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Layout Guide: Two Ideas for a 12×15 Bedroom Layout

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 exploring two different 12×15 bedroom layouts.

The Space: A 12×15 Main Bedroom

The Challenge: Squeezing all of the essential bedroom furniture into this smaller room size without it feeling cramped.

With the average main bedroom size coming in around 200-300 square feet, this 12×15 bedroom sits at a smaller 180 square feet. It’s not an impossibly small space, but it does require a bit more intentionality in the layout to make the most of it.

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When dreaming up bedroom design ideas, the size of bed you choose plays a big role in how you layout your space and what else can fit in it. Does your dream bedroom have a king size bed? Own it and make other bedroom design decisions around that. Don’t mind a queen size bed? You’ll have a little more flexibility in your bedroom designs. So landing on that detail is a great place to start when designing a smaller bedroom.

From there, you can start exploring layout options and overall bedroom designs! To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve designed two 12×15 bedroom layouts for this main bedroom to show you how you can arrange a space of this size to suit your needs.

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Layout Idea #1: A Queen Bed and Seating Area

With this bedroom layout, we started with a queen size bed to allow a bit of extra floor space in the rest of the bedroom. There’s just enough space to tuck the bed and two nightstands along the shorter wall, in front of the windows, leaving plenty of space on the other half of the room to create one of those cozy bedroom seating areas.

This layout creates a functional but relaxing space that doesn’t feel cramped. (There’s even space at the end of the bed to roll out a yoga mat so you can sneak in some quiet, meditative moments!)

Create a relaxing sitting area:

The main reason we chose this layout was to have the space to create a sitting area. Since this is the main bedroom in this home, we wanted to add a slight sense of luxury with an extra place to sit and relax. We love the idea of enjoying a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine in this relaxing space. The martini table next to the chair gives you a place to set your drink, while the floor mirror adds style (it “frames up” this vignette) while also adding a practical element to the bedroom.

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Don’t be afraid to cover up some of your windows:

When you have tall and long windows, like this bedroom does, your instinct might be to keep furniture away from them. You don’t want to block natural light, after all! But that leaves you with only one viable layout for this bedroom. Since these windows are so tall, you can get away with blocking some of them without losing the benefit of natural light.

We opted for a taller headboard to make this look like even more of an intentional design choice. (A platform bed without a headboard or a short headboard would almost look like you’re apologizing for covering any of the windows!) The solid headboard and curtains help frame the windows—making the whole arrangement look polished while keeping the windows functional.12x15 bedroom layout

Choose matching bedside tables:

The trio of windows combined with the bed centered along the windows calls for matching nightstands and table lamps. This gives the whole setup an appealing look of symmetry and balance.

Rather than traditional nightstands, we actually opted for console tables, which are a bit taller than the average nightstand and also not as deep. This saves some floor space, since they’re thinner, while still giving the look of a nightstand. With the height, these tables can also serve as a mini desk for writing cards or letters. (We placed a stool underneath one for just that purpose!) The rustic wood finish and marble top add a lovely stylistic touch to the bedroom, and there’s still a single drawer for bedside storage.

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Add additional storage options:

This isn’t a huge bedroom, so it’s great to sneak in extra bedroom storage where you can. Rather than a traditional dresser, we opted for a display cabinet for storing not only folded clothes but also linens, books, and baskets for other essentials. You can get away with this, because this bedroom’s closet is quite large and there’s likely space to hang extra clothing or even show extra folded clothing. The upholstered bench at the foot of the bed also offers additional hidden storage options.

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Layout Idea #2: Upgrade to a King Bed

If you prefer a king size bed in your main bedroom, this is the layout for you. It offers plenty of space for a king bed, two nightstands, and a dresser without the room feeling cramped. However, some people may feel like this is too small of a space for such a large bed. But pulling this off is all about choosing the right bed frame. There are so many different types of bed frames, but we opted for a lower profile style to save space and keep it from overpowering the space. (However, there’s still plenty of visual interest with the ebony and caning finish!)

