When you have a narrow, small bedroom, you have to aim for the fewest possible furniture. The way you organize the furniture will directly influence your perception of the space available inside the room. Sit down and draw the furniture arrangement on a sheet of paper before you start to move stuff around.
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Combine two types of furniture into one
A great option for small bedrooms is a bed-desk or a hidden bed. It is assembled like a bunk bed, with the difference that the bed below is a desk where you work. Place it against the wall that is farthest from the door. Note that you should cover the walls in a way that there is an empty space left in the middle of the room, even if it has only the size of a narrow corridor.
If you do not want to have a combination bed-desk, place a desktop close to a window and, if possible, on the same wall of your bed’s headboard. Place the desk about one foot from the bed or on the other side of the window.
Normally, the cabinets or cupboards of the bedroom are placed on the corners of a wall. But if for some reason yours is in the center of the wall that is in front of the bedroom door, put the headboard of the bed (or feet) against that wall, aligned to a side of the room. Place your bedside table to the other side of the bed (if there is enough space, otherwise maybe you should do without it) and put your desk in the wall where the door is.
Instead of using a commode with wide drawers, get a high one to take advantage of vertical space. Even if you don’t get to the highest drawers, you can use them to store winter clothes or stuff that you don’t need on a daily basis. If you find a commode with the same height as your small bedroom (or if you get one built customized) it would help keep the room dust-free, as no dust will stay stuck at the top.
If you have a bedside table, put it next to the headboard. You might want to consider leaving it out if you are going to put the desk right next to the bed, as you could use the desk to set your alarm clock.
Table for the television
If there is a television in your bedroom, put a table on the opposite wall from the bed. You should always place the focal point (where most of your attention will be directed) opposite the bed. Consider putting a support for attaching the tv to the wall so you can have more space to move around in your small bedroom.
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