Bedroom Layout Ideas for Rooms of All Shapes and Sizes

Let’s talk about bedroom layout ideas! This is a room where both comfort and functionality should be top priorities. But, depending on the size of your bedroom, the way you bring that to life can vary significantly.

Over the years, we’ve put together a collection of layout guides with some of the most popular bedroom sizes to give you inspiration and guidance on how to optimize your bedroom. And today, we’re rounding them all up in one place! You’ll find tons of bedroom design ideas to help you think through layouts, furniture choices, storage, and so much more. Whether you have a small bedroom, a large bedroom, or something in between, we have plenty of bedroom layout ideas to inspire you.

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8×8 Bedroom Layout

An 8×8 bedroom is quite small. On top of that, we had a balcony door to contend with. But we managed to squeeze in as much function as possible into this tiny bedroom—coming up with three layout ideas for this 8×8 bedroom.

The key to making this small bedroom work was choosing a primary focus. Do you want to include a workspace in your bedroom? Extra clothing storage? Or do you want the design to be as simple and minimal as possible to make the room feel larger? The three layouts we created were based on these three priorities, which helped us make the most of the square footage. And in each one we also included some small bedroom design tips to maximize the space, no matter the layout.

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8×17 Bedroom with a Curved Wall

Renters often find themselves dealing with very awkwardly shaped rooms and architectural features. And when you don’t own a space there’s nothing to do about it; you simply have to work with what you have, awkwardness and all. Case in point: this strange, tiny bedroom with a curved wall! These design elements made fitting essential furniture—without the space feeling completely cramped—a definite challenge.

We created two different layouts for this awkward small bedroom. The first relied on visual tricks—like an angled area rug, a floor mirror, and an artfully placed plant—to help visually detract from the strange architectural features. With this design, we squeezed in a larger bed, making the space feel a bit more luxurious and like a retreat. The second bedroom design featured a twin bed, which allowed us to pack in a lot more function. Placing a desk in front of the curved wall makes the most of that corner of the room, while a wall-mounted bookcase offers additional storage.

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Boxy, 150-square-foot Bedroom Layout

A small and boxy square bedroom can be difficult to arrange without it feeling like a dorm room—especially when you want to include a desk in the space like we wanted to here. Add in a tiny alcove in one corner, and you have even more of a challenge on your hands. But we managed to create two layouts that make the most of this small bedroom.

In both layouts, we put the bulk of the furniture on two adjacent walls. By doing this, rather than spreading the furniture throughout the whole space, we created the look of a slightly larger room. We placed smaller dressers in the alcove of both layouts, saving space in the main footprint of the room while still getting plenty of storage space. Each layout offered just a little extra space after the bed, dresser, and desk—so in one layout we added a tall bookcase, and in the other we included an accent chair in the corner between the closet and the French doors.

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Small, Rectangular Bedroom Layout

This small, rectangular bedroom had a lot of doors and windows to contend with. The windows were on two walls, which added an extra challenge. The result was more limited wall areas against which to place furniture. Despite these challenges, we were able to create two different layouts that both made the most of the space.

The objective of the first layout was to create a serene and peaceful environment. We achieved this through the bed placement (so the sleeper can see out the windows when they wake up) and a soft, neutral color palette. The second layout was all about making the most of the limited square footage by maximizing floor space and functionality. A low-profile bed with built-in nightstand shelves made the bed’s footprint smaller than average. And placing it against the narrower wall opened up floor space in the rest of the bedroom.

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12×14 Bedroom Layout

In this 12×14 bedroom layout, we worked around two large windows and a double-doored walk-in closet. While these are great features for a bedroom, they bring with them limitations in terms of layout and design. We wanted this bedroom to be functional, stylish, and feel spacious. Part of adding style meant thinking beyond the basics and adding bonus pieces (that also happen to add more functionality to the space).

But it would be easy for this medium-sized bedroom to start feeling crowded. That’s why the layout is so important. While there is enough space to include more furniture than just a bed, nightstands, and dresser, you have to be thoughtful about placement so that the layout feels intentional, not overstuffed. We accomplished this goal, creating two different layouts—one that offered a bookcase for decor and a small dressing area, and a second that featured a lounging nook.