Don’t overfill the space:

When you put a king bed in this size of room, you want to make sure you don’t overfill the room and make it feel crowded. While this 12×15 bedroom layout is full, with large bedroom essentials throughout, we didn’t add additional furniture. This keeps the room uncluttered. As a result, there’s plenty of space to navigate around the bed and walk around the room, with additional open space for getting ready.

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Balance out the size of the bed:

King size beds are large—so it’s important to balance out the proportions with larger nightstands. These nightstands frame in the bed and at 32 inches wide are substantial enough to offer that sense of balance. They also offer plenty of storage space—both the hidden storage in the two drawers and the surface areas on the top and lower shelf for lighting, baskets, boxes, blankets, and more.
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Create a “getting ready” space:

This layout offers plenty of space for a large dresser, giving ample room for folded clothing storage. The mirror above the dresser adds a touch of practicality (and style!) so you can do your getting ready right at your dresser, using the top as a vanity. The bench next to the dresser offers a place to set while you put on your shoes—or even a place to set out your clothing the night before! It also simply adds some visual contrast and texture to this side of the room.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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 Furniture: The Modsy “Must-Haves” for Any Small Apartment

When you live in a small apartment, you have to be very choosy about what you bring into the space. You need pieces that are functional and that fit a small space with ease—and bonus points if they’re multifunctional—but this can be quite the interior design challenge!

With all the extra time at home right now, you’re probably becoming very aware of furniture you’re missing or pieces you already have that just aren’t working. If you need help making the most of your space—and finding pieces that are not just functional but are also beautiful—we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for our stylists must-haves for a small space, with our best small apartment furniture ideas!

small apartment furniture ideaStorage Coffee Table

When you have a small apartment, that probably means you have a small living room. So any old coffee table just won’t do. Instead, opt for an option that has built-in storage! These are great small living room ideas because they offer the double function of serving as a coffee table and as hidden storage. It offers the perfect place to store media items, magazines, throw blankets, and whatever else you like to keep close at hand but out of sight.

And we especially love round storage coffee tables for small apartments, as they offer better flow for walking around. No sharp edges to bump your shins, making them great for family homes! Alternatively (or additionally) storage ottomans are another great option.

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C-Table Side Table

We love the idea of using a c-side table in the living room. They’re great pieces for small spaces because they can easily move around. You can also use them as a laptop work surface during the day, as a table for food and drinks while watching movies, and then they can be moved to the side of the sofa for an end table when not actively in use!

What makes these c-tables extra convenient? They slide under the bottom of a sofa or chair and hug furniture—so they take up less of that valuable square footage! And because they’re so lightweight, they can be moved around more easily than a traditional side table.

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Wall-Mounted Bookcase

In a small apartment, we recommend choosing bookcases that are mounted to the wall of a room. Why? Because when you put a piece of furniture flush against the wall, it takes up less floor space. And wall-mounted bookcases do tend to have slightly slimmer profiles than traditional bookcases.

Wall-mounted bookcases are also a great way to utilize vertical space in your home, for storage and display. You can use one as an alternative to a nightstand, as pictured above, or in your main living area as an alternative with more vertical storage than a credenza. Because, in a small space, you don’t just want to utilize the square footage of the floor—you want to make use of every inch you can, all the way up to the ceiling!

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Room Divider + Open-Back Bookcases

Do you live in a studio apartment? Then creating distinct spaces and utilizing every square inch is especially important. For small spaces like these, we love using room dividers to separate one large area into zones. It’s one of our favorite small-space interior design hacks. Room dividers give your apartment the illusion of multiple spaces without obstructing natural light or being permanent. And, since they’re movable, you have the flexibility to rearrange and move them around for different purposes and layouts—the perfect apartment decorating trick!

