Arranging furniture in a small bedroom can be challenging.
Often times, you don’t realize a room’s true size until you fill it with furniture.
So how do you furnish a small bedroom while not making it feel like a closet?
It takes some creativity and a willingness to make sacrifices.
We’ve put together our favorite 7 tips for furnishing a small bedroom.
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1. Decide Bed Position First
In a small bedroom, the location of your bed dictates how the rest of the room will be arranged.
If you are tight on space, you’re going to have to be flexible when it comes to accompanying furniture pieces.
While you should absolutely place your bed wherever you will feel most comfortable, a good rule of thumb is to place the bed in the center of the most prominent wall – usually the wall facing the door.
Placing your bed in the center of the wall will then promote symmetry and make arrangement of other pieces flow naturally.
2. Minimize The Amount of Furniture
This tip can be difficult to implement. However, to maximize your small bedroom, you’ll want to consider eliminating non-essential furniture.
For example, instead of two nightstands, use only one.
Or, if you really want to create more space, ditch the nightstands entirely and place some shelves above your bed. You’ll still have space for a small reading lamp and a location to charge your phone.
Utilize Your Closet
A great way to get rid of a dresser is to maximize your closet space.
Consider adding an organizer for your t-shirts, and additional hooks to hang jeans and shirts.
Try Under-Bed Storage
Can you fit anything under your bed?
Pick up some plastic containers and keep out of season or less frequently worn outfits under your bed until you need them.
3. Use Height
The vertical spaces in our homes tend to be the most overlooked.
While you can’t make the width and length of your bedroom any larger, you can use its height.
Add hooks and shelves to your walls to save floor space.
Try adding a lift to your bed frame for additional under-bed storage.
Or, instead of having a TV on top of a dresser, mount it on the wall.
4. Use Multipurpose Furniture
Why buy two when one will do?
Take a look at multipurpose furniture pieces to make arranging furniture in a small bedroom easier.
We really like having a bench at the foot of our bed that also doubles as storage; making a perfect spot for sweaters.
Also, if you’re trying to avoid the need for a nightstand, check out a headboard with storage that is thick enough to place a small lamp on top of.
5. Make Your Dresser Work Overtime
We’ve talked about getting rid of nightstands and adding over bed shelving, but how about making your dresser do double duty?
Arrange your bedroom by placing the dresser next to your bed.
If you are looking to buy a dresser, buy a shorter model for easier access to the top.
We’ve found that, when in bed, we only really use our nightstand for our phone. But if you are someone that leaves your phone in bed with you, or have placed a shelf over your bed, you won’t have to worry about accessing the top of your nightstand from bed, making a dresser a perfect substitute.
6. Where To Put The Throw Rug
A throw rug is an easy way to add a touch of color and softness to any room.
The placement of a throw rug in a small bedroom is critical though.
The go-to placement for a throw rug in a bedroom is under the bed.
Be careful though not to place the rug too far back.
2/3 of the way underneath of the bed works best for creating symmetry and perceived additional size.
If your bed is tucked into the corner, consider placing the rug beside the bed, or in the center of the room.
7. Preplan Your Layout
When it comes to arranging a small bedroom, measurements and size should be your foremost concern.
Make sure to obtain the dimensions of any furniture you plan on adding, and measure the space out.
If you have any bulky items like boxes or suitcases lying around, trying lining them up based on the measurements to give you an idea of how the room will flow.
If you have any artistic ability, or just like to doodle, try sketching out a layout of the room.
You’ll be surprised at the different layout ideas you come up with when you put pen to paper.
Enjoy Your Perfectly Planned Small Bedroom
While larger bedrooms are nice and all, there’s just something about a cozy small bedroom.
It all starts with your furniture arrangement.
Our final piece of advice to you is to give special attention to the needs of a small bedroom.
Try and not simply copy the layout of a larger bedroom, but rather arrange your bedroom furniture specifically for the size of your room.
Once you have the furniture arrangements down, start thinking of some final touches: pillows, soft lighting, and blankets all help to make a small bedroom super cozy.
We hope that you’ve learned a little something from our 7 best tips for arranging furniture in a small bedroom.
If you have any questions, or would like to give us a few of your tips, feel free to contact us.