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12×15 Bedroom Layout

A bit larger than the previous bedroom, our goal with this 12×15 bedroom layout was all about bringing in the bedroom essentials without making the space feel cramped, since the closet cut into the main bedroom space. This architectural feature meant that the “entryway” of the bedroom was lost space that couldn’t be significantly utilized in the room’s layout. There were also three large windows that took up a full wall of the room to design around.

We created two different layout options for this bedroom—one with a queen-sized bed and one with a king bed. The two bed sizes called for different placement in the room. The layout that included a queen bed worked in such a way that we were also able to include a small seating area in the bedroom. Aside from that, we kept the bed areas fairly symmetrical in both designs to add a sense of simplicity to the design. Symmetry can not only be soothing, but it helps create a sense that you’re not trying to pack too much into the space.

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15×12 Kids Bedroom Layout

This cute 15×12 kids bedroom is on the smaller side, but we wanted to maximize the space so it can handle hangouts and sleepovers. It also has a small alcove on one side of the room—which could either be an annoying feature in the space or one that’s celebrated. We went with the latter.

In the first layout, we went with a full-sized bed (sleepover ready!) and also included a small desk for a homework zone. And then we used the little nook as a lounging and reading space—complete with a comfy bean bag chair and a bookcase! In the second layout, we created a different take on a reading nook—with a cart instead of a bookcase for extra storage, plus a hanging chair. A very fun addition to a kids room! In this design, we opted for a single bed to maximize floor space, but it actually has a trundle which can be pulled out for sleepovers! Both layouts also leave plenty of space to spread out and play in the center of the room.

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Awkward 11×18 Bedroom Layout

Here’s another super awkward bedroom. This 11×18 space is full of weird angles, as well as plenty of doors and windows. At a glance it actually might seem impossible to make use of a space like this—but we came up with two different layouts that make the most of this awkward space.

The key in both layouts of this awkward 11×18 bedroom was to make the most of the one long, straight wall—placing the bed and nightstands (or, in the case of the first layout, a small dresser and desk as nightstand alternatives) along this solid stretch. In both designs, we used mirrors and shelving or hooks to capitalize on vertical space within the room and visually open it up as much as possible. And the combination of both rectangular and organic-shaped rugs helped soften the hard angles in the room. Finally, tucking a place to sit—a bench in one layout and an armchair in the other—in the smallest angle of the room helped make the most of that corner.

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20×15 Bedroom Layout

In a 20×15 bedroom, there’s a lot more space to work with. You can not only sneak in extra furniture and function—you can also enjoy open space and some breathing room within your room design. But the reality is that sometimes a large bedroom can be just as difficult to design as a small one! Sure, you have tons of space—but the challenge is thoughtfully filling it so that it doesn’t feel cavernous or overstuffed. This delicate balance requires some creativity.

We created two different layouts for this 20×15 bedroom design. Both layouts feature different takes on a seating area—one has a pair of chairs at the end of the bed, the other has an upholstered bench between the two bedroom windows. Since this is a long and narrower bedroom, we also tried out two different bed placement options, which impacted where the sitting areas and clothing storage ended up. We were also able to use large beds, even bringing a canopy bed into one of the designs to help fill out the space. In both spaces, we also used plants to help visually fill out the space.

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Attic Bedroom Layout

When a bedroom is in an attic, you often have shorter walls and angled ceilings that complicate some of your design choices. But these two attic bedroom layouts prove that you don’t have to sacrifice function or style just because of the weird angles and nooks. In fact, it makes for quite a cozy bedroom suite!

Because of the architectural limitations of this space, there’s only one place where you can put a bed. But the bed placement is where the similarities between these two layout options end. In the first layout, we placed a desk in the alcove by the half wall above the staircase, creating an en-suite home office. A dog bed, storage bench, and sizeable dresser help fill out the rest of the space. In the other attic bedroom layout, a comfortable accent chair goes where the desk was before, creating a cozy reading nook as a nice add-on to this cozy attic bedroom. Other than a dresser, the rest of the space is kept pretty open to combat the low ceilings.

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L-Shaped Kids Bedroom Layout

Want to make the most of your child’s bedroom? With this L-shaped kids bedroom, we show you two different ways to bring a kids room to life—with functionality, colors, and fun to boot! How your child wants to use their space will help determine how to configure the layout.

