15 Small Bedroom Ideas to Create a Stylish Space

 

The secret to small-space living is knowing exactly what you need. Avoiding over-hoarding and, in turn, downsizing, leaves you with room to play around with storage and decorating your space with elements of your own personal style.

Moreover, if you want to try your hand at minimalist interior design, a small bedroom is where to begin with. Although many luxurious bedroom ideas will include everything from a king-size bed to a sitting area and working space, it’s better not to forget that the purpose of a bedroom is rest and relaxation. In view of this, your small bedroom may be a blessing in disguise and our small bedroom designs have come at the right time.

First off, before we get into our list, it’s important to agree on the use in the bedroom of technology - such as TVs, computers and internet routers - as a disruption of a good sleep/wake cycle. The focus of all small bedroom designs should be creating a haven that’s peaceful and functional.

How to decorate a small bedroom in a rental?

When thinking of bedroom ideas for small rooms, another problem that crops up is fitting your décor ambitions into an existing layout, especially when living in a rental. The idea we’d like to propose here is to work around a small bedroom design’s apparent problem like a real-life game of Tetris. Observe what already exists and cannot be removed or modified, measure the area you can play with, and then plan which pieces of furniture or elements of style you can add within that space.

From the barren area under your bed to the unclaimed breadths of the walls, installing multipurpose furniture to make use of every inch of space available for storage will go a long way.

Now, without further ado, here are our 15 bedroom ideas for small rooms.

 

PARE DOWN TO THE ESSENTIALS

To create more openness and leave your room as minimal (and thereby peaceful) as possible, stick to only the essentials required in all small bedroom designs. The main focus should always be the bed, of course, with side tables to keep things you regularly need right where you need them: at your bedside. A simple white or cream wall, with similar-toned linens, will leave the tiniest of spaces looking airy and brighter.

TIP: This idea works well if you have built-ins for closet space and additional storage, leaving the room bare enough for a restful sleep.

A minimal bedroom with built-in closet and light linen, beige walls and free bedside space for storage

Image courtesy, Coco Shambhala

Cosy small bedroom idea with bed and nightstands using up all the available space

Photography by Prachi Damle

MAKE THE MOST OF THE SPACE BY MEASURING UP

In this room, the bed and its side tables are a perfect fit, using up the entire breadth of the wall. To make the most of your space in your small bedroom interior design, start by measuring the furniture before buying it and, by keeping your floor plan in mind along with the measurements of the walls, create a rough blueprint of what your room would look like once everything is placed.

TIP: While ready-made furniture is always easier to buy, if you are committed to or can’t do away with a piece of furniture in your room, consider having it custom-made according to the little space you have available.

MAKE EVERY INCH COUNT… WALLS INCLUDED

You need to be creative when looking for space to store or display your belongings. While clothes, bags, sports equipment and knick-knacks should have a designated space to be stored in; books, art, photographs and plants are better kept displayed and within reach. Floating shelves, like the ones above this bed, are wonderful small bedroom ideas that put your personal interests on display, while also utilizing the often wasted space on a bare wall.

TIP: While an open shelf is a nifty idea, make sure your area isn’t prone to dust or can be dusted regularly.

Creative small bedroom idea, using bare walls to store various items, minimal décor and few small plants

Image courtesy, IKEA

Customisable small bedroom idea with chest of drawers, floor mattress and free-standing mirror to move around

Image courtesy, Urban Outfitters

CHANGE UP YOUR BEDROOM AS YOUR MOOD CHANGES

If you can’t commit to a single layout and like to rearrange your furniture often, a clever small bedroom hack would be to invest in furniture pieces that can be moved around as per your changing preferences. In this room, a chest of drawers instead of a closet, a thick floor mattress in place of a bed and a free-standing mirror are innovative elements for an unrestricted small bedroom.

A WALLPAPER AGAINST ALL ODDS FOR A WOW-FACTOR

Wallpaper gets a bad rap, with many thinking a rich pattern can make a room look smaller, busier or cluttered. However, if your furniture is minimal and all in the same colour or shade of wood, an aesthetically pleasing wallpaper on one side of a room can lend a dash of drama, while also nodding to your personal style. It’s also a great addition to any small bedroom design when a wall can’t be painted due to renter’s restrictions or if you’re already living in the space and don’t want to put up with fresh-paint smells.

Different rich-patterned wallpapers juxtaposed on one side of a small bedroom for drama

Image courtesy, Coco Shambhala

TIP: If you can’t commit to pieces of art or wall hangings, a wallpaper will add an interesting visual element to any room.

Plush armchair in indigo next to the bed is a small bedroom idea for a versatile corner

Image courtesy, Artist Residence

A MULTIPURPOSE NOOK TO WORK OR RELAX IN

While not all small bedroom ideas may allow for a home office corner or even a tiny desk, a versatile area to read by the window or sit comfortably and work on a laptop might still be possible by choosing a comfy armchair. Not only will this piece be functional, but it can also add colour or pattern to a minimally toned room.

BONUS: A plush armchair is versatile enough to be left in the bedroom or moved around in the rest of the house for more seating space.

