When two people, whether kids or adults, share a small bedroom, having enough space can be a problem. Attempting to store clothing and personal possessions when there's not enough room can cause arguments and hard feelings. To create more space in a small room and allow both people to enjoy the space they deserve, it's important to think outside the box and use the space you have to the best of your ability.
Things You'll Need
- Smaller bed (optional)
- Closet rod
- Shoe storage boxes
- Headboard with shelves
- Bed with drawers (optional)
- Flat-panel television
- Bunk beds (optional)
- Murphy beds (optional)
- Stacking storage cubes
- Closet organizers
Opt for the smallest bed that you can both sleep in comfortably. If a queen-size bed will do, trade out your king-size and replace it with a smaller bed. You'll create more space in which to move around the room and more room to add furniture like nightstands and dressers.
Purchase a nightstand for each side of the bed. Place a lamp on each table that allows one partner to have light for late-night reading without disturbing the other by using an overhead lamp. A nightstand also provides storage space for each person to keep personal items within arm's reach.
Place a second rod in the closet to create extra storage space for hanging clothing on two levels. One partner can use the top rod while the other uses the bottom, or one person can use the right half while the other uses the left. Purchase shoe storage boxes to create several levels for shoe storage as well.
Choose a bed that provides you with extra storage. One with a headboard that has shelves gives you room to place your eyeglasses at night, the novel you're reading and your sleep mask. A bed with drawers underneath creates extra space for storing clothing, bedding or other items.
Install a flat-panel television on the wall to free up space that would be occupied by a conventional television set and the surface it sits on.
Opt for bunk beds to free up floor space for an in-room play area. Have the smallest child sleep on the bottom, and choose a model with rails to ensure that your little ones don't inadvertently tumble out and injure themselves.
Install matching Murphy beds in the bedroom rather than bunk beds. Fold them up during the day to allow your kids to use the free space to play or study and fold them down at night for sleeping. When one child spends the night with a friend, the remaining child can enjoy the fun of a "big" room all to himself by pulling down only one bed.
Place toys in stacking storage cubes rather than allowing them to overflow from a too-small toy box. Encourage your kids to put their toys away after play rather than leaving them in the floor where you may trip over them or where they'll get broken when stepped on. Clutter makes a small room seem even smaller.
Install closet-organizing devices to create more space in a wall or walk-in closet. Extra shelves, drawers and rods create additional room to store toys, books, clothing and shoes. Placing items out of sight in the closet creates a clean, clutter-free look in the bedroom.
De-clutter the room on a regular basis. Discard or donate clothing that is too small and toys that the children have outgrown. Alternatively, hold a garage sale to raise money to buy replacement items.
Tips & Warnings
- Store out-of-season clothing in flat storage boxes that you can slide under the bed during the off-season.
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