How To: Make a Small Bedroom Feel Larger

Bedrooms are a space that you can transform into a tranquil haven to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day. Many bedrooms are small, which can make the transformation difficult, but never impossible. With clever storage solutions and top organization skills, you can achieve huge results even on a small budget.

There are several different things that you can do ensuring that you create a bedroom that is not only relaxing but beautiful. The top 10 tips and techniques that all homeowners should try in their bedroom are as follows.

1) Remove clutter:

This is one of the key things that you need to do when attempting to make a small space appear larger. You need to consider what is necessary for the bedroom, and what can be moved to another room. It may also be the perfect time to sort out all of your unwanted items, and throw them out altogether. This will not only increase the space in your bedroom, but make you feel fresh and organized which is essential.

2) Create an Area for Reading

This is a way of providing a relaxing space in a room that you should be able to unwind and enjoy. Although you may think smaller rooms need only to have a bed and wardrobe, with the correct design you can create a reading area. Multifunctional areas are excellent, and you will be surprised what you think of when designing the room.


3) Choose the Furniture Carefully:

Many people make the mistake of choosing huge pieces of bedroom furniture, which will instantly make the room feel smaller and cramped. The bed is the largest item, and you need to ensure that you do not go over the top. There are many smaller beds to choose that will enhance the room, and provide more floor space.

4) Maximize Wall Space:

You may never have considered furniture for the walls before, however, in smaller rooms his is the ideal way to achieve the look you want. You can choose wall hung night stands, and shelves to make sure you have plenty of storage. Use every possible wall, and you will be surprised how much space is left in the room.


5) Do Not Forget the Ceiling

This is an area that many people forget about, however, if you include the ceiling, you can make the bedroom feel far larger. Choosing a light color to create the illusion of space, or if you are adventurous you may want to think about a tray ceiling. These add another dimension to the room, and will make it feel more spacious.

6) Be Creative with Storage:

The more storage you can create the better it will be for your bedroom design. There are so many different ideas that regardless of your taste or budget you can have plenty of storage. Boxes, baskets, shelves, storage bins and multifunctional items will all help to keep things tidy.


7) Choose the Right Colors:

This is essential and can make a huge difference to the way that your bedroom looks and feels. Dark colors may be appealing, however the will make the room feel smaller, and can even be depressing in small areas. If you prefer darker shades, use them to accessorize the room alongside a lighter color for the walls.

8) Ensure Your Furniture is the Correct Size:

If the pieces of furniture in the bedroom are huge they will make the room feel claustrophobic. All furniture should be the correct scale to suit the room, and the more functions one piece has will be better. Choose core pieces, and make them work for the size of the room.

9) Is a Television a Good Idea?:

This is something that is debated a lot when designing a bedroom, for many people it is a personal preference rather than a requirement. If you want a TV in the bedroom, you should think about a flat screen one that can be wall mounted. Avoid TV’s that need to be placed on furniture, as this will take up valuable space.

10) Use Focal Points to Create the Illusion of Space:

You should leave one wall for a large piece of artwork if possible. This will draw attention away from the size of the room, and ensure that the positives are noticed rather than the negatives. Be imaginative, and choose a piece that is bright and will catch people’s eye.

Smaller bedrooms are a challenge; however, there are many things that you can do to make the bedroom feel inviting and larger. Use as many tips and techniques as you want, as all of them, will help with the lack of space.


Author Bio: Hank McKinsey is a SAHD and lifestyle how-to blogger from Clovis, CA. When he’s not working on the home or blogging, he can be found at the park with his dogs or in the kitchen. See what Hank is up to on Twitter!

One comment

  1. Bonnie Way · July 16, 2014

    Great tips! We just moved out of a place with tiny bedrooms, so we’re enjoying more space, but I still like space-saving ideas. We have a loft bed and a captain’s bed for our daughters, to maximize space in their rooms, and someday I’d love to get a captain’s bed for my hubby and myself (although they’re harder to find in king-size). Thanks for sharing!