Clever Space-Saving Solutions for Small Bedrooms

Clever Space-Saving Solutions for Small Bedrooms

Nancy Mitchell
Nov 14, 2017
(Image credit: Reagen Taylor )

If you're dealing with a common small-apartment problem — a bedroom scarcely large enough for a bed, much less anything else — look no further than this list of clever space-saving solutions. These are some of the best ideas we've seen for tucking away all the stuff that tends to accumulate in a bedroom, and ensuring that your sleeping space will be calm and restful.


Mirrors are one of the best ways to make any room appear larger. In the pretty bedroom above, a large wall mirror adds light and the illusion of more space in a narrow bedroom.

Mounted Nightstand

A nightstand that mounts on the wall is perfect for a small bedroom. The open space underneath the nightstand visually enlarges the space, and you can also stash things like shoes and books underneath. Mounting a lamp on the wall frees up space on top of the nightstand.

A peaceful bedroom spotted on La Maison D'Anna G.
(Image credit: La Maison d'Anna G)

Wall Shelves

No room for a nightstand beside the bed? Hang shelves on the wall instead. In the room above, wall shelves provide a catch-all for books and other sundries in a super-narrow sleeping space.

Domino Magazine, via Stockholm Vitt.
(Image credit: Domino)

High Shelves

For even more storage, consider hanging shelves up high that run the length of the room. You won't loose any floor real estate at all, and you'll gain a lot of storage space.

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A Window Sill (if you have one)

A deep window sill can do nightstand duty in a narrow room.

Mounted Mini Shelf

Here's an idea for a nightstand that takes up even less space — a simple shelf beside the bed. This one above is a simple crate turned on its side; mounting it on the wall leaves room underneath where you could put...more plants, if you want.


Overhead lighting is typically harsh and unattractive so adding task and ambient lighting to any room is a good idea. Wall sconces in a small bedroom don't take up the valuable floor space a floor lamp would.

A Shelf-Desk

A deep wall-mounted shelf can double as a desk, if you're okay with perching on the bed while working.

A cozy bedroom from Lonny.
(Image credit: Lonny)

Double Duty Nightstand

Kill two birds with one stone and make a nightstand do double duty as a desk.

A clever bedroom solution from Cristina Mella.
(Image credit: Cristina Mella)

Shelf Above the Bed

Why not re-claim the unused space above your headboard? Here, a shelf mounted above the bed adds extra storage, and lights underneath free up nightstand real estate. A word to the wise, though: if you're a fan of reading in bed, make sure that the shelf is mounted above the height of your head when you're sitting up.

A small bedroom spotted on Decor8.
(Image credit: Decor8)

Wall-Mounted Cabinets

These homeowners did one better and added cabinets above the bed. I especially like the idea of the IKEA Trones as nightstand — shoe storage and bedside catchall all in one.

Spotted on delikatissen.
(Image credit: delikatissen)


If your apartment is lacking in closet space, wardrobes flanking the bed can go a long way towards making up for it. They also provide a nice, built-in look. (And if your bedroom is even smaller than the one pictured above, skipping the nightstands and just placing the wardrobes on either side of the bed, like the folks from Young House Love did, is especially cozy.)

Light Window Treatments

For window treatments, try layering shades and light, gauzy curtains for a window treatment that's cozy but not bulky.

Simple Color Palette

Keeping the color palette simple ensures that your small bedroom will remain restful and calming.

(Image credit: David Telford)

Storage Boxes

Keep clutter out of sight with cute lidded boxes that still match your overall color palette and aesthetic.

(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

Makeshift Closet

If your room comes sans closet, just hang a bar above your dresser to create extra clothing storage.

Re-edited from a post originally published 4.18.14-NT

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