40+ Space-Saving Ideas For Small Bedrooms

Small bedrooms can have a big impact with the right design. Whether you opt for the illusion of more square footage or embrace what you have, there are endless ways to make a small space livable and chic.

If you need a bedroom makeover but don’t think you have enough bedroom to work with, you’re in the right place. We’ve got some lovely small bedroom ideas to prove small spaces can be stylish.

Nested Bedroom

Alyssa Rosenheck

For her youngest daughter’s little room in their redesigned Cape Cod home, interior designer Raquel Garcia wanted to create a cozy, nestlike feel with peachy printed wallpaper. “I call it her nest because it feels like little birds decorated it.”

White, White, White

Veneer Designs

The more white the room is, the more light & airy it will seem. Add dimension with subtle pattern and neutral accents, like tan stools.

Shrink Your Headboard

Nicole Franzen

You don’t need a giant headboard taking up your entire wall. Instead, choose a skinnier, shorter headboard. That way, you’ll save wall space for wall art or decor.

Place Your Bed Against The Window

Sugar and Charm

In a small bedroom, wall space is precious and should not be wasted. Plus, the window and curtains create a focal point that lets you skip the headboard, creating a sunnier, airier room.

Customize Your Headboard

David Tsay

This curvy headboard has built-in nightstands, and a hanging pendant eliminates the need for a table lamp, so there’s more room for books.

Skip The Headboard Entirely

Sugar & Cloth

Rather than wasting limited inches on mounting a headboard, turn your wall into a headboard, like with this DIY wood statement wall.

Mount Lighting

Veneer Designs

Wall-mounted lights take up less space than table lamps, and eliminate the need for nightstands. If you’ve got your bed tucked into a little sleeping alcove, you need this hack in your life.

Go Wild With Wallpaper

Sugar & Cloth

It might seem a little much for a small space, but a bold, bright wallpaper can help cocoon your room and give it a jewel-box effect.

Stash Stuff Under The Bed

House Beautiful

This bed has drawers underneath for more storage when you’re lacking closet space. If you’re living in a studio, use a screen and/or console table to help divide your living and sleeping spaces.

Go Bold

Reed Davis

Bright and bold colors make a small bedroom have more of an impact. If you’re lacking natural light, choose a softer color on the walls.

Get A Daybed

Erin Gates Design

If you live in a studio, or just want to save even more space in a small bedroom, use a cozy daybed that can double as a couch during the day.

Add Mirrors

Alec Hemer

Fake space ’til you make space. Closet mirrors make this small bedroom feel larger than it actually is.

Use Built-Ins

Erin Gates Design

Built-in bookshelves give you extra storage space without having a chunky piece of furniture protruding into the room.

Fake Bookshelves

Luca Trovato

Genuine Fake Books wallpaper creates the illusion of more space than you actually have room for. Bonus? Now you can save some money on an actual bookcase.

Rethink Your Desk

James Merrell

You don’t have to ditch your desk, you just have to get creative with its placement. A corner desk can double as a nightstand if you’re lacking in space.

Hang Your Headboard

House Beautiful

Don’t waste precious floor inches on your headbaord. This headboard is actually hung on the wall to save space.

Amp Up The Coziness

House Beautiful

Dark walls and a velvet headboard up the cozy factor of a small bedroom. Add a patterned rug and we’re swooning.

Choose Space-Saving Furniture

Victoria Pearson

Nesting tables are legit your best friend in a tight space. You can pull one out at night when you’re using it in bed, and tuck it inside during the day.

Push Your Bed Up Against a Corner

To maximize the floor space, tuck your bed up against a wall or corner. The effect will create a sleep area that feels cozier. If it feels too much like a college dorm? Add a two headboard corner system to create a finished, designer look to a bedroom.

Live Vertically

If floor space is limited but you have higher ceilings, consider adding a loft or platform for your sleeping area with storage or seating underneath. This isn’t an option for everyone, but for those who don’t mind literally climbing into bed, this layout can completely transform a space.

Small Bedroom Ideas with a Tall Bookshelf

apartmenttherapy.com

Create multiple spaces within a small flat. Curtains are an easy way to temporarily partition off a sleeping area, while shelving units are perfect for storing belongings and delineating distinct spaces.

Ample Storage Space Underneath the Bed

onekindesign.com

There is much storage space to be had under a bed if you have a clever way of getting to it. This flip-up bed reveals ample storage space for extra linen and off-season clothing.

A Raised Floor With Storage Galore

homedit.com

The combination of raised platform and curtains creates the illusion of a separate bedroom in this studio apartment. An added bonus to the raised platform is storage space; these drawers conveniently store seasonal items and bedding, keeping clutter to a minimum.

