Small Bedroom Design Tips to Make the Most of Limited Space

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Bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes, and small ones can be a challenge when it comes to decorating. Unlike large bedrooms that can easily accommodate king size beds, oversized armoires, and multiple dressers, small bedrooms require a little more strategic planning and creativity.

Here are our best small bedroom decorating ideas to make tiny spaces seem larger, more comfortable, and more beautiful.

Pick the Right Size Bed

The primary purpose of the bedroom is sleeping, so start your small bedroom design project by picking out an ideally sized bed and bed frame for your room. Chances are that a king size bed won’t work in your small room, so take some measurements to determine whether a full size or a queen size bed will fit best in your space. Choose the smallest bed that you will be comfortable with in order to maintain some open space in the room and make it feel less cluttered.

To get the most out of your bed space, choose beds with built-in storage space, like our Summer Hill Queen Storage Panel Bed or our #myRoom Full Reading Bed with Underbed Storage. Beds with storage make it easier to stay organized if you have a small closet and don’t have room for multiple dressers. You may want to skip the footboard to save room in the bedroom. If you are designing a small bedroom for children, bunk beds are a great option to save space and create a fun environment. Also, consider making the bed the general focal point of the small bedroom and then base all of your other furniture and décor around it.

Best Ideas for Small Spaces: Furniture Pieces for Small Bedrooms

Other than getting a good night’s rest, storage is the most important consideration for small bedroom design. In addition to built-in bed storage, we carry dressers in many different sizes to suit differently sized bedrooms. To save space, consider buying a chest of drawers that is taller than it is wide to take your storage vertically instead of horizontally. Chests of drawers can have four, five, six, or even more drawers to store your clothes, blankets, and personal items.

Just because you’re in a small space doesn’t mean that you can’t have a convenient place to put your alarm clock, glass of water, and a book. Nightstands come in small sizes and can fit in back corners of bedrooms to fill awkward space and add some additional storage in the small drawers and shelves.

Armoires are actually excellent pieces of furniture for small bedrooms because they are tall and use vertical space that would otherwise be wasted with long and wide dressers. Some of our favorite wardrobe designs for small bedrooms include the Reprise Tall Cabinet, Genevieve Mademoiselle’s Couture Closet, and Accents Old Elm Door Armoire.

Another clever way to sneak storage into your bedroom involves sliding sweater boxes under a traditional bed propped up on blocks and hidden with a bed skirt. You may also be able to use a chest with ample storage as a nightstand.

Best Colors for Small Bedroom Design

It’s a general design rule to avoid dark colors in small spaces to make rooms feel larger than they really are. But that rule doesn’t necessarily apply to bedrooms. This is because bedrooms are designed for rest and intimacy, which makes them ideal candidates for dark, moody, and soothing colors. Shades of blue, purple, and brown work very well in small bedrooms. Other colors that have been popular in small bedrooms lately include navy blue, dark gray, and dark green – all soothing and sophisticated choices. Of course, neutrals are always a safe bet and make it easy to accessorize your bedroom with accent pieces that you already have or find in unique shops.

To bring different parts of your small bedroom together, you can also use the same fabric or a matching fabric for the bed skirt, headboard, and walls. Another fun idea is to use a bold wallpaper on just the wall behind the headboard of the bed. Wallpaper instantly adds personality to a room, so just make sure to keep your other pieces neutral to avoid competing patterns and colors.

The Use of Mirrors in Small Bedrooms

Every bedroom needs a good mirror or two, regardless of the bedroom size. But mirrors do a lot more than just help you do your hair and makeup. Mirrors also add an illusion of extra space and another dimension to rooms when placed strategically. They have a unique way to visually expand a room when placed adjacent to the bed and along a wall that runs the length of the bed.

Mirrors can also help brighten up the room and reflect natural light if windows are limited or if the room is painted or decorated with dark colors. Of course, a foolproof location for a bedroom mirror is above a chest of drawers or dresser in your small bedroom.

Lighting and Small Bedroom Design

Small bedrooms often only have one window, so it’s important to maximize the light coming in from that window to make the room feel inviting and comfortable. The more natural light that you let into the space, the lighter and airier it will feel. One good small bedroom design idea is to hang your curtains a bit closer to the ceiling than you might normally in order to make the room feel taller and larger overall.

Since small bedrooms don’t have much room for floor lamps and table lamps, it’s a good idea to install lighting fixtures from the ceiling and on the walls to save space. Instead of placing a lamp on your nightstand, you could hang a pendant lamp from the ceiling to add light and not waste valuable tabletop space.

Stick to One Focal Point

Every room in your home needs a focal point that draws the eye and that serves as the basis for the room’s design. In general, the bed is the most logical focal point. But you can draw attention to the coziest part of the bed, the pillow area, by adding an array of colorful and textured decorative pillows.

Alternatively, if your bedroom window has a great view, you might want to make this the focal point instead. In this case, dress up the curtains with bold colors or designs while playing down the bed with neutral hues and simple pillows. If you have a moderately sized piece of artwork that you absolutely love, you could also make this the focal point, just as long as it is visible the moment you step inside the bedroom.

Best Ideas for Small Spaces

One great way to embrace a small bedroom is to personalize it with your own unique touches. Small bedrooms are often full of personality, so embrace your own style and preferences to make it your own. Fortunately, you can do this without cluttering up the space at all!

For example, consider swapping out a standard, boring headboard with a more decorative one. You can also hang your headboard on the wall instead of installing it onto your bed to conserve space. Another one of our small bedroom decorating ideas is to utilize the wall space by installing shelving units for storage and to display art pieces or mementos. Shelving units look great when built around the headboard of the bed to add height and character to this part of the room and maximize the awkward corner spaces.

Happy decorating!

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