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Layout Guide: 3 Ways to Design an 8×8 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! Today, we’re tackling a tricky one: a petite 8×8 bedroom layout.

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The Space: An 8×8 Bedroom

The Challenge: This is a mighty small bedroom, which can make fitting everything you need in a bedroom a challenge. Plus, it has three doors to contend with (the main bedroom door, a closet, and French doors out to a patio) which further complicates the layout.

A 64-square-foot bedroom is definitely smaller than the average bedroom size. But it’s also not unheard of. While at a glance it may feel impossible to fit everything one would want in a bedroom into such a small space, you don’t have to downgrade to a single bed to make it work.

The key is to decide what you most want and need in your bedroom. You will likely have to make some sacrifices—you simply can’t fit all in an 8×8 bedroom layout as you can in a 20×20 bedroom. But we think you’ll be surprised to see how charming and functional such a small space can be!

Ready to explore some layout options? We’ve designed 3 layouts for this 8×8 bedroom to help you explore all the possibilities this small space can offer!

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Layout Idea #1: Maximizing Storage Options

This layout is great for someone who wants to maximize their storage options. A storage bench and 5-drawer dresser, along with underbed storage, offers plenty of space for stashing and organizing, despite this room’s small footprint.

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Open Up Your Walkways

Despite a lot of function being packed into this small space, the bedroom itself doesn’t feel over-full. That’s because we’ve kept walkways open. We positioned the full-size bed in the corner, leaving an “L-shaped” amount of floor space open—keeping an open path from the bedroom door to both the closet and balcony door.

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Make the Most of Vertical Space

In a small space, it’s essential to work up, not out. That means taking up less floor space and more wall space.

  • The tall dresser adds ample clothing storage without taking up too much floor space, and a floating shelf above gives an additional surface for decor.
  • Hanging a swivel sconce above the bed offers bedside lighting without the need for a stationary nightstand.
  • And the hooks above the bench (which doubles as seating and concealed storage) are a great place to hang scarves, hats, bags, keys, and more.

All of these small space hacks help you make the most of the limited floor space.

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Forego a Traditional Nightstand

Since the bed is tucked in a corner, and the outside edge is right next to the bedroom door, there’s no space for a nightstand. However, the use of a c-table gives you some bedside functionality.

  • Pull it out, next to the bed, for a surface to set bedside essentials.
  • Nest it into the bed when you need to access the closet.
  • Move it over to the bench for a makeshift workspace, since the surface is just large enough for a laptop!

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Layout Idea #2: A Bedroom/Home Office Combo Deal

Would you believe that you can fit an at-home workspace into an 8×8 bedroom layout without sacrificing the functionality of your bedroom as a place of rest and relaxation? Well, believe it. This layout is perfect for someone who needs a working space but doesn’t have a separate home office.

Figure out what you’re willing to sacrifice. In such a small space, sacrifices have to be made. In order to maximize space and make room for a workspace, we had to place the bed against the balcony doors. But luckily the doors open out, so the balcony is still accessible!

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Maximize Square Footage

To make this layout work, we opted for more “petite” furniture throughout the space.

  • Going for a full-size bed rather than a queen allows for more walking space between the furniture.
  • The space is further maximized by using a cabinet nightstand—which is larger than the average nightstand but smaller than a dresser, while still giving you a decent amount of storage space.
  • The wall-mounted bookcase/desk combo utilizes vertical space, giving you not only a workspace, but shelves for books, storage bins, and decor. Opting for a small stool rather than a full-size office chair saves additional floor space, since it can be fully tucked under the desk.

Not sure how to outfit your small space? Read our guide to small apartment furniture must-haves!

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Sneak in Additional Function

It’s important to make the most of every square foot of an 8×8 living room layout, sneaking in extra function wherever you can.

