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If you have a small bedroom, you need to be especially careful how you arrange your furniture. It can be tight, even with the most basic furnishing. Fortunately, if you choose the right items and know how to place them for the best look and functionality, you’ll be able to keep your things organized while creating the look of more space.

One of the most important things when arranging furniture in a small single bedroom is making sure you keep an open feeling. Don’t let furnishings block doors and windows and try to create a balance in the room. First, consider the best place for the bed. Preferably, it can be placed between two windows or on the far wall. Since the bed is generally the largest piece of furniture, finding where it works best will help set the tone for the rest of the room.

The next item to place is the dresser or mirrored chest of drawers. This item should also be situated in an area that won’t block a door or window, but it should also allow for a clear visual path in the room. If the first thing you see is the dresser sitting a few feet from the bedroom door, you’re already creating a closed in feeling. If possible, move it so that it sits on a wall that is away from the door.

When placing lamps, decorative items, end tables, and other furnishings in a small bedroom, always keep in mind a feeling of openness. You want the heavy pieces balanced in the room, but you also want to leave visible floor space to avoid the look of clutter.

How you place your furnishings can make a dramatic impact on the overall look and feel of a room. Accentuate with light colors and keep windows open to bring in as much light as possible.