Small Space Ideas for the Bedroom and Home Office
Small space decorating can be a big challenge. Steal these smart ideas to transform your cramped and colorless bedroom or home office and maximized your space.
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With the bedroom complete, the couple started to brainstorm solutions for their open loft space. It would be used primarily as Buzz's workstation, but had to also double as extra sleep space where up to three guests could sprawl out on air mattresses. Briana saw the project as an opportunity to play with pattern, especially since the space was lacking in character. She came across a self-sticking wallpaper known as Tempaper that was created for renters unable to hang permanent wallpaper in their apartments or lofts. With the help of a handyman, Briana covered the walls of the space in a shiny silver mid-century modern pattern that coordinated well with the look and feel of the bedroom downstairs.
In order to ensure plenty of workspace without eating up the entire 8-by-10-foot area, Buzz opted for an industrial-modern desk that he centered in the room. Since the desk was not pushed up against a wall, the arrangement made the room instantly seem larger. This was also helpful in creating extra space for the couple's bikes, which need to be wheeled in and out of the space frequently. Keeping in mind that mobility was key to make room for air mattresses to accommodate guests, Buzz stuck with pieces on casters that could be easily rolled out of the way.
Choosing the right desk for the space was the most important design element for the upstairs work area. In addition to casters, Buzz chose a desk that would reduce clutter. To avoid a tangle of messy cords, the desk is outfitted with integrated wire management thanks to a pair of 2-inch holes placed towards the back of the top. The desk also featured hidden shelving to contain many of the things Buzz needs on a day-to-day basis, keeping the items within reach yet clutter free.
With both of these spatially-challenged spaces maximized, Briana and Buzz now have ample space to work from home and sleep comfortably. And now, when company comes in to town, there's plenty of space upstairs for them to stretch out. After having successfully applied space-saving solutions to all the main spaces of their loft, the couple has become hooked on small space decorating. Briana adds, "We're kind of becoming addicted to maximizing our space, but we've almost run out of rooms to make over. I think our teeny-tiny bathrooms may be next!"
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