10 Ways to Maximize Space in a Small Bedroom

10 Ways to Maximize Space in a Small Bedroom

In every room of your house there is always a better way to maximize the space you are getting out of it.  For some areas it may be as simple as decluttering, or throwing away unneeded items. Although, for rooms like the bedroom, where the most prominent piece of furniture is… bed! The bed is not always the easiest obstacle to work around, and therefore valuable space is wasted.   Here are 10 ways to maximize the space in a small bedroom.

1.) Reduce the size of your bed: Let’s face it, we would all love to have a California King sized bed, but do we actually NEED one?  You can answer that question yourself; you may be willing to reduce the size if you knew how much space you would free up.

2.) Remove large storage furniture: Armoires and clothes dressers can use a lot of floor space.  Opt for rolling under bed storage that can hold clothes and belongings. This will give your bedroom more space and visually will look more spacious. Once removed more natural light will pour into your space!

3.) Use a futon: In a small bedroom, try using furniture that is multifunctional.  A futon provides a bed and sofa in one. This is a good option for offices, dorm rooms, and small apartments with several roommates.

4.) Organize your closets: Storage closets should be organized to utilize all vertical space efficiently.  The more you can store in your closets, the less that has to be stored in the main bedroom area. This tip applies for kid’s rooms too!

5.) Use a sofa bed: Similarly to a futon, a sofa bed can help a small bedroom become a den, or office space and a bedroom. Sofa beds are often more formal in appearance and can range from affordable to higher end models that have leather and a plusher mattress.

6.) Maximize storage on walls: Use open and closed shelving to remove bookshelves, and storage furniture units off of the floor and on to the walls. Opt for wall mirrors that hang on the walls over large ones that sit on the floor.

7.) Install a Murphy bed: These beds pull out from the wall and provide full floor access when the bed is hidden in the wall.  Modern Murphy beds, when closed inside the wall, can house a foldout desk on the other side!

8.) Remove large entertainment space: If you have your television, stereo, gaming system, etc… taking up valuable real estate in your bedroom, consider moving it to another room such as the family or living room. If you can’t live without your television, a flat screen mounted on the wall will instantly add space to your bedroom.

9.) Buy furniture that is multifunctional: A bed that has drawers below and a bookshelf at the headboard has already combined 3 pieces of furniture in one.  If you decide to use a large piece of furniture, ensure it can house the majority of your storage needs, without having to use other pieces of furniture to block valuable space.

10.) Use other rooms in your home: Have a hall closet that only stores winter coats?  Take seasonal clothing and seldom worn formal wear and put in a hall closet.  Hall closets are a great option because they are rarely used and opened on a regular basis.

How do you save room in your bedroom? Leave us your suggestions and tips that have worked for you! 


  • Kenn July 30, 2010 at 18:11 PMLogin to Reply →

    These are definitely some great tips for maximizing bedroom space, but I would disagree with using open shelving in a bedroom. Open shelves (or too many flat surfaces of any kind for that matter) tend to collect a lot of visual clutter, the enemy of a calming and serene space.

  • TeeOhEye July 31, 2010 at 21:21 PMLogin to Reply →

    These are some great tips for maximizing small spaces. I live in a studio apartment, so I’m always looking at ways to maximize space. I think #9 is the best tip here, using mutlifunctional pieces. I found a really beautiful modern bed at HAUS furniture in my hometown of Los Angeles that has drawers underneath, and lighting in the headboard. And the top of the headboard had shelf space for me to use as a bookshelf or decorating space.

  • wendy-liondance August 2, 2010 at 02:06 AMLogin to Reply →

    If there are some plants in the room,the feeling of it become cozier immediatlly.

  • Jess August 2, 2010 at 04:10 AMLogin to Reply →

    Hang on- were those pictures supposed to be of SMALL bedrooms?

    I think not.

  • tapet August 6, 2010 at 10:34 AMLogin to Reply →

    good tips for a small bedroom

  • Janelle October 13, 2010 at 03:57 AMLogin to Reply →

    LOL I agree with Jess – that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw those pics!

  • Heather February 9, 2011 at 05:15 AMLogin to Reply →

    I know this is late ( I just now read your article “10 Ways to Maximize Space in a Small Bedroom” ) but I agree with Jess’ comment posted 8/2/10. My bedroom measures only 9′ 9″ x 13′ 9″ – and it’s a MASTER bedroom! Heck, the pictures you showed are bigger than my living room. HELP!!!

  • Rose Henderson April 21, 2015 at 16:19 PMLogin to Reply →

    I’m not sure I can really afford to make the bed smaller in my bedroom so I’m going to have to pass on that suggestion. I love the idea of using space underneath the bed though! I like that you brought up using storage on your walls as well. I’ve been thinking about getting some shelving to put in the living room that I think will help free up a bit of space. I hope so at least or I may need to look into getting a storage unit for some of my stuff until I can get a bigger home.