23 Small Master Bedroom Design Ideas and Tips
While many new homes these days have large master bedrooms, not all homes were or are built with large master bedroom spaces.
In fact, arguably, investing so much square feet into a master bedroom isn’t very economical given most of the time spent in a master bedroom is sleeping. It seems to me, if you can only build so much square feet, it’s better to allocate more square feet to a living room or kitchen than a bedroom.
Fortunately there are many ways to overcome a small master bedroom. The biggest obstacle is usually storage. The key is incorporating sufficient clothing storage. The next obstacle is decorating the bedroom so it looks bigger than it is (although this is secondary to sufficient storage).
Our extensive article begins with tips for decorating a small master bedroom space. The second part of this article is a photo gallery showcasing nicely decorated and designed master bedrooms.
15 Tips for Decorating a Small Master Bedroom Space
Additionally, you can make the bed, which is the largest piece of furniture in the room, the focal point with decor items and or eye-catching nightstands that flank the bed.
2. Clothing storage: It helps tremendously if you have adequate closet space in your master bedroom to keep the small bedroom space clutter (clothing) free. If you lack closet space, invest in dresser drawers and/or a wardrobe.
3. Beds with storage: Night stands are great, but if you can find a bed with a headboard that includes shelving space to serve as a night stand, you can free up much-needed bedroom space. You also want a bed with storage underneath.
This bed is a perfect example that offers both a headboard with shelving and drawers underneath.
4. Adequate ceiling lighting: Since you’ll have limited space for lamps, ensure you have adequate ceiling lighting with a dimmer. Ideally you’ll have ceiling lights that offer overhead illumination for reading in bed.
5. White or light colors: White walls makes spaces look larger. By all means add an accent wall, wall art and other colorful additions, but make the dominant color white or off-white.
6. Ottoman or loveseat at the foot of the bed: One way to create the impression of a larger space and offering a place to sit in a cramped master bedroom space is to place a sitting ottoman (preferably a storage ottoman for more storage) or loveseat at the foot of the bed. Of course, only do this if you still have sufficient space to walk past the foot of the bed.
7. Dresser/bookshelf combo for night stand: If you decide and have space for a nightstand, consider getting something with maximum storage – drawers, table top space and then shelving to the ceiling.
8. Built-in storage beside and above the bed: If your budget allows, you can set up massive storage systems that wrap around your bed that includes shelving, a wardrobe, dresser drawers, etc.
9. Sleeping Loft: If space is very tight, consider building a loft for sleeping quarters which frees up storage/sitting space below.
10. Large mirrors: While I’m not a fan of large mirrors in living rooms, they’re highly functional in bedrooms and create the perception of a larger space. Go for large, mirrors on closet/wardrobe drawers.
11. Huge canopy bed: One approach is to have a large canopy bed in your small bedroom space. This can give the illusion of a larger space because the bed appears so large.
12. Nesting tables for nightstand: If you don’t like the idea of a massive shelving or headboards for nightstands, use nesting tables.
13. Round furniture: If you have a nightstand, consider a round nightstand table. Round furniture takes up less floor space and is easier to walk around.
14. Color consistency: You can choose a color that you incorporate throughout the room with pillows, quilt/bedspread, wall, flooring, etc.
15. Nooks: Nooks create more space – they can be anywhere including above the bed. See image #3 below.
16. Large windows: If you have the choice or luxury to add large windows to your master bedroom, this will make it appear larger.
17. Low bed: A lower bed such as a low platform bed creates more space which can make the bedroom look larger.
18. Minimalist decor: Go with the pure basics and leave as much space as possible. See #19 below).
19. Accent section: Create the illusion of more space by creating an accent section or corner so it looks like a room within a room. See #23 below.
My favorite small bedroom design tip: Built-in storage that wraps around the bed and includes shelving to serve as a nightstand. I think this is the best way to create sufficient storage and it can look great too.
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Here’s a terrific example of incorporating one color/pattern throughout the room to create the illusion of a larger space. The textured accent wall helps too. Shop this look at Wayfair.
2. Round Nightstand
Here’s an example of a round nightstand table that is unobtrusive yet looks great in this small bedroom. Shop this look at Wayfair.
3. Bedroom Nook = More Space
Above is a terrific example of how a nook can create the illusion of a much larger space.
4. Throw pillows
Throw pillows help make the bed a focal point and take one’s mind off size of the room. Of course the downside is you must make it up each day.
5. Small bedroom with large canopy bed
Notice how the gargantuan canopy bed makes the bedroom look larger than it is. Granted the above is not a terribly tiny bedroom, it’s not huge and certainly looks bigger with the canopy bed.
6. Ottoman at foot of bed
The ottoman (or small loveseat) is a fabulous way to create more usable space and make a master bedroom seem larger (assuming the room does have enough space for an ottoman or small loveseat at the foot of the bed).
7. Large windows
Notice how the large window makes the bedroom look so much larger. This bedroom was designed by Denise Macedo Architects. See the rest of the home here.
8. Built-in Wardrobe wherever possible
9. Full Wall Floor-to-Ceiling Storage
Adding full wall, floor-to-ceiling storage units is a very good use of bedroom space, especially smaller master bedrooms.
All white master bedrooms can give the illusion of looking larger than they are. Shop this look.
11. Low Bed
The lower bed creates more space giving the impression of a larger master bedroom. Shop this look here.
12. Master bedroom with chairs and mirrors
One would think adding more furniture would be bad, but I really like how this smallish master bedroom placed chairs on each side of the bed next to the small round nightstands. Moreover, this bedroom is made to appear larger with the use of massive mirrors flanking the bed. Finally, check out the ottoman at the foot of the bed. There is a lot going on here, but all of it put together results in creating a terrific master bedroom design in a small space. Shop this look at Wayfair.
13. Storage nightstands
The nightstands above flanking the bed are ideal for small bedrooms because they provide drawer storage, a surface for nightstand elements such as an alarm clock, books, magazines, tablet, mobile phone, etc. and then there is shelving above. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
14. Storage Above Bed
Here’s smart use of wall space above the bed which allows for more storage. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
15. Sloped Ceiling Bedroom
When you have a sloped ceiling in your bedroom, it’s a good idea to place the head of the bed under the lowest part of the ceiling.
16. Low Bed in Loft Space
Here’s another example where a low bed creates a larger looking space. This is also a great example of how white makes a space look larger. Finally, look at the pillow arrangement – it attracts the eye so you don’t notice how small the room is.
17. Efficient built-in storage solution
This is a terrific example of how to maximize the wall space surrounding and above a bed in a small bedroom. Source: Freshome.
18. Horizontal wall pattern surrounding the room)
I love the horizontal soft striped effect in this master bedroom. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
19. Minimalist Bedroom Design (Scandinavian)
20. Fabrics and Textures
21. Floating Bed(s)
Okay, you don’t have to go the bunk bed route for your master bedroom, but the floating bed is ideal for small spaces. It looks awesome too. Designed by Bates Masi Architects. See more of this home here (it’s awesome).
22. Built-in wardrobe and shelving around the bed
23. Accent Corner
This is a very interesting idea for creating the illusion of more space in a small master bedroom. You create an accent section or corner so it appears as a room within a room. Designed by ARS-IDEA.