Who says you need a big bedroom to create your own workspace? A wall-mounted shelf, like this one featured on Rock My Style, beautifully doubles as a personal desk and mounts directly to your wall for added efficiency.
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If you’ve been searching for a stylish way to bring more lighting into your cramped bedroom (without taking up too much space), consider swing-arm wall sconces. Not only are they much less bulky than most table lamps and pendants, these wall-mounted wonders are designed with adjustable arms, like this sleek one on Designlovefest, for a more space-savvy lighting solution.
Your bed can offer up some serious wardrobe storage opportunity. Thanks to these clever wheeled storage boxes at Urban Outfitters, you can stash everything from jeans to sweaters to shoes under your bed and just roll them out as needed.
Dealing with a dreaded small space double whammy (i.e. a tiny bedroom and bathroom)? Follow Kathleen William Barnes’ lead on The Every Girl and turn a super slim desk setup in your bedroom into a vanity with nothing more than a wall mirror.
You don’t always need two nightstands, especially if you’re sleeping alone. Take a cute from this bedroom via No Longer Wander’s Instagram and try a houseplant instead. It’ll bring fast style to your bedroom without the need for a bulky piece of furniture and will help clean your air, too. Win, win!
3) Get rid of the clutter. Have a place for everything and then everything can go back in its place.
Hanging garment racks, like this one featured on My Scandinavian Home, are a clever way to score more closet storage (or create a closet out of nowhere) without taking up an inch of floor space. A dresser underneath creates the perfect dressing area. Head over to A Beautiful Mess and learn how to fashion your own DIY version at home.
A cute little side chair can moonlight as a space-savvy bedroom furnishing. Instead of a big end table or nightstand, consider placing a simple side chair for bedside storage (like this one on Elle Decor) and additional bedroom seating.
Looking for a bed stand that really knows how to pull double duty? Set a petite desk right next to your bed—like Lauren Nelson did in her bedroom featured on The Every Girl—and score a workstation-slash-nightstand in one fell swoop.
22) Don’t be afraid of big art/wall hangings, especially in a color that recedes (like blue) to make the space look bigger. Keep things visually interesting in the space you do have. Mirrors can help magnify the space.
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Forget your grandmother’s Murphy bed. A foldout bedframe—like this one in Daniel’s NYC studio—is a clever way to conceal bulky furniture in your tiny apartment space.
Don’t technically have a separate bedroom? A bookcase that doubles as a room divider can work wonders for a cramped studio. It’ll designate your sleeping space, but also the space between your books and decor is enough to let light stream in.
To help make your life a little easier (and a whole lot more organized), we rounded up 30 of our favorite small bedroom storage and design solutions. From wall-mounted shelves to swing arm sconces, these clever ideas are all designed to maximize a storage-deprived space — no matter how little square footage you’re working with.
For more inspiration, see our posts on cool headboard ideas and creative home organization ideas. Once you’ve decided on the perfect look for yours, be sure to check out our top furniture picks for small bedrooms.
13) Walk into your apartment and create your space from that viewpoint. You don’t want to see the back of your tv from that perspective, and a few other not quite neat sides of things.
29) A dark floor against light colored walls and furniture can really make a place feel more spacious.
If the 280-square-foot home of Gabrielle Savoie of Savvy Home Blog proves anything, it’s that you can get an efficient home with tons of style. In her bedroom (which is also her dining room, living room and media room!!), she uses lively textiles in a hushed color palette as to not overwhelm the scheme. Small pedestal tables act as nightstands and wall sconces provide reading light without taking up surface area.
If you’re an art lover but lacking the space to show off your treasured works in your bedroom, a nightstand layered with framed art—as seen in this home tour on Design*Sponge—can make a big impact without wasting any valuable wall space.
A bed with built-in storage cubbies, like this one we spotted on Shannon Schelbert’s home tour on Apartment Therapy, is the true definition of a “multi-functional furnishing.”
You can always count on clean white walls to really brighten and open up a cramped bedroom (particularly one that gets good natural light).
Finding design-savvy ways to magically create extra storage space in a tiny bedroom isn’t always easy. While unsightly over-the-door organizers and bulky dressers are always an option (if you squeeze them in), it pays to use your imagination and get creative when coming up with stylish storage ideas.
Ask any New Yorker, or small space dweller for that matter, how they pack in more storage room in their tiny apartments and they’ll say the same thing: think vertically. Whether with wall-mounted shelves or suspended lights (like in this Home Polish designer’s bedroom), you can always build up when you run out of eye-level storage room.
11) Glass-front bookcases (or barrister bookcases). For some reason things *feel* less cluttered if they are behind glass.
While this bedroom from Emily Henderson wouldn’t be considered “small” by any means, there is a part of it that’s perfect to borrow inspiration from for a far tighter space: a slim leaning ladder. These clever pieces allow you to hang up your purses and scarves (and other accessories) in style, no hammer and nails necessary.
23) Unless you’re really starting with a blank slate, for everything new you bring in, take out something old. Don’t hang onto things for forever just because they might come in handy.
17) Don’t go hog-wild at any store until you’re sure that you need it. I made a list of all the things I “thought” I would need when I moved in, but after unpacking, half those things were no longer needed (due to space constraints). What a hassle.
Turn even the tightest bedroom corner into a streamlined storage display with nothing more than a few wall-mounted floating shelves. Create your very own office station, like Harlow James did in her room on Style Me Pretty, and show off your fave shoes (or books!), too.
19) Edit, edit, edit. Look at everything with a critical eye. If you have a chair that you just don’t love, get rid of it. If you notice you miss having a chair, find one that you love, is a better scale and a better investment of your space. Don’t store anything that you don’t need.
Putting a storage bench, baskets or even crates at the foot of your bed is a smart way to squeeze in more of whatever you need. This typically only takes up about a foot of space but the payoff is invaluable.
