Making the Most of Your Small Master Bedroom

Not everyone is blessed with a large master bedroom, either not having a home with large bedrooms or having sacrificed the master to the children or as home office space. Having a smaller bedroom doesn’t necessarily mean having to compromise on style.

With some clever planning there is no reason why a smaller bedroom can’t be every bit as splendid as a generously sized master.

Modular Furniture
Using modular bedroom furniture works brilliantly in all room sizes however it is particularly useful for maximising storage space in smaller bedrooms. Designing wardrobes and similar to work around the shape of your room, something very handy in older houses with fireplaces in bedrooms, means that no space is wasted.

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Maximise Your Storage Potential
To give you more room to store items in a smaller bedroom it might be wise to consider choosing furniture which offers additional storage space in the form of under dressing table drawers or bedside tables with cupboard and / or drawer space. This enables you to leave your surfaces clear and still have everything to hand that you want. Fortunately furniture which boasts extra storage potential does not need to be functional and ugly; far from it in fact.

Use the Walls
Clutter is often a problem in smaller rooms however if you utilise the storage as discussed above and also use your wall space this issue could be dramatically reduced if not eliminated. Why not use attractive wall-mounted shelving to house items off dressing tables and bedside tables, using pretty storage boxes, tray or baskets.

A novel way to hang practical items such as jewellery would be to create a fabric covered pin-board or hang them on, or utilise ornate photo frames (minus the glass). Making a feature of pieces in this way adds to the design of the room and also makes the most of the space available.

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Light is Your Friend
One problem many smaller bedrooms suffer from is a lack of light which may cause the room to look darker then it is and often smaller. Choose lighter coloured wood furniture, invest in window dressing which maximises privacy as well as allows as much light in as possible and where applicable use mirrors. Mirrors reflect light and also serve when placed correctly to make a room appear bigger than it is.

Choose Your Colour Scheme Wisely
In the same way that a small room with limited light makes a room look smaller so do dark colours. It isn’t necessary to create a pastel bedroom however if you want to incorporate a bright red or burgundy for example perhaps choose bedding and soft furnishing which use these colours on a lighter background.

 

Rather than being a room which causes problems, a smaller bedroom often offers the opportunity for you to unleash some rather clever and creative ideas so that you may enjoy a space that is unique to you, clutter free and looks attractive.

Arranging Your Perfect Dressing Table Area

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If you intend on having a dressing table area in your bedroom or dressing room it is important to ensure that you set it up properly so that it is both functional and attractive. Here are some points to consider when choosing a dressing table and when setting it up for use.

What Space Do You Have and Need
If your dressing table is to be place in a large master bedroom you have the option to choose any sized piece of furniture. It would be wise to consider though not only the space required for the table but also the stool or chair and that there will be adequate room to move.

If you have a smaller bedroom maximise your space by placing the table against a wall and hang items, reducing clutter on the dressing table top. Consider how many beauty tools, toiletries, pieces of make-up and similar you will need to store when choosing which dressing table design will work best for you.

Storage Solutions
Dressing tables come in all shapes and sizes and while not all of them do, many include storage drawers underneath. Maximise storage by using decorative small drawers on the top of the table itself.

Using dividers inside drawers to section off areas for specific items such as jewellery, make-up, hair products (etc) will make using your dressing table more enjoyable and items certainly easier to find.

Let There Be Light
When dressing your hair, putting on make-up, painting your nails or taking care of any of the health and beauty tasks commonly done at the dressing table it is important to consider light levels. if you are able to place the dressing table near a source of natural light, such as the window, as well as with adequate ceiling light you won’t need to add a lamp or similar to your dressing table top. If not, look for a lamp which is bright, attractive and ideally won’t take up too much room. An illuminated mirror also boosts the light levels over a dressing table.

Choosing a Mirror
When choosing a mirror for your dressing table, or choosing a dressing table which comes with a mirror consider what you will be using the table for. For example, will you need a three sided mirror which curves around the back of the table, allowing you to see the front, sides and when turning the back of your hair? Will you want a mirror which may be tilted or are you looking ideally for a portable mirror which sports a higher level of magnification?
Keeping it Pretty
The key to keeping your dressing table pretty is to keep it clutter free. Why not mount open and ornate picture frames on the wall behind the table to use for hanging necklaces and earrings? Use hooks to keep your hairdryer and other hot styling tools off the top and off the floor.

Utilise the storage options you have and dress your dressing table making it a stylish addition to the room in its own right, adding perhaps a photo frame, pretty trinket boxes or even a bud vase.

 

Lavish Some Love on Your Bedside Tables

Bedside tables are often ignored, unloved and worse a haven for clutter. It is bemusing really as these cabinets frame your bed and offer a wealth of practical storage as well as the opportunity to add an additional layer of design to your bedroom.

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Choose the Right Bedside Cabinet

Not all bedside cabinets are created equally unfortunately. In order to add something to your room rather than detract you need to find pieces which work alongside the other furniture in the room, either matching or complementing them in some way. Consider how much room you have, for example do you want, need and have room for a bedside table on either side or the bed and if so how big do they need to be?

Also consider how much storage you want your chosen pieces to incorporate. Would you like two drawers or would one be sufficient? Consider your choices carefully before buying.

Clear the Clutter

Bedside cabinets and tables attract clutter. Glasses, books, glasses of water, medication, tissues, jewellery and more often languish on the top making that part of your bedroom look untidy and spoiling the overall calming effect that you had wanted to create in your bedroom.

