How to Deal with a Small Bedroom

1/16/2013 02:05:00 AM

In these times when real estate and square footage gets smaller and smaller, we are all face with the ordeal of a tiny bedroom. I've seen a lot of condominium units that has a very small "master" bedroom, and even tinier second bedroom. Seriously, its literally a BED-room, since the only thing that will fit in there is one single bed! But we all have to deal with it. And dealing with it doesn't necessarily mean making do with a so-so looking room, you can all spruce up those shoebox-like spaces and make it fit for a queen. :) 

Beside a wall
If you have a narrow room, you'll probably have no choice but to position the bed right beside the wall. Here are few tricks to give life to that narrow space:

-- Hang a few but great art pieces around the space to bring the eyes up. Same size artworks will give some form of unity and wouldn't look as cluttered. 
-- Another sure way to bring the eyes up is to hang a nice chandelier. Nothing too big that might overwhelm the space. 

-- A wallpapered accent wall is the highlight of this room. It instantly brings life to the space. 
-- They also utilized the window ledge to act as a bedside table. 
-- No room for a table lamp? Wall mounted scones adds drama and much needed lighting.

-- If you have an off-centered window that would look strange behind a headboard, just put drapes behind the entire back wall. This would give a solid balanced backdrop for the bed. 
-- You can also have a patterned headboard to be the star of the room. This way, you can add prints and color to the space without being too overbearing. 

Custom fit
Another way to maximized floor space to a narrow room is to have a custom bed (ala daybed) that would fit one space of the wall. This would free up a lot of floor for your other furniture.

-- Horizontal stripes on the wall would expand a room visually. Make sure to use low contrast colors, like pale taupe and cream like the photo below, to avoid cutting up the room. 
-- A few accent mirrors will bounce light to give the illusion of a brighter and bigger room.

--A custom bed in this layout will give you the extra space for a work area. 
-- Wall scones will give you lighting and can act as sculptural art as well.

-- Again, don't be afraid to use interesting lighting in small spaces. This will give the room much needed character. As long as it's proportional to the room, go for it.
-- Utilized that bed and put much needed storage under it. 
-- Half-round side table has much smaller foot print which is perfect for a smaller room.

-- Here's a great example of custom bed with storage underneath. With drapes hang on both sides of the bed, it creates a very cozy sleeping nook. 

If you have just enough space to put your bed in the middle of the room, then go for symmetry. This would give hotel-esque feel if done right.

--Crisp geometric black and white accent give the room movement without much clutter. To avoid looking to sterile, add natural elements such as the rattan bench, woven rug, some plants / flowers. 

-- A sure way to give wow factor to a small room is use a huge framed art as the headboard. No need for any other wall art. 

-- Ceiling-mount your bedside lamp to free up table space. It's one unconventional lighting solution that is both chic and practical.

Go Big
--Don't be afraid to just go for it. Dark walls. Wallpaper. Frame gallery. Big bed. It's your room, surround yourself with things you love. 

--Since it's a small room, cozy it up. Add plush pillows, soft blankets, colorful accent throws. The bed is probably the biggest estate in this space, highlight it. Make sure you'll love to hang out in there. 

What floor space??
-- Okay, this is probably not for everybody. Not even me. But it might work for you. If you have a small space but wants a big bed, then just fill your room up with it. Haha.. It really does look inviting noh?
-- Custom shelves. In this room, they built an entire shelves for the whole span of one wall to house books, arts, and media equipments.

Having a small room is not an excuse to have a mediocre looking space, you can definitely have a big style in a small room. One good thing about having a small space? It's a lot cheaper to furnish and decorate! If life hands you lemons, make lemonades. Ano daw?? Haha...


  1. Loved this post! As a student living in a small apartment these tips were really inspiring! Keep up the good work.
    - Love from Norway

  2. This is a great post and all fantastic tips. I always prefer symmetry if you can get it, but I also love long daybeds against the wall. All great inspiration pics xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

  3. Aah, small rooms. One of my most favourite projects (I love the challenge:-)) Great post, thanks!


  4. Great post! My room is very narrow, and I'm smallish so I'm going for the custom fit bed with drapes, plus a really cute floral-ish, bird-ish park-ish headboard or wallpaper. My only question is, will the airconditioning ruin the wallpaper? Because moist etc? :(

  5. this is amazing inspiration! I felt so lost as to how to spruce up my tiny stark white bedroom (landlord won't allow us to paint it) but good see ideas like these.

  6. @Trisha many wallpapered rooms have aircon so I think proper installation is the key :) Great ideas btw, best of luck to your room :)


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