25 Space-Saving Ideas For Small Bedrooms That Will Also Save Your Sanity

Game-changing and stylish design solutions.

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Peter Murdock

Cramped quarters can feel claustrophobic, quite frankly, unlivable. But sometimes we have no say in the size of our bedroom. And the good news is that little strategic styling and creative organization will make your small space feel pretty close to palatial. Okay, maybe not palatial per se, but roomy enough to be your oasis at the end of a long day, and stylish enough to show off. Just steal these designers' tricks, and you'll know size doesn't actually matter. Ahead, 25 game-changing small bedroom ideas.

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TREVOR TONDRO
Install Sconces

This pint-sized bedroom designed by is fle a few small space design secrets. First, the sconces, which don't take up any surface space since they're wall mounted. And next, the side chair, which can be pulled up as a bedside table when need be.

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Fantastic Frank
Use All Available Surface Space

One of the biggest challenges in a small bedroom is finding places to put all your stuff since the bed takes up most of the room. Be resourceful! Even a windowsill can provide extra storage space for decor, lighting, and other essentials when there's no room for an extra table.

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Studio DB
Go Wild With Wallpaper

It might seem a little much for a small space, but a bold, bright wallpaper can help cocoon your room and give it a jewel-box effect. You don't need to cover the entire wall to make a statement. Just choose a smaller nook to cover in a fun print, as boldly did in this bedroom.

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Fantastic Frank
Section It Off

Embrace the tininess of a space and make it extra intimate and cozy with a sheer curtain around the bed. Jazz up the walls with paint, artwork, or wallpaper to bring in personality without taking up space.

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Forgo the Headboard

Less is more, particularly in a small bedroom. Though there's not a lot going on, this minimalist bedroom projects a strong sense of personal style and easy living. That's thanks to the details, from the frameless round mirror to the wrinkled linen bedding and plain black metal side table.

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Pay Attention to Scale

Each item is carefully chosen to work within the small space. For example, the narrow bedroom table fits into the little nook perfectly, and since it's on the slimmer side, they made sure the two-tiered table on the other side of the bed offered extra surface space. Then, they went vertical with a gallery wall to draw the eye up.

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TRIA GIOVAN
Use Strategic Furniture

Lucite is your best friend in small spaces. This bedroom in Jennifer Miller's Hamptons home is another gorgeous example of how to make tricky preexisting quirks work for you. Miller opted for a lucite console table (look closely) for a hint of modern style that doesn't make the room feel too cramped. And it's just tall enough to slide over the radiator without taking up literal or visual space in the tiny room.

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Emily Henderson Design
Customize Your Headboard

The wall-to-wall upholstered headboard was custom designed by Brady Tolbert for to meet the homeowners needs function and style-wise. That's a guaranteed way to make sure your bedroom is everything you want it to be. In the case of small bedroom, a custom headboard with built-in nightstand saves tons of space.

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Douglas Lyle Thompson
Layer All the Linens

The bed in this guest room designed by Leanne Ford Interiors takes up pretty much the entire space, but rather than looking overly cramped, it looks like a stylish and fluffy cloud. The layers and layers of plush materials, tons of throw pillows, and neutral color palette make it work well.

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Toledo Geller
Use a Day Bed

Add a day bed and watch your bedroom double in size. If you don't have a designated guest room, this could also come in handy in your family room or home office that doubles as a guest room. In this space designed by Toledo Geller, it pulls out into a trundle bed for sleepovers.

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Tasmin Johnson
Use Multi-Purpose Furniture

In this bedroom designed by Tasmin Johnson, the nightstand doubles as a dresser. If you can only fit one piece of furniture inn your bedroom, make sure it's one that offers a few functional benefits.

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Maltsev Design
Use Bigger (But Fewer) Furnishings

It may seem counterintuitive, but outfitting a small space with just a few large-scale pieces (rather than a mishmash of pint-size furniture) can actually make it feel grander. Resist the urge to push all of your furniture up against the walls. If you create space behind the furniture, it makes the room look wider than it is.

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Downsize Your Bed

If you need to sacrifice your queen or even your double, don't fret. A twin bed still has plenty of potential to be your stylish dream spot. In this small bedroom designed by Arent & Pyke, the custom corner headboard upholstered with Kelly Wrestler fabric sets the tone for a room that stands out, no matter its size.

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Fantastic Frank
Put Everything On the Floor

Stay grounded and go frameless. Literally closer to the ground, this bedroom is simple, streamlined, and encourages wellness, rest, and inner peace.

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Paul Costello
Bring In Foldable Pieces

Can't fit an accent chair into corner to pile all your clothes on? Use a slim stool instead. This will the mess to a minimum, and even better if it's foldable so you can tuck to away when not in use. Decorated by , this bedroom is a great example of bold yet sophisticated and cohesive pattern play in a tiny space .

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Seth Caplan
Go Dark

Contrary to popular belief, dark colors don't necessarily make a room feel smaller—sometimes they even have the opposite effect, creating the illusion of an expansive space. he sandy hues blend so nicely with plum, both of which are sharpened by the inky wall paint. The linen bedding softens up the edgier feel of the black paint in this bedroom designed by Tali Roth.

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Hecker Guthrie
Shrink Your Headboard

You don't need a giant headboard taking up your entire wall. Instead, choose a skinnier, shorter headboard. That way, you'll save wall space for wall art or decor.

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Use Vertical Space

Built-in and low to the ground, this bed boasts an easy coolness. It was designed by Southern California-based Alexander DB, so no wonder it exudes that quintessential Cali cool charm. Then add a floating shelf to use your vertical space for displaying artwork and storing knick knacks.

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Tim Street Porter
Put Stuff Under Your Bed

In this bedroom by Martin Lawrence Bullard, the preexisting architectural quirks are played up by a graphic, linear wallpaper that contrast with the more traditional elements throughout the space. But the most genius element? This bed has drawers underneath for more storage when you're lacking closet space.

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James Merrell
Utilize Built-Ins

Built-in bookshelves give you extra storage space without having a chunky piece of furniture protruding into the room.This hot air balloon printed wallcovering brings a sense of dreaminess and movement to the small bedroom. It's a beautiful way to frame the wall of built-in shelves. Designer aptly describes it as both classic but imaginative.

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White, White, White

The more white the room is, the more light and airy it seems. Add dimension with subtle pattern and neutral accents, like these tan stools. See more at .

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Hecker Guthrie
Lean a Mirror

Now here's a bedroom that knows how to set a mood. With plush velvet seating, dark wood paneled walls, and classic landscape photos, this bedroom designed by Hecker Guthrie is a beautiful blend of classic and modern style. To make the room feel larger (and for practical reasons), lean a large modern mirror against the wall, as done here.

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Place Your Bed Against The Window

In a small bedroom, wall space is precious and should not be wasted. Plus, the window and curtains create a natural focal point. See more at .

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Alec Hemer
Add Mirrors

Fake space 'til you make space. Closet mirrors make this small bedroom feel larger than it actually is.

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Small Bedrooms Designed by Stephen Shubel
Luca Trovoto
Fake Bookshelves

creates the illusion of more space than you actually have room for. Bonus? Now you can save some money on an actual bookcase.

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