When you’re working with a small bedroom, there are several tricks to free up floor space and make better use of the space available.
Twin beds are popular in spare bedrooms and shared bedrooms, and they can work very well so long as some floor space is preserved.
Clearly, you can’t squeeze something in that won’t fit, but you can choose efficiently sized furniture and choose your layout wisely.
Here’s how to fit two twin beds in a small room:
First of all, to fit two twin beds in a room, the room needs to be at least 7 feet by 10 feet to ensure you have room to walk around. Some experts recommend 10 x 10, but 7 x 10 should be adequate for most spaces.
Measure the room and make sure it meets this minimum requirement. If it doesn’t, don’t bother trying – two twin beds won’t fit! A single bed is 190cm (6 ft 3″) long, so you need that 7 feet to be able to walk around.
Fitting the beds in
There are two ways to fit the beds in:• Remove all furniture from the bedroom, build the beds, and then reintroduce furniture to test the layout in real life• Sketch the bedroom outline, add dimensions, and strategically plan the layout based on the measurements you add
In our opinion, option #2 is the better way.
Measure and sketch the room• Take a sheet of paper and draw the shape of your bedroom• Measure the door and all walls. Add these dimensions to your room drawing• Sketch in the twin beds. You can add realistic, dimensional drawings by measuring the length of the room. A single bed is 6 ft 3″ long. How much space is left over? You can add the space left over to your drawing in inches or cm.• Sketch in additional furniture. If you already own furniture, you will have a sense of whether the furniture will fit already.
Selecting the twin beds
Twin beds can be configured in multiple different ways. The idea is to preserve usable floor space so that you have room to walk around.
To be honest, the layout of the room is determined by its size. When you’re working with small rooms, you don’t have that many options.
So, selecting twin beds comes down to space. Here are your options:• Corner twin beds with a storage unit• Standard twin beds aligned in parallel• Bunk beds if there’s no floor space for two twin beds (ideal for young children)
If the bedroom is for children, you can use children’s beds. Kids beds are shorter and narrower than standard single beds, so they free up floor space.
Options include low or high footboards, sprung or solid slats, and metal or wooden frames. Most kids prefer a wooden bed because it isn’t as cold. Some kid’s beds also have built-in drawers, helping keep the bedroom clutter-free.
Day bed & under-bed combo
If you only need one permanent bed and a temporary bed for a kid’s bedroom, a day bed and under bed combo is a great option. For example, the Madrid day bed is ideal for children, and it has a slide-out under-bed for sleepovers.
Day and under-bed combos are also perfect for sleepover rooms and playrooms, doubling up as a sofa when not used as a bed.
Making efficient use of space
Whether you need to fit two single beds or two kid’s beds into a small room, maximising space is crucial to make it a nice place to spend time.
We recommend tiered shelves to move clutter off the floor, wall baskets and wall nets for teddies and soft toys, colour-coded plastic stackable storage boxes and a small toy storage unit with slide-out plastic buckets.
With chests, wardrobes and other heavy furniture, remember to fix these to the wall to prevent tipping, especially in children’s rooms.
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