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Got A Huge Bed? Here's How to Fit it Into a Tiny Bedroom

July 3, 2018
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No more rolling off the edge. Feeling constricted by your microscopic half of the mattress. Or being pushed to the brink by your significant other who sleeps like a starfish. When it comes to beds, the bigger the stretching room, the better!

Problem is, with bedrooms shrinking in size these days, fitting a king-sized crib can seem like a far-off dream. Well, it doesn't have to be - here's how you can fit in a huge bed even in a tiny room, with these 5 smart design tips:


1. Plot out the right size

It's all about the details. If you can set aside 203cm x 203cm as bed space; you could (technically) fit in a super king-size bed. Only question is, can you move about freely with the floor area remaining?

How to fit a large bed in a small room

Interior Designer: Nice Style Refurbishment

As such, do account for walking space - about 60cm around the perimeter of the bed. This is to ensure that there's ample room to get in and out of it without causing any bumps. Also, leave approximately 90 cm of space from your door to the bed to account for its swing.

How to fit a large bed in a small room

Interior Designer: GI Design Sdn Bhd

Always remember to take these measurements to see if your bedroom passes this initial 'test'. If it doesn't, it's a clear sign for a downgrade in bed size - to a queen bed, perhaps?

2. Make the bed the focus

For most of us, bedrooms aren't solely for sleeping - think wardrobes, study tables, dressers or a simple armchair for relaxing in. While a large bed would probably take up a bulk of your floor space, you can still squeeze in some key functional elements into it.

How to fit a large bed in a small room
How to fit a large bed in a small room

Interior Designer: AM Plus (Hong Kong)

Consider shifting your bed to the side to leave more open floor space for a table or wardrobe. Or, add storage space by building a platform bed frame with cubbies underneath and using floating shelves to make the most of unused wall space. If walking space is a concern, opt for sliding cabinetry instead to maximise every inch you've got.

How to fit a large bed in a small room

Interior Designer: Archiplan Interior Design

The key is making the bed the focus of the room - and incorporating other essential pieces around it. Skip out on loose, unnecessary furniture - it'll not only physically but visually clog up your limited space.

3. Skip the headboard

How to fit a large bed in a small room

Interior Designer: Nevermore Design

Depending on the size of the room, you may need to opt out of getting a headboard for your bedframe.

The headboard adds bulk to the frame and makes tiny rooms appear unnecessarily smaller. Opt instead for a divan without a headboard or a box base to prop up and support your mattress; it takes up less visual space and is just as sturdy.

How to fit a large bed in a small room

Interior Designer: In Him's Interior Design (Hong Kong)

If you can’t do without a headboard, consider getting a modified one that has multiple uses, such as a storage ledge or wall niche for displaying your art or storing night-time reading materials. Alternatively, fake one out - through a wallpaper or painted 'headboard' on your walls!

3. Be game for a slim frame

How to fit a large bed in a small room

Interior Designer: Pocket Square

On a related note, while a headboard can be skipped, a bedframe might be necessary unless you are opting for the traditional Japanese futon look. ‘Heavyset’ frames are a no-no in small rooms.

Your small bedroom would instead benefit from a slimmer, sleeker bedframe. Also, where possible, do choose taller, modest but sturdy, slanted or angled legs to lift the bed above the ground - the space or clearing gives a smaller room an ‘opened’ look.

4. Opt for light-coloured sheets

How to fit a large bed in a small room

Interior Designer: Klaas Design and Build

Next, it's all about aesthetic tricks to visually open up your tiny bedroom. Darker colours tend to further condense an already small space. Thus, when choosing your bedsheets, duvets or other coverlets, opt for light, warm and neutral hues, without heavy or large printing.

Your sheets don’t have to be plain or single coloured though. Try delicate prints against a lighter background and match warm neutrals with gentle pastels or pops of vibrant hues.

5. Forgo extra bedding pieces

How to fit a large bed in a small room

Interior Designer: Anki Law Interior Design Workshop (Hong Kong)

It pays to be simple in this case. Additional bedding materials like bed skirts and dust ruffles may add to a bed's 'plush and comfy' factor, but they can also seriously swallow up your bedroom. So, avoid anything overly fluffy, textured, printed or in a heavy material, and go for clean-cut, minimalist threads in light natural materials like linen and cotten for a bright, breezy look.


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