A Full Walk-in Closet Under Your Bed

This bed and closet combination unit will delight younger ones. Climb up to bed for a sweet slumber at night and prop up the bed in the morning to reveal tidy closet space.

Illuminated Canopy Overlooking the Soft Bed

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Cramped turns into cozy when you add lights and gauzy fabrics to a sleeping space under a sloped roof. White bedding and accessories enlarge the space visually and keep things bright and airy.

An Elevated Bed with Shelving and Storage

apartmenttherapy.com

Not a single space is wasted in this purpose-built bed and storage loft. The raised area and high shelving create a dedicated sleeping space with ample under-bed storage, and even the steps are used for storing treasures.

Bunk Beds with a Chair for Reading

lizmarieblog.com

A small guest room can comfortably sleep two with these cozy built-in bunk beds. A far cry from rickety stand-alone bunks, these built-in units are secure. Well designed and placed windows give them an open feel.

A Bed Hidden Away by Shelves

diybetterhomes.com

A different take on the Murphy bed with a James Bond feel; swing this rotating system around to find a fold-up bed hidden behind lovely bookshelves.

A Loft Staircase Full of Hidden Secrets

This brilliant Scandinavian-inspired loft is an excellent use space in a small flat. The stairs to the top are cleverly made into drawers so that no space is left unused.

A Platform Bed with Storage Below

tinyhousefor.us

A cozy loft under a slanted ceiling feels bigger with white paint on the walls. Under-bed storage reduces clutter and we love the storage slot (or kitty nap nook?) under the steps.

Study Area and Closet Below a Loft

designbump.com

This university dorm dream loft boasts two separate below-bed spaces! For the serious student, the bed rests high above a dedicated study space and a closet for all the essentials.

Plenty of Shelf Space Behind the Bed

houseandgarden.co.uk

This darling little bedroom gets the most out of minimal space with a raised bed for ample storage space beneath. Expansive wall-to-wall bookshelves complete the look. The entire space is kept open and bright by a skylight.

Small Bedroom Ideas with Splashes of Color

decor8blog.com

An accent wall can serve to cheer up a tiny apartments space. High cabinets make use of vertical space for storage and provide an attachment space for reading lights. Inspired!

Making the Most of an A-Frame Design

shabbychicmania.it

Skylights are instrumental in making small bedroom spaces work, especially under slanted roofs. A light color palette also serves to keep things open visually, as well as minimal furniture: think efficient!

A Bright, Cozy Space with High Ceilings

virlovastyle.com

Who says you have to sacrifice style in limited space? Form meets function in this small bedroom. Off-season storage is hidden neatly inside these end-of-bed retro steamer trunks and these industrial flexible wall lamps keep the floor space free.

A Cabin-Style Loft that’s Lacking Headspace

idesignarch.com

This sleeping loft under a slanted roof is kept light and open with a large window and light-colored wood finish on the ceiling. Smart custom closet space and built-in headboard keep clutter to a minimum.

Sliding Loft that Adjusts to Your Needs

ana-white.com

Now it’s possible to have two rooms in the space of one. This brilliant loft set-up features a bed on wall-mounted rails that can be stowed above in the daytime revealing a living space/convertible guest sleeping area.

A Bed-Sized Room with a Few Shelves

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You can make the tiniest of bedroom spaces inhabitable with the right color palette and accessories. The room looks biggest with white paint and a big window. Recessed shelving in the wall makes use of the vertical space. Finish with a wall-mounted light.

A Comfy Bed with a Small Dresser

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This darling day bed does double duty. Ideal for a guest room, this set-up gives you both seating and sleeping options in limited space. Light colors keep the space bright and open.

Welcoming White Shelves and Green Plants

onekindesign.com

This casual and comfortable studio features a sleeping area. The oversized bedding is comfortable and inviting but the light color palette keeps it from being heavy or cramped. Low profile shelving and drawers and wall-mounted lights keep floor space free.

A Raised Loft with Bookshelves Below

society19.com

A cozy studio with boho-inspired décor features a raised bed for storage below. The large window keeps the space open and light in the day, but fun fairy lights maintain visual openness after dark.

Sleeping Space Hidden Away by Curtains

homedit.com

A bedroom is cleverly hidden behind a full-length curtain within this light and airy studio. The dark accent wall serves to further separate the area and evokes a cozy nighttime feel to the space.

The Walls Become Your Closet

iconscorner.com

Cleverly make use of the vertical space with this library-inspired closet structure. Clothes are stored above and accessed with a whimsical rolling ladder. This looks as well as it works!