How to Make the Most of a Small Bedroom

Following on from my post the other day on creating the illusion of space in your living room, this post looks at the ways you can improve space in a small bedroom. Some of these ideas can apply throughout the home too. 

And keep reading to discover how to fix the most common issues with a small bedroom that many homes experience. 

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When faced with decorating and furnishing a small bedroom, it can be difficult to figure out how to include all the bedroom essentials, whilst retaining space to move around comfortably.

Let’s look at the ways you can achieve a bigger looking and feeling bedroom, withouth compromising on style, design or comfort.

I’ve put together 5 of the best tips for updating a small room and giving it a spacious new atmostphere.

Once you know how to do this you can apply to any area of the home, and any room within it.

It’s the perfect way to increase space, and the feeling of it, in any small home.

Follow these five tips on how to make the most of a small bedroom without compromising on style, comfort or aesthetics.

5 Ways to Make a Small Bedroom Feel Bigger

Choose a Focal Point

Pick one bold piece of furniture such as a bed, patterned rug or the perfect wardrobe to draw the eye.

Focal points are a great way to create an illusion of space in any room.

They are a feature, whether original or brought in through furniture or accessories, and create an anchor within the space.

Image: Original Bed Company

They give the room a sense of purpose, of being.

They set the tone and atmosphere.

In fact, a focal point can be a way of creating a whole decorating scheme.

Choose just one point in the room and design the space from that. It’s the perfect way to create a sense of drama and interest too.

Focal points are an interior designers best trick for giving bland, uninteresting rooms the wow factor they crave.

And in the case of a small bedroom, they give an illusion that the room is bigger than it really is.

The eye is drawn away from the small footprint and focuses more on the interesting and inviting focal area.

So to create a focal point in your small bedroom, you can do some of the following.

Place the bed against the window to draw the eye to that point. The window then becomes the focus of interest – a feature that naturally lends itself to feeling larger than it is, due to its natural light.

Add a large headboard on the bed for extra attention and you’ve created a fantastic focal point for any small room.

Furthermore, let light come through the features – a cut-out pattern in the headboard for example – and the eye will naturally see further and beyond, creating more space.

Create Height in Small Bedrooms

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Many of these ideas go against everything we naturally believe about decorating small rooms.

A small bedroom can feel claustrophobic, so our natural tendency is to fill it with small items.

That’s not always the best way. And sometimes we need some clever tricks to help the room feel bigger.

Small bedrooms tend to come with small windows.

Naturally we feel it best to add a small blind or short curtains so we can see the window within the wall.

Now, whilst we need to be able to maintain all the natural light, we can also play around with dimensions.

Let’s think about how we can create the illusion of height (and therefore, space) in our small bedroom.

Even if you don’t have a very high ceiling, we can still make use of the height that we do have.

Image: Cult Furniture

Here are a few ideas for making the most of the height in a small bedroom:

  • Instead of wallpaper or paint, use fabric draped from a pole at the ceiling height to draw the eye to the full height of the room. Keep the fabric the same colour as the rest of the walls.
  • Add a canopy over your bed reaching the height of the room. Again keep the fabric light in texture and colour so it doesn’t block light.
  • Use paint or wallpaper to bring vertical lines into the room that take the eye from floor to ceiling. We will naturally feel the room has more height than width and so will feel larger.

Keep Colours Neutral or Monochrome

It’s the oldest interior design trick in the book.

Use soft, neutral colours on the walls and in your accessories, to help the space feel more open.

Monochrome palettes are also popular and can be brightened up with pops of colours like yellow or green.

Simple colour schemes don’t have to be dull though.

Bright, daring colours can give a neutral room a feeling of fun and vivacity, without compromising , or encroaching on the available space in a room.


Grey Colour Schemes in a Small Bedroom

Immediately we mention a grey colour palette, we see dull, dreary and boring walls in our minds.

But, in fact, grey doesn’t have to be any of these things at all.

Greys which are based on red tones can feel warm and inviting.

And layered together they create a soft and cosy room decor withouth overpowering the space.

As I mentioned earlier, it’s easy to liven up a grey scheme by adding contrasting colours like yellow. Or you can keep things calmer by subsituting the bring shades for more complementery hues like soft pink or blue.

Small Bedroom Furniture

Image: Dormy House

The furniture we put in our small bedrooms can have a huge impact on the look and feel of the space. 

If we want it to feel bigger than it really is we need to be very careful about the pieces we invest in. 

Similarly, as we don’t have a lot of space in the first place, we want our furniture to work hard for us, providing practical solutions in both function and form. 

It’s most likely we need extra storage, or as much storage as possible. 

