14 Tips for Designing a Small Bedroom

Make the most of your small bedroom decor with these clever design ideas.

Designing a small bedroom can be overwhelming and downright frustrating, but we're here to tell you that it doesn't have to be. Check out our favorite tips and tricks, and see which solutions work best for your small space.

1: Let your ceiling make a statement.

White Bedroom With White Furniture and Gold Polka Dots on the Ceiling

Small Bedroom Feels Bright and Glamorous

Glamorous gold polka dots draw the eye upward in this odd-shaped bedroom, helping to elevate the appearance of the ceiling. White walls, white furniture and a window make the small but stylish space feel brighter and larger.

Photo by: www.bethanynauert.com


Gold polka dots draw the eye upward, elevating the appearance of the ceiling in this small bedroom. A patterned ceiling may work for you if your bedroom has sloped ceilings or an odd shape. 

2: Opt for a hanging nightstand.

Suspended Wood Shelf

Willing Suspension

In the master bedroom, Chip takes a novel approach to bedside tables, fashioning these hanging nightstands out of the cross-section of a tree.

From: Fixer Upper

Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

If your bed fits in a tight nook, free up valuable floor space with a hanging nightstand.

3: Or DIY a nightstand to fit your space.

Blue Bedroom With Half Pink Nightstand, White Lamp and White Flowers

Navy Blue Bedroom With Stylish Pink Nightstand

An old table was cut in half to make two stylish nightstands. Dressed up in pink paint, these nightstands are the perfect pop of color in a navy blue and white bedroom.

Finding furniture to fit a small space can be difficult. Instead of spending hours searching for a mini nightstand, make your own with an old or unused table.

4: Mount your bedside lighting.

Bedroom with Globe Light Fixtures

Bedroom With Globe Light Fixtures Hung As Sconces

Tucking a bed into its own alcove provides a visual surprise as well as a sense of privacy.

Photo by: Jennifer Liseo

Jennifer Liseo

If you’re working with teeny-tiny nightstands — or no nightstands at all — consider mounting lights or lamps to the wall.

5: Install a Murphy bed.

White Basement Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom With Built-In Cabinets and Murphy Bed

In this basement family room, a storage wall transforms the space into a welcoming guest room in a snap thanks to a built-in Murphy bed. "We designed the room to accommodate the family and their guests," says designer Laura Stein. "Night-table trays pull out of the custom built-ins to hold a lamp and small essentials, like a glass of water, leaving plenty of floor space."

Photo by: Photography by Brandon Barre

Photography by Brandon Barre

Freeing up floor space in the blink of an eye, a Murphy bed is an age-old solution for a small space.

6: Go bright and all white.

White Guest Bedroom With Four Post Canopy Bed

White Guest Room With Geometric Mirror

"I am up and about for more than 12-14 hours a day, sometime in heels that should be illegal. So the one thing I look forward to is calling it a night in a bed with freshly laundered sheets. There's something magical about being able to indulge in a personal, clean and soft bed that I find priceless. Add lavender candles and I'm a happy, happy gal." -Manvi Drona

An all-white color palette creates a fresh, bright atmosphere that helps small spaces feel larger. Mix soft creams and off-whites to add warmth.

7: Or go bold with color.

Blue Bedroom With Abstract Art, Gallery Wall and Coral Accents

Blue Bedroom With Abstract Art, Gallery Wall and Coral Accents

This 11' x 12' bedroom in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles is bright and cheery thanks to blue walls and accents of coral and hot pink.

But — if you love color, go for it! Bold hues and attention-grabbing patterns can actually help distract from the small size of a space.

8: Utilize every square inch of space.

Under-Bed Storage Drawers

Under-Bed Clothing Drawers

Under-bed storage, like these built-in drawers, is a great space-saver and a fantastic way to maximize the use of every square foot of your bedroom. If exposed under-bed storage boxes or bins are creating visual clutter, add a bedskirt to streamline the look.

Under-the-bed storage is key in a small bedroom. Consider some of these options: wheeled boxes, drawers, locked boxes, storage bags or shoe organizers.

9: Add horizontal wood planks to the walls.

Small Neutral Bedroom with French Door and wall paneling

Small Neutral Bedroom With French Door

This minimally furnished room is designed to feel spacious and airy through a neutral color palette and French doors that unify the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Horizontal wood planking visually tricks the eye in this bedroom, making the room appear wider than it is. This might be the right choice for you if your room lacks architectural interest … or if you’re a Fixer Upper fan (shiplap, anyone?).

10: Or stripe your walls.

Green and White Striped Bedroom

Green and White Striped Bedroom

Wide green and white stripes cover the walls in this bedroom designed by Emily Henderson. Adding wide horizontal stripes help to make a small room feel more spacious.

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If wood planking isn’t your thing, painted or wallpapered stripes achieve the same visual effect.

11: Get a bedside C-table for instant workspace.

Bedroom Table for Small Space

Bedroom Table for Small Space

Whether working late on web-based projects or watching DVDs, Briana and Buzz needed space for their laptops in their bedroom. To add instant workspace without creating clutter, the couple added a C-table to the side of the bed that keeps their laptops perfectly within reach. The bottom of the table has a C-shaped frame that tucks underneath the bed, keeping it securely supported and out of the way.

Photo by: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

If you need workspace but have no room for a desk, buy a C-shaped table that will stash your laptop and tuck underneath the bed when not in use.

12: Use a desk as a nightstand.

Neutral Master Bedroom With Metallic Desk, Chair & Contemporary Art

Mirrored Bedside Desk With Mercury Glass Lamp

Baker Design Group

Baker Design Group

Instead of cramming your space full of furniture, opt for pieces that serve multiple purposes, like this desk that also works as a nightstand.

13: Display accessories as decor.

Reclaimed-Shutter Jewelry Display

Reclaimed-Shutter Jewelry Display

Cache your stash and add architectural interest to your dressing room with a reclaimed wood shutter. Prop it against a bare wall as a one-of-a-kind ledge for colorful earrings.

Photo by: Virginia Bell; Edit By Virginia

Virginia Bell; Edit By Virginia

Let your favorite jewelry and accessories serve as decor in your bedroom, freeing up storage space elsewhere.

14: Reflect light with mirrors.

Mirror Array In Small Transitional Bedroom

Small Neutral Transitional Bedroom With Mirrors

This small bedroom creates the illusion of more space with an array of mirrors.

Mirrors make a powerful visual impact in a small room by bouncing light throughout the space, instantly making it look larger.

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