  • We were able to sneak in extra storage by opting for a raised bed that allows you to slide storage bins underneath
  • A large basket hamper, tucked in the corner, makes use of space that would otherwise be wasted.
  • The back of the bedroom door houses a full-length mirror, which is close to the closet and adds great functionality for getting ready.
  • A wall-mounted coat rack offers a place to hang bags and coats, keeping them off of furniture or the floor!

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Layout Idea #3: Simple & Minimal

This layout option is perfect for those who primarily want to use their bedroom as a place to unwind and sleep and don’t need additional function in this space. There’s no room for anything but a bed and two nightstands, which keeps the function simple. (Though, this layout does leave room for a queen-size bed!) It’s a perfect layout for a couple, since it offers access to both sides of the bed and has room for individual nightstands.

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Stay Symmetrical

Keeping the layout symmetrical establishes visual balance and the sense of minimalism, which is important for small spaces. This layout doesn’t leave a ton of floor space leftover, so skipping any additional furniture and keeping the space strictly symmetrical keeps it from feeling cluttered.

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Choose Furniture With Clean Lines

With such a simplistic layout, and in such a small bedroom, keeping your furniture style minimal, with clean lines, will help create a sense of visual openness in the space.

Not sure what you need in a bedroom? Peek our bedroom furniture checklist!

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Maximize Surface Space

This layout option doesn’t offer a ton of surface space for necessities and decor. (Frankly, it’s just the two nightstands!) To maximize those two surfaces, we opted for hanging pendants over the bed to keep the nightstands clear while still offering ambient lighting. Wall sconces could also work!

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3 Ways to Arrange a Small Living Room in a Studio Apartment

Designing and arranging a small living room or studio apartment can be quite the challenge. How do you fit all the living room furniture you want and need without making the space feel overcrowded? How do you balance function and style? And where do you even start with open-concept spaces or studio apartments where one room bleeds right into the next?? The struggle is real.

But we find that some of the greatest design challenges can bring about some clever solutions and innovative interior design ideas! Case in point: we designed one small apartment living space three ways to show you all the possibilities. Dare we say they’re some of the best studio apartment layout ideas out there? Well, you can be the judge of that. Keep reading for our favorite design solves for small living rooms!

Layout #1 – The Zoned Studio

In this layout, we created three unique “zones” by making separate living, sleeping, and dining areas. So, while it’s all actually one large room, it feels like many! Placing the sofa at a right angle to the bed helps create a physical divide between the living and sleeping spaces. And having the back of the sofa to the dining room helps this area feel distinct. So, if you like the idea of more unique and distinct spaces within an open layout, a zoned approach is the right layout for you.

studio apartment designThis space is filled with furniture that can pull double-duty:

Just because you have a small living room doesn’t mean you have to skimp on seating options. By opting for multifunctional living room furniture, we squeezed in a few extra seats. So, not only do you have the sofa and armchair, but the coffee table is an ottomoan, which someone can sit on, and the side table is actually a stool. Not to mention you can pull in the barstool from the desk and even use the bed for extra seating in a pinch!

Having an ottoman or pouf in place of a coffee table not only gives you an extra seat for guests, but it can be used as a footrest to help make a small sofa more comfortable, and it takes up less space than most coffee tables would. Simply add a tray on top when you do want to use it as a coffee table, to keep drinks and snacks stable!

However, the key to making this work is to opt for scaled down furniture. A loveseat is a perfect alternative to a sofa in a small space. But many furniture companies also make apartment-sized furniture where you can buy their well-known designs in a slightly smaller scale.

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Distinct zones are great for hosting small gatherings:

Having a small living room or apartment doesn’t mean you can’t host gatherings. In fact, this layout is geared toward just that. The distinct zones of this apartment is a great arrangement for having small groups of friends over.

The sofa and TV are opposite one another, with the TV as a focal point—perfect for hosting a movie night or for solo viewing. But with the chair tucked in the corner, you also have a seating area that’s very conducive to conversation. At first glance, you might think having an office tucked into the living space interrupts the flow of this space. But a bar-height desk can actually double as a serving station for food during gatherings—another great example of furniture pulling double-duty in small living rooms! And the stool tucks underneath, which is a favorite space-saving hack when it comes to home office ideas for small spaces. A bar-height desk also helps break up heights in the room and adds some variance.

