Small apartments and homes, by nature, often have small bedrooms. And these small bedrooms are often difficult to design. How big of a bed can you squeeze in without it feeling like it’s taking up the whole room? A bedside table on both sides of the bed or just one? What additional furniture fits in the room and how can you create a space that’s both practical and beautiful? With small bedrooms, the design challenges stack up.
And with all of the extended time at home this spring, your small bedroom is probably feeling even smaller. But don’t worry. We have a ton of tips and ideas for small bedrooms that you can put to work in bedroom designs of all shapes and sizes. And today we’re going to help you create a bedroom that’s functional and will help you make the most of your small space! Keep reading for our top 10 small bedroom design ideas, tips, and tricks.
1. Make the Most of Your Square Footage
In small spaces, it’s important to maximize space by choosing multi-purpose furniture pieces. One of our favorite design hacks for small bedrooms is doubling the use of a desk by also using it as a vanity! Depending on your layout, you could also potentially use that same piece as a nightstand. Getting so much use out of one piece of furniture will save you valuable space and help you make the most of your square footage. This is especially great for rooms that function as both a space to get ready and a workspace—something we’re seeing a lot more of right now!
Choosing a desk with drawers will give you extra storage space in your room, whether for office supplies or personal care items. Add a lamp for multi-purpose task lighting, tabletop office supply storage for your workspace, and a mirror above the desk for getting ready. Then, all that’s left is picking out a comfortable desk chair, which conveniently also creates another seating option in your bedroom! Or, if you don’t want to keep every square inch of floor space available, opt for a stool that can be pushed under your desk when not in use.
2. Let Natural Light In
In a small space, it’s important to let as much natural light into the space as possible. Natural light always makes a room feel larger, airier, and less cluttered. With views of the outdoors, it will help open up your bedroom, giving it the illusion of more space and helping it feel less visually cramped.
And with a small bedroom, don’t mask windows in heavy and large drapery. Use curtains or blinds when you need them, but leave them open whenever you can and let all that natural light come in! And, if ceiling height allows it, hang your curtains a couple inches above your window frames. This will add height and help draw the eye up, which will also help your room feel larger!
3. Save Floor Space
Another great design idea for small bedrooms? Opting for a nightstand that’s attached to the wall instead of sitting on the floor. This option provides you with the storage space and tabletop convenience of a nightstand with a minimal form. And with the floor space you’ll save, you can add more fluid storage options underneath, like baskets and hampers—or even a stool or pouf! Wall-mounted nightstands can also be narrower than a typical nightstand, which is great for when you have only a small amount of space between your bed and the wall.
And this approach is actually something you can DIY. You could use a simple shelf or hang a drawer, like in the image above. Either way, you’re left with a clean and modern look. You can also customize the height, going lower for platform beds or higher for taller beds. Opt for a sconce rather than a table lamp, and it provides the perfect surface for a photo, plants, candles, and whatever else you like having close at hand!
4. Don’t Clutter Up Surfaces
One of our key small bedroom ideas—or should we say rules, because this one is an absolute necessity—is to make sure surfaces like nightstands, dressers, and even the floor aren’t cluttered. We always want to avoid clutter, but it’s especially important in small bedrooms! At the same time, having ample light is essential in a small room, and you want to be able to have task lighting right where you need it. That’s why wall sconces are a great light source instead of table or floor lamps. They provide much-needed light near your bed, over a reading nook, or by a vanity—with the added benefit that they don’t clutter up floor or surface space.
And don’t worry, sconces don’t have to be complicated. Plug-in sconces don’t need to be hardwired. In fact, they hang just like a picture frame, making them great options for both small bedrooms and rentals.
5. Use Vertical Space
Maximize the potential in your bedroom by creating storage vertically, not horizontally. Because when you have a small room, you’ll want to utilize vertical space to free up as much valuable floor space as possible. This helps your room be less cluttered, makes it easier to walk around, and creates better flow in the room.
There are many different ways you can create vertical storage. The most obvious is probably a bookcase, ideally a wall-mounted one that will save even more floor space. And, other than books, you can also fill the shelves with decorative objects and other daily items that you use. But another way to create some vertical storage is by choosing a tall and skinny wardrobe or dresser, for ample clothing storage space. Whatever you go for, the key is to draw the eye upward.
6. Go Dual-Purpose
A storage bench is another one of our favorite dual-purpose ideas for bedrooms, because it adds hidden storage in a stylish facade. In a storage bench like the one pictured above, you could store anything from shoes or clothes to linens and books. And the dual-purpose of this piece isn’t just its stylish good looks. It, of course, also offers a seating option in your room. And if you don’t have space at the end of your bed, we also love the idea of a bench in front of a window, as a makeshift window seat!
And when it comes to style, these pieces are versatile. Storage benches come in any style and shape, so there’s one for just about any room shape. And with all the upholstery options available, it’s also a great way to add a pop of color and texture to your bedroom!
7. Reflect Natural Light
One of our simplest small bedroom ideas? Add a mirror or two to your room. Mirrors are an amazing design solution in small spaces. They reflect the light of the room they’re in, giving the illusion of there being more light in space. This is especially great in bedrooms with few windows! They are also a great way to add wall decor and style while still being practical and functional.
We love placing small mirrors above dressers—where you can create a pseudo vanity. Large floor or wall-mounted mirrors are great for getting dressed, as a space for doing your hair and makeup, for photographing your #ootd, and generally making your room appear larger! Overall, whatever the size, mirrors are an easy way to add style and flair to a bedroom without adding clutter to the small space.
8. Float Some Storage
If you don’t have room for a full bookcase but still want to maximize your vertical square footage, floating shelves are a great option for small bedrooms. They offer a surface to display decorative objects, photos, books, and plants, giving your space to show off your personality.
Floating shelves can be installed over a dresser, in any awkward nooks your bedroom might have, or even over your bed. They’re especially great in rooms with tall ceilings, as you can take advantage of the height to maximize space. And they’re not just for modern or industrial spaces! Floating shelves come in all different styles. Just remember that anchoring shelves to the wall makes it a more permanent fixture in the room. So, if you’re someone who likes to regularly rearrange or redesign your room, this might not be the best option for you!
9. Use a Chest as a Nightstand
Instead of a typical nightstand, why not use a chest of drawers at your bedside table? Doing this maximizes the space next to bed for storage purposes (as dressers provide more storage than a typical nightstand) and adds double function. You’ll have storage for clothing and a nightstand surface next to bed, all in one piece of furniture!
The best way to achieve this is by choosing a chest that isn’t too tall. Something that sits at about the height of your mattress or a few inches taller is just right. You also want to make sure it’s not too deep, as it can make getting in and out of bed a bit awkward!
This is a great design option if you only have one side of bed available for a nightstand—or you could even do a nightstand on one side and a chest of drawers on the other, for balance! The main thing when taking this approach is to make sure you have enough space to open drawers and that you can easily access the chest for storage purposes.
10. Opt For A Storage Bed
Here’s one more small bedroom idea to maximize storage space: a storage bed. It offers that double functionality that we love by combining two pieces of furniture—a bed and a dresser—into one. This is a great option because it doesn’t take up additional floor space. It’s the same size as a normal bed but adds ample storage. This eliminates the need for a separate dresser and is also great if you have a small closet.
Just make sure you have space around all sides of your bed to be able to access the drawers and fully pull them out. And if you don’t have an actual built-in storage bed and don’t want to get a new one, you can always slide baskets or storage drawers under your existing bed if it’s lifted off the floor! This is a great option for kids and adults alike, as you can buy storage beds in all sizes!
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