How to Furnish a Small Bedroom

A bedroom on the smaller side can be just as comfortable, relaxing and beautiful as its extra-large counterpart. If your space is a small apartment or studio space, finding storage solutions for your clothes and accessories while still trying to decorate and have enough room for the bed itself is a chance to use some new decorating techniques. With smart storage ideas for small spaces from us at Pottery Barn, it’ll be a breeze. There are a few tips and tricks to decorate a small bedroom while keeping it feeling open and light.

The Bed as a Base

The bed, naturally, is the most important part of the room. Fitting a twin- or full-sized bed in a small space may be a snap, while a king or queen size may require more creativity. Instead of opting for the traditional “center of the room” bed idea, see if the bed works well fitted in a corner or against the wall. This still allows you a walkway and a bit of breathing room. Also, look for a bed that’s already part of the solution – a bed with included storage is a great idea when you need to stow shoes, accessories and other items you need close at hand. There are many types of storage beds with pull-out drawers or included shelves in platforms below the mattress. It’s also perfectly fine to turn these shelves into spaces to add decor or decorative items in the headboard section. When you have a small space, use every vertical space you can. If you’re outfitting a guest bedroom, another idea is to use a daybed to save space for the weeks you don’t have guests.

Supplements for the Sides

Figuring out where to place dressers and nightstands is another goal that can require some creativity from your layout. If you have a large walk-in closet, check to see if you have space in which to fit a dresser. For smaller spaces, another idea is to choose dressers that take up minimal floor space, but are tall. The biggest rule of thumb when outfitting a small space is to make the most use of your walls, so always opt for tall furniture over lower, longer pieces. Also, look for nightstands that add more usefulness to your ensemble. For example, in lieu of a bedside table with open shelving, consider a nightstand with several drawers, giving you a few more spaces to keep and organize clothing and accessories. If you’re able, another wise idea is to store a dresser or bureau in another room of the home to open up room in the bedroom. Keep your most used items close at hand, but transfer others (such as winter clothes in summer) to the other dresser for convenience.

The right shelving in the bedroom also allows you enough space to decorate without cluttering anything. Consider wall-mounted ledges and shelves to add your decorative objects or even books. Use a small, wall-mounted shelf with decorative bookends to showcase some of your favorite books when there’s no space for a dedicated bookshelf. A ladder wall shelf is another idea, as it maximizes storage vertically. For decor ideas, look for combination shelving that adds both usefulness and decoration. A wall clock with hanging shelves and hooks helps keep you on time while saving space, and shelving or cabinets with an attached mirror makes the room looks larger, while giving you the benefit of a bedroom mirror.

Choosing Colors

A common rule of thumb for a small space is that light colors make a room look larger and dark colors make a room look smaller. This goes beyond color, as simply adding more light to a room makes it look larger, too. When it comes to lighting, floor lamps add a lot of light, naturally making the room look bigger while taking up a minimal amount of space. Perhaps consider a floor lamp with several light levels. Add a few to different areas of the room.