These tricks will help you maximise space and make the most of out of your tiny bedroom — because bigger isn’t always better.
You may have read our previous article on 7 most affordable duplexes/studios for rent in Klang Valley (if you haven’t, you know what to do at the end of this article) and decided that its time to have your own space. Now it’s time to learn how to squeeze every square foot of space out of it to get your money’s worth.
As much as we try to tone down our hoarding tendencies, over time people can’t help but accumulate a lot of things. Focusing specifically in the bedroom, which is where we tend to store at least half of our nonsense, space is a real commodity – and it’s worse if you live in a small studio apartment. So you have to be smart about how you maximise very nook and cranny of your 500 sq ft loft, what more trying to make the most out of the humble bedroom that comes with it. Do you prioritise a big bed or wardrobe? What about a desk?
There’s actually a few different things you can do to make use of every little inch.
1. Plant hangers
If you have a window in your bedroom – and you should! – then you can add some plant hangers. As these hang from the ceiling, they don’t require any floor space. So you’re saving space while adding some green! Tip: If you’re not fussed about having real plants, go ahead and hang up some fake ones!
2. Platform bed
You can kick out those monsters and dust bunnies and get some clear storage containers to keep rarely used items under your bed like spare blankets and chunky winter clothes for when you travel. You could also invest a little bit more and build a platform bed with built in drawers and shelving.
3. Floating shelves
Walls are more than just for hanging photos and paintings. One way to maximise space is to install shelves just below your ceiling and even just above your door frame. You can also install floating shelves as a bedside table. Remember, walls are your friends.
4. Foldaway desk
One gripe I have with small rooms is the lack of a functional workspace. The solution: get a foldaway desk! These are easily available in many furniture stores and it’s a great way to quickly create space when you need it.
5. Door organisers
One space that goes underutilised in most rooms are doors. Either buy a door organiser or attach railings and hooks to the back of your door yourself to hang scarves, accessories, ties, and even shoes. And this works for cupboard doors as well.
6. Mirrors with hidden storage
This one serves the dual purpose of both giving your some hidden storage space while also making your room feel more spacious. A full length mirror that slides open to reveal slim shelving is a great alternative to bulky vanity tables. And hiding your toner, mousse, pomade, brush, etc behind the mirror also make your room look neater and therefore bigger.
Remember that foldaway desk? You can install a pegboard just above that desk – or on any bare wall. Pegboards are versatile, so you can hang small baskets for stationary, hooks for accessories, notes, photos and so much more.
Tip: You don’t have to use all these tricks in one go, but implementing just two or three of these that best fits your needs will make a tremendous difference. And remember, keep it minimal – too many ornate designs can make your room feel cluttered.
Written by Kathleen Fernandez | Edited by Mira Soyza