Small Bedroom Design Ideas To Help Maximise Your Space

The restricted space in small bedrooms can leave you at a loose end. No matter what you try to do, they can often still seem to look (and feel) more cluttered and crowded. Let’s put a change to that. With a few bedroom ideas for small rooms, that cubby hole will be transformed into a relaxing sanctuary in no time. We’ll show you how to make the most of a small bedroom so your little space will be bigger, not just on storage but style too.

Small bedroom furniture ideas

Wooden shelving unit with blue background in a bedroom

Start by opening things up a bit. Open shelves make a room feel far less confined, and they’re a perfect option if there isn’t much in the way of space. If you are a bookworm and have a more traditional close-shelved case for all your tomes, it can look a bit imposing in a small room. Swap it out for an open shelved unit instead and see the space free up immediately. As well as books, these shelves are good for storing all kinds of items. Bring a few travel mementos and sentimental trinkets out of hiding, interspersing them onto open-style shelving is a wonderful way to show them off. It’s a good way to give a little room a lot more character.

Leaning, ladder type units come into their own here (Habitat’s designs fasten onto the walls for a secure fit, so don’t worry.) They take up a minimal amount of room on the floor and instead, they make the walls do more work in the way of storage. And vertical thinking should always be in your mind when you’re dealing with a small bedroom. Look for tall, slender units that won’t eat up much floor space. While they are there being tall and slender, they’ll draw the eye upwards and accentuate the room’s height. So with the combination of open shelving in a high, slim design, you’re always onto a winner.

Visually, an oversized wardrobe can be something of an elephant in the room. Aside from downsizing, there are a few crafty wardrobe ideas for small bedrooms. They’ll make sure your wardrobe won’t encroach in the space as much. White units (especially those with high gloss) are bright and reflective. These streamlined designs will make light travel further in the room and make it feel more spacious. Also look for pieces that are set up on legs and have a gap with the floor. This draws more volume into the room and conjures up the appearance of extra space. You could also do away with wardrobes all together and use a clothes rail instead. These ultra-slim, contemporary units are deceptively sturdy and work wonders for opening up a compact space. Hanging pockets can take the place of drawers for clothes and shoes can sit in them or underneath.

White sliding 2 door wardrobe with wooden legs

Below your bed is also prime real estate in a small room. Storage designs are wonderful for making the bed’s footprint work doubly hard for the space it takes up. Look at units with drawers to keep items that you need to get at every day. Otherwise, Ottoman beds are also a wonderful space creator. In these, the mattresses rise up on hinges for a treasure trove of storage. They are good for keeping more seasonal clothes, shoes, extra bedding or anything else you need a storage solution for.

Design and layout: How to arrange a small bedroom

At first glance, it may be tempting to shunt the bed into a corner to open up more of the floor. Resist that if you can. Make it a focal point of the room instead and place it in the centre of the main wall. (That’s most often the wall that faces the door.) Focal point aside, it also provides crucial space to get out of either side of the bed. If you can’t have it dead centre in the wall, leave just enough room on the smaller side of the bed to move without side shuffling.

Grey velvet upholstered bed frame with blue bed linen

If you’re planning your small bedroom layout, an insider tip is to lay out newspaper in the outline of any large pieces of furniture you would like to include, such as a bed. This makes it much simpler to gauge how the unit will sit and how much space it will take up. For a new home or a complete overhaul of a room, get the bed in first and work the other furnishings around that. The newspaper trick can be used to work out the space that wardrobes and other pieces of furniture will take up too. It lets you see if you are giving yourself a decent amount of clearance to get around it easily. We want your bedroom to be a sanctuary not a maze. And to clear some space in the layout, a good small bedroom décor idea is always to look for double function designs.

You can make a desk double up its duties and pull it next to the bed to function as a nightstand or dressing table too. If you need both, this gives you one space-saving solution. Don’t be afraid to channel your inner interior designer by sketching out a quick plan of the room either. You don’t need to be a Da Vinci to draw one out and it will help you better conceptualise where to put what you have.

