Tips for a Small Downtown Bedroom

bigstock-Very-modern-bed-in-urban-apart-48712124Los Angeles is known for small apartments with big rental prices. It isn’t about the space in California; it is about the location. When you are downtown, you are in the heart of everything and you can’t put a price on that. Unfortunately these small apartments have even smaller bedroom spaces and while you might not spend all day in you room, you want some space in your personal sanctuary. There are some ways you can decorate and give a little life to your small bedroom without risking your security deposit in the process.

Use Patterns

Keep the bedroom simple, because too much can make a room feel cramped and small. Add a single splash of pattern, such as a colorful headboard, a wall with temporary wallpaper or a patterned rug. Avoid layers of patterns if you can.

Use Shelves and Minimize Your Belongings

Sometimes you just have to decide what you need and what you don’t. Get rid of the items you can live without — such as excess clothing. Use bookshelves or wall shelving for additional storage. Because California is prone to earthquakes, make sure your bookshelves and wall shelves are anchored appropriately so they don’t come crashing down.

Paint – If You’re Allowed To

Sometimes property owners let their renters paint. If yours is allowing it, use neutral colors that still give your room some personality aside from boring weight. Beige, light green or even grey colors can help add a touch of style to a room. Paint just a single accent wall to give the room the illusion it is longer.

Invest in a Quality Bed

You spend 6 to 8 hours a night in your bed, so you should invest in one that will make that enjoyable. Get a bed that isn’t too big for your bedroom, but still fits your needs. If you have a sleeping partner, you both need enough space to roll around, but also you need space to walk around. Murphy beds are popular in smaller apartments, especially if a queen or full-size bed literally takes up the entire room.

Add Light

When a room is dark it looks a lot smaller than it is. Add lights where you can and keep the blinds open during the day to give the room the illusion of more space.

Focus on Other Areas

Sometimes a room is just a room. You won’t be in there all day, but you want it comfortable enough when you are there. Focus on other rooms of the house that do have space, such as the living room. If you have the funds, get a two bedroom apartment so you can turn the second room into an office, reading room or craft area.

The more ways you can personalize your space, the easier it is to adjust to a smaller living space. Hopefully you’ll spend most of your time walking the boardwalks, hitting the sand and browsing the downtown area, but for the times you are home, make it your own.

Feb 2014