Use all the room height, even if it means using a step stool.
There was a period in my life that no matter what type of home I lived in, it was small enough that I had a super tiny closet (if at all) and my bed always touched three of four walls in the bedroom. Because of that I learned the importance of clever, yet peaceful bedroom organization. We recently posted on the principles of a Slow Home bedroom, and now read on for tips to make it work!
As a recap, here are the Slow Home Bedroom principles:
- Should be appropriate number of bedrooms for size of house
- There should be good natural light vent
- Should have an appropriately sized closet witout being super-sized
- Properly sized to fit a bed without wasting space and restricting circulation
- Avoid oversized bedrooms and undersized bedrooms that face side yards
Planning & Organization Tips
- Find a natural place for the bed location. Typically this would could be the longest section of wall where a bed wouldn't obstruct any doors or circulation. Good areas include the space between two windows or a wall across from the bedroom door — good Feng Shui recommends again locating the bed on the same wall as the door. If the room is small you may need to place the bed in one corner to maximize floor and circulation space.
- Arrange your furniture so that there is good access to bathrooms and closets. You want to be able to easily access these spaces without having to walk all the way around your bed or other furniture to reach them.
- If you're building new, provide more than one window, and if possible on more than one side of the room. This will help give a variety of natural light sources and views, as well as aid in cross-ventilation. Ideally these windows would face either the primary rear or front yards instead of the dark side yards.
- Keep the space bright and airy by installing window coverings that allow filtered light, but privacy when needed. Bedside lamps and overhead lights on dimmers will give you a variety of light levels and sources, as well as some mood lighting. If you can, install a ceiling fan to keep you cool without the A/C — a lot of people, myself included, like sleeping with a cool breeze.
- If the closets and bathrooms are accessible directly from the room, locate them on the inside/core of the house, so that they don't take up potentially valuable perimeter views to the exterior.
- Closets do not have to be large to be useful storage spaces. Make the most of your closet, even if it is tiny it can probably hold much more than you think. This means using the entire height of the closet: provide space at the bottom for shoes and laundry, shelves up high for less used items, and in the middle install clothes rods at a variety of heights for dresses, pants & skirts, and shirts. It may seem extravagant but a step stool and a built-in closet system will be a huge life savor when it comes to the bedroom (there are a lot of good inexpensive options available and I really love the ones at IKEA). If you do it right you might not even need a dresser.
- If there's enough space, use a bedside table and a chair somewhere in the room. The bedside table is not only another place for storage, but also a space to display flowers, art and the books read before bed. The chair offers another place to stop, rest and relax (and another back-up storage option).
(Images: 1. Liz Vidyarthi; 2+3. Elfa | Apartment Therapy; 4. Ashley S. Goodwin | Apartment Therapy; 5. Nuevo Estilo | Apartment Therapy)