As mentioned in Part 3, minimizing the amount of space your bed frame requires is an excellent method for designing a tiny bedroom. You have two options. One is to leave the space open so the room feels light and comfortable. The other option is to maximize the recaptured space by placing something more functional where the footboard used to be. (Go back and read Part 3 – Beds – if you want more detail.) Don’t be hesitant to try other types of furniture at the end of the bed.
For example, if you have a long, narrow room, try positioning a desk at the end of the bed. If the desktop is big enough, you can set your television on one side of the desk, facing the bed. Then create a visual wall by leaning a few tall framed photos against the back of the television. Slide a chair under the desk and you have a workspace. When your work for the day is done, simply walk around the desk and jump in bed and watch TV. Warning: This might be best for kids’ rooms. Most adults would love to take a midday nap, and the temptation may prove to be a challenge!
Another effective way to manipulate space is to create depth using mirrors. They open the room up psychologically because they reflect the entire volume of the room. Be sure to hang them in areas where they can work their magic. If they’re facing an area that no one ever occupies, then no one will get to enjoy the effect. They should face into the room.
Finally, increase space in the room by using furniture with rounded edges. They call it “cutting corners” for a reason. Angled corners take up a lot of mid-level area. Rounded corners on furniture are easier to navigate too. We’ve all had the thigh bruise from the sharp corner of a dresser. Curvilinear lines also contribute to the visual sense of continuity and this makes a room appear larger. They eye keeps moving around the room instead of coming to a stop at every hard edge
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