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A small space that works 24/7

Everyone needs living space that keeps up with their lifestyle, and when you’re short on room, your furniture needs to work even harder. See how interior designer Frida Roos used flexible storage, textiles and clever lighting to create a smart, airy space.
A bed dressed with floral bedding in the middle of a room with storage and shelves along the walls.
A white desk lamp hangs over a book and pillows on a bed.

Start with a smart position for your bed

“This is a room for people who live in a limited space, who want easy access to everything they love,” explains interior designer Frida Roos. Placing the bed in the middle of the room is key to this look as it frees up lots of space around it to put other furniture, like a desk, behind the headboard.
A lamp shines on floral bedding, pillows and a book, and a glass of water and carafe on a small white side table.

Create an atmosphere

Your choice of materials and textiles can make even a small room feel light and airy. “Avoid a lot of patterns, and use soft shapes and materials such as rattan and natural textiles for a balanced feel,” recommends Frida. Also, arrange task, mood and general lighting according to how you use your space.
Towels stored in a zip-cover box under the side of a bed with floral bedding.

Make use of dead space

A bed frame with space for storage underneath provides easy access to things like pillows, towels, extra linen and seasonal clothes. Storage boxes with covers protect out-of-season belongings from dust while not in use.
“Don’t be afraid to place the bed in the middle of the room! You will free up a lot of space around it. You could even place a desk behind the headboard.”
Frida Roos

Reveal and conceal

The role of open storage is to keep the items you love on display and the things you use often close at hand. But no matter how organised your wardrobe is, sometimes you’ll want your stuff out of sight. If wardrobe doors will stretch your budget too far or you don’t have the space to open them, then try hanging a curtain across your open storage instead.
A curtain closing across a wardrobe with shelves and hanging storage.
Cardboard boxes stacked inside a hanging organiser next to clothes on a rail.