When it comes to designing our homes, it’s natural to first focus on the main areas, like the living room, dining room, and kitchen. But it’s important to not neglect your master bedroom design! After all, that’s where you unwind each night and begin each day. So, you want to make it feel considered and relaxing! Not to mention useful for your everyday needs.

When considering master bedroom ideas, there are a few bedroom essentials that you definitely want to include: a bed, nightstands, a dresser. Other elements depend on the size and layout of the room. Do you have space for a bedroom seating area? Do you want a bedroom with a TV? What size rug should you use? (Check out our bedroom rug size guide if you need help with that!)

If you’re looking for some bedroom design ideas and are wrestling with your master bedroom design, we can help. We designed three different master bedrooms of varying sizes to give you some ideas of what you could include in each size space, along with layout ideas for bedrooms of different sizes.

Keep reading for our ultimate master bedroom layout guide!

For a Large Master Bedroom

The Challenge: Filling out a large space in an intentional way.

When it comes to master bedroom design, In a large master bedroom you have the most space to live large and add in a few extra elements to your space. In fact, you want to fill it out to a certain point so that it doesn’t feel cavernous or unintentional. Opting for larger furniture will help fill up the space without the room feeling empty or cluttered.

master bedroom designThe Key Furniture

Start with a king-size bed—because, if you have the space for it, why not?? Plus, in a larger room, a king-size bed will help fill out the space in a way that feels intentional. Rather than a pair of petite nightstands, go with something more substantial to balance out the size of the bed (and give yourself more storage). As an extra bedroom storage idea, we like the idea of using wide chests or three-drawer chests instead of standard nightstands.

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master bedroom designFilling Out The Wall And Floor Space

A gallery wall over the bed helps fill the large wall space, and a full-size upholstered bench adds a polished touch at the end of the bed—along with an extra place to sit or a surface to lay out tomorrow’s outfit each evening. Layered rugs help fill the large floor space and add coziness to the large room.

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master bedroom designDresser + TV Combo

Opting for a large, lowboy dresser adds ample clothing storage to your room. If you want a TV in your bedroom, mounting it on the wall above the dresser is the perfect place for it. It then sits right across from the bed for easy viewing of the morning news or some pre-bedtime shows, and also gives purpose to the wall space above the dresser.

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Thoughtful Details

A full-size tree or plant adds an organic touch to the bedroom and can help fill out an empty corner with color and texture. Hanging your curtains high above the window will help accentuate the ceiling height (or make your ceilings feel taller).

master bedroom designA Lounge-Worthy Sitting Area

In a large master bedroom that has the space for it, a full chaise lounge adds a luxurious touch. It creates a space other than your bed to lounge and relax, and since it’s tucked in the corner it doesn’t interfere with natural “traffic patterns” in the room. To make this one extra cozy, we layered a sheepskin rug beneath the chaise and a soft throw blanket on top. A bonus wall sconce in this sitting nook gives light for reading in the evenings.

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Full-Size Mirror

A large full-size floor mirror not only offers a space for outfit checks and selfies, but its grand size and beautiful frame makes a style statement in the room. It also serves to reflect light, helping make this room feel even more light-filled.

The Key Elements of a Large Master Bedroom:

  • Furniture that makes use of the space, including a king-size bed.
  • Layered rugs for extra floor coverage.
  • A chaise seating area for lounging and relaxing.
  • Small dressers as nightstands.
  • A dresser that doubles as a TV stand.
  • A large floor-length mirror.

Medium Master Bedroom

The Challenge: Right-sizing your furniture so that all the elements you want to include comfortably fit in the space.

In a medium-sized master bedroom, you can incorporate many of the same basic elements as in a large master bedroom, but on a slightly smaller scale. You’ll also have to reconsider the overall layout so that all of the furniture you want to include fits comfortably without the room feeling cluttered.

master bedroom designThe Key Furniture

Sizing down to a queen bed accommodates the medium-size space. (A king-size bed could overwhelm this room size and make the layout feel cramped.) We opted for a spindle bed with a platform frame, which adds a visual lightness and helps the room feel a bit more open. For nightstands, we still opted for slightly larger drawer nightstands, but in a style with an open base to visually open up the space.

