In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Here, we’re showing different ways to arrange a 11’x13’ bedroom furniture layout.
The Space: A 11’x13’ Bedroom
The Challenge: Coming up with a bedroom design that maximizes the shape of the relatively small space, which includes a window nook and a wall occupied by the main door and closet.
When working with bedroom layouts that have awkward corners and recesses, we like to look at these spaces as opportunities for adding function to the room. They can turn out to be the perfect spot for your bed, made into a stylish seating area, or simply anchored with a bench that works as a catchall for pillows and shoes. With any small bedroom layout, it’s about making the most of the interior quirks that come with the space. (You can check out our Small Bedroom Design Tips for more ideas and hacks.)
Once you’ve assessed the shape and space you have to work with, you can start mapping out where your larger furniture pieces will go. Decide if your bed will go against a wall or be tucked away in a corner or the window nook. Then carve out a spot for your dresser and storage pieces. Finally, see if there’s room to add a living or work space into your room, be it a desk for a workspace or a conversation area with two chairs. It’s all about approaching all your bedroom ideas one large piece at a time so you have the best furniture layout.
To give you some layout inspiration, we’ve broken out two different ways to design this space below. Read on for tips on the essential furniture pieces for each layout, and get our easy small bedroom ideas along the way.
Layout #1: The Formal Bedroom Lounge
If you’re looking for a classic interior design look, this approach provides a formal small bedroom design layout that’s stylish and practical. The bed is the main focus in this bedroom design and it’s set against the far wall, which opens up the rest of the room and the window nook, leaving plenty of walking room and giving the space an open, airy feel.
This layout is one of our favorite small bedroom design ideas because it’s a tried-and-true setup that always looks balanced, cohesive, and functionally thought out.
Set Your Bed With Symmetry
A symmetrical bed area is the easiest way to bring cohesive style and a relaxed feel to your bedroom. The queen bed here is framed with two matching nightstands and table lamps that play up a tailored and balanced look. The art above the bed helps direct the eye to the bed as the centerpiece in the room. It all gives the bed area a focused style and look.
Combine a Dresser and Media Stand
Double up on function and entertainment by topping a dresser with a TV across from the bed. It’s perfect for those who enjoy walking TV in bed but also offers all the practical storage needs for a small bedroom. Keep the wall area above the TV spare to minimize visual distraction.
Add Small Living Moments
A good way to liven up the bedroom is to fill out any small corner areas. Here, a sitting chair in one corner can be used as a seat to put on shoes, a catchall for clothes and extra pillows, or a moveable perch for reading and watching TV. The tall plant in another corner adds height and a pop of color while leaving the windows unobstructed to flood the room with lots of natural light.
Layout #2: The Live-Work Bedroom Space
For a multipurpose small bedroom design, this layout has it all. It has a function-first approach to the interior design of the space, meaning it’s all about creating practical use out of every wall, nook, and corner of the small bedroom.
The bed is not the main focus here but part of the overall design. And by tucking the bed into the window nook, it leaves tons of space in this bedroom design for a dresser, bookcases and a desk. You can also swap the bookcases and desk for any number of design ideas that can work in those extra open areas, such as a conversation area with seating or a dressing area. If you want more use out of your bedroom, this layout approach is great for you.
Get Cozy With Your Bed Set Up
An easy designer trick for arranging a bed is to tuck it into a recess or nook if you have one. Here, the windows stand in as a headboard for the bed while providing a backdrop of natural light. The small side tables and hanging pendants above help frame it all as a cozy bed nook.
Make Room For Spacious Storage
With extra space in the bedroom, you can choose a full-size dresser that offers the most storage. In a functional live-work bedroom like this one, you’ll want as much storage as possible for any additional items that you want to keep within easy reach, such as personal files and tech gadgets. Use the top as a display and dressing table to the storage piece a stylish touch.
Use Bookcases as Art
Instead of filing large empty walls with art, try adding bookcases that let you display art and also store bedroom essentials. The bookcases here are wall mounted so they don’t take up a lot of floor space but offer ample storage for books, photos, and baskets for extra clothing and linens.
Create an Instant Workspace
With WFH being more of a norm, the bedroom is an easy place to add a mini home office. The desk setup in this bedroom feels stylistically like part of the overall bedroom design, but it checks all the boxes for a practical workspace. It has drawers for office storage, a comfy desk chair, a clean surface for laptop work, and soft rugs that keep the feet comfy for hours on end. A little art and wall decor brings in just the right amount of color, texture, and inspiration.
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