While it wasn’t love at first sight, our loft bedroom grew on me. It was the little things that stood out; the fitted wardrobe, the crevices that unlocked a multitude of secrets. The juxtaposition between the high and low ceilings, ladled with character. It was a large double bedroom true, but I kept comparing it to the bedroom I had before, where I had the wardrobe of my dreams. And yet, our loft bedroom was far better than what I had before. There was more space, we just had to know how to use it. It was all about choosing the right bed, curating the perfect furniture, and knowing how to add space in a bedroom with irregular proportions. When I realized that our bedroom had potential, I fell in love. It was quirky, reflected our personality, and was in the heart of East London. What more could I want?
And so our love affair with our room began to transpire. The crevices where our cats sparkled, and came alive. A hidden treasure trove of treats waiting for them to explore. The hidden space where we could put boxes, bags and suitcases. Charity bags filled to the brim with old clothes, waiting for a new home. Boxes filled with scrapbooks, memory books, and cards, memories immortalized. Even when we clambered out of the crevices, happiness awaited. We threw upon the fitted wardrobe, where a rainbow of colours peeped out. Coats, jackets, suits, and dressing gowns. A yoga mat perched nonchantly, minding its business. To the right of it was a hanging rail, mens clothes galore. Suit trousers, and dark green tracksuits, t-shirts rumpled and crumpled.
There were mirrored wardrobes on the opposite side too; wardrobe one had sequin dresses, and ballgowns, pastel handbags on the shelf above waiting. Next to it, it was the wardrobe where prints, and colours mixed. A green polka dot bandeau top, and maxi skirt. A red floral kimono with elaborate sleeves. And who could forget the cow print jacket, and mini skirt, with its own matching bucket hat? Then there was the bed, proud and prominient, with several cupboards around it, filled with glorious clothes. Floral maxi dresses danced with flouncy blouses. Block colour jumpsuits threw tropical themed shorts into a whirl. The clothes were endless, but the loft bedroom still looked large, and spacious.
It was little wonder, given how cleverly they had employed storage solutions. The mirrored wardrobes, and the fitted cupboards. The hidden cupboards within cupboards like a game of inception. Headbands, and accessories lurked within, greens, blues, purples, and greens waiting to be worn. The cupboards that flanked the bed, carefully packed with clothes. There was the eaves, where more cupboards awaited, swimwear dancing with underwear, pyjamas conversing with casual wear. It seemed like a lot of cupboards, but there was two of them!
And who could forget A’s precious mantlepiece, home to her beloved hats, tiaras, crowns, jewellery, sunglasses, and selected headbands? An embellished Mickey Mouse headband, with glistening ears in white. A red flower crown reminiscient of Frida Kahlo, A’s signature look. A rose gold watch sleeping in a plethora of crowns, sparkling and bedazzled. Subtlety wasn’t a word in A’s dictionary, yet somehow the room looked clean, minimalist, and large. Although there were bold bedroom ideas, it wasn’t over the top. With the right storage solutions, their bedroom had become a wonderland, where space thrived.
Even with a smaller loft bedroom, space could be maximized. And so she took her laptop out, and began typing. Transforming into a fairy godmother of interior design, the ideas kept coming. Inspired by her own adventure, she would highlight all the storage solutions they had tried, and tested, to add extra storage. After all, when you had as much stuff as A did, it was a miracle that the flat was tidy. With a swish of her wand, the list was complete, bippity boppity boop. She smiled, her work here was done.
Buy An Ottoman Or Divan Bed To Maximize Space
Without a shadow of a doubt, A knew that loft bedrooms were beautiful, cozy, and intimate. Yet despite this, the sloped ceilings, sky windows, and irregular angles made it an interior design struggle. Still A liked a challenge, and knew how to maximize the space in her bedroom. Currently, she had a simple bed, with a bed frame that she had painted green, with ample space underneath the bed. And yet A preferred to keep that space clear, as the cats liked to sleep underneath it. That being said, they were currently looking at Ottoman Beds and Divan Beds, to add extra storage.
For starters, the Ottoman beds had hidden storage capabilities. They would lift up the bed to unveil an empty space, where they could put extra bedding, including sheets, pillows, duvets, and protectors. At the moment A had all of these in the coat and blazer cupboard, which was becoming increasingly cramped. With an Ottoman bed, she could free up space, while having a stylish addition to the cozy bedroom. The low foot end was a miracle worker too. It would not only accentuate the bed, but it would also give a more open look to the room.
On the other hand the Divan Bed (though similar), had different storage capabilities. For starters, they could ‘add extra storage’. Whether they needed 2 drawers, a slidestore, side opening ottoman or end opening ottoman, their wishes would be granted. For A, if they were going for a Divan bed, she would prefer one with memory foam, and a slidestore. Again it would be for storing extra bedding. Out of the two, A was probably leaning more towards an Ottoman bed, but time would tell. Both beds had clever storage solutions to free up space, were comfortable, and high-quality.
