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THIS Is How You Choose Furniture For Small Bedrooms


Choosing furniture for small bedrooms can seem tricky at first. If you’re downsizing from a bigger apartment or home, trying to figure out if or how things will fit, may cause some anxiety and frustration. The truth is, half the work is already done for you. Your small space has already simplified the process by eliminating certain options and illuminating others.  This quick guide will show you what features to look for when shopping for small spaces and provide options to help you maximize space and gain more storage. The tips offered here, combined with your own personal style should make furniture shopping a fun and hassle-free experience. Let’s go!

First, Know Your Essentials – This Is Important.

You should have some idea of what items you want to incorporate in the room. Keep in mind that small spaces demand less stuff. So figure out exactly what pieces of furniture you absolutely need in your bedroom.  A bed (obviously), one or two nightstands? A dresser or a closet storage unit? A reading chair? a desk? Think about this carefully, assess your space and make a decision BEFORE you start shopping.


Start With Your Bed 

The bed is the most important piece of furniture in the room, and most likely the largest. Choosing the bed first will give you a better idea of the layout for the rest of your bedroom furniture. It will also help you maximize the remaining space.  Decide on what size bed you want or can accommodate. Don’t be afraid to choose a medium or large-sized bed, if your space would allow it. Large beds in small rooms look great. Just be mindful of the remaining space and the other items you want to include in your bedroom (this is why it’s important to decide on the number of items you need ahead of time). 

So What Type Of Beds Work Best For Small Rooms?

Beds That Visually Expand The Room

If you want to create the illusion of more space, go for beds with tall headboards or a four-poster canopy bed. These tall beds draw the eye upward, thereby creating the illusion of more space. 

Photo by Sissoni Home + Design

I found some stylish and cheap beds with tall headboards on Amazon. Of course, you can always get a basic bed base and purchase a tall headboard separately to achieve the same look and effect. Walmart has a modern, simple canopy bed starting at $200 that will go well with any decor. 
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Light-colored wood tones or white painted furniture helps to keep the room bright, but dark tones can work well too as long as there’s enough natural light coming through the room.

Beds That Provide Extra Storage

Beds with under-storage are a Godsend for small spaces and are really one of the best choices for small bedrooms. Beds with drawers and shelves help to maximize storage space while keeping the room tidy and clutter-free.
IKEA Decora

This bed a great for storing out-of-season clothing or extra sheets and pillows. Similar Bed Available on Amazon

Keep The Rest Of Your Furniture Trim & Compact 


With the bed out of the way, it’s time to choose the rest of your bedroom furniture. Look for furniture pieces that are trim and visually lightweight. These won’t overwhelm the space. Keep in mind that ‘trim’ doesn’t’ have to mean tiny. It just means that you should avoid bulky items. 

Look for furniture that’s raised a few inches off the floor with long legs.  These types of furniture occupy less visual real estate and help to create a nice flow throughout the room. When choosing a bedroom chair or desk chair, for example, one with fat rolled arms and thick cushions will seem too inflated. Instead,  pick one with skinny arms (or no arms) and a tight, upholstered back with slender legs. 


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Tip: Always look for ways to add more storage to your space.

Nightstands and desks with shelves or drawers are a great way to add extra storage space with just one piece of furniture.  Double-duty furniture is PURE GOLD for small spaces!

Try Transparent or Mirrored Furniture


Transparent furniture occupies less visual real estate. Its see-through design means that there’s nothing blocking your view from one area of the room to another. Mirrored furniture is great for reflecting light throughout the room, creating a bright and airy atmosphere.  Mirrors are best used for creating the illusion of more space. Try a mirrored vanity or desk or acrylic tables and chairs for your or workspace. (Found some  cheap acrylic chairs on Amazon).

mirrored bedroom nightstand end table



Choose Multifunctional Pieces

There’s nothing better than getting two items for the price of one.  You get to save money and space. Multipurpose furniture is really a must-have for small rooms. Look for pieces that can be used for more than one purpose to save on space. A bookshelf can be used as a room divider for studio apartments. A small makeup vanity can double as a stylish nightstand or even a work desk without sacrificing space.  If you’re in need of a work-space, then check out all the ways to carve out an office space in a small home.


This Bookshelf provides ample storage space and acts a beautiful room divider in this studio apartment.  Ikea’s ever-popular Kallax Shelf Unit will give you this exact look for $119.   The open shelves create a natural flow from one area of the apartment (the living room) to the other (the bedroom). Even though the room is divided, there is a natural continuum throughout the apartment. Open bookshelves are the best choice for small rooms because they help to spread light around and maintain a visual flow throughout the space.

That’s all there is to it. A few smart choices combined with your newly trained eye, and you’re ready to start creating a cozy, stylish and functional bedroom. 

 To sum up:

  • Place your bed first. Go for tall headboards or posts to create height in the room. Beds that offer extra storage is a great option for keeping things organized and avoiding clutter.
  • Trim, ‘leggy‘ furniture works best to create a light and airy space.
  • Transparent or mirrored furniture spreads light around the room and makes the room appear larger than it really is.
  • Multipurpose, multifunctional furniture pieces are your best friend. Use them wherever you can!




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