If you live in the UK, chances are you have limited space in your boudoir. So how can you make the most important room in the house feel like it’s not actually the storage cupboard but a room you can actually chill in and enjoy?
Did you know that the average British home is only 85 square metres (Ikea Infomercial, see above), whereas in Luxembourg it’s 125 square metres and in the Netherlands, 98 square metres. Feeling claustrophobic and a little bit cheated yet? Well don’t start packing and heading for the airport just yet (you wish), here is some good advice on how to be properly British and Make The Most Of It (for the sensible ones, i’ll see you at the airport).
The trick to living comfortably in a small space lies in your actual use of the space. For example, there are certain pieces of furniture you are always going to need in a bedroom: the bed, wardrobe and a chest of drawers for example. Using multi-functional furniture can make all the difference, freeing up floorspace, keeping the space clean and clutter-free and making the room feel bigger. It’s all in the use of the space and perspective, y’see!
The best thing to do it is to invest in a bed which has built-in-storage underneath, either in drawer or pull-up form. This will give you space for storage of larger items or items which can easily turn into clutter like shoes.
Bedside tables and nightstands with internal storage space and drawers are also a godsend for those with limited space.
Small rooms need light curtains or better yet, blinds. Get blinds or curtains that are the same colour as the walls which will blend in, making the room feel bigger.
Ikea are the self appointed ‘small space heroes’. And they’re not far off, actually. Check out this brilliant video below for some genius ideas about how to tackle a small bedroom For example, this shoe rack and stall! Every bedroom needs both! This combines the two, thus cutting down the need for two pieces of furniture! Why didn’t we think of that?
photo credit: Ikea/Gaiff