Aside from wanting to make the space better looking, the primary goal of my ongoing bedroom makeover project is to improve the functionality of the room. For the first few months I lived here, the only thing in the bedroom was a bed. I had nowhere to store my folded clothes, no bedside table, no mirror…I didn’t even have a knob to open the closet door. I kept my clothes stacked on shelves in a closet on the other side of the house. My socks were kept in a shoebox. At night I set my phone and a glass of water on the floor beside the bed, hoping the latter wouldn’t tip over and destroy the former.
The 8-drawer NORDLI dresser from IKEA was the first piece I chose to add to my barren bedroom. NORDLI comes in a bunch of different configurations (and colors!) thanks to its modular assembly, so I was able to find a variation that fits perfectly in the limited amount of space I have between the foot of the bed and the closet. The small drawers are just right for storing socks, undies, scarves and other accesories, and the four large drawers hold my jeans, pajamas and t-shirts with room to spare. It’s SO nice to have all of my clothes in one place! No more going back and forth from my bedroom to the closet just to put together a single outfit, and a bent-wood IKORNNES mirror completes the dresser top with a place to put on jewelry (and maybe preen a little).
My bedroom is a converted one-car garage, so it’s disproportionately long and narrow. Because I have a king-size bed, I only have about 16” of clearance on either side. That’s not much room for a proper bedside table, and even a tiny table might have looked squeezed in. To keep things looking balanced, I installed a couple of floating LACK shelves to function as nightstands. They’re just big enough for the necessities, which is fine by me! I love that they leave the floor open underneath—that makes for easy vacuuming in addition to keeping the space feeling airy.
The RASKMÖLLE rug is the jewel of the room, if you ask me. It was created as part of IKEA’s initiative to protect the craftsmanship of hand-woven rugs and improve the working conditions of rug weavers in India, a consideration I greatly appreciate IKEA having made as part of their ongoing efforts to ensure that their products are ethically manufactured.
I can’t pull out the worn carpeting since this is a rented house, but putting a heavyweight, flat-weave rug on top of a carpet really makes a huge difference. The rug is large enough that it only leaves a small amount of carpet exposed, and the impact is almost as striking as painting the walls white was. The whole room is so much brighter and happier now! RASKMÖLLE feels so soft underfoot, too—much better than scratchy synthetic carpet.
It’s so easy to keep my bedroom tidy and organized now! I spend far less time getting dressed in the morning, and I no longer have to refold tipping stacks of clothes now that they’re piled up neatly in drawers. My bedroom feels like a place to retreat and relax rather than a sad, empty hole. I even have a place to set down a cup of coffee on lazy weekend mornings in bed!
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