As for the rug, this is one case where going smaller in size actually works! It makes the living space feel distinct but not overcrowded. It also helps dampen noise—a must-have for apartments, especially when you’re having guests over!

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The dark accent wall adds contrast and dimension:

Painting a dark accent wall behind the bed and TV adds contrast and dimension to the space. A dark wall actually helps the space feel larger by breaking up all the white and adding depth to the space. The result? Some very cozy vibes.

Using a dresser as a TV stand is a great way to sneak in more storage without adding more clutter or taking up more floor space! And a sconce above the nightstand frees up more surface space but still gives the same functionality of a table lamp.

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The bookcase helps make use of vertical space in a small apartment:

In a small space, you want to make sure you’re making use of vertical wall space. This bookcase does just that, while also adding more storage space.

A cowhide rug, with it’s amorphous shape, is great for small or awkward spaces, like the small amount of floorspace between the bed and bookcase. It functions as a rug by adding some softness underfoot, but its organic shape means it doesn’t compete with the small square footage or draw attention to the small space.

Layout #2 – The Open Flow Studio

While this is the same studio apartment as the first layout, this is a totally different take on a small living room layout. This one is all about open flow. The layout makes the overall space feel much larger. And the openness eliminates any feelings of the space feeling cramped or cluttered. This is a perfect option for a single person who wants to make the most of their space and isn’t afraid of having their bed in the middle of their apartment!

studio apartment designThis bed placement makes the whole apartment feel open and airy:

It’s your space and you can do what you want to! So why not have your bedroom in the open space in the middle of the apartment?? This layout has a much more open and airy vibe. Opting for two nightstands—even if there’s only one person living in this apartment—has a more formal feel and makes the sleeping area feel more thoughtfully designed. And, because of the wall it’s against, you can fit a larger bed here than you could in the first layout.

Placing a stool at the end of the bed is a great place to sit or lay out your clothes for the following day—and it can be moved into the living space if you need an extra seat!

Floating shelves are another great example of using vertical space. While the bed placement doesn’t allow for furniture to the side, hanging a floating shelf above eye level draws the eye upward, opening up the space. And, of course, it also provides a surface for some personal decor and storage!

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Tucking the living space in the back of the apartment allows for a full-size sofa:

In this layout, the living space is tucked into the back nook of the apartment, where the bedroom was in the first design. This makes for a more cozy living area that truly feels like a space of its own. This layout also allowed us to use a larger sofa—a good thing to think about if you like to unwind with a TV show at night and want a full-size sofa rather than a loveseat or apartment-sized option. And we again used a dresser as the TV stand, which gives so much extra storage in a small space!

You’ll notice that there’s no clutter or unnecessary living room furniture here—only the essential pieces. In a small living room, this is an absolute necessity! You have to make every piece count—and bonus points if they have a small footprint or airy design! The long, tapered legs of the side table and the open-base chair add function without adding clutter, making them great pieces for small living rooms.

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The simple layout creates a lot of flexibility for how you can use the living space:

As you can see, this living room is simple but stylish. The combination of white walls and a white sofa give this space a light feeling and don’t add visual clutter. But the addition of the yellow blanket ladder adds a stylish, eclectic touch to the set-up—and utilizes vertical space for blanket storage!

In a space like this, we’d recommend skipping a big coffee table to give the space more flexibility—which is why we went with this stool as a coffee table instead, which can also double as a footrest or an extra seat. It’s also easily moveable, which means you can use the open space between the sofa and dresser for a workout area or for playing games with friends. This gives a small living room layout like this a lot of functionality and flexibility—something you don’t typically find in a studio apartment, which can easily feel cramped and claustrophobic.