Want to get extra functional? Opt for a backless bookcase as your room divider. This gives you a way to create separate spaces while also providing the opportunity for ample vertical storage.

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Bar Cart

Just because you live in a small apartment doesn’t mean you have to skip out on a beautiful bar cart in your living or dining room! In fact, they can be a wonderful multi-functional furniture piece in small spaces. We love decorating with bar carts in small apartments because they are easy to move and provide versatile storage. They can even be used as a side table between chairs or next to your sofa! And they can store anything from beverages and books to decor and even personal care items—or maybe a mix of all these things!

Bar carts are also easy to move around when you’re entertaining to whatever area in your home where it’s needed most. Just make sure you get a bar cart with wheels rather than a stationary one!

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Poufs

Looking for extra seating options? A place to put up your feet? An alternative to a bulky coffee table? The answer to all of these things: poufs. They’re great to have on your living room floor in a small space because they’re lightweight and easy to move to where they’re needed. And, as mentioned, can be used as extra seating, as a footrest, and as a great alternative to a coffee table or ottoman. Bonus: They’re also easy to stash under a table or your bed when more floor space is needed! So, no need to stress about where to roll out that yoga mat!

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Hanging Plants

We’re big believers in decorating with plants in your home, no matter the size. But we particularly love hanging plants for small apartments. In general, plants are a perfect way to bring the outdoors in, and they have numerous health and mood-lifting benefits. (Something we could all probably use more of right now!) We also love the pop of color and texture they bring to a space. But why hanging plants for a small apartment? Because they don’t take up valuable square footage—but it’s a creative way to still add value!

Don’t have a green thumb? No problem. When it comes to plants—hanging or not—you can use real OR faux plants! There are a ton of beautiful artificial plants out there (here are five reasons why we love faux plants).

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Mirrors

Want an easy decorating idea for how to make your tiny space appear larger? Hang a mirror on your wall. Mirrors reflect light, adding ambiance and light to small spaces. And mirrors come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. So you can find one that perfectly suits your style and space. With that, they’re a simple way to add functional decor to your walls!

And you don’t need to stop at just one. Perhaps you want a larger one for your living room or entryway. But smaller mirrors can be added above dressers or integrated into gallery walls for a small pop of light reflection and style!

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Sconces

Every home, large or small, needs good lighting options. But for little apartments, we especially love wall sconces, which provide light without taking up floor or surface space (as floor and table lamps do). You can strategically place them over sofas and desks for task lighting while reading, writing, and working. And, like mirrors, they add both function and style to your walls! And sconces come in all sizes and styles—so whether you prefer a modern or traditional look, rustic or minimal, there’s a sconce out there to suit your style.

They can also add lovely symmetry and a decorative element to your space—especially when placed on either side of a mirror, as pictured above!

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Pieces With Tapered-Legs

When it comes to choosing furniture for small spaces, we recommend opting for pieces that are lifted off the floor with tapered legs. Why? Because tapered legs give an airier feeling to a room than block legs or furniture that sits directly on the floor, creating the visual illusion of having more space. But they also actually do give you more floor space, given that furniture is lifted—it just happens to be floor space that’s under furniture. But you can put it to good use! Use that extra floor space underneath your bed or sofa as storage space—just stash a few baskets or storage totes and you’re good to go! And pieces with tapered-legs also work easily with those c-tables we mentioned earlier!

Tapered-leg furniture comes in wood and metal legs. For a more contemporary look, opt for metal legs. But for more mid-century or rustic styles, go with wooden tapered legs. Or you can always go for a mix of both on different pieces!

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Round Tables

Earlier in this post, we mentioned that we prefer round coffee tables in smaller spaces. And the same goes for kitchen or dining room tables! In tight spaces, round tables are easier to sit and walk around. The curve also creates a better flow in a small space, with no sharp corners or rectangular forms to squeeze around or bump into! And, though perhaps unexpected, round tables pair exceptionally well with benches, which also offers a versatile seating option in a small apartment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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