Do they love having friends over or diving into a good book? Setting them up with a hangout zone, like our first layout, might be just the thing. In this layout, the colorful hangout area opposite the bed creates the perfect place to read or hang. A plush rug helps zone the area, giving your kid a place to spread out solo or with friends. One design note? We balanced out the rainbow of colors with modern, clean-lined furnishings that help ground the look.

In the second design, our focus was more on creating a space for homework and computer time. We placed a small desk in the window nook, which makes it feel like a separate workspace. The result is a bedroom that has plenty of space for rest, work, and play.

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Bedroom With Lots of Doors and Windows

A bedroom with tons of natural light and closet space? Now that’s a major score. On the other hand—as you can see with this room, that also means there are either doors or windows on every wall. This makes landing on a layout pretty tricky! But it’s not impossible. In fact, we were able to come up with three different, but beautiful, layouts for this challenging space.

There’s one wall in this bedroom that has the largest set of windows. This creates a lovely focal point in the room, which we used differently for each layout. In one, we placed a bench in front of the windows, creating a place to sit and read, enjoy coffee, or put on your shoes, In another, we placed the dresser in front of the window and opposite the bed—and we even had enough room to add a pair of armchairs on each side. The third layout saw the bed placed in front of the windows. This may seem unconventional with the height of these particular windows—but you can choose from a variety of bed frame styles that don’t totally block the windows but let some light peek through—like a spindle bed or a headboard with caning, like the one we chose. All this proves that with a little creativity, you can make your space work—even with architectural limitations.

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Large, Rectangular Master Bedroom Layout

When you have a bedroom that’s this large, you can get some extra uses out of it other than simply sleeping and getting dressed. With this super large, rectangular bedroom layout, we created two designs that celebrate all the space in this bedroom—doing so by creating distinct zones within the room.

In the first layout, we created a relaxing seating area for two. It’s the perfect place to chat and unwind with your partner at the end of the day. Layered rugs underneath help visually separate this seating area from the rest of the room. We also included ample storage within this large bedroom—with two full-sized dressers and a wardrobe, so you not only have space for clothing but also extra linens and anything else you want to tuck away!

In the second layout, we created a home office within the bedroom—but we placed the desk as far away from the bed as possible to help separate work and rest. Opting for a desk with built-in shelving helped maximize storage for the workspace. We also used rugs to help visually zone the different areas in this layout. Other than the large bed, we included two dressers and a bench to help round out this bedroom layout.

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Bedroom Essentials for Small, Medium, and Large Bedrooms

Are you more concerned about what, exactly, you should include in your bedroom more than you’re worried about the exact layout? In this main bedroom layout guide, we walk you through three different bedroom sizes, with tips on what furniture, decor, and bed size to choose, depending on the square footage of your bedroom!

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Two Layouts for a 12 x 14 Bedroom

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 breaking down all the ways to master a 12×14 bedroom layout.

12x14 bedroom layout

The Space: A 12×14 Bedroom

The Challenge: In this light-filled bedroom, two large windows and a walk-in closet have to be factored into the bedroom layout, which needs to include a place to sleep, additional storage, as well as a small dressing area that needs to double as a reading corner.

What’s also challenging with this 12×14 bedroom layout is its size. It’s not exactly a small bedroom, but with several big essential furniture pieces that need to be worked in, it can feel like you’re packing too much into a small bedroom layout. So what’s the best approach for a bedroom that’s functional, stylish, and feels spacious?

First you’ll want to make the most of any windows in the bedroom—more daylight means a more airy look and feel. Then optimize your bedroom layout with furniture that double up on function, like using dressers for nightstands or a chaise that works as a reading chair while also setting apart a dressing area. Finally, opt for bedroom accents that use vertical space instead of taking up floor space, which will help open up your bedroom layout.

To help you design an ideal bedroom layout, we’ve rounded up some quick and easy tips below that are sure to inspire you. From stylish and functional bedroom furniture to simple ways to arrange your pieces, read on to get some of our favorite bedroom layout ideas.

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Bedroom Layout #1: The Functional, Clean-Lined Bedroom

In this bedroom layout approach, the space is optimized for sleep and storage. The centerpiece is the large-scale bed, and it’s paired with a range of storage pieces with lots of drawers and shelves. The concealed storage helps minimize visual clutter throughout the bedroom. It gives a small bedroom layout feel that’s cozy rather than crowded.

