A few months ago I posed a hairbrained idea to my husband, why don’t we switch bedrooms with Florence? What, we have the small one? Yes, my love, the small one. Call me crazy but just because, typically, parents have the big bedroom doesn’t mean we have to. After a few days of tête-à-tête and much projection of my ‘vision’ the decision was made. For us it made sense, we don’t have a huge living space so it’s been my mission since my child’s conception that her toys don’t reside downstairs, they may pay a visit but ultimately return to whence they came. Whilst they fit in her old room, there was scarcely space to swing a cat or create a kingdom of Happy Land. After we finally organised the loft conversion into a rather lovely office space for me and music space for T we really didn’t need a big bedroom, all we now use it for is sleeping and getting dressed. So the crazy switch around of furniture was performed one Saturday afternoon.
Our bedroom now hosts a bed, 2 shelves, a mirror and an open storage system for clothes. We have literally 30cm clearance either side of the bed and I couldn’t be happier. The space is so small that we simply cannot have a lot of ‘stuff’ and in my life long quest against clutter this makes me a very happy girl. We are left with a light, airy, minimal room, everything has a place, nothing is left out. Here’s how make it work…
Instead of bedside tables (that would not fit) we have two shelves. One high up featuring a clamped bedside lamp (to save on surface space) and the other a shallow picture ledge, low down, to hold a few books and a cup of sleepytime.
For our clothes we opted to create a semi built in open storage system over built in wardrobes as I wanted to keep things open and not box the room in any further. Wardrobes can be costly too and our Ikea finds rung in at around £100, much more budget friendly! I measured profusely and found 2 simple white chests of drawers that fit the space nicely. We then wall mounted 2 hanging rails, one above the smaller of the drawers and one further along to create a space for long hanging. With a couple of perfectly sized canvas boxes tucked underneath we managed to create the illusion of a custom wardrobe set up, perfectly suited to the space we have. As a portion of our clothes are now on show I indulged in some matching copper coat hangers, it makes me feel like I have my life together even when it’s not. For some extra sneaky storage I recycled some drawers from an old bedside table, they slot perfectly under the bed and are great for phone chargers and other such odds and sods.
Finally we’ve kept the colour scheme light, pale grey walls, white furniture and floaty curtains, in such a small space it’s all you can do to keep things feeling open. On this note I also made certain there would be space for my beloved leaning mirror, it reflects the light and gives the illusion of more space. Plus it’s beautiful and parting with it was not an option!
Any of you lovely ones getting creative with a small space? How do you make it work? Let me know!