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Stylish stools and open shelving make the dining area feel considered:

The kitchen and dining area, while not huge, has room enough for two stools to pull up to the island and create an eat-up dining space. Since there’s a large surface area, the counter can also be used for food prep or as a home office workspace!

The floating shelves once again add storage space on a wall that would otherwise go unused—and they also help this space feel much more intentional and considered. And plants make the space feel alive and cheery!

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Layout #3 – The Combo Space

This layout option combines the best elements of the first two layouts, giving you one more creative solution for small living room arrangements! This is a great option if you don’t have a TV, as you’re able to use the space in a much more creative way, without the constraints of having to mount a TV on the wall or make sure the sofa is placed opposite the TV.

This bedroom celebrates multifunctional and flexible designs:

When it comes to bed designs that are perfect for small spaces, a spindle bed frame is a stylish and smart option. The space between the spindles creates visual airiness that helps the room feel more open. And opting for a spindle bed with built-in nightstands is a major space-saver and helps the look feel sleek and clean!

Another space-saver in this design is the use of a wall-mounted sconce—a Modsy must-have for small apartments. It adds lighting functionality without taking up floor space, which we love. And it also swivels, which makes this a very flexible lighting option! We recommend looking for plug-in sconces, especially if you’re a renter, as it doesn’t require you to tear up your walls to hardwire the lighting!

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The sofa placement makes the whole apartment feel more open and airy:

Having the sofa face the large windows at the back of the apartment—and without any furniture separating the living and sleeping areas—makes this small living space feel very open and airy. Having a more open layout that’s not centered around a TV makes this a great layout for hosting guests—and there’s even space for an air mattress if someone wants to crash overnight! This bench adds extra seating for conversational hangouts, but it can also be pulled in and used as a coffee table for a game night.

Hanging a mirror behind the sofa adds a decorative touch but also works as a full-length mirror for getting ready. And mirrors are also a great small space hack to make your space feel larger. And, once again, doubling your dresser as a credenza in your living space not only gives more structure to your living area, but it gives you the storage you need while not making your bedroom area feel cramped!

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Small-Space Hacks: Simple Ways To Maximize A Tiny Bedroom

In our “Small-Space Hacks” series, you’ll find stylish solutions for tiny spaces as well as tricky areas that often get overlooked in the home. Not your typical DIY projects, these “hacks” involve simply rethinking furniture with a little ingenuity to create spaces that enhance your daily life.

This week we show you simple ways to make the most of a small bedroom. Read on for our favorite easy tricks to save lots of space, add major style, and rethink the possibilities in a pint-size bedroom.

Today, we’re talking about small bedrooms. Struggles with this small space come second only to small living rooms. You might think that you need a huge bedroom to function day to day—you can get by with just a bed frame, mattress, and clothing storage, if necessary. But then 2020 hit. Last year, our homes became our whole worlds. Many bedrooms now serve double (or triple) duty as not only sleeping quarters but home offices, gyms, or spaces to simply get a few moments to yourself. And suddenly a small bedroom became an interior design crisis.

If you have a small bedroom, it’s more important than ever to get clever in how you maximize your space. But how you maximize will look different depending on your needs! Feeling overwhelmed? Call in the interior design experts! (That’s us.)

We’ve outlined some of the most common small bedroom struggles, as well as some ways to work with them to get the most out of your small space when decorating a small bedroom. Read on for our favorite small space bedroom ideas—with easy tricks to save lots of space, add major style, and rethink the possibilities in a pint-sized bedroom!

If You’re Pressed For Storage Space…

In order for your bedroom to function as a relaxing oasis, you definitely need to have enough space to store clothing and other clutter. And just because you have a small bedroom doesn’t mean you have to forego a zen retreat! You just have to get a bit creative in how you incorporate bedroom furniture and storage in your space. Keep reading for some of our favorite small bedroom storage ideas.

Small bedroom ideasBulk Up Your Bedside.