What are the best small bedroom colour schemes?

Small bedroom colour ideas often tend to involve white. And it’s a smart move for a few reasons. It’ll catch light and make the room look bigger and brighter. That airy feel from its reflectivity can really turn the feel of box room around. If you decide to go the whole way with white, take care not to make the place look too stark. You could think of a slightly off shade to tone it down and still get the colour’s benefits. Or ensure there’s other colours in the bedding and blankets. A small, statement rug is good way to throw another shade in to the mix. Don’t fear if all white walls and ceilings aren’t your thing, colour schemes for small bedrooms can be bolder too.

White side table with shelf and wooden legs and yellow table lamp

Contrary to some thinking, bold and dark colours can work in small spaces. In a bedroom, you could have a bright patterned print on the back wall while you keep the others white. This gives the colour scheme some depth and character, but you still get the brightening and space-enhancing effects from the white. Same goes for a block colour on that back wall too. Deep greens and bright blues often do very well. Whatever colour scheme you opt for, remember that lighting is vital.

Ensure your windows are letting as much in as they can. If you have curtains, check they are fixed wide enough to truly let the light shine in when they are drawn back. For evening time (or if a lot of natural light isn’t a luxury) use several light sources to brighten it up and make the place feel more spacious. Pendant ceiling fixtures are a good go-to, they’ll accent the room’s height while they are doing their job. Then, position different lamps on the floor and in the corners to beam the light all around. This will also give you a few sources to use to switch up the room’s lighting mood to whatever you see fit.

Pink velvet upholstered bed frame, glass ceiling light and side table lamp

Children’s bedroom ideas for small spaces

Children’s bedroom furniture from Habitat is sturdy for kids’ hi-jinks and provides some space-saving design innovations. Hosting sleepovers becomes blissfully easier with an in-built guest mattress. These extend out of the bed bases for sleep time and retract in back to give little ones their play space on the floor back. If you’re not looking for a guest mattress, it’s worth seeking out models with open shelving designed into the base instead. When toys need to make an appearance they are easy to get to. And their storage place is close to the floor and simple to swoop them up back into.

As well as built-in storage, an integrated desk is always a good option. And it doesn’t have to solely involve homework, they are also a great nook for aspiring young artists to doodle and create. For kids that are a bit older, teenage bedroom ideas for small rooms can have a bit more grown-up style. Like adults’ bedrooms, leaning ladder designs are a sterling choice. They have a small footprint, open shelving and make use of vertical space. This makes them an ideal choice for a teenager’s box room. A major cluttering eye sore in those box rooms is always clothes strewn across the floor. To cure that, their own laundry basket is a key investment. Even if they are still lucky enough to have a laundry service from mum or dad, it keeps dirty clothes out of sight and the room looking less crowded.

Alternative uses for your small bedroom

A spare bedroom doesn’t have to be idle or empty when you aren’t hosting. You can turn one into an extra living space too with some savvy furniture investments. Look at armchairs or 2 seater sofas that fold out into beds. They let you create a cosy spot slumber spot for a guest, and a comfortable nook to escape to the rest of the time. Before buying, always measure up carefully. Ensure that there’s enough room to get around the fully folded out design.

Spare bedrooms are also top candidates to turn into home offices. And you can apply the same logic as you would for small bedroom storage. Use open shelving designs that make use of vertical space for files and paperwork. If you work light and don’t need to spread out, it’s worth looking at foldable desk designs. You can hook them onto the wall when you don’t need them and free floor space back up. White-coloured desks will also make the place appear more spacious with their clean look and reflectivity. Glass designs are a good answer too. Along with the contemporary touch they’ll bring to the décor, they allow for light to move unhindered. This makes a small space feel brighter and more airy. If you’re set on your spare room as a home office, don’t forget to bring a bit of life into the space too. Prints, plants, objects and photos are always strong additions for inspiration. Check out our guide to creating a home office in a small space.

Dressing table with gold chair and table lamp

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