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Filling Out The Wall And Floor Space

Like the large master bedroom, we hung a gallery wall above the bed to fill the wall space—but each piece is slightly smaller. And we again layered two rugs for depth and a mix of textures and patterns, but sized down slightly to fit the room’s smaller footprint.

A Petite Sitting Area

In a medium-sized master bedroom, you’ll likely still have room for a small sitting area. We tucked one in this corner, where it’s flanked by two windows and gets tons of natural light. We opted for a slipper chair, which works better in smaller spaces because it has a slim frame and no arms. And the rust upholstery adds a nice pop of color! Because of the placement, this nightstand doubles as a side table for the chair too—perfect for placing a cup of tea or glass of wine while reading or relaxing!

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Tall Dresser + Mirror

Opting for a tall dresser gives you the clothing storage you need, without taking up horizontal floor space. In this bedroom, we opted for a larger mirror on top of the dresser to save on floor space while still having a mirror for getting ready and to reflect light and open up the room.

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Wall-Mounted TV

We still had the wall space available to mount a TV—but instead of hanging it above the dresser like the large master bedroom, we simply mounted it above a small shelf. The shelf offers a place for cords to rest and hide and helps nicely frame the TV so there’s no need for a media console beneath, which leaves more space to walk around the bed.

The Key Elements of a Medium Master Bedroom:

  • A queen-size bed.
  • A petite seating area.
  • Space-saving furniture (like a tall, narrow dresser) that still optimizes storage space.
  • A wall-mounted TV with a floating shelf.

Small Master Bedroom

The Challenge: Making the space functional without feeling too full.

A small master bedroom means paring down on what you include in the space. You don’t want it to feel too full or cluttered. But being more selective and strategic about what you bring into the space doesn’t mean you can’t still have a beautiful and relaxing master bedroom! Just follow these small bedroom design tips.

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The Key Furniture

We sized down to a full size bed to be proportionate to small room size. You could potentially squeeze a queen size bed in here, but it would start getting tight. A full size bed allows the room to still feel open and like there’s space to easily move around. We opted for a pair of average-size nightstands, but with a large drawer at the bottom for extra storage space. And, to keep the tops open, we hung wall sconces instead of using table lamps.

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Filling Out The Wall And Floor Space

To keep this small master bedroom feeling more open, we skipped hanging art over the bed. (Though you could certainly hang one piece above the bed if you wanted.) There’s no space for a sitting area in this room, or even a full bench at the end of the bed. But two low-profile folding stools? Absolutely! They offer an extra place to sit in the room, and they can easily fold up for if you want a little extra space. Choosing the wrong size of rug, or skipping one altogether, is one of those common bedroom design mistakes. We still used layered rugs in this bedroom but opted for smaller rugs to suit the size of the bed and the overall room.

master bedroom designA Space-Saving Dresser

A tallboy dresser gives you the clothing storage space you need but helps keep the floor space more open. We skipped a TV in this room, but we hung a piece of art on the wall above the dresser to create a nice vignette.

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Creating The Illusion of More Space

In a small master bedroom, incorporating some optical illusions can make the space feel larger. Like in the other master bedroom sizes, we hung the curtains significantly above the window frames to draw the eye upward and help open up the space. But it definitely has the biggest impact in this small room, where you need the visual illusion of more space! We also made space for a large, full-size mirror not only for practicality but also to help reflect light and visually open up the room. But, instead of having it sit on the floor and lean against the wall, we hung it flush on the wall to keep the floor space open.

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The Key Elements of a Small Master Bedroom:

  • Sized-down furniture, including a double bed and tallboy dresser.
  • Optical illusions to make the space feel larger and more open.
  • Simple styling to keep the room from feeling cluttered.
  • Smaller rugs to fit the petite footprint.

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