Having a small bedroom doesn’t have to cause stress! If the space is used wisely, it can be transformed into a haven of relaxation. By using the tips outlined below, and adding in your own personal style, your small space will be both stylish and functional!
1. Plan ahead
Take some time, and a bit of spare paper to make a plan before you go out and buy all of your supplies. It’s easy to get over-excited and overestimate the space you’re really working with.
Make a list of the projects you’d like to do in the space you have. You may even want to work up a crude floor plan to help visualize where things will go. Be sure to take measurements of each space before buying furniture or decor.
2. Replace dead space with functional storage
All rooms come with a surplus of dead space. You just have to find it, and use it wisely!
Opt for a bed frame with storage underneath or in the headboard to help avoid clutter on your dresser or nightstands. If you want a decorative piece like an ottoman or footboard, choose one with storage hidden away inside.
Use this space to cleverly hide things like extra blankets, jackets, magazines, or jewelry you don’t want to display.
3. Rethink your bed placement
The classic ‘center of the wall’ bed placement may not be the best space-saving option. Instead, play with the space and see how you like it when the bed is against a wall or in a corner.
Opening up more wall and floor space will lead to even more ways to be creative!
4. Create a feature wall
Making one wall the star of the room will allow for some bold expression without making the room feel even smaller. Pairing a bright or bold feature wall with a muted color palette on the accompanying walls will increase the “wow” factor.
5. Hang some floating shelves
Floating shelves provide a stylish way to store your belongings without using up precious floor space. With design options ranging from modern to rustic, you’re sure to find something that fits your decor perfectly!
6. Incorporate mirrors into your wall decor
Mixing a mirror or two into your wall decor will certainly help to make the space feel larger. Try using this technique on a wall opposite a window or door for the most dramatic effect.
We’d suggest going with a higher number of smaller mirrors, rather than a singular large mirror.
7. Keep decor (and clutter) to a minimum
Opting for a minimalist approach will help to keep clutter from gathering on surfaces and creating undue stress. Most people’s greatest downfall when working with a small space is that they aren’t mindful when introducing new items to it.
When buying new decor or fun items for your room, think intentionally about how they will fit in the space. Your peace of mind (and wallet) will thank you!
8. Wall-mount your lighting
Another clever way to free up floor space is to wall-mount your lamps or other lighting sources. This offers a chance to really show your unique personality.
You can go for a traditional wall-mounted lamp, one with a modern funky design, or even fairy lights spread throughout the room. Any of these is sure to add character to your space and help create the vibe you’re looking for.
9. Get decorative with your curtains
Often times with a small bedroom, too much color can be overwhelming. If you’ve chosen a muted or neutral color palette to help offset this, choose a vibrant curtain to help pull a pop of color and add personality to your space.
Bonus points for going with a ceiling to floor length curtain to add the illusion of height.
10. Embrace natural lighting
Many of us love our blackout curtains, but with limited space comes the need for natural light.
If you’re in an area with a need for privacy, opt for some translucent or linen curtains. They will let a good amount of light in without showing all of your neighbors the inside of your apartment.
If you’re in an area where you have the freedom to do so, try leaving your curtains open when you go to sleep. This will help you wake more naturally and peacefully in the mornings, as well as provide some beautiful natural light to brighten your living space.
11. Adopt some plants
In addition to looking beautiful, plants offer the benefit of air purification! Adding a few hanging planters will add a touch of whimsy to any room.
If you’re not quite ready to become a plant mom or dad yet, go with a faux plant option to help complete the look instead.
12. Go bold when choosing lamps
A wonderful area for creative opportunity lies in your lamp choice! There are so many options to choose from to express your personality.
Whether it’s a brass retro piece, a tinted glass shade Scandinavian one, or a string of led lights surrounded by poly-fill to create a thunderstorm cloud effect, it’s sure to make a statement!
13. Add a room divider
If you’re in a studio apartment you might be itching for some separation between workspace and sleep space. Separating the two is incredibly important for your mental health and productivity, so let’s introduce a room divider to alleviate some stress!
A room divider doesn’t have to be a traditional tri-fold screen that will fall over every time your cat runs into it.
Try hanging curtains on either side of a room to allow for a completely closed-off space. If that doesn’t seem like the best idea for your space, you can use a bookshelf to create some separation, while still providing storage space.
14. Choose a floating nightstand or desk
Going with a floating option for a desk or nightstand will free up space underneath either for storage or decor display.
15. Go artistic with room accents
Throwing some patterns or works of art in with your room design is sure to add some depth to the design. Some opt for a tapestry to hang on the wall, but some prefer a large canvas print with a favorite design.
16. Think taller when storing items
When you can’t go out, go up!
Don’t let the top half of your room become dead space. Choose tall bookshelves, floor-length curtains, or simply place wall decor up higher.
17. “Lean into it” with art and mirrors
A simple way to add charm is to lean a decorative ladder or a mirror up against the wall. This offers the freedom to move your decor around without leaving any holes in the walls.
Having a floor-length mirror leaning against the wall is not only functional but it will open your space up and make it feel larger.
18. Use alcoves as built-in storage
If you have a nook or alcove in your room, throw up some shelving for a built-in look. This will elevate your whole room’s look.
For an extra step, throw some molding around the edges for a framed shelf facade.
19. Decide on a theme
While you’re in the planning phase, think of a theme that you love. Have most of your decor and furniture picks stay within this realm.
A large space has the luxury of being eclectic without seeming busy, but a small room just doesn’t have room for multiple themes.
20. Throw in pops of bold color
Think back to our feature wall section. The same principle applies here!
With a small space, most likely the majority of the room has a muted or neutral palette. So, to liven things up, choose bright, bold, vibrant accent pieces.
These can be nightstands, desks, hanging wall art, rugs, or even your duvet.
Get creative and have fun!