5 Tips for Creating a Sleep-Friendly Oasis in a Small Space


Small spaces in the home can be a tricky thing. While you may not need all kinds of space, when it comes to designing, decorating and setting up the room, that lack of space can severely decrease your options. If you have a small bedroom that you want to redesign, you may be struggling to find ways how to go about it. How can you have an impact when there is such little room to work with, and what feels like a few choices to make? Not only that but it still needs to be sleep-friendly so that you get a restful night’s sleep.

White and pale-gold designed bedroom
Used with permission of Lisa Furey Interiors

Here are five tips for creating a sleep-friendly oasis in a small space. There’s no need to struggle through the process.

Does Your Mattress Need to Be Replaced?

Because you want to create a bedroom that is both pleasing to the eye and comfortable for sleeping, this is a great opportunity to purchase a new mattress. Whether or not you get a new bed frame won’t matter, as a new mattress will provide a comfortable night’s sleep regardless.

As for the best mattress to get, you’ll need to figure out what firmness you like, what your sleep position is, the type of mattress (foam, gel, coil or hybrid) and the budget. Delving into each of these areas will help you to narrow down the options.

This could also be an opportunity to downsize the mattress, if possible, providing you with more space in the room. If you currently have a king-sized bed that takes up the entire room, downsizing to a queen will make a massive difference.

Choose a Light Bright Color Palette

Blue and white designed bedroom
Used with permission of Kara Miller Interiors and Brantley Photography

The color palette you choose for your room will also make an impact. If you want to create a serene and restful oasis for sleep, it’s best to go with a light, bright color palette. Neutral tones are usually the safest bet as well as cool tones that tend to calm people down. Dark colors often make small spaces feel closed in and even tinier.

Get Smart with Your Storage Solutions

When you picture an oasis, you don’t picture a cluttered space where you’re tripping over all kinds of items. So, this is another area for improvement. Typically, homeowners need to get creative with the storage solutions in small spaces, especially if you want them to look stylish.

Trick the Eye with an Oversized Mirror

Here’s a trick that interior designers use all the time and that’s to trick the eye with an oversized mirror. Hanging a mirror in the room will help to reflect light into the space, making it feel brighter and more open. It also creates the illusion of more space in the room. You can also pick one with a decorative frame so that it provides beauty and character.

Don’t Rely on the Overhead Light Alone

Double bed and a light on the night stand in the bedroom
Used with permission of Massucco Warner

An overhead light fixture is important in a bedroom but often it can feel too bright and harsh, especially if you’re trying to relax in the space. A space-saving tip for lighting is to install sconces since they are wall-mounted. You can place them on either side of your bed allowing you to customize how much light is in the room.

If you don’t like wall sconces you can use floor or table lamps as strategic lighting. These will take up more space, however, so you need to factor that into the design plan.

All of these tips will help you to create a bedroom that doesn’t feel closed in or small and is perfect for a restful night’s sleep.

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