Maximizing Your Personal Space – The Bedroom

From a general perspective, our personal space is important in very many ways. From a communication skills point of view, personal space can be described as the immediate space that surrounds you, which is just a few inches of circumference. You can easily feel uncomfortable or even threatened when a person gets too close to you or “encroaches” into your personal space. Now, from an interior design perspective, this could refer to your living room, bathroom, or even the bedroom.

And of all these; it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell that the bedroom is the most personal of rooms in a home. But with the ever-increasing prices of houses and costs of living, most of us, unfortunately, find ourselves having to do with smaller bedrooms. When the bedroom gets all squeezed-up with your dear possessions, it can feel uncomfortable too!

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Many research studies have shown that a well-lit, spacious, and well-organized environment can reduce stress, give you peace of mind and make you feel at ease compared. Such an environment can be restful and restorative, which are two among the most important things to pray for, for anyone who wants to be productive and healthy in the society of today. Clearly, the fact that your bedroom is small isn’t a jail sentence at all.

As a matter of fact, some of us have really big bedrooms but they just don’t know it yet. Tiny or not, you can turn your bedroom into a more comforting space that you can’t wait to get home to at the end of your busy day at work. Unbeknownst to many, the big secret lies in maximizing your personal space without having to go through the overwhelming hassles that come with moving into a new home.

But how exactly can you maximize your bedroom space or even make it look bigger? Here are some few tricks and hacks that can help you to make the best use of your bedroom space, maximize it, and create a more welcoming environment for you and anyone you decide to invite for a sleepover (oops)!

13 Amazingly Incredible Hacks To Maximize Your Bedroom Space

1. Get Rid Of Clutter

If there’s clutter all over, even the biggest room can feel as if it’s packed to the brim. Not only that, a disorganized and cluttered room can feel dull, unattractive, and overwhelmingly uncomfortable. One of the ways you can maximize your bedroom space is by putting away anything that no longer serves a purpose or things that you don’t use all that frequently. And what’s more, discarding clutter from your bedroom can have a lot of benefits to your health.

As a matter of fact, research has found out that cluttered surroundings can have a negative impact on your mental health, especially for women. In this case, cluttered living spaces are associated with increased stress and higher risks of depression. Also, essentials and everyday items should stay well organized and at their appropriate storage places. Even for teenagers, there’s nothing pleasant or attractive in a messy and cramped room.

To avoid messing up your room, it is important to have a bin for your dirty or used clothes and to ensure that you put everything back to its appropriate place after use. Arranging things neatly in your bedroom will not only create the illusion of a bigger space, but it will actually free up space that you can use for other purposes. Especially floors, desks, tables, chairs, and cabinets, every little bathroom space should be free of clutter.

2. Maximize Your Bedroom Storage

From clothes to accessories, shoes, and other stuff such as lamps, we all have possessions in the bedroom that cannot be ideally stored anywhere else in the home but the bedroom. What’s more, some of us have a ginormous collection of those; they can open up a mini eBay.

To maximize your bedroom space, you will want to also up it on storage. For instance, you could invest in a drawer chest or floor-to-ceiling cabinets that go all the way up the wall for your accessories, framed photos, books, and other stuff. Fold-down desks that you can stow when not in use can also be a great idea to get you some extra feet of space. You could also add some wall shelving to free up some floor furniture that is occupying your space.

Alternatively, you can even consider extending your bed’s headboard up the wall to create more storage space. Depending on the kind of finish you give it, you can add texture and contrast to it such that your bedroom seems and feels even bigger. There are many ways to maximize bedroom storage; you just have to be creative enough.

3. Think Multifunctional Furniture

At this particular point, higher chances are that you’re already considering getting rid of some of your bedroom furniture to save space. The other important trick you can use is to consider furniture that can serve more than one purpose. For example, there are convertible beds, including futons, and sofa beds that can serve the purpose of both a bed and a sofa.  Foldable and retractable beds that can be stowed vertically against the wall when not in use are also available. This way, you can convert the space occupied by the bed into a personal study or even a gym space. Additionally, you could also use your dresser or bedside cabinet as a lamp stand instead of adding more furniture.

4. Get A Smaller Bed

This one may not be a favorite to many, but one of the ways you can maximize your bedroom space is to go for a smaller bed if your current one is occupying too much space. Nonetheless, we all sleep differently and this will largely depend on your sleeping preferences. While some people may not feel comfortable in a smaller bed, some may actually feel at risk of falling in the middle of the night. All the same, it could be your best option if maximizing space in your bedroom is your biggest priority and you’re willing to take the challenge of trying to adapt new sleeping behaviors.

5. Go For Cool-Colored Bedding

The kind of bedding you choose will always have an impact on the look and feel of your bedroom, as well as it’s attractiveness, your comfort, and sleep. When it comes to space, however, what matters most is theme, colors, and patterns you go for. Ever wondered why they use lighter colors such as white and pale blue in hospitals and the hospitality industry? If you guessed right, these colors make the room feel much larger and more comfortable in addition to bringing a welcoming feeling. Nonetheless,

Most interior design experts will tell you for sure that cool colors such as white, grey, blue, and green are brighteners that expand your room when used on bedding. However, you can always vary your style so that it is not just plain. This is probably why Ally Olson from Visionbedding.com says that if you are looking to decorate a room in a shabby chic style, you should choose contrasting colors and not be afraid to mix patterns.

