Anyone who’s ever had to go at it alone in a small apartment has a good sense of how to manage available space in a small bedroom.

You’re in this room, your clothes or dressers take up one part; your bed, makeshift futon, couch or something else takes up the sleeping space, and then you have …. what? A short path on one side of the bed or drawer and another path to the restroom or kitchen. You stare at the blank walls and one small window, and wonder how are you going to make this an enjoyable room, one in which you can spend time even in the quietest moments?

It’s not easy, but it’s doable. Here’s how:

Single types can strip their room down to bare essentials – a raised bed, bookshelves along the walls, use of mirrors, plants and a few throw rugs to open up the floor space. By keeping personal effects slight, a small bedroom can actually give the appearance of being larger than it is with strategically placed objects, lights and pictures.

Couples can work together on bedroom projects. One couple, chronicled at YoungHouseLove, decided to redo their bedroom, adding clothing wardrobes, curtains, new bed sheets and more to come up with a beautiful solution to a small apartment problem.

Families have a tougher time with the number of bodies in a small apartment, but with a little ingenuity about placing cribs or beds for the kids a certain way, moms and dads can save space for their kids as needed.

These are just a few of the small pointers. Thankfully, the Internet helps with suggestions at every click! Here are some easy-to-implement solutions for sprucing up your tiny bedroom.


Clearly, your twin, double, queen or king size bed will take up the most floor space. There are no easy ways around this. If you want a large bed to roll around in, you’ll need the floor space. Smaller beds take up less floor space, but they also limit your bed rolling.

One alternative is to raise the bed. By building a deck platform in the room and putting your bed onto the deck, you can free up all that space below to add a desk, sitting area and more. However, you may not be able to ever enjoy those nights when you just want to fall into bed. Your ladder walk up is always going to be the issue.

You can buy a loft bed kit online or find DIY ways to get the job done. Recommended for rooms with higher ceilings!

Bed Sheets & Comforters

When working within your small bedroom space, it’s important to take into consideration the light colors and light textures to open up the room’s appearance. Having light, ambient colors filling your bedroom can give you much needed peace and serenity after a long day of work. But light colors can smudge easier too.

Look around for possible color combinations that work for your room. If your bed faces the window and gets a lot of light, you may not need to have a bright yellow bed cover. There are plenty of duvets and comforters at to get a sense of how a particular bed sheet and comforter setting could help to restyle your room.


Do you have room for a shelf of books? Instead of using floor-standing bookshelves, which takes up valuable space, how can you add shelving higher up the walls to elevate your knowledge?

Built-in bookshelves higher up the walls can help free up crawling space for young babies and toddlers and help keep junior’s books in some reasonable shape. Often, the bookshelves lend a strong presence to the room’s overall aesthetic glow. Plus, shelves hold a lot of stuff, and that’s important in a small room.

Mirrors & Art

Most bedroom design experts suggest mirrors to open up visual lengths, widths and overall appeal. Apartment Therapy suggests using over-sized interior mirrors to expand the illusion of space in a small area. For instance, when a large mirror is placed directly opposite a window that streams in light, it can double the amount of light that comes into your room.

Other ways that mirrors can build space in your bedroom is to use dual mirrors on each side of the bedroom door. If the mirrors are balanced against the incoming light from a window, you might even be able to create a trifecta of light pattern in your room. And how sweet would that be?


Recessed lights into the ceiling are the best way to avoid lamp space on your floors. If you can do this, try to get a dimmer switch for separate lights throughout the room. Having a brighter reading light and a dimmer light near your dresser at the same time can create swell effects.

If recessed lights aren’t an option, think about clip-on lights placed strategically throughout the room. Varying shades of light, coupled with mirrors and light colors can do remarkable things to a room’s visual space.

A small bedroom may be a temporary item in your life, but for the time being, making visual and aesthetic adjustments in your space will optimize the light, color and overall appeal of your room. Remember, the more stuff you bring into the room reduces the size of your room that much more. So be particular and enjoy open spaces, and you’ll find that leads to more energy and goodwill spread throughout the room.