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How to Make a Small Bedroom Look Bigger: 18 Design & Organization Tips

Do you live in a house or apartment with a small master bedroom that you wish was bigger? Rather than moving to a different home to get more space, try some of the following tips for decorating and organizing your bedroom. These small bedroom ideas are sure to help you make the most of your small space!

Find a Bed Frame with Under Bed Storage

If you lack closet space and want to avoid cluttering a tiny bedroom with bulky dressers, there are several options for beds with built-in storage! Try a bed frame with storage drawers built into the base or a bed frame that lifts up for hidden bedroom storage. Another option that may be more affordable is to utilize furniture risers to lift your bed higher off the ground, allowing you to place storage containers underneath.

Get More Flexibility with a Murphy Bed

A Murphy bed is a convenient option for apartment dwellers whose bedrooms also need to function as an office or a living room. These beds are stored in a closet or cabinet when not in use, providing more space and flexibility in your home. Murphy beds come in a variety of sizes, too, so you can find one that fits your space.

Build a Custom Platform Bed

A great small bedroom idea is to build a DIY platform bed! Especially when you don’t have a lot of space in your bedroom, using a platform bed is a win-win situation. You can customize your platform to fit a queen-size or king-size mattress, and you can build as much storage space as you need!

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Add Storage with Footboards

Do away with the traditional footboard and utilize a footboard that doubles as a storage container instead. It’s a great place to stash bedding, blankets, towels, books, or even clothes in your tiny bedroom!

Utilize Multi-Purpose Furniture

You may need to reduce the amount of furniture you have in your small bedroom, but if you can utilize a piece of furniture for multiple purposes, it can be a great compromise! For example, if you want a desk and a vanity in your small master bedroom, find a table or desk that can be used for both.

Replace Nightstands with Nesting Tables

Save on bedside space by opting for nesting tables instead of standard nightstands! Not only do nesting tables take up less room when stacked, but they also provide more surfaces for lamps, books, coffee mugs, alarm clocks, and other items you may want next to your bed when unstacked.

Use Wall Space for Storage

When you have limited space in your small bedroom, it’s important to keep floors as clear as possible to make the room seem bigger and less cluttered. Rather than adding furniture around the room for more bedroom storage, take advantage of your open wall space! You can build cabinets and dressers next to and over your bed to serve as shelves and dressers, adding both style and functionality!

Decorate with Floating Wall Shelves

When it comes to decorating a small bedroom, keep it simple. The less cluttered your room looks, the more spacious it will feel. An easy way to add some style to your bedroom is with floating shelves! These shelves are perfect for displaying (and storing) books, pictures, blankets, and other home decor.

Opt for a Hanging Clothing Rack

Modern Bedroom with a Hanging Clothes Rack Holding Purses and Women's Clothes. Photo by Instagram user @coconut.ind

Photo via @coconut.ind

For tiny bedrooms without closets, hanging clothing racks are an excellent way to store your wardrobe. Not to mention, a hanging rack keeps clothes free of wrinkles, makes it easier for you to access your closet, and can even function as a decorative piece in your bedroom!

Paint with Light Colors

When painting a small bedroom, light colors are the best option. They reflect light better and make walls feel as though they’re farther apart, which can make the room seem larger. Choose popular paint color trends like whites, beiges, yellows, soft pinks, and light blues as the perfect backdrop for your stylish bedroom design and decor.

Expand the Room with Mirrors

Looking for a simple way to make your small master bedroom seem bigger? Add mirrors! Whether it’s a standing mirror across the room, a hanging mirror above your bed, or mirrors attached to the backs of your doors, a mirror’s reflection can give an impression of a room being wider and taller than it actually is.

Choose Hanging Lamps

If you need additional lighting in your small bedroom, but you don’t have space for nightstand lamps or floor lamps, try hanging lamps! These lighting fixtures look great, stay out of the way, and can even cover more surface area when lighting the room since they’re higher up!

Play with Different Heights

You don’t need cathedral ceilings to create visual height in your tiny bedroom. An easy design trick is to use furniture that sits low to the ground. This opens up wall space and helps the entire room feel larger!

Use Floor-to-Ceiling Curtains

Another trick to elongate your bedroom space is to utilize long curtains. Whether you use them for window coverings or to hide a closet, curtains vertically stretch your room and make your ceilings seem higher!

Embrace Minimalist Design

Minimalist Bedroom with Muted Colors. Photo by Instagram user @klsy_studios

Photo via @klsy_studios

Don’t get sucked into over-decorating, as this can make your small space seem crowded. Making a small bedroom seem larger is as easy as adopting a more minimalist style. Choose a few statement pieces and keep clutter to a minimum!

Decorate with Exposed-Leg Furniture

Bed and Nightstands with Exposed Legs. Photo by Instagram user @micasa.design

Photo via @micasa.design

Chunky furniture with a thick base takes up space and makes an already cramped bedroom feel even smaller. Bring more visual space to your bedroom with exposed-leg furniture! These pieces sit higher up and create a more open environment.

Beware of Oversized Bedding

Bed with Minimal Blankets and Comforter. Photo by Instagram user @crystalinmarie

Photo via @crystalinmarie

If space is an issue in your small master bedroom, an enormous comforter or duvet on your bed can make moving around the room difficult, and it can visually clutter the room. Opt for a tighter fitting bedspread, or tuck your bedspread in when you’re not sleeping to free up some space!

Add Some Life with Plants

Bedroom with Small Plants on Nightstands. Photo by Instagram user @lovedbysheila

Photo via @lovedbysheila

It’s amazing how quickly some potted plants or hanging plants can liven up a small bedroom. Open up your space by adding some green to your room. Just don’t overdo it, or you’ll feel like your bedroom is a jungle!

Looking for additional ideas on how to get more space in a small home? Check out these small space living hacks, design tips for studio apartments, and space-saving furniture ideas!


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