Storage space is one of the essentials in our bedroom checklist. But if you don’t have a lot of room, make the space next to your bed frame work overtime. Nix the nightstand and go for a small dresser or a compact chest of drawers instead. They function just like a nightstand but offer more in storage for stashing away clothes, sheets, and other essentials. You can even pull in a set of baskets for storing small items, such as books, pillows, and even chunkier, winter clothes.

Small bedroom ideasThink Vertical Storage.

Another bedside option? Swap in a bookcase to add more vertical storage space. If you’re have lots of books, accents, and small knick knacks, this is a great solve that takes up very little footprint beside your bed.

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Consider a Tallboy Dresser

Instead of a more traditional low and long dresser, consider a tallboy style. You get nearly the same amount of storage space, but they take up half the floor space! What exactly is a tallboy dresser? It’s a taller dresser (makes sense, huh?) that usually has six drawers. Essentially, it’s tall and narrow, versus a low and long “lowboy” dresser.

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Opt for Double-Duty Pieces

Smaller spaces mean less room for more furniture. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice storage! One of the easiest (and cost-efficient) small space hacks to maximize storage in a small bedroom is by choosing pieces that have multiple functions. Think: a bookcase that doubles as a room divider. Furniture with hidden storage. A dresser that doubles as a TV stand. A console table that doubles as a desk. You get the picture! Basically, make sure your furniture pulls its weight by giving you multiple functions!

If You Have Very Little Walking Room…

Short on floor space? Get everything you can off the floor to maximize your available floor space. (And to save yourself from stubbed toes or tripping!) Check out two of our favorite small bedroom ideas to help you save on floor space!

Small bedroom ideasFloat Some Shelves.

If a small nightstand, chest, or bookshelf are all still taking up too much floor space, opt for a floating shelf or two (or three!), which leaves zero footprint and won’t clutter up a small bedroom that’s already tight on space. The best part is that these can go anywhere and also double as display surfaces for cool art, personal objects, and plants.

Not sure if you should prioritize floor space or storage? Let our nightstand buying guide help you decide!

Small bedroom ideasHang Your Lights.

Rather than a table or floor lamps, hang pendants (or sconces) for bedside lighting instead to save on floor space. They’re a stylish solve for small bedrooms, particularly alongside the bed. They also work well with floating shelves beside the bed!

Read Next: Want more small space tips? Here are 10 ways to make the most of your small bedroom and our must-haves for small apartments.

If You Think There’s No Room For Stylish Pieces…

Small bedroom ideasTry a Free-Form Rug.

Rugs come in several standard sizes, but these can often be too big or too small, which will accentuate the small size of your space rather than work with it. Consider a rug with an organic shape, like a cowhide, which will distract from the boxiness of your tiny bedroom while adding some nice color and warm, fuzzy texture underfoot.

Small bedroom ideasAdd Cool, Clear Furniture.

Furniture like an acrylic bench or set of clear nesting tables can visually open up your small bedroom and also act as storage without making the space feel cluttered. Mirrors can have the same effect, tricking the eye into thinking the room is larger than it seems. Try hanging one bedside or a large round one above your bed frame for a light, roomy effect.

Small bedroom ideasPack in Some Plants.

Even if you don’t have room for extra furniture, you can easily add a lively touch with some hanging greenery and plants. Find a corner for a hanging planter or two, or line up several plants along floating shelves for a cute display.

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This post was updated on March 3rd, 2021

Simple Ways To Maximize A Tiny Bedroom

 

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Space-Savvy Solutions For 5 Tiny (and Tricky) Spaces

Designing and furnishing a small space is no walk in the park. In fact, it can pose quite the challenge! Though your space is small, there are so many considerations to think through. How do I arrange the space? What furniture should I buy? Can I even fit a sofa? Where am I going to store all my stuff? Challenges abound.

Let’s not forget that many small rooms are not only small, but can be kind of awkward. This means you’ve got a tricky layout to crack, making these pint-sized spaces even more of a design dilemma

Every small space comes with it’s own slew of challenges. But with a few clever and creative tricks up your sleeve, you can design a functional and stylish space.