Firstly, we want to store our belongings of course. 

And secondly, we want to minimise the clutter as much as we can, creating a seamless, organised space that’s a joy to spend time in. 

Image: French Bedroom Company

So make sure you select sleek furnture pieces with lots of storage options. 

Furniture items to consider:

  • Under bed storage will give large amounts of storage space without filling the room with extra furniture. 


  • Invest in modular furniture which can be flexible, and gives you the opportunity to buy just the pieces you need, creating storage suited to your needs. 


  • Furniture which hangs from the wall is a great idea in a smaller room, saving floor space and deceiving the eye into thinking the room is bigger. 


  • Carefully placed lighting will help too. Hang bedside lights from a wall, instead of on a bedside table to keep surfaces clutter free. 


Create the Illusion of Depth

There are many tricks to making your small bedroom seem bigger and one of them is to trick the eye. 

Give the illusion of depth in a small room (and this can be applied to any room in the house) and it’s easy for it to feel more spacious. 

Even if we don’t have a lot of space, we just need to make our brains feel that we have. 

And we can do that in one particular way. 

Let the eye travel. 

Give the illusion of depth in both the design of the room and the items you fill it with. 

What does this mean?

Well, one idea is to allow the eye to see further, let it go past or through an item to the wall behind. 

  • You can do this will perspex or glass furniture. 


  • You can raise items off the floor or have beds and bedside tables on legs. Allowing the eye to see the wall beyond will help the room feel more spacious. 


  • You can put pieces in with cutout designs, like moroccan patterning for example on a headboard. 

Moving away from block, hard and solid pieces will prevent the room feeling overrun by furniture. Instead you’ll achieve a lighter, brighter room which doesn’t feel oppresive. 

Combine these items with all the tips we’ve mentioned above, and you will definitely be creating a room design that feels bigger than its actual dimensions. 

You’ll have colour, a focal point, light and space. All the elements we long for in a smaller bedroom, and indeed, a smaller home. 

Whether structural or cosmetic, these changes should help make even the smallest rooms feel airy and pleasant.


Need Help with your Small Bedroom Decor?

Let’s investigate the answers to some of the most common questions regarding the interior design of a space-challenged bedroom


Frequently Asked Questions:


Can I use dark colours in a small room?

Yes! I know we’ve talked about using light, neutral colours in a room to help it feel bigger, and that’s certainly the case, but we can still use a dark hue. 

Embracing the small dimensions is sometimes all we can do, and using a dark, powerful colour will definitely give the room impact. 

This is a great trick for a downstairs bathroom for example, where they tend to be very small. 


Where is the best shop to find small bedroom furniture items?

Image: Cult Furniture

There are so many stores that stock the perfect pieces for a small bedroom, it’s not difficult. 

The best way to find your favourites, is decide on your style. Nordic? Country? French? Traditional? Whatever your likes, plug them into Google and see what comes out. 

There really isn’t one answer to this question. 


Should I use patterns in a small bedroom?

Yes, but keep them to a miminum. 

Add patterns and print as accessories in your small bedroom and you’ll soon be able to add personality with overcrowding the room. 

Bedding, a few scatter cushions, art on the wall. These interior accessories all lend themselves to being filled with pattern and print so have fun with them. 

Just because you have a small bedroom doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice fun and endearing accessories like this. 

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  1. January 2, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    Mirrors play a huge part in creating the illusion of space in smaller bedrooms, particularly for those that have quite small windows and not much natural light. I’ve found it relatively cheap to get mirrors cut to fit flush to a wall and then self-install them.

  2. October 1, 2019 / 11:00 am

    Small bedrooms are easier to decorate and make to look more beautiful in my opinion. Especially when you’re on a low budget and can’t afford all those expensive stuffs.

  3. Kim
    April 7, 2022 / 8:41 pm

    I’d like to see more pictures that feature longer, narrower BR’s with one long wall having two large, tall windows, separated by a section of wall and the entryway centered on the opposite long wall. A reach in closet at one end and an overhang created by an HVAC run at the other.
    Dimensions are just shy of 9’ wide by approximately
    15’ long.

    Lots of morning light, big windows, (54” wide and from about 40” up from the floor to within 6” of the ceiling)
    9’ high ceilings, good use of closet space including second shelf above closet rods and a small section of shelves on one end of closet (wire shelves)
    Narrow width and centered entry limit options for placement of Queen size bed to one of just a few choices:
    centered under overhang on end wall,
    centered under one window,
    centered on opposite wall
    (but that wall divides the room from a shared
    apartment hallway and is not as soundproof as it could be)

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