A top tip is to use the drawers or cupboards on the bedside cabinets to store your items so that items remain close at hand and organised while the top may be used for more decorative purposes.

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Dress Your Bedside Tables

When dressing your bedside cabinets you have a limited amount of space to play with therefore it is important to make it count. If a reading lamp is a must make it a spectacular piece which works perfectly with the existing décor and ideally doesn’t take up much room.

If you need a glass of water by the bed invest in a carafe and covered glass which again complements the style of the room.

Choose Quality Every Time

You could pick up some cheap and cheerful bedside cabinets for just a few pounds however they will not be as study, last as long or look anywhere as good as a quality set or individual piece would. Quality doesn’t necessarily have to mean overly expensive however it does pay to spend that little bit more to find the right pieces for your home.

 

 

 

Winter Wardrobe Organisation

One of the more depressing elements of winter kicking in is not so much summer and autumn ending but the fact that once again you are going to find yourself hauling suitcases of winter clothes out from under beds and out of cupboards. Once out items will need to washed, refreshed and ironed again and then of course the summer gear has to be packed away in their place.

Here at Room4Interiors we feel that the arrival of the dark nights should be spent curled up with a book in front of the fire not organising piles of clothes and that cold dark mornings should start with hot buttered toast and coffee, wrapped in a dressing gown rather than trying to hunt down the perfect winter outfit for that day’s weather.

With this in mind we’ve put together a mini guide to winter wardrobe organisation.

Invest in All Year Round Storage

To avoid the backbreaking and time-consuming seasonal changeovers of clothing why not invest in bedroom furniture which will hold everything with ease? Modular bedroom furniture may be designed with your clothing in mind so that all available space is used wisely.

With this type of clothing storage moving clothing around so that those items used most are to hand which makes choosing outfits quicker and easier. With overlaps in weather cycles, for example between spring and summer you may have anything from April Showers to bright, hot and sunny days having a range of all-weather clothing to hand makes sense.

Shoes and Boots

It is of course impossible to have too many pairs of shoes or boots however storing them all in a way which makes them easy to get to may sometimes cause problems. Again with modular bedroom furniture you may choose spaces which fit your collection so that your favourites and most used pairs are out and easy to find and others stored neatly in *boxes.

*Top tip – take photos of all your shoes and boots, print them off and stick to the front of the shoe boxes facing outwards. This way finding the perfect pair takes seconds and saves you opening box after box.

Accessories

Dependant on the weather it may sometimes be difficult to add pizazz to your winter wardrobe, especially when outdoors as everything is covered up by heavy coats and scarves. Choose accessories such as weatherproof hats (at a jaunty angle of course), brooches, dangly earrings and outerwear embellishments to make sure you look your very best even when it’s raining.

Of course the lack of sunshine, dark days and nights and seasonal events cry out for sparkles so ensure that all of your much loved accessories are stored where you can easily reach them, finishing off each outfit perfectly.

Moving from summer wear to winter attire needn’t be a traumatic event when you have a personalised modular clothing system. An added bonus to choosing furniture such as this is that our modular bedroom furniture collections look fabulous in any room making perfect interior design as well as fashion sense.

Ultimate Clothing Organisation

One of the main issues which pulls down the feel of a bedroom down is ineffective clothing storage which often results in clothing being left on top of chairs and drawers to be sorted another time. By changing your approach to clothing organisation you may completely alter the atmosphere of your bedroom.

As adults we seem to spend an enormous amount of time washing, drying and ironing clothing and so it makes little sense not to pay closer attention to how our clothes are stored. Effective clothing storage should allow enough room for all items to be stored appropriately, will make them easier to put away, get out and should eliminate the creasing that occurs when clothes are squeezed into already full drawers or cupboards.

First Have a Clear Out

Often the biggest problem when it comes to a lack of clothing storage space is having too many items of clothing, footwear and accessories. If you use them all then that is fine, and with modular bedroom storage it is possible to properly store all of them for easy access. If however you have clothing in four different sizes, clothing that has definitely seen better days and items which you know won’t be worn again then a clear-out is required. Sell, donate or bin anything that you can’t, won’t or don’t wear.

Plan Your Storage

Having decluttered your clothing collection you now need to consider which items you wear regularly and what kind of bedroom furniture you need. Modular bedroom furniture allows you to customise the storage you need to suit your own specific needs and incorporate areas specifically for dresses, trousers, jeans, work suits etc.

Having separate sections for underwear, ties, nightwear, shoes and so on will enable you to quickly and easy find what you are looking for makes putting clothes away a much simpler job.

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Use Your Modular Bedroom Furniture Wisely

Once you have purchased and installed your fabulous new clothing storage system it is important to use it in the most effective way possible so that you don’t fall back into bad clothing storage habits and so that you may reap the huge benefits of having proper bedroom furniture.

Remember to rotate your clothing as the seasons pass so that you have the most appropriate clothing to hand when the weather changes. Take advantage of this bespoke type of system so that putting together outfits for any occasion couldn’t be easier.

Having completely revolutionised the way that you view and utilise clothing storage furniture, stay on top of clothing clutter so that you may continue to enjoy a clean, clutter free and relaxed bedroom. Enjoy your time once more in a bedroom where clothing has a home of its own and you have a room that feels more of a haven than a jumble sale.