We’ve rounded up 5 of the tiniest (and trickiest) spaces we’ve seen, and break down how our designers tackled them. Take a peek below for some small room ideas and small space hacks from our designers.

Ready for a crash course in our best small room ideas? Keep scrolling to see how these 5 tiny spaces met their match.

 

1. A Recessed Living Room Nook

small room ideasThe Challenge:

More like a nook than an actual room, this tiny living space needed furniture that fit with a precision worthy of NASA engineers. Luckily for these homeowners, trying out sofas with 3D online interior design saved them lots of time and backaches. The priority was to find pieces that fit and make the most of every square inch of floor space.

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The Solutions:

  • Find a sofa that perfectly fits the small space. Consider your options, like which side you want the chaise to be on. A great option here? Exploring small apartment furniture and apartment-sized sofas.
  • One of our best small room ideas? Try a rug with an organic shape, like a cowhide. This creates a sense of flow in the space and draws attention away from the size of the room.
  • Choose a coffee table with hidden storage, which is one of our favorite sneaky storage ideas for small living rooms! 
  • Pull in a chair with an open, airy frame that won’t add visual weight to the room. It also helps to break up the boxiness of the space.

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2. A Small Home Office for Two

small room ideas – officeThe Challenge:

This small spare room needed to work as an office for two, with space-saving storage options. It also needed to have some sort of relaxed seating. It was a tall order, but we managed to create a small office design that really worked on all counts.

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The Solutions:

  • The L-shape arrangement of the desks uses the corner and wall space to its full potential. All without cluttering up the room. That’s a tiny room design win-win in our book!
  • Don’t be afraid to try two different desks—one with plenty of storage and the other with a slim base for fit. (But going for matching finishes will help the shared home office arrangement look more cohesive.)
  • Adding a petite, armless sofa made for ideal seating that isn’t bulky.
  • A C-shape side table can function like a lap desk for working on the sofa. You can also easily move it next to your desk for a place to put your coffee or drink (no more desk spills!).
  • Hang up wall-mounted floating shelves to take advantage of vertical wall space for storage and display your favorite home decor.

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3. A Compact Bedroom

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The Challenge:

This small bedroom posed some major interior design challenges to its occupant. On the bright side, this tiny bedroom gets lots of natural light. However, this space needed some small bedroom design tips to keep it cozy but uncluttered. There’s no closet space to speak of, so finding ways to incorporate extra storage was essential when thinking through small bedroom ideas for this space.

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The Solutions:

  • Fill out the space at the foot of the bed with comfy and functional accents, like a bench and/or a pouf. They’ll also make the space feel less utilitarian. This is one of our top small bedroom ideas—because even a tiny bedroom should be more than “just a place to sleep.”
  • Lean a floor-length mirror to make the space feel bigger and more open. Have limited floor space? Try a series of mirrors for a similar effect.
  • Pick narrow storage pieces to give you the storage space you need without taking over your room. Narrower pieces can squeeze into corners and along walls without feeling bulky.
  • Layer rugs, like a colorful one paired with a cowhide or fluffy shag rug, to add lots of cozy texture in any small bedroom
  • This is one of those fun, simple home decor ideas that doesn’t take up additional space! Bonus: an organically shaped cowhide rug is a great way to add style to a small bedroom—while helping the space feel less boxy.

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4. A Narrow Nursery

small room ideas nurseryThe Challenge:

The goal was to create a stylish nursery—but one that was also highly functional. Given this room’s narrow shape, the furniture needed to be arranged in a line along one side of the room, which had the potential to look awkward. The parents also wanted the crib to be in clear sight at all times and there needed to be space for a changing table. Bring on the small nursery design tips!

