Decorating small bedrooms can be a challenge, but there are some furniture options that can help. Finding beds that can tuck away during the day or ones that offer sleeping arrangements for more than one person can make the most of limited space. The following options are both beautiful and efficient to make an aesthetically pleasing room while taking up as little area as possible.
Shared spaces can benefit by incorporating bunk beds. The stacked beds take up less floor space that can be used by younger children as play space. Older children can use the extra space bunk beds afford for bookshelves or study desks. Instead of stacking one directly on top of the other, some bunk beds offset the two beds in an L-shape and include a built-in desk or bureau, further making use of a small area. Ladders are still the most common way to get to the top bunk, but some newer designs incorporate steps that are not as steep to climb.
Trundle beds are a great solution for socially active children and young adults. A second mattress and frame slide beneath the main bedding structure and can be pulled out when needed. The one drawback is that if the bed is placed next to the wall, the person on the main mattress must crawl over the lower level mattress to exit the bed. For this reason, although trundle beds can be used on a nightly basis in a shared bedroom, they are more conveniently used by a guest for the occasional sleepover.
Children that like to entertain in their bedrooms and young adults starting out in studio apartments often choose daybeds. A daybed functions as a couch during the daytime and transforms into a bed at night. They come in a variety of styles and colors to suit any decor, and covers are available to change the look of the room when redecorating. Metal headboards and footboards add a touch of class to the room, while wood at each end creates a warmer, country-like ambiance. The pillows on the back of the couch can be fluffy or firm, depending on a person’s preference. A daybed can literally conform to any taste, style or desire.
If space is not an issue, a sleigh bed is an attractive addition to a large bedroom. On a sleigh bed, the headboard is considerably larger than the footboard, and both roll outwards at the top. The overall appearance resembles and old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh, thus the name. They originated in France and made their way to America in the 19th century where sleigh beds remain a popular choice for many people. Most often, the headboard and footboard are made of wood that is finished in its original color, making the sleigh bed a wonderful choice for traditional or country decor.