Bedroom Design Ideas

A bedroom is a private area to relax and dream. However, it does not always appear to be an easy area to tackle given it presents complex planning problems. This section will elaborate tricks to deal with a small apartment bedroom design.

Aside from being the place where you store your clothes and sleep in, there are times that, in small apartments, it can also function as a living room or a study area.

To counter the roof, a low-level bed is used to preven bumping the head - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 62a

To counter the roof, a low-level bed is used to prevent bumping the head

Beds and chests of drawers are mostly the biggest items in a small apartment, thus making it easy for small bedrooms to seem damned. But a lack of floor area can be an asset if you are going for a feeling of womb-like coziness in the bedroom.

Good thing that nowadays, the internet has made it easier than ever to look for and buy space-saving furniture.

Bed Considerations

If properly done, even an awkward ceiling shape can accommodate two beds - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 66b

If properly done, even an awkward ceiling shape can accommodate a spacious sleeping area

The position and size of the bed governs most schemes, as it is the focal point of the room. More than the looks, the quality of the base and the mattress are important considerations as well.

In planning the layout of a bedroom, you may find that there is only a single place for your bed — against the wall. Doing so can make the room appear a little cramped.

However, raising the bed, by perhaps putting it on a sleeping platform, makes a whole world of difference. You can have additional floor space and allow extra storage below it.

Polished metal panels and decadent fabrics give this bedroom a secluded feeling - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 67a

Polished metal panels and decadent fabrics give this bedroom a secluded feeling

In small apartments, it is also best to reduce the dominating visual impact of the bed. A useful trick is to use some kind of foldaway. The most common ones are sofa beds, followed by futons.

Moreover, there are other types of bed that will fold up and ingeniously disappear into closets during the daytime (i.e. a Murphy bed).

Alternatively, box beds can be built into a wall of cabinets for a neat, look. As this is custom-made, you might need the help of an experienced carpenter, but the end result looks secure especially if you live with small children.

Express Yourself

An extra space for the bed can be achieved even with a not too high ceiling - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 66a

An extra space for the bed can be achieved even with a not too high ceiling

Décor and color both play a great part in making bedrooms feel airy. Pale, soft colors and shades of white are the best choice in these circumstances, but faded rich colors or warm, natural tones can also create an airy yet comfortable atmosphere.

You can also be more adventurous with large-scale patterns. They create an air of cozy seclusion, but may be oppressive in rooms that are also used during the day.

A Storage Primer

Bedrooms call for a great amount of storage space to keep house clothes and shoes, which prompts many people to automatically have fitted furniture.

The great benefit of this method is that it makes great use of space, and creates a smart, sleek effect. But it is quite expensive — accessories, such as sock drawers and shoe racks cost extra money. Cheaper units available at the market may not fit with the allotted space, not to mention the added task of assembling them yourself.

A cheaper alternative is to create and make your own storage; this works perfectly well in alcoves, and on the end walls of narrow rooms. The entire surface can be covered with a custom-made combination of drawers and shelves.

The end result can be covered with blinds or sliding panels. This project can take up less space than your ordinary closet doors and could allow you the chance to experiment with color.

However, it is still worth including 1-2 free­standing pieces of furniture, such as addressing table or chest of drawers. Most of us like enjoy moving the furniture around once in a while, and a surface on which to display favorite objects is a must, especially in traditional schemes.

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