Bedsits are smaller than studio apartments, and are usually the result of a larger property that has been subdivided to create multiple living spaces. They often appeal to young people and students who require space at a lower cost.
If you are moving into a bedsit, you will soon discover how important it is to make the most of the space you have! With that in mind, take a look at our suggestions below to see what you can do to save space in a bedsit.
As you know, furniture can take up a lot of room, but there are ways around this. It is possible to buy furniture that has built in storage. If there is a bed in the property already, look for pull out drawers to go underneath, if not, aim to get a bed that has drawers or storage compartments. Rather than using a conventional coffee table, look for one that has drawers, or alternatively you could use baskets or boxes to provide storage as well as a surface. Ottomans and chests double up as seating or a table as well as storage.
As we have mentioned above, duel-purpose furniture can provide you with additional storage, but you may already have furniture. Where possible, you could use DIY and upcycling to modify your existing furniture to be more practical. For example, if you have a table, you could fit shelves underneath it, or even a cupboard. If you have dark furniture, you could paint or re-upholster them in lighter colours to make your space appear larger and brighter.
Use Your Space
Now you know what you can do with your furniture, lets look at the rest of the available space. If you have high ceilings, use your walls. You can fit floor-to-ceiling shelves that are great for books, DVDs, as well as showing off ornaments. Other places that are ideal for shelves are above doorways, along the top of a room, in the hallway and above your bed. Try to make the most of every single bit of space, both on the floor and on the walls.
As a bedsit is a cross between three rooms, make sure that you keep the areas of the room separate. If the bedsit is open plan, you can use room dividers or curtains to section off specific areas. If your space is too small to do this, try using furniture as dividers.
Big and Bright
There are a few simple solutions you can use to create the illusion of space. The first and most important is decluttering. Don’t have lots of things out in the open, put them away wherever you can and make sure that everything you own has a home. The less you have out, or taking up space on the floor, the more flow there will be in your room. Mirrors are another way of opening up a space, as they can bounce light into the areas it may not necessary hit.
We hope that these suggestions have given you some inspiration for maximising space when moving into a bedsit.