10 Tips to Make a Small Bedroom Feel Larger

10 Tips to Make a Small Bedroom Feel Larger

Your bedroom is the one room in the house that should feel like no other.  Relaxation and unwinding from a stressful day should be a regular occurrence in your bedroom What if you feel like your bedroom is too small to feel relaxed in?  The size of your bedroom has you puzzled as to decorating, organizing and maximizing its small nature.  Your bedroom can be all you dream of with some simple ideas and tips.  If you are a small bedroom owner let’s look at t 10 tips to bring relaxing, big space ideas back into your small sanctuary.

1.) Remove clutter:

The more items you have in your bedroom the more cramped it will feel.  Look around the room; can you see the floor baseboard? If you scan your entire bedroom and never see the floor baseboard, you have too much furniture and personal belongings.  Consider using furniture in another room of your house or selling it. Remove large collections of personal belongings from dressers, night tables, and entertainment centers.  When you enter the room, you want your eye to gracefully scan the room.  This will create the illusion of space, instantly.

2.) Buy furniture that maximizes wall space:

Shopping for furniture can be a challenge when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.  In small bedrooms measure out the amount of wall space you have, and how much room the furniture can project from the walls.  Opt for rectilinear furniture as opposed to curved. Curved furniture tends to take up more space and will swallow up your walking area to get past your furniture.  Wall hung night stands are a great option to maximize the floor footprint in your bedroom as well.

3.) Scale your décor by the size of your bed:

Depending on the size of your bedroom, your bed will most likely be the focal point.  If you have a large bed in a small room, you will instantly feel cramped and uncomfortable.  Consider having a smaller bed, and size your table lamps and decorations in the same proportions.  If you are going through the effort and scaling down the bed, so should the accessories that surround the room.

4.) Add visual interest to your ceiling:

In recent years, tray ceilings in bedrooms have become more popular.  They add a fifth dimension to the room that is often overlooked.  If you have the option of adding this into your bedroom, go ahead and see how much volume you will open up.  If you will remain with a standard ceiling, consider using a lighter color to fool the eye into the illusion of space.  The darker the ceiling, the more closed in the room will feel, and vice versa.

5.) A reading ‘nook’ will make your room relaxing:

A misconception about having a small bedroom is that you can only sleep, change clothes and leave out the room. This is not true.  Put a small chair and lamp in your bedroom, and you instantly have a reading nook.  When you can have multifunctional areas in your small bedroom you will want to spend more time in the space. Add a sconce to either side of the bed to make reading in bed more enjoyable and relaxing.

6.) Choose dressers and armoires that are appropriate for your room size:

One of the quickest ways to make your room feel small is to have furniture pieces that are too large for the space.  Choose 2 or 3 mandatory pieces of furniture and scale appropriately to the room. Think of using a armoire to hold clothes and a television to eliminate a large dresser and entertainment center. The more functions you can condense, the larger your room will feel.

7.) Find creative uses for storage:

To help keep your bedroom clutter free, use decorative baskets in a bookshelf or wall unit to keep house small items that don’t need to be seen.  Do your children leave small toys around your room? Stash them in roll out under bed storage bins that are easily accessible for them and you! Use your imagination when it comes to storage.  A small bedroom could benefit from multifunction pieces.  If you have room for a furniture bench at the foot of your bed, opt for one with a flip open seat that can hold magazines, and books.

8.) To have or not to have a television?

Having a TV in your bedroom is based on personal preference.  If you decide to have a TV consider a flat screen type that can be mounted on the wall, or will take up minimal space on a dresser.  For those that choose not to have a TV – a stereo can also take up considerable space.  Opt for using MP3 stereos that connect to your MP3 and eliminates large, clunky stereo units.

9.) Choose your colors wisely:

Dark colors in an already small room can make your bedroom feel like a cave.  If you like dark colors, use them in accessories like throw pillows, area rugs, and accents in drapery and bed linen. Consider using lighter colors on the walls, and ceiling to open up the space visually.  Bring in natural light as much as possible to illuminate the space and your mood.