Despite the bed’s large size, it’s placed in between the windows, which help keep it from feeling oversized in this bedroom. The proportional nightstand dressers also help balance out the look and feel of the bed in the overall bedroom layout.

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Additionally, compact furnishings help round out this bedroom layout with more function, such as the ladder bookshelf and the hanging mirror paired with the ottoman in one of the bedroom corners. A mix of graphic and modern black-and-white art also add to the streamlined look of this bedroom, which keeps the space from feeling like a small bedroom cramped with too many large furniture pieces.

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Add Bedroom Function Like A Minimalist

One of the best ways to maximize any bedroom layout is to place a minimalist-style dresser along the entry wall to leave an open walkway from the entrance to the bathroom door as well as all around. With the dresser also directly across from the bed, this creates an open flow in the overall bedroom layout. Not to mention, a minimalist wooden dresser also easily does triple duty as functional storage, a display surface and vanity, and a statement piece all on its own in any bedroom.

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Also, in this bedroom layout the floor length mirror alongside the dresser makes for a practical dressing corner in the bedroom that saves a ton of space. Likewise, the ottoman is the perfect compact bedroom accent to pull into the dressing corner as a moveable seat and footrest.

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Opt For A Scenic Backdrop

The king-size bed placed in between the two large windows also helps to play up an airy and open look in this bedroom layout. The placement adds an open backdrop behind the bed’s high headboard, and the windows—along with the curtains and nightstands—also help frame the sleeping area and create an overall balanced and symmetrical bedroom layout. The wall art above the bed also helps establish the spot as the main focal point in the bedroom.

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Lean Into Vertical Space

To further maximize vertical storage and display in this bedroom layout, a pair of leaning bookcases next to the bed offers an optimal place for books, accents, and additional bedside essentials, all while taking up minimal floor space. The tall bookcases also fill up the large blank wall and narrow space alongside the bed with a practical purpose. They also play nicely into the bedroom’s overall clean-lined and minimalist modern style.

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Bedroom Layout #2: The Restful, Dressed-Up Bedroom

With this bedroom layout design, the focus is on creating a multipurpose bedroom space with a seating corner that also functions as a dressing area. The key to this bedroom layout was merging the different areas and various furniture styles so that the overall bedroom looks and feels cohesive.

Also important was pulling in bedroom furnishings that evoked a sense of comfort and cozy throughout. The result is a palette of neutrals and soft tones that elevate as well as ease up the look and feel for this bedroom layout.

Finally, to warm up the modern pieces in this bedroom layout, we layered in lots of textures, from the rugs to the pillows and light woods and brass accents. These chic details helped fill out the room with a coziness you would only get in a small bedroom. To bring visual balance into this bedroom layout, modern artworks in gold frames draw focus to the moody-hued walls.

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12x14 bedroom layout

Opt For Elevated Storage

Instead of a dresser, save on floor space with a tall wardrobe or armoire that’s elevated in height and style. This standing wardrobe fits perfectly between the big bedroom windows while also adding concealed storage to hang clothes. It’s a great option if your main bedroom has a large closet or a walk-in and you don’t need tons of extra storage. Given its minimal footprint, a slender armoire is also a great option if you’re working with a small bedroom layout.

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Set Up A Lounging Nook

The easiest way to instantly warm up a bedroom layout is to carve out a bedroom seating area or reading nook. In our bedroom layout, we opted for a chaise lounge near the window and paired it with a C-table and a floor lamp, creating the perfect reading nook and lounge corner. It’s great for reading, relaxing, and just laying down and resting after a long day, but we also designed it to easily function as a dressing area for this bedroom layout. To ground this space and set it apart from the rest of the room, we layered a sheepskin rug on top of the larger bedroom rug to connect this space with the bed area.

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Balance Your Bed With A View

With a wall that has two large windows and a seating corner, the bed placed along the opposite wall was the perfect way to balance out this bedroom layout. We also flanked the bed with matching nightstands and tall table lamps, which bring in a bit of symmetry that balances out the overall bedroom layout since the seating area is already off center. Finally, not only does it keep the bedroom feeling open and spacious, it also frees up the windows to let in lots of daylight as well as a nice view that can be seen from the bed.