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The Solutions:

  • Stagger the crib and changing table down the narrow hallway to preserve the walkway while also improving the look of the space. (Essentially, this just looks better than lining up both pieces along the same wall!) This also places the crib in the center of the room, between the two windows, optimizing sightlines.
  • No need to include both a dresser and a changing table. Have a dresser do double-duty by adding a changing table topper. This is also a great way to design for now and later!
  • Add sconces rather than table and floor lamps. They’re a great way to add lighting without taking up floor space—not to mention they’ll be out of baby’s reach!
  • Tuck in a daybed that provides an adult nap spot. Plus, it can also easily make for a guest bed in a pinch! Choose one that has an open base and comes without arms or a back so that it doesn’t add visual bulk.

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5. A Shoebox-Sized Studio

Small room ideas – studio apartmentThe Challenge:

This long studio had the trifecta of tiny apartment interior design challenges. It had to function as a living space and bedroom and also provide a little area for dining and small gatherings. So, we brought in all our best small apartment design tips to make the most of this tiny space.

small room ideas – studio apartmentThe Solutions:

  • A floor mirror helps open up the space and make it look bigger while making use of a tricky corner by the window—a great way to maximize a small space.
  • In tight apartment spaces, clever use of corner spaces can be a space (and life) -saver. Make the most of your walls through hanging shelves and sconces and bringing in tall, slender bookcases to display some home decor and give you some extra storage. (Wall-mounted bookcases are a favorite tiny room design hack of ours, since they take up less floor space than a traditional bookcase.)
  • A tiny studio apartment like this doesn’t have space for a sofa. But that doesn’t mean you have to forego any seating! Simply opt for a small accent chair, along with comfy and moveable seating, like one or two poufs. They can also double as footrests and side tables if needed!
  • Speaking of seating—a chair can take advantage of the unused space at the foot of the bed, making for a comfy place to watch TV, read a book, or wind down with a drink at the end of the day.
  • For easy-to-stow dining seating, bring in bar stools with open, airy frames.

Looking for more studio apartment ideas? Check out our studio apartment layout guide.

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This post was updated on February 14th, 2021

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Bedroom Design Ideas: 8 Unique Nightstand Alternatives To Try Now

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Your nightstand might be one of the most personal pieces of furniture. Not only do you spend a third of your life sleeping next to it, most of us also use our nightstands as a home for an intimate collection of our most personal objects.

A typical nightstand might display everything from a pile of books you’re reading (or intend to read, or want people to think you’re reading), a collection of half-finished beverages, photos of your travels and loved ones, or simply your nighttime essentials like reading glasses or the retainer you never wear.

But aside from being a highly personal piece of furniture, your nightstand should also be functional. And sometimes, the most functional nightstand is actually no nightstand at all.

This may sound crazy, but this simple swap can instantly pack your space with multi-purpose power. Read on to see some of our favorite nightstand alternatives that add extra function without skimping on style.

8 Nightstand Alternatives for the Multi-Purpose Bedroom

nightstand alternatives1. Go Vertical With a Bookcase

Why not save space with a bookcase that doubles as your nightstand? Just clear off a shelf that’s easy to reach and stash all your bedside essentials there. You can use the other shelves for extra storage, which is great if you’re tight on space. It’s a win win if you ask us!

nightstand alternatives2. Pull Up a Chair

If all you need is a place to set down a bedtime book, an alarm clock, or your phone to charge overnight, a lightweight chair is an easy nightstand alternative.

Want to get multipurpose? Try pulling in an extra dining chair. This works well if you don’t use all your dining chairs daily, but like having them on-call for when guests come over.

nightstand alternatives3. Consider a Console

Is your big, bulky nightstand making your bedroom feel cramped and cluttered? Try a console with an open base instead.

Console tables are designed to be used in (often narrow) entryways, making them one of the best nightstand alternatives for small spaces. Their long and slender shape won’t clutter up floor space, but you still get a decent amount of surface area to prop bedside essentials, art, and decor.

