Ways to optimise the use of space in your bedroom
The first weeks in January provide a great opportunity to set the tone for the upcoming year ahead. This may come in the form of setting ‘resolutions’ for new positive habits we’d like to acquire to improve our day-to-day lives. Perhaps you find yourself wishing to feel better rested by going to sleep earlier or less stressed in the morning by waking up with plenty of time to spare? To support goals like these it can be very beneficial to make practical adjustments to your physical environment which will help you establish these new habits.
Your bedroom is a very important component of not only your living space, but also your life. The quality of your bedroom space is known to significantly impact the quality of your sleep and thus the way you approach each day. The main issue most people face in their bedrooms is clutter. The sense of disorganisation and mess clutter brings to the room can affect your mental health quite negatively. Clutter is usually the result of inefficient storage solutions or poorly-planned attempts to use the space for multiple functions.
In this article we share some interior design ideas which can be used to optimise your bedroom space. The first part will address how to reduce the overall clutter and the second part how to create a bedroom space which is well-suited for multiple functions.
PART I: Reducing clutter in your bedroom space
Maximising storage space
Whether you prefer to reserve the bedroom space for relaxation only or are interested in having it become a multi-purpose room, it is essential to have good storage options. Traditional wardrobes can be very bulky and occupy a great deal of floor space, therefore for small bedrooms we recommend considering alternative storage options.
- Bed hutches provide housing for storage baskets underneath the bed whilst also creating a frame for the bed itself.
- Upholstered storage benches positioned at the end of the bed have a dual use as it offers both seating and lots of storage.
- Mounted wall shelving is an effective alternative to night stands and make up tables which tend to take up floor space unnecessarily.
Source: AKKA Architects, residential client
PART II: Creating a bedroom space with multiple functions
1. Easily convertible furniture
Incorporating fold-up furniture is ideal if you would like to be able to regain the entire space when you’re done using one of the functions. This solution is ideal for users who only need to convert the bedroom space occasionally as oppose to permanently and who may need the space for a range of alternative purposes.
- Murphy beds are a great way to reclaim a lot of square-footage when it is not in use.
- Foldable desks which can be mounted to the wall and are easily opened and collapsed.
- Sofa beds are a stylish bedroom addition which also replace the need for a guest room.
- Non-fixed partitions which are either foldable or moveable via wheels can provide ideal visual separation of the room, for office work for example.
2. Permanent multi-use space
The adoption of hybrid work at one time appeared to be temporary but for many is now becoming a constant feature of their working lives. This may mean considering more permanent solutions for a home office, removing the need to set-up and dismantle the working environment several times a week. If you decide that your bedroom is the best place to set up your office. Here are some ideas:
- Loft beds free up the floor space underneath by suspending the bed above, usually made accessible by a ladder or stairs. This creates a perfect area below for an office nook, in which you can fit a desk, shelves and anything else your office may need.
- Floor-to-ceiling fixed partitions which slide on rails or rotate to open and close are effective in creating separation between the bedroom and office space. The screen provides an ideal background for zoom calls, as it is recommendable for the bed not to be visible in your frame.
People often shy away from the idea of combining their bedroom space with another function, and this concern is not without good reason. If executed thoughtlessly, you run this risk of creating two poorly operating spaces. However, with a well-thought-out design which is suited to the nuances of your space, there is real potential to maximise even the seemingly smallest of spaces.
Combining the bedroom and the home office is a perfect example of optimising your space. It is something we believe will become increasingly more common as remote work continues to grow in popularity amongst employers. Our next article will expand on creating the ideal home office for remote workers and freelancers. In the meantime, we recommend taking a look at our previous articles on Home Office Furniture and the Challenges of Remote Work.
If you need assistance designing your bedroom to optimise space or are planning on constructing or renovating your home would like some help, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.