Small Bedroom Ideas: A Helpful Guide to Making the Most of Your Space

Looking for small bedroom ideas? Well, you've come to the right place. Plenty of us out there are lacking square footage in our bedrooms, but that doesn't mean we have to compromise on style. Your sleeping quarters should feel like a sanctuary, right? We can help you to take it from cramped den to cozy retreat with the help of practical storage and unique design features. Read on to learn more.

What should I consider when designing a small bedroom?

When it comes to planning a layout for a small bedroom, there are a number of things to consider. Prioritize your own needs: Do you require ample storage? What kind of bed will help you get a good night's sleep? Do you need to incorporate a workspace? The layout, size, storage, and budget all need to be considered before committing to any one small bedroom idea.

All that aside, the most important thing to take into account is what will make you most comfortable. Even the humblest of rooms can be turned into a dream oasis — you just need to incorporate the things you love alongside functional elements.

Layout Ideas for a Small Bedroom

Let's face it: In the bedroom, all the action is centered around the bed. Likely your largest piece of furniture, this is where you need to start when bringing your small bedroom idea to life. Placement is key, and unfortunately there's no one-size-fits-all approach.

If it's just you in the room, you don't need access to both sides of the bed, but if you're sharing, you may need to consider how easy it is for both of you to jump in. Try out a few different arrangements first and get a feel for what you think works best and, more importantly, what will free up the most floorspace.

It's a personal choice based on how you use your personal space, but don't forget to consider things like electrical outlet and window locations to ensure that you're making the most of your room. Check out our guide for cool ways to make a small bedroom look bigger if you're in need of further inspiration.

Small Bedroom Organization and Decor

Dressers, shelving, baskets, under-the-bed storage, and wardrobe organizers are your friends when it comes to organizing your small bedroom. It's no easy feat to increase storage in a small bedroom, so if there's available space, use it. With that being said, there are a few ways to eke out additional storage (just take a look at this IKEA hack if you don't believe us). We've also learned a few things about decorating a cozy boudoir, too. From freestanding furniture to built-in nooks, here are our favorite tips and tricks for decorating small bedrooms:

1. Aim high.

The sky is the limit ... or in this case the ceiling. Rather than designing outward, think about going up instead. Refer back to your dorm room days and incorporate a bunk bed that can double as a work space, dressing area, or reading/meditation nook below.

2.Choose double-duty furniture.

small bedroom idea with multi-functional bed with storage
credit: West Elm

When you're buying furniture, think about function and form. Any dead space is wasted space in small bedroom ideas, so think about how you can incorporate them both to make the most of your furniture and your space. Look for bedside tables that include drawers, a bed with built-in storage below, and an ottoman or bed bench with storage as well.

3. Add shelving.

People often overlook the fact that their bedroom walls provide significant storage opportunity, not to mention space for all the trinkets that make you tick. Save some floor space and incorporate shelving into your small bedroom idea, using it for books, plants, candles, or tchotchkes — anything worth putting on display.

4. Purchase mirrored sliding doors for the closet or just remove the doors altogether.

Barely have enough space to walk around in your bedroom? If only there were a way to open up your space and make it look and feel bigger. Good news: There is! Take inspiration from this small bedroom idea and opt for mirrored closet doors. Natural light will reflect off of the mirrors, brightening up your space, making it feel airy and more spacious. Bonus: Sliding doors require less floor space, so you can use those valuable few inches for more important things. Or, you can always just remove the doors altogether and put your carefully edited wardrobe on display.

5. Incorporate wall lighting.

While lighting is a requirement for reading and snuggling up in bed, you don't want to devote too much space in your small bedroom idea for this functional piece of decor. So wall-mounted fixtures are ideal for the spatially challenged, letting you keep surfaces and floor space as clear as possible.

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Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.