Guest Author - Maureen L Staccato
Trying to utilize smaller spaces in your home can be a challenge at times as well as aggravating. When space is limited, it is important to be as creative as possible to utilize space for function as well as eye appeal. Bedrooms are a common and popular challenge when it comes to making the most of your space.
You have a bedroom reserved for your guests and as you walk by the bedroom door, you stop to take a glance. You know there has to be a better way to utilize the space, yet it seems to be more of a catch- all rather than a guest room.
Well, I can tell you that I have been in the same boat and there is nothing more aggravating than trying to resolve the catch-all. Here are some suggestions and ideas that I have used myself that work well when it comes to small spaces! Not only will these ideas provide space saving, but will also enhance the look of your space as well.
The full functioning headboard! Your wall space is limited, yet you need shelving space for your precious collectibles, books or other personal items. Turn that wall space above your bed into a usable storage/display area. You can have as little shelving or as much shelving as you desire. This is a great opportunity to be creative as well as provide function for your guest room.
I had a twin bed in my 9x11 guest room. Obviously not a big room by any means and I had to be resourceful as possible to make the most of the space. I came up with an idea that I knew would kill two birds with one stone. The headboard that came with the twin bed was plain and just a typical headboard. I knew that the space above the bed was just begging to be used. Time to do something about it!
To launch this project, I had 18 inch wide shelving that started at the threshold of the headboard sides and just above the headboard I started the full width of the shelving. I actually ran the shelving the full height of the wall which not only provided plenty of space for storage, but also draws the eye upward to visually create a larger room effect.
I sanded and stained the wood to match the bedroom furniture so it worked well. There are many options here such as painting the wood to match a particular part of the decor, staining the wood or even just leaving it more natural. The choices and options are endless. Remember, this is your baby so make it as creative and personal as you desire.
The shelf just above the actual bed, I installed small lighting so there would be lighting available for reading in bed. You may opt just to place a small lamp, once again the possibilities are endless.
This idea works well for a child's bedroom as well. Just remember, no matter how big or small you decide to go, take the opportunity to be creative and customize your shelves to fit your decor as well as your needs.