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Main Bedroom Layouts: One Look Across Three Bedroom Sizes

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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Layout Guide: 2 Stylish Ideas For An Attic Bedroom

Attic bedroom layoutIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re looking at two layout ideas for optimizing an awkwardly shaped attic bedroom.

If you know us, you know we love a good attic loft challenge. Attics are exciting to design is that they force you to get creative with every square inch of space. This is especially true when it’s an awkwardly shaped room. And once you start exploring your design possibilities, you’ll find that the sky’s the limit when it comes to attics. This week, we’re looking at layout ideas for creating an attic master bedroom functional, comfortable, and, of course, stylish.

The Space: A 20 x 17 attic bedroom

The Style: Rustic Warmth

The Challenge: Designing an attic bedroom with all sorts of weird angles, a slanted ceiling, radiators, and weird nooks to contend with.

Idea #1: The Elevated Multipurpose Layout

Layout #1 for our attic bedroom plays up an elegant all-in-one space, where the bedroom also provides office space as well as plenty of storage. The idea is to transform an area of the home that’s often considered dark and drab into a room that feels elevated and inviting. The furnishings speak to that, from classic table lamps and an upholstered headboard to lots of tailored foundation pieces.

In this layout, the sloped ceiling makes the room feel cozy rather than cramped, and awkward nooks and corners are cleverly optimized or daily life – including a corner that’s dedicated to pets.

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Attic bedroomWhy This Attic Bedroom Layout Works

There’s only place to fit a bed in this attic bedroom, and the king-sized option fills it out nicely. To combat the sloped ceiling, we pulled the headboard slightly away from the wall. This allow for a bit more clearance and means table lamps and nightstands fit perfectly. It also gives you a bit more space to comfortably sit up at night to read without bumping your head on the sloped ceiling.

We added a storage bench against the staircase wall to provide extra hidden storage as well as catchall spot for placing bags and jackets or putting on shoes.

In the awkward nook, we pulled in a desk to create a little home office corner and left enough room around the space so that it doesn’t feel cramped. Along the far side of the room, we optimized the space with a storage dresser for function and a dog bed for a devoted pet nook.

This Is Great If You…

  • Like the idea of a private bedroom escape that feels quiet and treehouse-like.
  • Are a couple living in a home where you want a clear separation between public and private spaces.
  • Have a big family but limited space for everyone, so your attic needs to function as a bedroom, workspace, and pet hangout spot.
  • Prefer a dimmer bedroom where the amount of natural light you get is just enough and not overpowering during the day.

Attic bedroomIdea #2 – The Contemporary-Casual Open Layout

With layout #2, the bedroom has a more laid-back appeal that prioritizes space and comfort. Pieces such as wall sconces, a big armchair, and a soft cowhide rug help set the tone. The clean-lined, light-wood bed sets a modern tone and keeps the room feeling airy, while a blue accent wall and greenery add a touch of bold color and contrast.

The furnishings are all about maintaining a sense of openness in the space, and pieces with open bases, simple forms, and soft finishes help add to that feeling. This layout ultimately comes conveys a nothing is too precious and lived-in vibe that gives is a clean-lined coziness we love.

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Attic bedroomWhy This Attic Bedroom Layout Works

Sconces optimize the limited vertical space beside the bed – a great solve for the sloped ceiling. The portable streamlined bench at the foot of the bed makes for stylish seating that doesn’t take up lots of floor space.

Instead of an office, we swapped in an armchair and a cowhide rug to create a cozy reading nook in the awkward corner. We also kept the far corner empty to create a dressing area with a floor-length mirror, which also helps open up the room.

This Is Great If You…

  • Are a modern minimalist who prefers streamlined furnishing and a calming bedroom atmosphere.
  • Prefer simple, uncluttered spaces with foundational furnishings that can be easily rearranged or accented with more colorful finds down the line.
  • Want your bedroom to function purely as a space for resting and relaxing
  • Need an extra bedroom in your home that can accommodate guests. The attic can make for especially chic spaces for overnight visitors.

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Layout Guide: Smart Ideas For An Awkward Shaped Bedroom

awkward shaped bedroomA small, awkward shaped bedroom can be a serious design challenge for many people, including us. The tricky thing about these bedrooms is that there’s usually only one spot where you can fit your bed. After that, you’re pretty much left with little to no space for anything else. It’s tough, especially when you want your bedroom to feel serene and relaxing, not limited and lackluster.

