on your small space. Imagine sitting on a comfy sofa by day, which turns into a cosy bed by night. It’s great for entertaining guests and hosting sleepovers. Sofa beds come in a range of great styles, and some contain hidden storage as an added bonus. 

Carpentered Beds

If you have an oddly shaped room, why not pay a carpenter to create a bespoke bed? Daniel states, ‘These are more expensive, but they’re perfect for maximising the available space. Like fitted wardrobes, they can adjust to the nooks and crannies of your bedroom.’ 

Bunk Beds

Bunk beds can house two young siblings or provide a spare bed for sleepovers. They maximise vertical space and are cheaper than buying two separate beds. Kids find them exciting, and they help young children bond. 

On the downside, kids over ten need their own rooms – plus, there’s the risk of falling from the top bunk.

Daniel’s Tips To Maximise Your Space

  • Don’t use a footboard in small rooms
  • Install a statement headboard, choosing a low one for awkward spaces 
  • Ensure when picking your bed that you will be able to walk around the bed and open all doors and drawers in your room

Daniel says, ‘Your new bed should complement the room’s size, layout, and decor. It can then provide a delightful refuge after your busy day while providing the illusion of a larger bedroom.’ 

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