Design Hacks for Small Bedrooms

July 7, 2020

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Chances are, unless you custom build a home with exclusively huge bedrooms, you probably have at least one bedroom in your home that’s smaller than you’d prefer. Or maybe you live in a small or studio apartment that basically is a bedroom. Either way, making the most of bedroom space is both challenging and necessary, and we have some tips to help you do just that!

Think minimal

Now is not the time to let those hoarding tendencies win out! Channel your inner Marie Kondo and get rid of decor, books, clothes and furniture that you don’t need and love. In a small bedroom, you probably don’t need a huge bed and a side chair, two nightstands, a large dresser and bookshelves. Start with your bed and then choose the furniture that will enhance the space without overcrowding it. Pick decor that is tasteful and simple, and stick to a few accent pieces rather than overcrowding surfaces in your space.

Pick functional furniture

Speaking of furniture, choose furniture that will help maximize limited space. Pick a bed with built-in storage, or install bookshelves to go above your bed. Pick accent furniture that won’t be bulky or overpower the room. Floating side tables are a great way to provide a surface without using much space, and an accent chair is more space-effective than a bench.

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Photo: West Elm

Use vertical space

Shelving is a great way to increase the storage and decor space in a small bedroom, and can make the room feel taller, too. Mounting wall sconce lighting takes up much less space than a floor or table lamp, and looks great, too!

Avoid overdoing it with print and color

The last thing you want in a small bedroom is for it to feel too cluttered or busy. Start with solids and neutrals, and add color and print sparingly. A dark or wallpapered accent wall looks great in a small bedroom, just keep things balanced so as not to overwhelm your space.

Photography: Spacecrafting Photography

Think outside the box

Get creative! Instead of a bulky headboard, decorate with an accent wall. Add fluffy blankets and pillows to make the bed the focal point of the room (and make a small room feel like a cozy haven!) Try a trundle or Murphy bed in a studio apartment to create more living space. Utilize under bed storage for clothes instead of a dresser, or let your dresser do double duty as a nightstand.

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Photo: Good Housekeeping

By removing any unnecessary items and furniture from a small bedroom and making some strategic furniture choices, it becomes much easier to keep your bedroom from looking cluttered and truly make the most of your space. We want to hear your best tips and tricks for small bedrooms! Let us know by commenting below and over on Instagram @AlmaHomes, too!

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