Looking to optimize a small entryway? Here are 5 ideas.

nightstand alternatives4. Work It With a Desk

Need to fit in a mini office in your bedroom? Skip the nightstand and go for a desk instead. Not only are these stylish nightstand alternatives, a desk also gives you both lots of surface space and storage if you pick one with a drawer.

nightstand alternatives5. Do Double-Duty With a Dresser

When it comes to making the most of a storage piece, try using a dresser as your nightstand. This 2-for-1 approach helps you save space in the room (let’s face it: dressers are big!) but gives you tons of extra storage. Not to mention, they’re sure to bring bold style to your bedside.

nightstand alternatives6. Float a Shelf

This is both a clever and cost-effective option for super small spaces. You can count on a floating shelf to hold all your nighttime essentials, all the while saving you lots of floor space.

If one is not enough, we suggest stacking two floating shelves.

nightstand alternatives7. Move a Stool Over

For another low-cost alternative to a nightstand, try a small stool, bench, or ottoman. This is an easy, portable option that also doubles as a convenient spot to put your shoes on in the morning.

Plus, you can easily pull the stool into your living room when you need an extra seats.

nightstand alternatives8. Trunk It!

Looking to add a little vintage style or rustic charm to your bedroom? Try an industrial trunk. It provides great storage and it’s got style to boot, making it one of our favorite nightstand alternatives.

If you get a trunk as a hand-me-down piece that you don’t quite know what to do with, swap it in for your nightstand.

Or check out 5 more ideas how to mix vintage pieces in to modern interiors.

 

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Layout Ideas: 1 Boxy Bedroom, 2 Smart Ways to Maximize The Space

Often the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. From the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward, this is your one-stop shop for layout ideas that work.

The Space: A 150-square-foot bedroom that is square-shaped with seemingly limited furniture arrangement and design possibilities.

The Challenge: Creating a layout design for a boxy bedroom that can accommodate a queen-sized bed, dressing area, and work space with a custom desk. All while keeping the room from feeling overcrowded or dorm-like.

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Idea #1: The L-Shaped Layout

Layout idea #1 uses what we call the L-shaped arrangement where furniture is lined up along two walls of a square bedroom. This creates a cozy corner, opens up the rest of the room, and makes the space feel less boxy.

This approach is about maximizing storage and vertical space to balance the unfurnished half of the room.

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Why It Works:

  • The bed does not face face the door, which creates walking room and a nice flow. This layout follows the rules of good bedroom feng shui.
  • The desk by the door is the ultimate multipurpose piece. It functions as a catchall for keys and random little things, a work surface for sending emails, and a vanity for getting ready.
  • Mini dressers as nightstands give you lots of extra storage for books, sheets, and blankets.
  • Placing a bookcase in the corner makes use of vertical space for storage and takes up very little floor space.

bedroom layout ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Are looking to design a guest room that’s more grown-up feeling. This arrangement gives the space a hotel-like look and feel.
  • Share this bedroom with another person. The layout provides enough storage and functions for two.

See the layout idea #1 in 360!

 

Idea #2: The Long Layout

Layout idea #2 is all about a sectioned approach that clearly defines sleep and work areas.

Add a sense of spaciousness to the room by lining up the bed and the desk in a row along the same wall. This also helps create good flow as soon as you walk in the door.

In this layout, there’s not a lot of storage space, but also a dedicated office area that makes the room feel like a functional live/work studio space.

bedroom layout ideas

Why It Works:

  • The desk tucked away in the corner makes a stylish office corner. This placement also takes advantage of the natural light from the window right above.
  • There’s more room for a nice comfy chair. It can be pulled up as a desk chair or moved and used as a reading chair anywhere in the room.
  • You definitely get more open floor space in with this layout since it keeps one side open with lots of walking room.

bedroom layout ideas

This Is Great If You…

  • Want a studio that has distinct spaces for all your activities, rather than feeling like one open room.
  • Don’t need a lot of space to host people in your studio apartment.
  • Live with a partner and want a space where you can cohabitate with a little more privacy and space to do your own thing.

See the layout idea #2 in 360!

 

Need help finding the best layout for your space?

 

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