33 Small Bedroom Ideas for Maximizing Space and Style
Living in a small space requires a little bit of extra thinking and creativity. You have to consider things like smart storage solutions, how to arrange a tight space, and how to determine what deserves a spot in your home. That being said, there are plenty of ways to unlock your personal style when it comes to designing a bedroom — no matter how small that bedroom may be.
Here, you’ll find ideas for decorating, organizing, and furnishing a small bedroom to help maximize each and every corner. These numerous options for decorating and creating storage opportunities just might convince you that bigger isn’t always better.
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SMALL BEDROOM DESIGN TIPS | SMALL BEDROOM STORAGE | SMALL BEDS & FURNITURE | SMALL BEDROOM DECOR | SMALL BEDROOM LAYOUT
Tips for Designing a Small Bedroom
When it comes to decorating small bedrooms, Kyi Gyaw of New York-based Kyi Gyaw Interiors suggests first deciding on the overall tone of the space: quiet and neutral or loud and maximalist. For the latter, she advises committing to a specific color palette and theme for a more cohesive feel. “The most important thing is to create a space that feels comfortable to you,” Gyaw notes, while sharing a few more tips below.
- Be intentional about shopping for and curating the items in your bedroom.
- Look for double-duty furniture with built-in storage, and “make the shape fun so it’s a conversation piece,” adds Gyaw, like this stylish side table.
- Take advantage of mirrors. “Mirrors expand the space and, if you get a sculptural one, it becomes an art piece,” she says.
- If you have the budget, Gyaw recommends investing in custom built-in storage, such as a bookcase surrounding your bed.
- Turn artwork into a “a built-in medicine cabinet,” per Gyaw, by DIYing a picture frame “to add some depth to the back so you can store small items in there.”
- Browse home brands dedicated to small-space-friendly furniture.
Small Bedroom Storage
It’s no surprise that storage solutions are key in any small bedroom, but here’s how to fully (and creatively!) maximize your sleep space for a more clutter-free, organized environment.
1. Utilize below-the-bed storage.
There’s no better place to store extra belongings than below your bed — because it’s already taking up a lot of floor space, it just makes sense. Some options? Choose a bed with built-in storage, use wooden storage crates, design your own drawers, or even use pretty baskets to corral clutter.
2. Get creative with foot-of-the-bed storage.
Don’t limit yourself to plastic containers and closet storage cubes when there are so many types of storage available — particularly decorative pieces that you can leave out in plain view. Try an end-of-bed trunk or storage bench. You’ll be able to find one that suits your decor perfectly, as seen in this Dutch home. Find one with a tiny footprint, and you’re all set. This area can also double as a spot to set out your clothes for the next day or even put on your shoes.
3. Lean into narrow storage cabinets.
There are plenty of cute storage options for filling awkward spots and tight spaces in your home. The narrow cabinets in this New York bedroom prove how storage pieces painted in the same color as your walls can recede visually, making your space look airy without sacrificing precious storage opportunities.
4. Add floating shelves.
Turn even the tightest bedroom corner into a streamlined storage display with nothing more than a few wall-mounted floating shelves.
Buy: Metal U Shape Bookshelf, $29.99 from Amazon
5. Consider hanging racks.
Hanging garment racks are a clever small-bedroom idea to score more closet storage (or create a closet out of nowhere) without taking up an inch of floor space. A dresser underneath creates the perfect dressing area.
Buy: Freestanding Clothing Rack, $61.19 from Amazon
6. Get creative with shelving.
When every bit of wall space counts, why not try shelving that doubles as art as a small-bedroom idea? A cool hanging shelf allows you to store (and show off) your favorite trinkets and display your beloved baubles, and won’t take up an inch of floor space.
Buy: Rustic Wood Floating Shelf, $47.88 from Amazon
7. Don’t overlook the foot of your bed.
Putting a storage bench, baskets, or even crates at the foot of your bed is a smart way to squeeze in more of whatever you need. This typically only takes up about a foot of space, but the payoff is invaluable.
