Living Big in Small Spaces: Bedroom (Part 1)Monday, April 25, 2016
My bedroom is quite small. It's about 11 feet by 14 feet, with a tiny built in closet. I've been living in this space for about six years now, and it's been an ongoing struggle to find enough space to live in AND store all of my stuff. Embarking on this minimalist journey has helped, but not by much. Even though I've downsized, I still seem to have way too little space.
For all of you out there who have the same challenge, here are the ways that I've managed to maximize my tiny space to meet my needs! In the next several weeks, I will take you around my room, and show you how I've managed to live large in my little space.
First stop - the bed!
[Picture of bed]
1. Maximize bed storage.
Eliminate the need for extra furniture with a bed that has drawers built in! Drawers underneath the bed can replace your bedside tables, dresser, or a chest at the end of the bed, giving you some extra leg room. My bed comes with three HUGE drawers underneath, which is the perfect place for me to store extra linens, craft supplies, old school books, keepsakes, travel bags, and even clothes!
While the bed I have is no longer available, check out these equally functional beds from IKEA!
|IKEA MALM High Bed with 4 Storage Drawers|
I am secretly coveting this bedroom set ... I would LOVE to own this bed one day!
|IKEA MALM Pull Up Storage Bed|
Perfect for rooms with no room to pull out drawers!
2. Minimize bed size.
If you're just one person, you probably don't need a king, queen, or even full size bed. I've gotten by on a twin bed for years, and it works just fine for me. This maximizes space for other furniture, and allows me to have quite a bit of floor space in my room. These beds from IKEA are ones that I wish I had gotten, since they fit my personal style.
|IKEA MALM High Bed with 2 drawers (Single)|
|IKEA HEMNES Daybed with 3 Drawers|
This bed is great because it pulls out into a double bed, giving you extra room for guests!
|IKEA STUVA Loft Bed - Bed, Desk, Drawers, and Closet in One!|
|IKEA SVARTA Loft Bed Frame|
|Closetmaid 9 Cube Organizer|
|Double Decker Wall Shelf from Urban Outfitters|
A good option for anyone who doesn't want to store too much!
|Bryn Mountain Display Shelf from Urban Outfitters|
Great for storing the bare essentials.
|Diamond Cross Planes Shelf|
Again, great for the essentials
|Invisible Book Shelf|
Imagine the fun you could have with this minimal shelf!
|Check out the AMAZING tutorial by clicking here!|