Somewhere in every house you'll find a tiny room that defies attempts to make it into something useful. Modern houses can suffer from small room syndrome more than most, as housing developers try to cram as many dwellings as possible into the land available. That tiny bedroom may seem like a lost cause for anything other than the smallest of kid's rooms or home offices, but with a little creative thinking it can be turned into a comfortable guest room. As long as it's big enough to house a small bed with enough space to stand and walk around, there are ways to incorporate sensible and attractive storage.
Take a serious look at the available options in bed types. Divans are comfortable and practical and with the option to change headboards the look can be altered completely in order to make the bed fit the decor theme and style of the room. Softly upholstered headboards suit traditionally styled rooms, while those preferring a more contemporary feel can switch to a metal work headboard in a myriad of scrolled, filigreed or functional styles.
The real beauty of divan beds for smaller rooms, however, lies within the base, where discreet drawers or sliding door reveal hidden storage spaces. Use drawers for spare bedding or blankets, or even clothes you'd normally place in a chest of drawers or dresser. Hidden away beneath the bed, this storage takes up no more space than the bed itself.
Shelving and Cupboards
When you're kitting out a small room, it might help to think of caravans. While they have nothing to do with bedrooms, caravan designers are the masters of making small spaces seem large.
By lifting narrow cupboards off the floor and fitting them high up on walls you can create masses of storage space for books or personal possessions that also doesn't restrict the floor space. Cupboards don't need to be deep to be useful. Imagine covered shelving to get an idea of the depth you're aiming for. On the fronts, fit mirrors, which serve a dual purpose of being practical as well as reflecting the light into the room and creating an illusion of more space.
Vertical storage is also great in smaller rooms. You can squeeze tall shelving units into corners that would otherwise be empty and wasted and use these for either clothing storage or decorative display purposes.
If space to the side of the bed allows, consider floating bedside tables or nightstands. Taking up less room than a conventional, floor standing bedside table, a shelf nightstand easily holds a lamp or alarm clock without occupying valuable floor space.
Keeping the decor light and bright brings a feeling of airy spaciousness into a room, so choose white or cream storage or shelving units rather than dark coloured ones. Injecting colour into the room can be done through soft furnishings, such as layering cushions and pillows onto divan beds or in the choice of curtains and carpeting or bedside rugs.
With very small rooms, you need to think outside the box and get a bit creative. Repurposing furnishings to suit your own circumstances can solve many storage problems.