Does your bedroom feel spacious, calm and comfortable? I’ll be honest, right now mine is full of clothes waiting to be put away, so it’s a bit of a mess!
We spend around a third of our lives sleeping in our bedrooms, and it’s the main room where we try to relax and recharge, so it’s absolutely one of the most important rooms in the home. As such, it makes sense to try and maximise the space you’ve got, as well as the comfort level.
If your bedroom is currently feeling a little frantic or disorganised, here are some easy ways you can make it feel calmer and more welcoming at the end of a busy day.
An obvious one, but definitely worth doing! Regardless of the size of your bedroom, decluttering will make it feel bigger, and also make it a more relaxing, comfortable room to spend time in. Clothes are the obvious place to start, but you’ve probably also got things like makeup, jewellery and shoes which could all benefit from a clearout.
When decluttering, it’s a good idea to have a system to make things easier. Go through items one at a time, categorising them into ‘staying’ and ‘going’ piles – and make sure you get rid of the ‘going’ pile as quickly as possible. Donating unwanted items to charity is a great way to reduce waste and give a new lease of life to your possessions.
Use under-bed space efficiently
You probably already store things under your bed, but chances are you’re not getting the most benefit from the space available. Going for a double divan bed with integrated drawers, like those available from thesleepstation.co.uk, is a great way to use the full depth and height under your bed. The drawers do a great job of keeping things dust-free, and you won’t have to crawl on the floor to find what you’re looking for.
If you want to go for freestanding under-bed storage, try to find clear boxes with lids, so you can easily see the contents and keep things nice and clean. Make sure you measure your under-bed space before you buy, and try to go for a few of the same size box, to minimise space-wasting gaps.
Limit the technology
TV’s, laptops, tablets and smartphones can have a big negative impact on your sleep patterns and quality, so aim to keep these items out of your bedroom as much as possible. Getting rid of a big TV can free up valuable bedroom storage space too.
Go for a multi-purpose ottoman
Make the most of the space at the end of your bed with a storage ottoman. These are great for swallowing up linens and bulky spare bedding which you’d struggle to squeeze into a typical drawer or shelf.
You can maximise the comfort factor by choosing an upholstered ottoman, these usually have a padded top which will double up as a place to sit. Just don’t get into the habit of using it as a place to abandon clothes!
Build bedroom storage into unused space
If your room has sloping ceilings, you can carve out some extra bedroom storage without sacrificing lots of space. Fitting shelves or a shallow cupboard at floor level is a great way to find a home for the clutter.
On a similar theme, if you’ve got a chimney breast with alcoves, you can fit deep cupboards or shelves into the alcoves and get much better use from the space. To really max out on storage, go for floor-to-ceiling units; matching the finished colour to your walls and is also a clever way to make furniture ‘disappear’, which in turn will make the room feel bigger.
Layer up the soft furnishings
Once you’ve decluttered and made your bedroom storage work harder, it’s time to get comfy! Soft furnishings are a brilliant way to add a touch of luxury to a room, and you can easily change them to give the space a quick, low-cost update. Cushions, throws and rugs all work well, try to co-ordinate these in an accent colour that complements your bedroom’s colour scheme. To really up the comfort factor, go for rich fabrics such as velvet, faux fur and silk.
What’s your top tip for maximising comfort and space in a bedroom?