This is also where stripes come in. To give your room a fresh, brighter, and more welcoming touch that makes it looks larger, beddings such as a duvet with vertical and horizontal stripes can do the trick. There’s also room to get more creative with patterns, including the use checked, spotted, and dotted pillows, and bed sheets provided you keep the main colors cool and avoid overdoing it.

6. Make Use Of Space Under Your Bed

Especially for the less frequently used items, the space under your bed can make amazing extra storage space. As a matter of fact, it can come in handy when you’re trying to Declutter to free more bedroom space. To make the best use of this space, you may want to invest in storage containers such as rolling drawers and bed risers.

In this space, you can also keep some items such as off-season shoes and clothing, alongside items you rarely use or possessions you intend to donate/sell in the near future. You will be amazed at how much personal space doing this can free. As a matter of fact, this is why some beds come with drawers and storage space beneath.

7. Mirrors, Mirrors, Mirrors

Optical illusion is another surefire way to make your bedroom feel more spacious, and mirrors are perfect at it. As they reflect light, mirrors also create more depth and height when properly angled. You can achieve this by placing a few floor-to-ceiling mirrors on your bedroom walls, especially near a window or a source of light. You can thank the laws of physics; placing your mirror next to a window will increase the amount of light entering the room.

You can even add some on your closet doors, which can serve as an alternative to having a dresser occupying your bedroom space. In addition to creating an illusion of extra space, adding practicality, and maximizing your bedroom’s lighting, mirrors can increase the attractiveness of any room, bring in good energy, hide imperfections, and even offer additional security.

8. Recheck Your Closet For Unused Space

In a small bedroom, you wouldn’t expect too much space in the closet. However, it all depends on how you organize the stuff that goes in there. Your wardrobe may be tiny but with a few creative additions, you can make things a little messier in your bedroom and free up some of that much-needed space as well. For instance, you could roll up your clothes military style instead of folding them, invest in more clothing rods, and even consider over-the-door hangers or creative storage utilities such as drawer racks and organizers.

9. Allow Natural Light In

Nothing brightens up the mood better in a room than some natural light from the sweet sun. Not only that; it also makes the room airier, more energetic, and larger. Of course, you have to have a window or several to achieve this. If you have drapes and curtains and you’re chilling in your bedroom during the daytime, be sure to pull the curtains down to allow some natural light to enter. It also allows you to create an indoor-outdoor connection, which is paramount in a relaxation room. You may also want to avoid dark curtains and drapes as well as those that go from floor to ceiling.

10. Repaint Wisely

Just like the case with mirrors, the colors you choose to use in decorating your bedroom will have an impact on space. Lighter colors such as white, for instance, tend to reflect more light, which makes the space brighter and more welcoming. In result, the room ends up seeming more spacious when the walls, ceilings, and bedding have a white color scheme. On the other hand, darker colors on the walls can make the room feel smaller.

You could also repaint the trim with a color that is slightly lighter than the walls to increase the amount of depth perceived by the eye. This creates the perception that the walls a farther away from you, making the space to feel roomier than it actually is. Monochromatic paints can also be used to create more space and fluidity.

11. Distractive Visual Impact

This is another form of optical illusion of sorts, whereby you try to shift the attention of the eyes from the room’s size to other visual elements. For instance, a large, appealing painting hung on one of the walls could really capture anyone’s attention (including you), such that they have less focus on the dimensions.

12. Make Use Of Other Rooms

Another secret that many people do not know is that all the stuff that you’re used to keeping in your bedroom does not necessarily have to be in the bedroom. For instance, those rainy season outfits or winter coats that you ditch right after the season is over do not have to pack up your bedroom closet. You can free a significant amount of bedroom space if you invest in a hallway closet or some simple hang rods. Needless to say, the garage will also be a great place to stash the excess furniture and other possessions that could be consuming your bedroom space.

13. Utilize The Bedroom Doors

The bedroom entry door, the bathroom door, and even the closet door can also provide you with extra space for storage. With the help of door hanging storage tools, you could use the back of your bedroom door to hang some of your bedroom items such as clothes, handbags, towels, and even shoes. And there are many smart ways to store items at the back of the door. Some of these include door hanging storage bags, organizers, and hooks.

The bedroom is undeniably one of the most important rooms in any home. As a matter of fact, it is where we spend most of our time (asleep or awake) when at home, especially for the everyday citizen from the working economy. Housing prices are high today and it leaves most of us forced to deal with smaller bedrooms than we would prefer.

But small is just a relative word if you know how to keep your bedroom organized and free up all the space you can manage in order to feel comfortable in your private paradise. The above tips can help you maximize your bedroom space and make it comfortable enough without affecting your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.

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