With that in mind, we decided to explore ways we can tackle the awkward bedroom layout. Get some of our layout solutions for an oddly shaped bedroom we designed below. And even if your bedroom isn’t oddly shaped, we promise these tips will inspire you to rethink your own space.

The Space: An 11’ x 18’ awkwardly shaped bedroom

The Style: Modern Rustic

The Challenge: Maximizing space and style in a small, oddly shaped bedroom that has slanted walls, lots of doors and windows, and only one place to fit a bed. Plus, there’s a radiator in a corner nook that further limits what can go in one area.

awkward shaped bedroomIdea #1: The Big Function Layout

The main goal in our awkward bedroom layout #1 is to pack in as much function as possible into the space. But we wanted to do it in a way that doesn’t feel like it’s all about function. It’s a bedroom after all, so the primary purpose should be a space where you can kick back and rest.

To nail that balance, we chose furnishings that have a small footprint and can be used in more ways than one. Of course, the key to finding the right pieces was to measure every wall and corner before committing to anything.

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Why This Awkward Bedroom Layout Works

Pack In Functionality

Instead of matching nightstands, we opted for a dresser and small desk combo. The small dresser with deep drawers functions like a nightstand but has storage as well as a big surface that lets you display art.

On the other side, the slender desk doubles as a vanity and also catchall. The desk is paired with a moveable sling stool that tucks away easily and also works as an extra seat or footrest.

Make Use of All Space

We worked with the vertical space and the different sizes of the walls via a few small space hacks. For example, hanging a sconce (for lighting), mirror (for an airy feel), and hooks (for storage), all add function without taking up floor space.

Along the awkward slanted wall by the radiator, we incorporated a bench to add more seating that also provides a great place to get ready in the morning.

Keep It Cozy

Common design knowledge says that you should paint small rooms light colors to help them feel more open. While this is true, we say small rooms can also benefit from darker shades, which give them a cozy feel. Here we painted our awkward bedroom a shade of dark blue to add contrast and create an extra serene vibe.

Rug Struggles

Rug placement is the greatest struggle in this room. A standard placement would mean you could only fit a smaller size due to the slanted walls. To combat this, we rotated a larger size rug under the bed as a way to cover more floor space. We then balanced out the awkward placement by layering a cowhide to soften the hard angles.

This Is Great If You…

  • Live solo and want to get the most function out of an awkward room.
  • Work from home a lot and don’t have room for an actual workspace elsewhere.
  • Like a cozy space where everything you need is within easy reach.

awkward shaped bedroomIdea #2 – The Expanded Space Layout

For layout #2, we took a bright, crisp approach with white walls that helped to make the room feel and appear larger and less awkwardly shaped. To further open up the space we opted for designs that played up an airy note. The idea here is to create a light-filled, calming haven that is all about rest and relaxation.

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Create Visual Space

Like we mentioned before, white walls help open up the room and make it feel more spacious and cheery. This is a great option if you want a more airy vibe in your room. We also added small, low-profile matching bedside tables help maintain an open look. Round and minimalist table lamps help to keep the nightstand surfaces appear balanced and uncluttered.

Be Smart With Space

A large floor mirror adds function, reflects light, and gives the illusion that the room is larger than it seems and not as awkwardly shaped. By the odd wall near the door, we swapped in a wall-mounted bookcase, one of our favorite small-space hacks, which adds vertical storage and increases the usable storage space by four times. An armchair, pouf, and C-shaped side table turn a corner into a cozy reading nook that’s comfy and compact.

Layer Your Rugs

Layered rugs are another solve for the awkward room shape: The top blue and white patterned wool rug adds personality and plush texture to the space—perfect for bare feet in the morning. Meanwhile the jute rug underneath helps extend coverage across a larger surface area (which will help reduce noise/echoes in your room). A fluffy sheepskin helps cozy up the reading nook.

This Is Great If You…

  • Need a space for two that feels like a dedicated retreat.
  • Prefer a bedroom that is more comfort and style-driven versus for multi-purpose use.
  • Are more of a modern minimalist who loves a simple palette and clean-lined designs.

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