Buy: Bamboo Bench with Storage, $74.99 from Amazon
8. Create vertical storage.
Ask any New Yorker (or small-space dweller, for that matter) how they pack in more storage room in their tiny apartments and they’ll say the same thing: Think vertically. Whether with wall-mounted shelves or suspended lights, you can always build up when you run out of eye-level storage room.
Buy: Wooden Floating Wall Shelves, $21.99 from Amazon
9. Opt for a leaning ladder.
There is a part of this bedroom that’s perfect to borrow inspiration from for a far tighter space: a slim leaning ladder. These clever pieces allow you to hang up your purses and scarves (and other accessories) in style — no hammer and nails necessary.
Buy: 4-Tier Ladder Shelf, $64.99 from Amazon
Small Beds & Furniture
One of the biggest small-bedroom design challenges is making sure that it doesn’t feel overly cramped, and that starts with devising a functional, space-saving furniture scheme. Check out a few smart styling options for beds, nightstands, and even desks if the room doubles as your home office.
1. Try a trundle.
In the market for a small-space-approved bed style? If you anticipate having more than one guest stay the night at some point, a daybed with a trundle underneath will prevent your besties from having to sleep on the floor. We promise they’ll thank you for that!
2. Minimize the side table.
Sometimes, small spaces require you to make sacrifices. And that’s fine, but a nightstand is a must for most people. No room beside the bed? Try this brilliant solution: turn the nightstand to face the wall opposite the bed. If your room is small enough, you’ll still be able to reach your nightstand, but you’ll spare yourself the drama of trying to cram one into a tight space.
3. Go with a ghost chair.
The greatest thing about ghost chairs — aka clear acrylic ones — is that, visually, they’re so light that you barely see them (i.e., less visual clutter). Not only are they super stylish, but they also won’t further cramp up your tiny bedroom, either.
Buy: Fann Side Chair,
$260 $153.99 from Wayfair
4. Install a swing-arm sconce or two.
If you’ve been looking for a stylish way to bring more lighting into your cramped bedroom (without taking up too much space), consider swing-arm wall sconces. Not only are they much less bulky than most table lamps and pendants, but these wall-mounted wonders are also designed with adjustable arms for a more space-savvy lighting solution.
Buy: Permo Vintage Industrial Wall Sconce, $59.99 from Amazon
5. Use a floating desk.
Who says you need a big bedroom to create your own workspace? A wall-mounted shelf beautifully doubles as a personal desk and mounts directly to your wall for added efficiency.
Buy: Alise 2-Tier Heavy Duty Floating Shelf, $29.98 from Amazon
6. Consider a modern Murphy bed.
Forget your grandparents’ Murphy bed. A foldout bed frame — like this one in Daniel’s NYC studio — is a clever way to conceal bulky furniture in your tiny apartment space.
Buy: Queen-Size Deluxe Murphy Bed Hardware Kit, $289 from Amazon
7. Try nesting tables instead of nightstands.
Place a pair of nesting tables next to your bed instead of a traditional nightstand and you can instantly create more storage room for when you might need it without bringing in more furniture to do the job (plus, bonus points, you can use the empty space underneath the tables for even more storage in baskets or crates).
Buy: Weathered Oak Nesting Tables, $69.99 from Amazon
8. Don’t think daybeds are just for kids.
If you thought daybeds were just for kids, then think again. Along with offering a more compact bed frame, some versions come with built-in drawers for more storage. They’re also great for doubling as a sofa.
Buy: Hopper Daybed, $499 from Urban Outfitters
9. Incorporate hanging lights.
Looking for a stylish way to bring more lighting into your bedroom without further cramping the space? A pendant light (or any hanging light, for that matter) instantly brightens up a room and doesn’t require an inch of table or floor space.
Buy: Plug-In Pendant, $23.99 from Amazon
10. Devise a desk vanity.
Dealing with a dreaded small-space double whammy (i.e., a tiny bedroom and bathroom)? Turn a super slim desk setup in your bedroom into a vanity with nothing more than a wall mirror.
Buy: Simple Study Desk, $88.07 from Amazon
11. Make it happen with a side table.
Sometimes all you need next to your bed is a small table to hold a glass of water and your alarm/cellphone. A thin pedestal table is perfect for placing bedside miscellaneous items without adding more clutter in a room with larger furnishings.
