Decorating a small bedroom can be a daunting task – you want to express your unique style with a coherent and complex design, but you don't want to end up suffocated by large furniture with design elements crammed into every remaining nook and cranny. This is a common problem in today’s urban landscape, and it’s not one that’s likely to go away any time soon. So instead of lamenting your limited space, embrace the challenge! You will find that even in small spaces, your style will still shine through.


  1. Get a storage headboard. The additional shelving and storage will provide you with much needed additional room. Pick one that isn’t too dominating, you don’t want it to overpower the room. Painting the area around the headboard a neutral color will keep it from being overwhelming.
  2. Find other hidden storage gems; you will appreciate the less cluttered look. Keep an eye out for storage chests and ottomans, and look for beds that have built-in storage drawers.
  3. If you don’t have a bed with storage drawers, try instead just lifting the bedframe. Creating more space between your bed and the floor maximizes your under-bed storage.
  4. Install floating shelves instead of nightstands to increase bedside square footage and to decrease the bulk of additional furniture pieces. You can even install a higher floating shelf, and tuck a nightstand underneath for even more storage.
  5. Keep things light! Dark colors tend to close a space, whereas keeping your walls and linens white will help make your room look bigger and airier. But don’t forget to add little pops of color!
  6. If you spend a lot of time in your room, you can use furniture like sofa tables or media consoles in the middle of the room with a sofa backed against it to divide the room into a sleeping space and a sitting space.
  7. If you have kids, trundle beds and bunk beds are a necessity for creating more space.