Too many items having to fit in a space that’s too small – that’s a problem we’ve facing all too often. Still, the struggle to furnish and to decorate small spaces is not all bad as it inspires us to come up with creative and innovative solutions to overcome the problems. These solutions and customized based on the function of the room.
For example, if you’re looking for ideas on how to decorate a small bedroom, consider bunk beds, Murphy beds, hidden storage or open shelving. These are just some of the ideas that can help you deal with the lack of space in a practical way which makes sense. Check out more ideas in the examples below.
By raising the bed on a custom-built wooden platform studio Paulo Moreira Architectures managed to give this tiny bedroom a good amount of storage without having to rely on big closets, wall units or even on wall-mounted open shelves. This leaves the room looking bright, open and airy.
Another cool way to add storage to a small bedroom is featured in this space designed by INT2architecture. The design includes a built-in bed with open shelves, drawers and storage compartments framing it in a rather cool way. That leaves space for a separate homework station with a writing desk, a blackboard and even a screen projector.
As you can imagine, a mobile home doesn’t have a big floor plan. In fact, there’s barely room inside for the basic necessities. Still, that doesn’t mean a cozy sleeping area is out of the question. A perfect example is this tiny house on wheels from The Netherlands which features a loft bed with a skylight and a good amount of shelf storage. Considering the size and limitations, that’s actually pretty cool.
The Draper designed by LandArk is another cool example. This mid-century modern house on wheels has a flat roof which makes its loft bedroom look more open and airy. Windows let in natural light and views of the surroundings plus the space is big enough for a king-size bed which definitely increases comfort.
A lot of cool small bedroom ideas can be borrowed from mobile homes like the one designed by New Frontier Tiny Homes. This tiny house managed to fit a lot of features inside in spite on its very limited footprint. For example, it has a loft bedroom placed on top of the bathroom which accommodates a king-size bed, a set of open shelves and two sconces. It’s small but it’s very cozy and comfortable.
Also inspired by small homes on wheels, this tiny house was built on a bed a 24-foot long, 8-foot wide flatbed trailer. It’s a unique, custom structure built entirely from scratch using sustainable materials and inside it has a small kitchen, a dining area, a workspace, a small bedroom raised on top of a storage unit and a bathroom. Everything within this custom trailer house fits in 196 square feet (18 square meters) of space.
How can you fit a living room, a dining area, a kitchen and a sleeping area with not one but 3 beds in a tiny apartment that only measures 39 square meters across? Well, creativity and flexibility have a lot to do with the answer to this question. Architecture students Catalin Sandu and Adrian Iancu reveal the solution: a single space that can do it all, with a sectional sofa, a pull-out dining table, a Murphy bed and a movable wall partitions that created two fold down beds.
Another solution one might use to make a small bedroom fit into a space without actually looking tiny is to separate the sleeping area from the rest of the floor plan using a partial wall or a divider as opposed to closing off the room with fixed walls. This was the strategy used in this 31 square meter sunny apartment.
13 square meters, that’s how much this entire apartment in Poland measures. That’s barely enough for a small bedroom so how can this actually be more than that? Interior designer Szymon Hanczar got creative and managed to fit in this tiny place a loft bed, a tiny kitchen, a workspace, a bathroom, a closet and even a few cool extra features such as a hammock or a wall-mounted bike rack.
We also find this apartment from Taiwan to be full of inspiring small bedroom ideas. The apartment was customized by A Lentil Design and has large windows which are most prominent in the bedroom. In here, the bed is raised on a platform which serves as a substitute for the usual storage closet.
As you can see, raising the bed on a platform so you can fit more storage underneath is a pretty common idea when it comes to small bedrooms. There are actually all sorts of different ways in which you can achieve that. A particularly cool idea comes from studio elii which designed this apartment in Madrid. There are steps leading up to the sleeping area and inside each of them there’s actually a pull-out drawer. More than that, if you pull out the stairs and move them to the side you can reveal even more storage underneath the bed platform.
A common issue when it comes to small bedrooms is that they tend to look cluttered and sometimes even dark and suffocating. An idea that might appeal to you in that sense can be to install a window between the bedroom and the adjacent room just to open up the space more.
There’s barely enough room for the bed in here so forget about nightstands, dressers and other things. Still, it’s not all terrible. You can turn the windowsill into a sort of bedside table alternative and a few wall-mounted open shelves might help with storage without cluttering the room too much.
Whenever a room is long and narrow that poses problems because there are limitations when furnishing and decorating the space. In a small bedroom like this one for example you’d have to place the bed on one side of the room and everything else on the other. This is a design done by Christine Lakas.
A bedroom with a high ceiling presents an awesome opportunity to have a loft bed and to use the space underneath for storage or for something entirely different. You can even have another room under there. A good combo would be a loft bed with a dressing room underneath.
Apart from the bed which takes up a lot of space, especially in a small bedroom, the other big furniture piece is the closet. There are ways to optimize that by giving up the idea of a traditional robust closet and using a clothing rack or an open storage system instead.
Using white as the primary color can make a small bedroom seem larger, even if it has an unusually challenging and awkward layout. A big window can help create an airy and fresh vibe as well even if the view is not particularly flattering.
When remodeling this small apartment in Barcelona, the approach chosen by Naimi Architects was to make almost every piece of furniture serve more than one purpose. One example is the bed which is integrated into a storage module with drawers that double as stairs and cleverly hidden compartments on two of the four sides.
Although it’s true that white makes small spaces seem bigger, that doesn’t mean this is your only option for small bedrooms. A perfect example is this tiny room which has these beautiful gray walls and a ceiling in a slightly lighter shade of gray. Although it’s a tiny bedroom, it doesn’t look
Painting all the walls in the room and even the ceiling in the same color is a nice trick if you want to make the space appear larger. Use this strategy when customizing a small bedroom and while you’re at it check out this shelving unit that was mounted on the upper part of the wall, just below the ceiling. It keeps all the rarely used items nice and organized and it takes up zero space on the floor.
Instead of hiding drawers and storage compartments under the bed platform, what if you could reverse the role in a way and have a platform with a slide out bed under it? This way you could put something completely different on the platform such as a desk, a table with some chairs, even a kitchen. It would be like having a secret bed right under your nose. This is one of the many creative storage solutions you can rely on when dealing with tiny apartments.
If the bedroom is so small that all you can fit inside is a bed and a shelf or two, you might as well make it look charming and welcoming by incorporating your favorite colors into the design or by making one of the walls stand out. Check out this quirky decor featured on lamaisondannag and be inspired.
Wallpaper can also be your friend when decorating a small bedroom. Use it to make one of the walls stand out and install it on the ceiling as well just so you have something beautiful to look at when relaxing in your cozy bed. Instead of a nightstand you can attach a small shelf to one of the wall. Don’t forget the lighting and, of course, the decorations.
A lot of times the key to creating a breezy and welcoming decor is using a palette of colors, finishes and textures that suits the space. In a small bedroom you might want to limit yourself to a few neutrals or to the timeless and always stylish black and white combo. You can add a few subtle hints of gold for an even more elegant effect.
The bed is obviously the centerpiece of this tiny Berlin apartment. It’s actually more than just a simple bed as it also includes a considerable amount of storage, additional seats and even has stylish sconces attached to its headboard. It can serve as a cozy sleeping area without the needing for anything else around it.