24) Don’t design for ‘in case when guests come over’. the seats you have for yourself – TV couch, reading lounger, desk chair, dining chair, stool – will be enough seating for 7-8 visitors.
Place a pair of nesting tables next to your bed instead of a traditional nightstand (like designer Orlando Soria did in his guest room featured on Emily Henderson), and you can instantly create more storage room for when you might need it without bringing in more furniture to do the job (plus, bonus points, you can use the empty space underneath the tables for even more storage in baskets or crates).
16) Arrange the space so it meets your needs for the way you truly use it, and put money into the areas where you spend the most time. If you always eat in the living room, maybe that means investing in a coffee or side table that’s really comfortable to eat from and forgoing a separate dining area altogether.
Light colors enhance the feeling of space, while darker hues tend to close in; lighten up your walls and furnishings.This may seem obvious, but ditch the king-size (or even queen) bed and use space-saving furniture.
If storage space is an issue, under-bed storage containers such as this one can free up a lot of space.Visually expand the room by using mirrors.Small Bedroom Ideas
If you can’t imagine your room without a nightstand (hey, we get it!), make sure it offers plenty of storage potential. This tall and slender beauty on Design*Sponge boasts three drawers for storage, but doesn’t occupy too much valuable space.
31) Try to avoid pieces taking up floorspace. Instead of a bookcase, use bookshelves.
14) Don’t be afraid of color. Yes, white makes a room look bigger, but so does dark brown glossy paint (etc) when paired with the right color furnishings.
When every bit of wall space counts, why not try shelving that doubles as art? A cool hanging shelf, like this one by Ferm Living we spotted in a bedroom designed on SF Girl by Bay in collaboration with Bri Emery of Designlovefest, allows you to store (and show off) your favorite trinkets and display your beloved baubles, and won’t take up an inch of floor space.
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10) Spend more money on getting one or two taller piece (like bookcases). Try to confine your cluttery possessions (mail, books, ipod, etc) to a few concentrated zones instead of thinly spread out all over the place!
The space under your bed has a ton of potential (depending on your bed frame). But even if you have just a few inches, put that to use! Emily Henderson turned the sliver of room under a bed frame into a floor-bound bookshelf simply by stacking them on top of each other nicely (note that you’ll likely have to dust regularly as not to collect dust bunnies!).
1) If you have a small space use small pieces that fit the scale of the apartment. Your space will feel bigger.
30) Really invest in a closet organization system. You’d be surprised how on track that can keep you and you could always just shut the door.
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12) My tip would be to draw yourself a floorplan and organize yourself and the stuff you already own with the help of it.
4) In small spaces, there never seems be enough space for clothing, books, electronic media, work areas but rather than lots of traditional freestanding dressers, cabinets, desks, etc. consider built-ins and modular furniture systems that can be configured to fit your space wall-to-wall and floor-to ceiling and accommodate all your storage needs in one compact area.
When you don’t have the room for large-scale bedroom furnishings, consider going big with your decor—think: bold throw pillows, colorful art, and layered textiles like this tiny bedroom on Style Me Pretty—instead.
5) Dual purpose! Look for multiple uses in everything you buy. An ottoman is cozy, but an ottoman with hidden storage is even better.
Looking for a stylish way to bring more lighting into your bedroom without further cramping the space? A pendant light, or any hanging light for that matter, instantly brightens up a room and doesn’t require an inch of table or floor space.
Turns out even the most cramped bedroom corners still offer plenty of storage opportunity. Take a cue from this room on Style Me Pretty and use a tall garment rack or stacked storage shelves to maximize an awkward bedroom corner. They’re thin enough to slide in between other furnishings (like the desk here) but oh-so-useful.
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The greatest thing about Ghost chairs—aka clear acrylic ones like this one on The Every Girl—is that visually, they are so light, you barely see them (i.e. less visual clutter). Not only are they super stylish—they won’t further cramp up your tiny bedroom.
Big mirrors are such a treasure for small spaces. Not only will a large mirror open up a tiny bedroom by making it appear larger, like it did for this awkwardly-shaped bedroom on Elle Decor, they help bounce light around a room so your space feels brighter, too.
6) Furniture with legs feels less heavy in a space than pieces that sit directly on the floor.
7) Go vertical and use the space up to the the ceiling whenever possible – shelves and storage that have a small footprint but are tall can really help in a small space.
18) Think of your furniture as being mobile and multipurpose. Choose things that are easy to pick up and move, and then plan to move things around to suit different purposes.
Searching for a foolproof way to open up a small bedroom (particularly one with a low ceiling)? Forgo a bed frame and bulky furnishings and opt for low-lying furnishings, like this short table-slash-nightstand and floor setup on AD Espana, instead.
21) Consider furniture that blends in visually with your floor or walls, whether it is transparent or similar in color.
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Sometimes all you need next to your bed is a small table to hold a glass of water and your alarm/cellphone. A thin pedestal table, like this simply stunner from SFGirlByBay’s IG feed, is perfect for placing bedside miscellany without adding more clutter in a room with larger furnishings.
15) Don’t try to furnish it all at once. Start with the most important piece (clearly a place to sleep—couch, Murphy bed, actual bed) and live with it a while before you start adding.
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8) As for organization, really think about how you use your house. Where do you like to read your mail? Flip through magazines? Pay bills? Then place storage and trash bins in the places where you will be handling paper and other cluttering items.
If you thought daybeds were just for kids then think again. Along with offering a more compact bed frame, some versions come with built-in drawers for more storage. They’re also great for doubling as a sofa, which is what designer and blogger Lauren McGrath (who works with her mother Suzanne for their firm McGrath II) did in her 250-square-foot New York studio apartment, featured in Domino.