Choose Fitted Wardrobes To Store Clothes
A had both ‘freestanding’, and fitted wardrobes, and loved how it opened up her loft bedroom. But when it came to ‘hidden storage’, the fitted wardrobe would win every time. It was subtle and inconspicious. With the ability to create three times more space, it turned her loft bedroom into a storage haven. A’s fitted wardrobe was already part of the flat when she moved in. It was minimal, yet when she opened it up, had plenty of hanging rails for her coats, blazers, suits and jackets. There was also ample floor space, where she added a small cupboard filled with headbands. To the left of it was extra bedding, a yoga mat, and additional cardigans, coats, and bags.
Fitted wardrobes made use of awkward spaces, without compromising the room. In A’s eyes, it was the best thing since vegan sausages, and that was saying a lot! After all, traditional wardrobes were often clunky, in a loft room. Why? Because it was hard to get it to fit snugly against the wall. Although A’s freestanding mirrored wardrobes were an exception, she wasn’t taking any chances. It was a functional bedroom storage must have that had been around for centuries. Popular since the 1800’s, built-in wardrobes could be fitted into any space. Awkward spaces were a thing of the past, and despite the low ceiling, it worked. After all built in wardrobes were made to be functional.
Install Floating Shelves And Units
If there was one thing that A had learnt about having a bedroom in a loft, it was the importance of adaptability. After all, with more eaves than she could count wardrobes, she was lost in a sea of dimensions. Though she had plenty of wardrobes, and cupboards, she needed shelves for her books, shoes, and miscallenous bits. At the moment, she had a bookshelf downstairs, and a shoe cupboard which was bursting at the seams. She wanted to free up space in her open plan living room, and add character to her bedroom. Floating shelves would allow her to organize her books in a unique way, while freeing up space in the shoe cupboard too.
But what type of floating shelf would she go for? Would it be the wall mounted table, tiered floating shelves, foldable wall shelf, or floating shelf with drawer? For the leftover books that needed a home, the tiered floating shelves seemed like the obvious option. Why? Because it was creative, could be wall-mounted, and helped tidy up her living space. She could picture it now, lying in bed with a well thumbed copy of a book, down to the last page. The other books would glint at her mischievously, to the left of her head, conspiring to be read. On other hand, there was the shoes, what would she do with them? She would place a floating wall mounted shelf in the crevices, where her shoes could roam freely with happiness.
Use Mirrors To Add The Illusion Of More Space
In their bedroom, they had large IKEA custom wardrobes, with mirrored panels. At first A was only going to do two mirrors, but then she realized that four large mirrors would add dimension and space. The mirrors helped open up their room, and made it feel brighter and larger. It wasn’t just for aesthetic reasons either; as A loves to dance, it doubled up as a dance studio in the bedroom. It helped them from an excercise point of view too, showing them how to improve their posture, movement, and positioning.
Sure most traditional wardrobes were clunky, and chunky, cutting into your space. But adding mirrors to the wardrobes were a game changer. It created the illusion of a bigger bedroom, even with the high-low ceilings. They had to be precise with their measurements when designing the custom wardrobes, but somehow it worked. Building it as high up to the ceiling as they could, this helped stretch out the mirrors. The cats loved it, they loved it, and the bedroom loved it. A knew that mirrors made a room look larger, but always wondered how. It was simple really. The illusion of depth was created by the reflection in the mirror. When they looked at the reflection, it was almost like the room was opening up before their eyes.
Use The Colour White To Make Small Spaces Feel Bigger
White was a bedroom classic. It was clean, functional, and calming. Though A was a fan of bright colours, she couldn’t help but agree that it helped open up a room. After all her loft bedroom was white, with accent colours of green dotted around the room. It felt light, clean, and fresh. It was a chill out zone, that wasn’t overwhelming. After all white helped reflect light, and made the walls recede. Even with the high-low ceilings, the white paint made the small spaces seem larger.
Some of her cupboards were also white, but she was planning to paint these green to match the accent colours. Nevertheless, considering A was very much a maximalist, the white added balance to the bedroom. A preferred the walls to be bright, and light, and let the furnishings do the talking. After all she had the printed bed spread, the colourful rug, and mantlepiece filled with a plethora of accessories that added character to the room. The white ceilings, and wall made the room seem timeless, and sophisticated. Where dark walls made rooms appear smaller, lighter colours would diffuse light.
A knew that there was an infinite number of storage possibilities. From open clothing racks to minimize the use of wardrobes, to rows of drawers, bookcase dividers, and ‘false walls’, decorating your loft bedroom didn’t have to be difficult. But undoubtably, the tips she had chosen were her favourite. After all, it was a winning combination to have a storage bed, mirrored wardrobes, floating shelves, and fitted cupboards. When it came to making the most of both large, and small space, A had it nailed.
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