Space—we don’t realise how valuable it is until it’s no longer there.
Maybe you’re preparing to downsize, or perhaps you’re already living in a small apartment in the city. No matter what space restrictions you face, don’t let a small bedroom get in the way of comfort and style.
Small bedrooms can pack a big punch if you’re smart with the design. At the end of the day, the bedroom is just that—a room for your bed. The main goal of bedroom design is to create a cosy oasis where you can unwind at the end of the day.
In fact, studies show that bedrooms used for stimulating purposes (like watching TV, working or studying) decrease sleep quality when you finally turn the lights off.
And when it comes to being cosy, good things really do come in small packages. Here are 10 design tips for bedrooms which may be small in size, but big in style and comfort.
1. Keep Things Bright And Light
Choosing a colour palette for a small room is easy: go white.
Dark colours can make a room feel boxed in—not ideal when space is limited. The lighter the colours, the more open and brighter the room feels. Afraid of overdoing it? Embrace texture: think fur cushions mixed with thick knit throw-overs, wooden blinds, and leather stools.
2. Keep Colour Down Low
While white is a stylish base, splashes of colour create character. A great way to incorporate bold colours is by keeping them low.
Colourful rugs, chairs, cushions, bedding and all things low will make the roof appear higher, giving the illusion of extra space.
3. Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
Fake it till you make it; or in this case, fake space till you make space.
Mirrors are like magicians when it comes to creating the illusion of extra room. Go big with hanging mirrors to take up zero floor room while maximising limited space.
4. The High Life
Floor space is very valuable in a small room, and the bed can take up a solid chunk of it.
Keep that plush king bed and go vertical. Install floating or built-in shelves, hooks, and decorative ladders to hang your goodies. Walls are saviours when it comes to saving precious floor space.
5. Light Up The Walls
Lights are something else you can mount on the walls to create a big impact with a small effort. Wall-mounted lights or even hanging light pendants are a clever way to reduce clutter on your bedside table.
Even better, they can eliminate the need for a bedside table. Instead, use a small hanging shelf for nighttime essentials like a phone, book and a glass of water.
While we’re on the topic, rethink the need for two bedside tables. If you only use one, ditch the second and free up even more floor area.
6. Practical Wall Art
Hanging shelving on the walls is a great storage solution for rooms with minimal floor space, and you can take it one step further by making artistic choices.
Floating shelves come in all shapes and sizes and can make a serious statement, especially when you use them to display art. Put your favourite artwork or objects on display, like delicious candles and thriving succulents.
7. Store Stuff Under The Bed
Let’s be serious, the bed is the star of the room so it’s understandable it claims most of the valuable floor space. But this space doesn’t have to be wasted!
If your bed doesn’t already have built-in drawers, you can install some or create your own by simply placing crate-style boxes or cane baskets under the bed.
8. Make Minimalism Your Theme
Less is more, especially when it comes to cramped spaces. Prioritise your furniture and stick to the essentials. Having a bed is probably non-negotiable, but do you really need a coffee table when the kitchen is 15 steps away?
9. Rethink Your Headboard
Bulky headboards may only take up a few inches, but it’s a few too many when space is sparse. Consider swapping for a more modern streamlined headboard, or ditch it all together.
Hang a shelf above the bed to create a similar effect or go bigger with an entire feature wall behind the bed. Light wooden wallpaper adds warmth without boxing the room in.
10. Location, Location, Location
In small rooms it’s not just the type of furniture you buy, but where you position it. Creating a floor plan that flows and is easy to get around is vital towards feeling comfortable in your bedroom.
Some space-saving tips include:
- Pushing the bed into a corner rather than smack bang in the middle
- Using corners for a desk or dressing table
- Choosing furniture that does double-duty, like nesting tables or hidden storage in the bed frame
If you’re smart with design, you can make any room look and feel luxurious, no matter the size. Small bedrooms may be more challenging to design, but they do bring many extra benefits.
Designing a small space allows for more creativity and less stuff. A lack of size means you’re less likely to blow your budget by buying too many bits and pieces.
A smaller, cosier bedroom can even improve sleep quality. A large bedroom with a mini office, couch and TV encourages stimulating activities which can impact your sleep when you finally use the bedroom for what it’s designed for.
Lastly, a smaller space equals less cleaning, which we can all agree is a positive! Looks like good things really do come in small packages.