There are plenty of reasons to ensure that your bedroom is as efficient as possible, from saving money on electricity to getting the best night’s sleep. Many people turn to the experts and pay thousands of dollars to help with this challenge, but you don’t have to be one of them. Here are 10 ways to make your bedroom more efficient right now without breaking the bank or spending too much time on it.
1) Use Built-In Storage
Underbed storage can be a great place to store out-of-season clothes or items you rarely use. If your space allows for it, you could even install drawers under your bed for added convenience. If you don’t have room for under-bed storage, consider using fitted beds with built-in drawers.
You could even create additional closet space by installing shelves above your bed that can double as nightstands and offer extra storage space during waking hours. You may be wondering where to find in-stock furniture, but you may boost storage in your bedroom by thinking outside the box.
2) Get Rid of Clutter
Decluttering your bedroom is a great place to start. The reason for keeping a clean, uncluttered bedroom should be apparent: you’ll fall asleep faster.
If you have difficulty sleeping, take an hour or two and tackle small areas of your room, like making sure every item has a home and getting rid of unnecessary items (or moving them out of sight). It will help keep your room tidy, but it’ll likely make you feel more relaxed in general.
3) Build a Platform Bed
If you’re trying to build your bedroom furniture on a budget, look no further than platform beds. They can be made for a fraction of what it costs to purchase a traditional mattress and also work well with low-cost storage space under them.
The classic design uses wood planks that fit together like building blocks, but newer designs allow for storage drawers right into them; just measure your space before purchasing one. If you go with a platform bed with built-in drawers, use at least 2-by-2 (or larger) lumber so they’re strong enough not to collapse underweight or under pressure from clothing.
4) Add-In Some DIY Lighting
Lighting can make or break your bedroom. For example, a lighting scheme that emphasizes gentle task lighting (in addition to warm ambient light) allows you to get ready for bed while still being able to read and watch TV without straining your eyes.
Add in some small lamps or wall sconces (like these). Track lighting is ideal; with dimmable bulbs, you’ll also be able to set your ambiance. Other ideas include:
- Hanging a chandelier over your bed.
- Using mirrored surfaces as additional lights.
- Creating a night light on a dimmer switch .
Once you’ve figured out what lighting looks best for you, add track lights or another type of fixture where it will have an impact.
5) Customize the Colors in Your Space
While you may be anxious to get started on a bold new design, it’s always a good idea to pay close attention to how you feel in your space. If you like where you live now but want an easier way to get ready in the morning, try decorating with neutral colors that aren’t too jarring or contrasting. Using calming tones will encourage a positive feeling and remind you of happy moments spent reading your favorite book or catching up with friends.
Neutral colors are also flexible enough for easy redesigns down the road. The best part? Choosing neutral colors means no one will argue about which choice is best!
6) Add an Indoor Hammock
You’ll get more out of your bedroom by making it multipurpose. Why not add a hammock indoors? Hammocks help promote better sleep by allowing you to relax your muscles and stay asleep longer. Plus, sleeping in a hammock will help reduce neck and back pain caused by pressure on those body parts while lying flat.
And, with an indoor hammock, you can turn almost any room into a bedroom—no mattress or bed necessary! Simply attach a ceiling hook or eyebolt near your desired height and hang it up. You can also hang hammocks from walls if they’re sturdy enough to hold weight. If they aren’t sturdy enough, opt for support beams that are rated for hanging without causing any damage to your home!
7) Hang Artwork on the Ceiling
Even though walls are convenient, if you’re interested in maximizing wall space, there are ways to do it that don’t require screwing into your plaster. For example, a little creativity and imagination (okay—and a few simple supplies) can transform your Ceiling into a unique art gallery.
You can create an instant room divider and display it by hanging pictures on metal rods from hooks attached directly to your ceiling beams. Using metal shelving can help you save even more wall space by storing stuff overhead where it won’t take up any area on your floor.
8) Skip Mirrors When You Don’t Need Them
Unlike a large bedroom, mirrors don’t offer any added value. They only take up space, and most people never look at them anyway. A mirror in your bedroom probably reminds you of all those wrinkles that need to be ironed out. So why not remove them? You’ll get more storage out of your room, and you won’t have to wake up every morning and face your imperfections. Remember, we all look better when we sleep in on weekends!
9) Add Extra Shelves
Before we get into 10 ways to make your bedroom more efficient, let’s talk about maximizing vertical space. It can be challenging with a mattress on one side and a closet on another, but you can still add extra shelves.
For example, if you have clothes in your closet or dresser wore, consider putting them up on an unused shelf. It adds usable storage space without taking up any floor space. If you install three new shelves in your room, that’s 3 feet of vertical storage for each shelf—that’s over 6 feet of vertical storage for those three items!
10) Think About Positioning Beforehand
A lot of bedroom design and construction revolves around positioning. Sometimes, you cannot do a lot if you’re short on space, but other times you can make smart design choices. For example, if your bedroom is located off a busy hall or large room that gets lots of traffic, it may be worth locating your bed at an angle instead of in line with the door—it will better hide traffic from visitors without blocking entryways.
Another smart option for positioning would be to use storage units (wardrobes and such) as room dividers or walls; they provide a quick fix for small spaces without building anything new (provided you have enough storage space!).
Conclusion: Your bedroom doesn’t have to be a wreck because you’re an adult. By following the tips, we outlined above and considering your style and preferences, you should be able to design a bedroom that works for you and meets your needs. So why not take advantage of all the space you have now? You deserve it!