There are many reasons why you may find yourself stuck with a small bedroom. For me, it was because I found the apartment of my dreams: good neighbourhood, lots of closets and storage space, large balcony, great location! That said, not everything was perfect: the bedroom was probably half the size of my previous room.

In my case, the old trick of making a scale floor plan to help decide where to put the furniture didn’t work. I had a bigger problem: there wasn’t enough space in my room to put all of my furniture. That’s OK, I was prepared to compromise and do away with some pieces. Particularly because I tend to feel claustrophobic in small spaces, overfilling the room and feeling cramped was not an option. The problem now is that I have the same amount of clothes, shoes and accessories as before, and this time compromising is out of the question—I WANT to keep everything. And therein lies the problem.

Here are a few tricks that I found helped me:

  • Because furniture must be kept to a minimum, choose pieces that are tall and narrow. Mate’s beds are also great; the drawers underneath are the perfect place to store bulky sweaters.
  • Choose light colour paint for the walls, like white, beige, grey or light blue. These colours will emphasize the light in the room and make the room seem bigger.
  • Hang a large mirror on the wall to add depth and give the illusion that the room is larger.
  • As for lighting, opt for floor lamps; light directed up at the ceiling visually enlarges the space.

In my case, we’re talking about an adult’s bedroom, but these ideas can be used in any room in the house. Did your oldest have to move into the tiny basement bedroom to make room for a nursery upstairs? There are raised beds for children on the market that are designed with lots of storage underneath. Check out our Imagine collection!

Do you have smart ideas for a small room? Share them with us!