FIND YOUR NICHE: A CLEVER SMALL BEDROOM DESIGN

If your house allows for minor renovations, then you’re in luck! Why not create a wall niche by shaving off a few inches into a thick wall to add extra storage space behind your bed for lampshades, books and other bed-time essentials? This is a small bedroom idea that works wonderfully in a tiny room, however it does require a double bed and doesn’t leave much space for side tables.

Small bedroom design using wall niche behind a double bed to create extra storage space

Photography by David Loftus for El Fenn

Small bedroom with writing desk, coffee table and armchair occupying most of the space

Photography by David Loftus for El Fenn

A SMALL BEDROOM DESIGN FOR ONE

In case your small bedroom is designed for one person only, you could decide to push the bed to one side of the room and fill all remaining space, from the feet of the bed to the door, with freestanding furniture: such as an armchair, a small desk or a coffee table. The beauty of these pieces is that they can be moved around when not in use, hence won’t bother anyone especially when the bedroom isn’t hosting many people.

STRETCH YOUR LEGS AND LEAVE YOUR BED AGAINST THE WALL

Most bedroom layouts feature the bed placed at the centre of the wall. However, when remodelling small bedroom designs, you can make the most of the space by placing your bed against the wall. This will leave more empty space to stand around and create the illusion of a wider room. Maybe you could even fit a small side table in there!

TIP: To avoid making the room look too bare and unplanned, hang interesting elements like wall art or floating bookshelves above the bed. They will add personality and showcase your tastes.

Small bed leaning against the wall and small bed-side table for a lamp, books and other small items

Image courtesy, Debenhams

A minimal bedroom with built-in closet and light linen, beige walls and free bedside space for storage

Image courtesy, Coco Shambhala

DON'T BE SHY WITH YOUR BUILT-IN; USE EVERY INCH OF SPACE

The smartest way to maximise storage in any small space is by creating built-in closets with additional area to stow away items you don’t necessarily need every day or on a regular basis, but still can’t do away with. Make sure your built-in covers the entire available area on the wall, right up to the ceiling. Daily used items should be kept within reach in the cupboards below, whereas suitcases, woollens for the winter, keepsakes or antiques (that you’ve decided not to put on display) and others can be placed in the upper closet space.

CREATING BIG SPACE FOR SMALL KIDS

As all parents know that children might be small in size but require a big amount of things while growing up, thus making finding space to accommodate their belongings a tough call. Often relegated to the smallest room in the house, a child needs a bedroom that can house a bed, a desk, a closet and storage for their school, hobby and sport supplies. Sure, bunkbeds can be a temporary solution while the child is younger, but once you have a teenager under your roof, why not create a small bedroom design for them?
This could include a single bed placed in the corner of the bedroom, with a multipurpose in-built unit on the next spare wall. 

Single bed opposite to a small writing desk with drawers, floating shelf unit and more storage space on the side

Image courtesy, Ceylon Sliders

The unit in the room showed in the photo has a desk with drawers for school supplies, along with cupboard space on the side for books and clothes.

Bar-cart styled small table with drawers and wheels on a corner of a small bedroom design

Image courtesy, Ceylon Sliders

MOVABLE FURNITURE MAKE FOR A MORE VERSATILE SPACE

While the king-size bed in this room undoubtedly occupies most of the space as its central piece, the rest of the small bedroom is left bare apart for a small detail. The freestanding moveable table with drawers, styled as a bar-cart, is not only chic and offers an easy-to-go solution for storage, but allows for freedom of movement thanks to the wheels at its feet. Such a table is a smart hack for small bedroom designs, as it can easily be wheeled away when not in use.

THICK HEADBOARD? FREE STORAGE SPACE!

As we have already discussed, making the most of the available space is a must in small bedroom designs. If your bed’s headboard has a thick frame, you can use the added flat space on the top to prop up items—such as family photographs, books to read, a bedside clock or even reading lights. It is imperative to use every nook and cranny as storage room in your small bedroom design, to jazz up the remaining space according to your personal style.

Double bed thinck headboard serving as a shelf for various items in a small bedroom

Photography by Prachi Damle

Daybed serving for enetertaining friends during the day and as a sleeping space at night in a studio apartment

Image courtesy, Photographee.eu/ shutterstock.com

EVER CONSIDERED A DAYBED?

If you live by yourself in a studio apartment, a probably well-known but still clever alternative to a single or double bed is a daybed, as shown in this photo. This can double as a plush seating area during the day for yourself only, or also your friends when entertaining, while still serve you as comfortable bed to sleep on at night.

SMALL-SPACE HACK: A chest of drawers can help with storing clothes and double as a side or coffee table at the same time.

LET THERE BE LIGHT! BUT NOT ON THE SIDE TABLES

Have we mentioned “making the most of all available space”? The bedside tables are no exception. Many nightstands have sidelamps propped on them, but these can be bulky and take up space which could be better used to store other items. Installing lights on the wall above your bed is a crafty way to utilise an often unused space, while also doing away with as much clutter as possible.

Let there be light! But not on the side tables Have we mentioned “making the most of all available space”? The bedside tables are no exception. Many nightstands have sidelamps propped on them, but these can be bulky and take up space which could be better used to store other items. Installing lights on the wall above your bed is a crafty way to utilise an often unused space, while also doing away with as much clutter as possible.

Image courtesy, Aman Resorts

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