How to Make the Most Out of a Small Bedroom

You might think small bedrooms can be challenging to design, but there are many ways to get creative. The key to designing the perfect small bedroom is to make the most of the space you have. With space-saving solutions and a few tricks to maximize the potential of your space and create interest, you can house all the comforts of a large suite in your minimal bedroom.

A bedroom is a place for rest, a room to recharge from the stress of the outside world. It is meant to be a place of tranquility and to keep it that way you must ensure that all distractions are left at the door. A home office or study corner has no place in the oasis that is your bedroom. Having a small bedroom is a blessing in disguise for a better night’s sleep, with no room for distractions your mind can focus on rest.

Having a small bedroom does not mean you have to sacrifice style. With a smaller room to decorate, it doesn’t take many pieces to create a beautiful space. Let’s take a deeper dive into the ways you can enhance your small bedroom.


Bring In Plenty of Light


Small BedroomNatural Light 1


Bringing in plenty of light is the best way to keep a small bedroom from feeling cramped. Light can be brought into a room in two ways. The first source is natural light from windows and skylights, the second is from indoor lighting.

If your room is filled with natural light, you want to make sure you choose window coverings that bring in the maximum amount of light possible. Choose blinds that are easy to open and close. If you go with curtains make sure you install curtain hooks so you can easily pull the curtains open. No matter what type of window covering you go with you want to ensure easy access to them so they are hassle-free.

When it comes to indoor lighting you will want to choose wisely. Start by selecting your overhead lighting fixture. An eye-catching chandelier or pendant light fixture can add lots of personal style to your small bedroom. They also direct light to the center of the room where you need it the most. Avoid taking up valuable space with floor lamps and table lamps. Instead, opt for mounted light fixtures. You can make a bold statement with sconces installed above the nightstands. Make sure to source wall-mounted light fixtures that complement the overhead lighting fixture you choose. For added flexibility go with wall scones that have swinging arms. Swingarm wall scones allow you direct light downward when reading, or to other parts of the room as needed.


Small BedroomNatural Light 3


Double Duty Furniture for Small Bedrooms

It’s important to maximize your efforts when designing small rooms. One way to do this is by choosing furniture that can serve multiple purposes. For example, go with a nightstand that can double as storage space. Look for a bed with built-in drawers, or consider using the space under your bed to store seasonal items. Get creative with foot-of-the-bed storage. Adding a bench at the end of the bed can be used for seating, storage, and a place to lay extra pillows or a catch-all for everything you don’t want to end up on the floor. You can maximize storage by opting for a bench with built-in drawers or using decorative baskets underneath the bench.

Using wall space to add extra room for necessities is often overlooked. For example, a small floating shelf hanging on the wall can become a place to store things such as sunglasses, keys, and any other daily essentials you are always misplacing. Wall shelves with pegs can become a place to hang belts, handbags, hats, and other accessories. Consider what things you need to find space for and get creative with floating shelves.


5 Floating Shelf Uses for the Bedroom:

  1. A nightstand replacement
  2. An entry table by the door
  3. A bookcase
  4. A phone charging station
  5. Decorative storage



Small Bedroom Storage Solutions 2



Installing floor-to-ceiling built-ins in a small bedroom is another great way to add extra storage to your space. Consider adding narrow shelving in the corner of the room. The shevles will take up very little space yet add valuable storage. You could even create a small reading space in an overlooked corner by installing a swinging arm wall sconce and adding a small chair. The built-ins could be designed to store sweaters, shoes, handbags, or house accessories in decorative baskets. The possibilities are endless with built-ins. Since they take up so little space it’s also possible to have more than one.

Mirrors are also a great way to add impact to a small bedroom. They can create the illusion of a larger room. They also add extra natural light into a room when positioned just right. To maximize the effectiveness of a mirror in a small bedroom choose a body-length mirror. The mirror can either be hung up or you can lean it against a wall. If you choose this option make sure you secure it for peace of mind. You don’t have to limit yourself to just one mirror either. Instead of adding a picture for wall art consider using a decorative mirror instead.


Color and Pattern In a Small Bedroom

You don’t have to select all white items and paint in a small bedroom in order to keep the room from turning inward. However, you do want to avoid all dark colors which will make the space feel claustrophobic. You can create a lot of drama in a small bedroom with high contrast colors. Choose an accent wall and put the darkest color in your color palette on it. Contrast the other walls with the lightest color. For added interest consider using a bold patterned wallpaper for your accent wall.

Bring in a mix of dark and light colors and patterns for the bedding and any other decor you add to the room. Keep in mind the larger items, such as the bedspread, should be one of the lighter colors in order to keep your bedroom from appearing any smaller then it is. You can add pops of color to the room with throw pillows and other decorative accents. The flooring should also be in a light color. In fact, a small room can look bigger than it is when you contrast one bold wall with three lighter walls, light flooring, and light-colored bedding.

When it comes to flooring you can also use area rugs to make a statement in your small bedroom. The perfect area rug can add warmth, a pop of color, or drama to your design. Area rugs can also bring in texture to your small bedroom adding depth and interest. Find something that feels amazing on your feet.



Small BedroomNatural Light 2


The Bottom Line

You don’t have to forgo your personal style when it comes to designing your small bedroom. In fact, a small bedroom can be a blessing in disguise. Eliminating unnecessary clutter and distractions from a bedroom can improve your sleep quality giving you a better night’s rest.

When designing for your small bedroom it’s important to first understand what your needs are before you even consider what you will include in the room. Your first need to know how much storage you will need. Then you can determine what type of storage solutions to look for.

There are many storage options when it comes to small bedrooms, and all of them can be incorporated without making the room look cramped. You can, for example, have nightstands with drawers, a bed with drawers, a bench at the end of the bed for added storage, narrow floor-to-ceiling built-ins, and wall-mounted shelves without added much bulk to the room. The tricky part is color choice.

You don’t have to limit yourself to an all-white bedroom. There are ways to incorporate color and pattern into your small bedroom with out overwhelming the space. That being said, keep in mind that using too many dark colors in an already small bedroom can make the room feel claustrophobic. To create a dynamic look go for a light color palette with a bold accent wall in either a pop of color or an interesting wallpaper.

The goal with a small bedroom is to find a happy medium between your personal style, your needs, and the amount of space you have to work with.