Buy: Poly and Bark Daisy 20” Side Table, $220 from Amazon
Small Bedroom Decor
While minimalism and small bedrooms often go hand-in-hand, if you prefer maximalism in all its glory, colorful, patterned styles can work in small spaces, too. Get inspired by the below decor ideas that cater to any design preference.
1. Hang art high to trick the eye.
Some of the best small-bedroom ideas are using design tricks to make your space seem larger. If you’re planning on hanging art or other things on your walls, try hanging them higher than usual — close to the ceiling, even — to draw the eye upward and create the illusion of a larger space.
2. Separate space with an accent wall.
Even if you’re occupying a studio, like this adorable one in the Bronx, you can make the most of your space. A little bit of paint, in the form of an accent wall behind your bed, not only adds a burst of color, but it also provides a strategic, visual separation between your sleeping space and living area.
3. Play with proportions.
Layering a simple bed frame on top of an oversized rug can instantly amplify your space and make it appear larger. Take this San Francisco bedroom, for example, and picture it with a lavish headboard or an upholstered bed frame. You can imagine how much more cramped the space would feel if it didn’t have simple furniture with streamlined silhouettes.
4. Layer your art.
If you’re an art-lover but lack the space to show off your treasured works in your bedroom, a shelf or nightstand layered with framed art can make a big impact without wasting any space.
Buy: Mandalay Gold Frame, starting at $39 from Framebridge
5. Accessorize away.
When you don’t have the room for large-scale bedroom furnishings, consider going big with your decor (think: bold throw pillows, colorful art, and layered textiles).
Buy: Moorebank Velvet Throw Pillow Cover in Pink, $21.99 from Wayfair
6. Bring in some houseplants.
You don’t always need two nightstands — especially if you’re sleeping alone. Instead, just add plants. It’ll bring fast style to your bedroom without the need for a bulky piece of furniture, and it will help clean your air, too. Win-win!
Buy: Majesty Palm, $38.72 from Home Depot
7. Open up with bare white walls.
You can always count on clean white walls to really brighten and open up a cramped bedroom (particularly one that gets good natural light).
Buy: Behr Ultra Eggshell Enamel, $42.98 from Home Depot
8. Make a Murphy bed chic.
Long gone are the days of basic Murphy beds. You can easily make one of these fold-out beds your own by treating the bed’s framework like a regular wall. Add artwork, paint it, or drape textiles behind your bed, as seen in this California studio.
Small Bedroom Layout
When it comes to decorating a small bedroom, first and foremost, it’s important to remember that the layout is everything. Once you have your furniture placement down, you can start pulling pieces you really like — soft bed linens, soothing accents, and even artwork.
1. Use mirrors to give the illusion of added space.
This popular design trick can totally work in your sleeping space, and is one of our favorite small-bedroom layout ideas. Plus, a large and well-placed mirror will help filter extra light into your bedroom. A real win-win in our opinion!
2. Work a room divider.
Don’t technically have a separate bedroom? A bookcase that doubles as a room divider can work wonders for a cramped studio. It’ll designate your sleeping space, but also the area between your books and decor is enough to let light stream in.
Buy: Adjustable Bookcase, $38.99 from Amazon
3. Ditch your dresser.
If you don’t have room for a full-sized dresser, utilize a short, narrow chest of drawers for clothing storage instead. Placed next to your bedside, it also doubles as a convenient nightstand tabletop.
4. Conjoin bedroom furniture.
Conserve square footage by lining up similarly sized pieces of furniture — especially along the foot of your bed. It’s a convenient spot that you’re probably overlooking anyway, but consider this prime positioning for a desk, dresser, or storage bench.
5. Use corners to your advantage.
For beds that touch two (or more!) walls, convert surrounding unused corner space into vertical storage that frames your sleep area. It’s technically a Murphy bed pictured here, but the surrounding hutch carves out more high-reaching shelving opportunities, paired with a few standalone ledges hung perpendicularly at the same level.