ARE you planning to realize that long-overdue room makeover to make your bedroom an even more relaxing and functional space for rest and recharge?

You are reading the right piece as we talked with Davao’s sought-after interior designer Charisse Puentespina and she gladly shared her tips on how to maximize small bedrooms to make it look and feel bigger than it actually is.

But before dwelling on the tips, how small is a small bedroom? To consider a bedroom small, it has to be at least 7.5 square meters.

SunStar Davao (SSD): How do you design a small bedroom?

Puentespina: First, you need to plan. Set your goals and your budget. Next, is to conceptualize. Bring the function into your space, identify the basic functions of the spaces that you need in your bedroom. You can do a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and plot it out. Define where your bed space, your closet, and your space to work or study should be. Then develop your design style for your bedroom. There are a lot of design styles to choose from. You can choose minimalist, modern, or both. Have fun and get creative.

SSD: But if the owner has no enough time, creativity, and patience to do so. What are the other option/s?

Puentespina: Other people would opt to hire interior designers to help them decide properly. At CPuentespina Interior Design and Architecture and ABFrank Modular Furniture, I always teach my team of designers to always consider the needs and ideas of our clients in coming up with design solutions. It is important that their design skills and the demands of our clients meet in between. We always listen to them; we are just instruments to make their visions come to life.

Designing small bedroom spaces can be challenging, but according to Puentespina, there are a lot of ways to maximize the available space that needs no sacrificing of style and functionality.

SSD: What tips can you give to homeowners who want to maximize their small bedroom space?

Puentespina: Small bedroom spaces can be challenging to design, but with these simple tips, you may never have to sacrifice style or functionality. Your bedroom should not just be a space where you sleep but it has to serve several purposes as well from being a storage space, down to being an area where you release your creativity. Here are a few tips:

Choosing the paint color for your room can make a huge difference. Consider the natural light your room has and have a color scheme that provides an illusion of a bigger space such as crisp white, pale blue and cool gray. Also, choose eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss sheen instead of a matte because of these inherent reflectivity which make any room feel bigger.

Maximize the limited space you have using vertical storage such as floating shelves. Whether you hang them above your bed or along an empty wall, floating shelves give you open storage that doubles as attractive displays.

Smaller spaces mean less room for more furniture. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice storage. One of the easiest small space hacks to maximize storage in a small bedroom is choosing pieces that have multiple functions. It can be a bookcase that doubles as a room divider, a dresser that doubles as a TV stand. A console table that doubles as a desk. Basically, make sure your furniture pulls its weight by giving you multiple functions.

Space is a luxury especially to city dwellers. But fret not as there are ways to make small spaces feel and look bigger. After all, it’s all about how you marry creativity and functionality.