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.
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!
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.
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!
No nightstand? No problem. See more nightstand alternatives, one of our favorite hacks for small bedrooms!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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