5 Ways to Arrange Furniture in a Small Bedroom (& 4 Bonus Tips for Making the Most of It!)

5 Ways to Arrange Furniture in a Small Bedroom (& 4 Bonus Tips for Making the Most of It!)

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Eleanor Büsing
Feb 20, 2018
(Image credit: Domino)

Of all the rooms that you might consider "too small", the bedroom isn't the worst one to deal with. Despite the obvious storage issue, you don't need too much extra space here (just hold your dance parties elsewhere). However, flow of movement and a serene feel are important, so here are five ways to arrange a seriously small bedroom, and some bonus tips and tricks, too. If you do it right, it can look as impossibly chic on this featured space from Domino.

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1. Try for Symmetry

The first layout is what I have currently in my own small home. Bed centered under a large window, bedside table on each side with just enough room to squeeze by, and an open wardrobe on the opposite wall. Because there's no door swing to worry about on the wardrobe, I managed to squeeze in a chest of drawers between, but it's a tight fit.

In most cases, we'd all like symmetrical bedrooms with easy access to both sides of the bed, if only for easy changing of sheets. This kind of symmetry will also make a bedroom feel more spacious. To make it possible, size down on the bedside table and think height, rather than width, for your storage.

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2. Lose one Bedside Table

Here's another option I considered: still with two-sided access to the bed, but with a less symmetrical feeling overall. A matching bedside table and chest of drawers would make this feel more considered, and it has the added bonus of enough room for proper wardrobe doors.

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3. Or Lose Both

Sometimes there's only one viable wall for a bed to sit on, and it's too short for bedside tables at all. Here, they're replaced by an overhead shelf (mount wall lights underneath it), while chest of drawers and wardrobe are tucked in the corners of the room.

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4. With a Closet

Here's an option for those of you lucky enough to have a dedicated closet room (I'm looking at you, North Americans) but not much actual bedroom space. Here, the bed is tucked in a corner under the window, using the window ledge as a bedside table. There's just enough room alongside it for a pair of chests of drawers, and a cool wall sconce as bedside lamp.

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5. Stack Your Storage

We've all seen the clothes-rail-as-headboard idea, but personally, I'm not sure I could sleep with all my clothing hanging over my head. In this smallest bedroom, the bed is hugged by 3 walls and a clothes rail, hung at high height, sits above a pair of chests of drawers. The only thing this layout "gives up" is surface area on top of said chests, and I think it's a good trade.

Four Actionable Tips for a Small Bedroom

Think Vertically

With minimal floor space, you've got to think creatively about storage. You can't go outwards, but what about up or down? A platform bed with storage below, or a high-level hanging rail in lieu of a traditional closet are both options that will eke out a bit more function from your small bedroom.

Use the Walls

Similarly, use the space along your walls. A wall-mounted TV instead of one on a unit, a small shelf in lieu of a bedside table, or sconces instead of bulky bedside lamps.

(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

Lose Some Sheets

A small bedroom often means at least two sides of the bed are against a wall, or at least have minimal space around its perimeter. This can be particularly annoying for changing the bed—especially if you insist on a top sheet and layers of blankets. Make like the Europeans and go for a fitted one plus duvet only; this will shorten the amount of time you're cursing your small room. Don't worry, it'll still be cozy (especially if you have rumply, casual bedding like this room from My Scandinavian Home).

(Image credit: Paper & Stitch)

Make it Cozy

Finally, a small bedroom needn't be a boring one. Working with what you've got, think cozy and warm rather than spare and minimal. While you don't want clutter, a bit of color and texture via pillows and throws (like in this space from Paper & Stitch), as well as good lighting, can go a long way to making a small space feel special.

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