Turns Out There Are Multiple Ways to Lay Out Your Small Bedroom

Updated 10/08/18
Designs for Small Bedrooms
Helynn Ospina ; DESIGN: Nicole Newkirk for Homepolish

When you first walked into your small bedroom, it's possible that something along the lines of There's no way I'll be able to fit anything in there! popped into your head. Decorating a small bedroom—especially when queen beds and tons of storage needs are concerned—is not an easy task. But not everyone is lucky enough to be graced with sprawling sleeping quarters. In fact, as far as big cities go, bedrooms only seem to be getting smaller.

Just how do you work around your small space and make your layout work for you? We tested three very different designs for small bedrooms to show you that it's possible to arrange your bedroom furniture in multiple ways, even when your space is limited. Whether you're dead set on having a king-size bed or simply want a little desk space, we've got the layout for you. Roll up your sleeves because we have a feeling you'll be lifting heavy furniture in no time.

Fit for a King

Designs for Small Bedrooms — King Bed
Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Want a king-size bed but don't want to block the closet door? Don't be afraid to try it against the window wall, which can sometimes be wider. If the windows are symmetrical or the window is centered, it will create a nice balance in the room. Short on walls for a dresser? Try two smaller dressers flanking the bed in lieu of nightstands, especially when your bed is against the widest wall in the room. And if you have a little extra space at the foot of the bed, a narrow bench is always a great idea. Bonus: This room leaves plenty of space to walk around both sides of the bed—ideal for couples.

If you're short on space, swap bedside tables for wall-mounted shelves and trade bulky table lamps for sconces, which will free up your nightstands.

Queen of the Night

Designs for Small Bedrooms — Queen Bed
Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

This is the quintessential small-bedroom layout—a queen-size bed, two small nightstands, a dresser on the opposite wall, and a small accent chair, if space allows. If you're short on space, swap bedside tables for wall-mounted shelves and trade bulky table lamps for sconces, which will free up your nightstands.

Full-Size Only

Designs for Small Bedrooms — Full Bed
Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

This is a great layout for someone who doesn't need a large bed but would rather have more storage or a small desk in their bedroom. Don't be afraid to push the bed slightly to one side, but try leaving a foot or two to walk around to the other side. Mismatched nightstands are great in this scenario—you can even swap one for a small dresser if you have space. On the opposite wall, add a dresser, vanity, or desk—whichever you need most—and if larger rugs don't fit in your space, try a smaller runner on one side of the bed instead.

Caravan Pacific Alberta Table Lamp $500
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Room & Board Architecture Bed $1299
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R&R Horizon Stripe Rug
West Elm Stone Tile Rug $399
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wrap large black bench
CB2 Wrap Large Black Bench $449
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slice grey wall mounted storage shelf
CB2 Slice Gray Wall Mounted Storage Shelf $169
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Workstead Signal Sconce $875
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West Elm Vela Show Wood Chair $699 $450
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Blu Dot Clad 3-Door Credenza $2399
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Menu JWDA Concrete Table Lamp $200 $160
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Asplund Tati Desk $2585
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Blu Dot Last Chance Mirror $300
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end line runner 2.5'x8'
CB2 Eaton Ivory Geometric Runner $129
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