Having a small bedroom can sometimes feel like you're sleeping in a shoebox. You probably struggle to walk around your headboard without banging your shin, or maybe you can't open your closet door all the way because the bed sits too close.
Luckily, there are countless tricks and super-handy items you can try to make a suffocatingly small sleep space feel a bit more like the lavish lounge area you've always wanted.
Bedside dressers are a must-have for any bedroom, and there are plenty of tall or low-profile options for small spaces. They provide a place to keep your things while you're getting ready in the morning, and they look great in the room. The right dresser will be able to hold a good amount of your clothes or linens and shouldn't stick out so far that you bang your head on it when you get out of bed in the morning.
If you put shelves next to your bed, you can maximize your storage space in a clean, open way that doesn't make the room look cluttered. Store all of your things right next to your bunk so they're easily accessible in the morning or when you're getting ready to sleep at night.
You can even keep items on the shelf that you use every day (like your phone charger and water bottle) so they don't take up space on your side table or vanity.
A tallboy is a piece of furniture that incorporates both a chest of drawers and a wardrobe. Tallboy dressers are designed to optimize the amount of space you have by taking advantage of the underutilized vertical. They are excellent for modest rooms, and ideal for people who own lots of clothes and don't want to see them all over the floor.
If you're living in a small space, multi-purpose furniture is a must. For example, if your small bedroom space is due to living in a tiny studio, consider letting your bookshelf or dresser double as a room divider — instant privacy, plus you'll be able to keep clothing, bedsheets, and other necessities close at hand.
Some more ideas: if your tiny room sports a desk, organize it in such a way that it doubles as a vanity. A bedside table can act as part nightstand, part underwear drawers.
Floating shelves can be used in little rooms to add storage without taking up floor space. This is especially helpful if you have excessive books or notebooks but have no room for cabinets. The shelves might be wood, metal, or another material — it's not hard to match the style to your design aesthetic. Just keep in mind that the material and the way it is hung no the wall will determine how much weight it can hold; be sure to check the maximum and follow it or you could end up rudely awakened with a book to the head!
For a quick and easy way to brighten up your tiny bedroom, hanging lights are the way to go. You can choose twinkle lights, LED lights, or string lights—whatever works best for you. They come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Once they're up, their soft glow will make your room feel bigger than it really is and give the whole space some much-needed ambiance.
A free-form rug is an outstanding way to incorporate color and elegance into your bedroom. It can create the feeling of a larger space and adds some personality. The beauty of these rugs is that they have no set shape or size. They are made with jute or other natural materials (like cotton and wool), so they're easy on the environment and comfortable underfoot.
You can even use them as wall hangings if you prefer.
Clear, acrylic furniture is becoming more and more popular for small spaces and it's easy to see why. Acrylic furniture is made from a durable plastic material that's often completely or semi-transparent.
Clear furniture can add a sense of lightness to any room, thanks to the way it lets you see the wall or furniture behind. It's also incredibly versatile and you can place it anywhere from the kitchen to your living room, bedroom, or office.
Plants are a terrific way to add life and vibrancy to a bedroom without making it feel too cluttered. Hang or otherwise display a few low-light varieties to make your room feel more open and spacious — plants offer so many additional colors, textures, and patterns.
Growing things also help regulate the air in your home by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. They even help clean up toxins from the air (like formaldehyde).
Murphy beds are designed to collapse up into the wall, about the size of a large bookshelf. They're great for small rooms because they don't take up that much area when they're folded up. Many options unfold a couch or desk when you close up the bed, so they serve as multi-purpose while opening up the space. Hiding your bed away also keeps you from using it to hold odds and ends all day, ultimately resulting in a tidier (and therefore less cluttered) space.
If you want to get really outrageous, look for a Murphy bed that is elevated toward the ceiling when it's not in use!