The box room.
It’s renowned for being cramped, cluttered, claustrophobic – but it doesn’t have to be that way. With a few clever hacks and savvy furniture choices, it’s possible to trick the eye, maximise the sense of space, and create a calming and orderly environment.
To help you transform your space, we’ve rounded up just a few of our favourite tips on how to make a small bedroom look and feel bigger. They don’t involve knocking down any walls and won’t cost you a fortune. But in our opinion, they make a huge difference. So why not give them a try?
6 small bedroom ideas to make the space feel bigger
1. Multi-purpose furniture
When it comes to furnishing a small bedroom, less is definitely more. The key is to maximise the available floor space by keeping furniture to an absolute minimum.
Perhaps you could invest in one key piece that serves multiple purposes – such as a TV bed? With enough space for a 43” TV inside the footboard, this will remove the need for a TV stand or entertainment unit. And by keeping the wall free, you’ll instantly make the room appear bigger.
Ottoman beds are also a fantastic option. Not only do they tend to have a compact design, they double up as a spacious storage solution – for clothes, shoes, bed linen, towels, etc. – and can be used to replace bulky cupboards and chests of drawers.
2. Tall wardrobes
To successfully make a small bedroom look bigger, you need to think vertical.
You might not have a lot of floor space to play with, but why not make the most of what you do have? Height. By using the walls from top to bottom, you can create extra storage whilst also drawing the eyes upward – making the room seem much larger than it actually is.
Ceiling-height wardrobes – such as the 20UP range by Rauch – are a particularly good way to do this. These come in two standard heights (2.23m or 2.35m), or they can be customised and made to fit any wall shape or size. What’s more, they can also be supplied with sliding doors, which are ideal if you’re struggling for depth.
3. Improve the light
Light is an easy way to make a bedroom seem bigger and brighter.
First things first, ditch the blinds and allow natural light to flood into the room. Wall sconces and pendant lights are incredibly on-trend right now and are a great way to illuminate the room, without cluttering up the bedside table or leaving wires trailing across the floor.
Furniture with legs is also a brilliant option. This will allow light to pour underneath and help to create a greater sense of open space. Even if you’d prefer to stick with your ottoman bed, try to incorporate at least one piece of furniture with a little height.
4. Hang a few mirrors
Mirrors are a genius way to fool the eye into thinking a room is bigger than it is. If you hang more than one, they will reflect light and create the illusion of more space – and there are so many ways to work them into the décor.
For example, you could invest in mirrored wardrobes, add a feature mirror above the bed, or prop a giant window mirror against a wall. It’s up to you. Just choose something that suits the rest of the room and it will visually expand the space.
5. Paint the room white
Another way to make a small bedroom feel bigger is to paint the entire room in brilliant white. The walls, the floor, the ceiling. Give them all a fresh coat. It may seem a bit clinical, but it can really help to open up the space and create a spacious, airy feel. Instead of being hemmed in by the four walls, this simple trick will make it seem like the four walls have ‘disappeared’.
That doesn’t mean you should be afraid of colour, though. Pastel shades – such as baby blue, sage green, and blush pink – all work wonderfully in small bedrooms. So why not start with a completely blank white canvas and add little pops of colour throughout?
Visit our store for more small bedroom ideas
If you’d like to tackle the box room once and for all, and think some new furniture may be the answer, why not visit our showroom in Ashton-in-Makerfield?
We have a diverse range of space-saving beds, wardrobes, and storage solutions on display, and our in-house experts are always on hand to help. We can share further tips on how to make a small bedroom look bigger, answer any questions you may have and – depending on the size of the bedroom you’re looking to furnish – we’ll gladly point you in the right direction.