9 Expert Tips for Renovating a Small Space

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9 Expert Tips for Renovating a Small Space

Are you having problems redesigning a small room? Many experts explain a bedroom needs at least 70 square feet (6.5 square meters), which allows for a twin bed, small dresser, and walk space. Here are some tips and tricks to make a small space cozy and uncluttered.

#1 Add Big Furniture to a Small Room

This can include different options like adding a canopy bed or a big chair to the small room. Make sure there’s still enough walking space around the furniture so it won’t affect navigating around the space.

Small furniture in small rooms might seem more logical, right? In terms of perception, it can actually make the room feel smaller.

When you add a large dresser in the room, for example, it becomes the room’s focal point. This will cause a person’s eyes to wander throughout the room, which seems to create more space.

Do some experimenting with scale to find the best setup. You could figure out which large furniture piece creates the best “wow factor.”

#2 Pick Space-saving Beds for Bedrooms 

We spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, so it’s a big issue when remodeling a small bedroom. There are different ways you can save space in a small bedroom.

Small Beds 

The smallest bed size for adults is twin beds. Simply adding this size bed with dimensions (39″ X 75″) or (96.5cm X 190.5cm) is one of the best saving-options you have.

You could also create a floor bed by placing topper and base mattresses directly on the floor. A bed minus the bed frame can save tons of space. However, make sure you make a proper mattress selection if you want to ensure durability and comfort.

Other Options 

Besides small beds, you can also go with bunk beds, folding beds, and beds with underneath storage. These are other ways to save space.

#3 Create an Illusion of Space

Besides physically expanding a room, an alternative plan is to create the perception of a larger room. As the people behind a progressive master’s degree in product and interior design teach us, design is all about understanding life’s complexity, reinventing it, and learning the importance of adaptability, commitment, and the art of change. In our case, this includes the use of different elements, including:

Rugs

You can place a large rug anywhere in the room, or a runner rug at the door.

Textiles 

This helps to create the appearance of fullness compared to dull surfaces like wood or cement.

Mirrors/Windows

Adding mirrors and fake high windows can help to create an illusion of space. Adding mirrors throughout the room can help to make the room seem larger. You can also add fake high windows that have the same effect.

High Furniture 

Some options include hutches and stacked tools to give the appearance of extra space. This mixing of short and tall furniture can create the illusion of more space compared to all short or all tall furniture pieces.

Blank Space

When decorating walls in a small space, the “less is more” rule applies. For example, adding a few pieces of wall décor can prevent the wall and room from feeling cramped. That’s because the eyes have to wander from one piece to the other.

#4 Use Wall Décor for Storage Space

When all storage space is on the floor, it can make the room look and feel cluttered. There’s an easy fix. Pick some wall décor that can double as storage space. This will help to free up floor storage pieces.

Reducing clutter in a room can provide several benefits. Besides making it easier to navigate around the room, it can even help you feel more relaxed before you doze off in your bedroom.

#5 Raise the House’s Ceilings  

This isn’t something you’ll need to do in every room. It’s recommended you raise them in the main living spaces like the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. When the heights of more private rooms stay lower this helps to maintain a cozier atmosphere.

The key is for the ceiling height to be proportional to the room size. This is why lower ceilings are better for smaller rooms.

#6 Add Storage Everywhere in the Room

You can take this approach in any room, ranging from bedrooms to kitchens. The key is to add storage areas in often overlooked spaces. For example, you can turn wall décor into storage areas, so they’re both decorative and functional.

When redesigning different home rooms, you can use different techniques. In the kitchen, you can turn hood vents into storage areas. In living rooms, under-couch drawers can store stuff. Bedroom bookshelves are a practical option in living spaces. Pull-out closets are another option for hidden storage areas.

#7 Add More Natural Light

This is another effective way you can help to create the illusion of space in a room. Maximize the amount of natural light in a room to extend sightlines past the room’s interior. The process can be quite simple and involve tweaks like lowering window sills.

An added plus is low window sills provide extra entry/exit points for children. This allows the windows to double as alternate doors, which is another space-saving benefit.

#8 Create Visual Balance in a Room 

When renovating a room 9big or small), you might want to create balance through Feng Shui. You can even get creative in balancing out any odd setups.

When redesigning a small space, sometimes ideal plans must be sacrificed for needed functions. There are different steps you can take, like lowering wall art to create visual “weight.”

Here’s another option. You can also put a plant beside a sofa for better balance when you can’t position it directly between two windows.

#9 Add Customized Cabinets 

This is a method you can use in different rooms, like kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Cabinets are automatically space-saving since their main function is storage.

Recessed cabinets are another space-saving option since they’re built into the wall. Besides that, they usually have deeper shelves than standard cabinets, which make them the ultimate space savers.

Customized cabinets allow you to design small cabinets that fit perfectly into a compact space. In some situations, it can be impossible to find store-bought cabinets for small rooms.

When renovating small rooms, it’s important to see the process as a challenge versus a limitation. The good news is you can use a wide range of methods to create space or the illusion of it. They include options involving ceilings, furniture, storage, lighting, and mattress selection. The most important step in renovating a small room is making it your room.