10.) Create a focal point:

If you have a fantastic piece of artwork place it above the bed and draw the eye away from the rest of the room.  If you aren’t too pleased with your bed but have an antique dresser that looks great, add a colorful vase to adorn the top.  Use your imagination to accentuate the positive about your room and remove emphasis from the small nature of your bedroom.

A small bedroom can be a challenge but it can also feel cozy and unique once you decorate it.  Use these 10 tips to make your bedroom feel larger and to make the most of the space you do have.  Incorporate these ideas in other bedrooms in your home and see how your rooms will instantly feel more lived in, as opposed to feeling cold and unlivable.

Freshome reader’s do you have a home with small bedrooms? What is your trick for making the most of the small space?


  • JDx September 7, 2010 at 17:01 PMLogin to Reply →

    I have this problem for four years now and still haven’t figured it out. My room is 3x3m and my bed is 2×1,80m it’s very big but I really like it and it was very expensive.

    I have this small room (2x3m) next to my bedroom which I don’t use, becaue it’s a support wall, I can’t remove it. But the second picture gave me an idea. Maybe I can make a small opening (like picture 2) between the rooms (without breaking the support for the roof) so I can put my clothes etc. in the small room. And only my bed and flatscreen in the other! I guess I’ll try it soon! Thanks Freshome!

  • Amanda September 7, 2010 at 17:07 PMLogin to Reply →

    My bedroom is pretty small – about 7’x9′. I have a queen-sized bed, dresser and desk. The best way I know how to keep from feeling claustrophobic in there is to get creative with storage to keep visual clutter to a minimum. My bed frame does not require a box spring, which gives me about 14″ high in under-the-bed storage… super valuable space right there since I live in a teeny tiny apartment. I also made smart use of my wall space by adding a few shelves (but not too many!). Eventually I will be taking down the dark bamboo shades that came with the apartment and put up light-colored curtain panels. I have a very tall window and the bamboo shades hide half of it even when they’re open.

  • RoniqueGibson September 7, 2010 at 17:48 PMLogin to Reply →

    Amanda, it sounds like you are being super creative with your small space. You did a good job with utilizing hidden and vertical space… once you bring in the light colors I bet you will feel a difference! Thanks for sharing.

  • RoniqueGibson September 7, 2010 at 17:56 PMLogin to Reply →

    I’m glad this article was helpful for you! Just be careful when you’re poking into walls. :) Let us know how it goes and good luck. Thanks for your comment.

  • Holly Schwartz September 8, 2010 at 00:52 AMLogin to Reply →

    I just helped someone who is listing their home for sale with our company tackle this task. It’s definitely true that painting the ceiling a lighter color and baseboards too can really frame a room nicely and make it feel larger. The TV in the bedroom tips are good too – plus the more you can hide the TV away the less you have to worry about unsightly wires. Great piece!

  • falcon September 12, 2010 at 12:40 PMLogin to Reply →

    This article is very interesting and helped me to be more enterprising innovation to decorate my bedroom which happened to narrow, and too filled with large closet. I will probably replace it with a rather small closet. thanks.

  • Jamie Herzlinger September 13, 2010 at 17:54 PMLogin to Reply →

    Maximizing space is a concern I get from a lot of my clients. All these are fantastic suggestions, but another thing that I do is use mirror in creative ways. It seems typical to add a mirror to make a space feel larger, but try adding a 3 inch strip of mirror around the the very top or bottom of the wall. It obviously has to be in the right decor, but it makes ceilings and floors appear to be endless.

  • lydia February 3, 2011 at 23:24 PMLogin to Reply →

    i make my room feel larger by keeping my bed room clean you would be really suprized at how big your room may feel afer cleaning it

  • Seema February 19, 2011 at 07:37 AMLogin to Reply →

    Nice tips..
    Bedroom can be made to look larger by using white and pastel shades on walls and bedding that reflect the light (dark shade absorb light) and definitely removing clutter and being organized are the most important.

  • Arley June 17, 2011 at 19:02 PMLogin to Reply →

    where is the bedding from in the top picture on this website??? thank you! :)