There is nothing worse than a badly laid out room. It makes you feel uncomfortable and the Feng Shui is gone and past and looking a little Sheng Fade.
You have a small space and you want to turn it into a bedroom. Well, my dears, have I seen some real beauts! Especially amongst young guys whom you think would have developed beyond the cave and took some appreciation courses into how to make a bedroom look nice!
Student days are over sadly and along with more responsibility comes – wait for it – care in your home environment. I’ve just spent the last week redesigning my little girl’s bedroom which was so much fun. The best part about it is we have a little sing-song corner that she loves. We go on youtube all the time watching videos for children, she can’t get enough of it.
The one cup/glass/cereal bowl/cat feeder phenomenon has come and it is gone.
Getting basics back in layout techniques. A little mathematics to put you on the right track.
- Measure the room. All dimensions
- Draw this on a piece of paper, not on the cereal packet. Squared paper is good.
- Draw everything to scale, i.e. if the room is 5 metres wide, make sure that your scaled drawing reflects 5 metres. Make it 5 cm to equal 1 metre for example.
- Proportionately draw the position of the door, the window and any other fixed features.
- Measure your bed, side table/s and other furniture that you so wish to incorporate into your lair.
- Then make cut-outs of these and then you can play around as to where they go.
- If you can’t fit the fridge into the room, don’t. the same applies to the kitchen sink.
Here are some examples of how to position the bed and generally lay out the bedroom in this small space.
Tips to avoid bad bed placements
Don’t do the following:
- Position the bed under a window if you can help it. Sometimes it can work, but more often than not, it does not.
- Place the bed on a diagonal – this is a no-no
- Sleep with your feet facing the door
- Place the bed on a door wall
- Sleep with the door in-line with the side of the bed
Examples of some good bedroom layouts in small spaces.
1. Maximising storage and purpose of the small bedroom. This cleverly laid out bedroom, although small certainly is not minimising on charm and style. Notice the pleasant colour scheme and the neatness of all components in the room. If a room lacks storage, hope chests can always be included to provide a mobile storage solution. If you’re wondering what is a hope chest, its a small chest, almost trunklike, which can fit in numerous spaces in any room.
2. The bed in this small space could not have been placed anywhere else but it still is done with a sense of style being apparent in the colours selected and the practical positioning of one main side table and lamp. It is clutter free and inviting.
3. This cosy little bedroom again is maximising on storage space without being crammed full of furniture. A high bed allows for a pull-out underneath it – in case Gran comes to stay.
4. Although this example does have a bed under the window – there being no other place to put it – it works particularly well with the shelving installed directly above the bed-side tables. The overall effect is well balanced and charming. Bold printed blinds on Venetian blinds give it a cosy and private feel.
Thanks! See you next time!