10 Good Wardrobe Design Tips for Small Bedrooms

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All San Diego home designers know just how small bedrooms can get. Dependent on house size and when the home was built, bedrooms can almost be seen as an afterthought, leaving you with only a little space for a proper wardrobe. Here at House To Home, we’re a premier design build firm. Our mission is to take your house and turn it into a home, all while delivering the highest quality product and an incredible customer journey.

With over 25 years in the industry, we’ve seen some small bedrooms and even smaller wardrobes, so it’s safe to say we’ve picked up some tips along the way. We’ve put together our top 10 good wardrobe design tips for small bedrooms.

Use Mirrors or Glass

Utilizing mirrors or glass in any design sense is key when trying to give the illusion that the space is more significant than it actually is.

Most of the time, wardrobes have doors covering the internal contents. However, using mirrors as the exterior or panes of glass is a great way to give the illusion that your small bedroom is actually quite large. This is because mirrors reflect the space, whereas glass gives the feeling of depth. Having either of these in a small bedroom is a win for any small space.

Take Advantage of Height

When people think of wardrobe, they only consider where they can reach. But when you are in a small space, you need to get creative with how you use the room. Taking advantage of height is a great way to use all your space.

Height doesn’t always have to mean hanging storage, either. Any full-service remodeling company can create drawers, shelving and custom installs to fit your wardrobe needs.

Expand Your Headboard

This tip can only work for some spaces, but it works incredibly well when it does. Expanding your headboard essentially means building out from the wall it’s sitting against. By doing so in a small space, you’re expanding the wall and all the storage space that goes with it.

Along with using the space for clothes, it’s also a great feature in any room. You can use a combination of open and closed shelves, giving you a chance to add your favorite styling items.

Use Angles to Your Advantage

Remember how we said you have to get creative when you’re in a small space? Using angles to your advantage is just another way to do this. Often with small spaces, you have awkward angles that aren’t used for much. House to Home can work with you, discovering ways to utilize spaces so that they can be used for storage. We’re able to provide design solutions that are unique to you and your space. Our portfolio is home to some great examples of House To Home providing design solutions to design and functionality problems.

Add Internal Lights Where You Can

Lighting has the ability to change any space dramatically. In addition to using it in bedrooms and wardrobes, using lighting correctly in all other areas of your home is a great way to open up your space. A fantastic example is using lighting to spruce up your old kitchen.

Using it in and around your wardrobe is no different. Specifically, internal lights can make it feel as if your wardrobe is double the size than what it actually is. So not only is it a great practical feature that enhances your wardrobe for daily use, but it’s also one that will improve your daily routine of getting dressed and ready.

Go Fully Custom

Of course, being a home designer in San Diego, it’s hard not to be biassed. But a fully custom wardrobe is one of the best ways to use all the space you have. Also, by having a full team of home designers and builders, we can complete a site visit and have drawings and or renderings completed prior to starting construction, giving you visualization and recommendations of what can be done with the space.

Going with the option of a completely custom wardrobe isn’t for everyone. It depends on how long you’ll be staying in the home and if you are certain that your bedroom will remain a bedroom and not turn into a home office down the road. If you’re certain that an entirely custom wardrobe is what you want to be done, get in touch with our team, and we can start your wardrobe journey.

Use All of the Extra Space and Corners That You Can

Corners can often be neglected and forgotten about. However, similar to optimizing every corner of your home, you can do the same for your bedroom. Small corners and nooks can be used for wardrobe storage. While it isn’t a whole lot of space for most, it’s enough to fit a large portion of your wardrobe, freeing up some much-needed space.

Utilize Under Bed Storage

Again, this may not be the first trick you do when adding wardrobe space, but using under bed storage is a great way to put away clothes you don’t wear during the cooler or warmer months. It’s a design tip for decluttering. You can hide what you don’t regularly use and pull out clothes when needed.

Create a Wardrobe Wall

Being a home designer in San Diego, we’ve seen this trend come into the industry. Creating a wardrobe wall is the perfect solution if your wardrobe is bursting at the seams. A wardrobe wall is one dedicated wall to custom cabinetry and joinery that maximizes the living space in the room and adds a feature to your bedroom. Being a premier building and remodeling company, we can complete a site visit and make a professional recommendation if this solution is right for you. Again it’s not a solution that can work in every space, but it’s worth mentioning and looks fantastic, all while providing excellent practicality when it does work.

Consider a Full Remodel

This tip isn’t for everyone, but for those with a small home who need a home designer in the San Diego area, House to Home is here to help. A complete remodel of a room or an area of your house is sometimes the only solution to give you the space you need. A remodel of any size or design addition to your home will add tremendous value. Also, it’s worth investing in if you plan to sell the home anytime soon to boost property values. Obviously, this is a case-by-case basis, but it’s definitely a solution that works.

Other Design Tips for Small Bedrooms

If an entire remodel or a wardrobe wall isn’t the solution you’re looking for or ready to commit to, we’ve listed below some other design tips for small bedrooms to help you in the interim.

Declutter and Organize

Decluttering and organizing any space immediately gives the illusion of a bigger space. Taking the time to go through the contents of your wardrobe every season is the perfect opportunity to clear out your clothes and eliminate any excess clutter.

Consider Relocating Certain Items

If you’re struggling with space, consider going through your wardrobe and consider what you can relocate and move to free up space. A great example of this is using other areas of your bedroom or home, such as under bed storage or moving oversized jackets and boots into the linen cupboard. Although there are better solutions, it will help make your everyday dressing less frustrating.

Final Thoughts

Here at House To Home, we’re committed to turning your house into a home. With over 25 years in the industry, we’ve seen the challenges that our clients have gone through with their homes and how we’ve been able to give their homes a new life through our design and renovations. If you’re seriously considering a remodel in any form, our team would love to hear from you. Located in San Diego, our home designers are here to help