Small bedroom design does not mean there is not a lot of room to get creative. Whether you are creating a small children’s bedroom, transforming an attic, or creating a small apartment bedroom, you can create an interesting space. All it takes is some creativity and being purposeful in how each aspect of your small bedroom is designed.
The biggest key in making a small bedroom stand out is to be conscious of each decision and how it fits into the overall space. This is especially true when trying to fit extra storage into your small bedroom design.
Read on for some small bedroom ideas to help you pack a big punch into a small space.
1. Boy Small Bedroom Ideas
Designing a boy’s bedroom in a small space is tricky, but not impossible. A lot of the same tips that we talked about with a girl’s small bedroom will also apply. Multi-purpose furniture, such as a bunk bed, will be key.
You can have a lot of fun with wall art or decals to create an interesting look for your boy’s small bedroom without taking up a lot of space. For an older boy, you will want a desk for homework. A floating desk or a thin table against the wall will do the trick.
Sometimes seating is an issue in small bedrooms. For a boy’s room, a hanging hammock chair is a great way to add interesting seating without taking up a lot of space.
Finally, make sure storage is accessible and easy to use – children are notorious for messy bedrooms and that will show much quicker in a small bedroom.
2. Contemporary Small Bedroom Ideas
The definition of contemporary design means what is stylish now, so by definition, contemporary style is constantly evolving. Currently, modern and contemporary designs share a lot of the same attributes – clean lines and neutral colour schemes.
Where contemporary design differs is that its focus is more on curvy lines than clean straight ones. This is great for a small bedroom. Having some key pieces with interesting, art-deco shapes will catch the eye, making a room that does not have a lot of space suddenly interesting.
It is certainly okay to move beyond neutral colours, as contemporary design borrows elements from other genres. When it comes to bright or bold colours, it is all about striking a balance.
Do not be afraid to go bold with your wallpaper! You might think that it will be too much for a small space but doing even one wall with a bright or bold wallpaper can create a wonderful effect. However, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing so be sure to not go overboard.
3. Girl Small Bedroom Ideas
A girl’s small bedroom has many places where space can be saved. Again, you will want to have furniture serve multiple purposes. For example, a small desk can have a mirror so that it can double as a vanity. Pushed against the bed, it can also be a night table.
Of course, there are the classic bed bunks that are perfect for children sharing a room or for sleepovers! There are also beds that have storage areas underneath where you can store baskets to keep things organized, or some that have a desk instead of a bottom bunk.
Especially if you do not have a lot of space, it is best to keep your colour schemes classic. The room should be able to grow with the child. Girl’s small bedrooms do not need to be limited to pink! A light gray colour scheme or even a monochromatic black and white room is perfect for a girl’s small bedroom.
4. Modern Small Bedroom Ideas
Small bedrooms are well-suited to a modern design, since those designs tend to be clean and minimal. This means foregoing some items that you would traditionally see in a bedroom, such as a bench at the foot of the bed. Additionally, it is perfectly fine to forego a headboard to create more space for other items, like a mirror or artwork.
Hanging lights can save wall and floor space, brighten your room, and give it a sleek and modern feel. If you are creating a modern small bedroom, add some decorative elements but the key is minimalism. Do not overdo it, otherwise the room will look cluttered.
Modern design lends itself to using monochromatic or neutral colour schemes. These are perfect for a small bedroom, since that will blend the area together, making it look bigger than it is. Additionally, you can add a floor to ceiling bookshelf or wardrobe, which will look clean and modern, as well as give you some closet and storage space.
5. Small Attic Bedroom Ideas
There are unique challenges to creating a small attic bedroom. Not only may you not have a lot of floor space, but you may have to deal with limits of how high you can design vertically. Making your bed frameless and closer to the ground creates more space above it. This can be especially helpful in an attic if you are also dealing with a sloping roof.
Use the attic’s existing elements to decorate your room. For example, if you have a farmhouse, decorate with natural wood so that the space will blend seamlessly. Many attics have either a window or a skylight that lets in natural light. If this is the case, leave that area open so that all that beautiful light can pour in and make your space seem larger.
Most attics will not have a separate space for a closet, which means you will need to be clever about how you add storage. Adding drawers beneath furniture and a hanging rack are just some ways to add closet space without having a closet.
6. Small Bedroom Apartment Ideas
An apartment will typically have smaller bedrooms than a house and will give you fewer options with what you can change. Space is a limited commodity in a small bedroom, so use every inch of surface space for storage. Even a windowsill can be used for décor items when there is no room for a bedside table.
Using a daybed can literally double your space. This is great if your bedroom’s small apartment is doubling as a family room or home office. Another way to use a room for multiple purposes is to create a trundle bed (one that pulls out from a flat surface) or have a Murphy bed that will come out of the wall.
Sometimes your apartment’s bedroom leads out onto a balcony. Leave that area open so that all that natural light can pour in to make your space seem larger. Using sheer curtains or blinds that roll down can give you that effect, while still creating some privacy.
7. Small Bedroom Decor Ideas
Your décor is your chance to show off your personality, so regardless of the size of the room, use your décor to show the world who you are! If you are bright and cheery, let that show! If you are more modern, see below on how to create a modern small bedroom.
Using natural wood in your small bedroom décor makes the space feel airy and light. It creates the illusion of a larger space, as well as gives you a chance to upcycle things such as pallets to give them new life. Add greenery to your bedroom to make the room come alive.
Keeping a theme in your décor, such as a nautical theme, creates a consistent flow throughout your room. This distracts from the size and makes it look cohesive.
When adding decorative elements, knick knacks or artwork, the point is to be balanced. Too few and the area may look sparse or barren. Too many and it looks cluttered.
8. Small Bedroom Design Ideas
Designers have many tricks that they use to make a space seem larger than it really is. It may sound counter-intuitive, but purchasing a few larger items makes a room look larger than many small items. Also, adding a mirror is a way to visually trick a room into looking larger.
Create a harmonious look with your furniture by choosing pieces that are the same colour and material, so it comes together seamlessly. As well, each piece of furniture should have multiple purposes. This means choosing beds that have storage built in or night tables that include drawers.
Using houseplants throughout your small bedroom is a way to make the space feel cozy but not cluttered. As well, it is great for your air quality!
9. Small Bedroom Storage Ideas
Storage is key in any small bedroom. There is a lot to fit in a small space so every choice must be made with careful consideration. With the right storage solutions, any small bedroom can look larger. The key is being strategic with furniture choices and choosing large items that come with storage built in. For example, many beds have storage drawers underneath to store items, which is great if you do not have a lot of closet space.
Bookshelves or wardrobes can also frame a bedroom to make it visually appealing and give much needed storage space. You want to fit as much as you can vertically, so full floor-to-ceiling shelves and wardrobes are a good choice. Also, a coat rack can fit a lot and takes up minimal space.
If you only have room for so much furniture, choose items that can be multipurpose. For example, a dresser can be beside your bed to double as a night table. Decorative baskets on a shelf can work in terms of form and function to add to your bedroom.
Of course, if you are using your small bedroom as an office or family room, the bed itself can be stored. Consider a murphy bed to save space.