Be Sneaky and Artistic: Tricks to Make Your Small Bedroom Look Spacious

When there’s a lack of space, small bedroom design is something that a lot of individuals want. But with just a small space, can you decorate that dreamy sanctuary that you’ve always wanted? Does your small bedroom space cramp your style? How can you make use of the available space that you have without wasting anything?

Don’t let the tiny size put you off.  Instead, try exercising your creativity and create character in your room with your art. Here are some of the wonderful tips and tricks which you can utilize to make your small bedroom look massive.

Choose the Right Mattress Size

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Picking the right mattress size can be a bit of bittersweet deal if you have a small bedroom. Large mattresses may be excellent for stretching out, but they can make a small room look completely confined. Picking a very large mattress for your small room can hinder you from placing other necessary furniture.

As a general rule of thumb, you need to leave at least 2 inches between the furniture and the wall, for easy movement and to keep the room from looking small.

You can incorporate your bed with a headboard which has a shelf or a built-in nightstand so that there’s no need for you to place a traditional nightstand.

Another option you can try is to place your bed on one side of your bedroom, instead of placing it in the middle of the room. It creates more movement, as well as a comfortable corner.

Think Horizontal and Accentuate the Height

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Reducing the color distraction on the floors, walls, and furnishings are some of the approaches in making a small bedroom appear bigger.

Also, if your room has a high ceiling, then do not hesitate to take advantage of it and select a tall bed to anchor your room. To execute this result, purchase a bed with a lot of architectural interest to boost height.

A bed without a footboard, which visibly identifies the end of the bed, assures that you would not be adding any amount of weight to space. You can also add horizontal wood planking to the walls that will trick your eye into thinking the room is more spacious than it really is.

Unleash the Artist in You

The art gives your vision something to focus on further than the physical boundary of the room and has the impression of expanding space. The art of hanging is one of the most simple approaches in making a room look bigger than it is.

There is no need to overload the walls in a room that is already small and the more you put stuff on the walls in a small room, the smaller the space will feel. Instead, pick a few larger fragments and install them around the room on different walls.

By doing this, it will make your eye move around the space, and you will observe the structural restriction less. Also, when hanging art above a bed, it is best to keep the art within the width of the bed itself and to dangle the accessory around 7 inches just above the headboard.

Hang a Beautiful Chandelier

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If you are more into classic beds with a footboard and a headboard, then great lighting is another approach to highlight the tall ceilings.

Hanging a ceiling fixture is an exceptional way to enhance the height in a room and make it bigger than it is because the chandelier draws your focus and makes your stare leap around the room. It is advisable to choose a fixture with a plain line that is big enough to establish a remark.

Conceal Extra Personal Belongings

It is vital to keep the room surfaces clear and have room to breathe. Furniture that has hidden storage is an excellent approach to keep your things clean and organized. It is always best to refrain from massive pieces such as leather storage benches that sit in the room, and it is better to select a footed bed with storage drawers.

A bed with built-in storage is like having a wardrobe, which will not visually congest the bedroom. Keep your bedding tucked neatly under the mattress to maintain the tidy look.

Establish a Pattern

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A careful application in a small room can help the flow of the space and can play tricks with your eyes into thinking that there is more to the room. Your room needs to have plenty of natural light and be very careful with the arrangement of the patterns.

Pass on placing a design on the bed, which can be heavy in a room with small space. The patterned window and rug method are harmoniously related which makes the aura of the room calm and not congested.


If you have a small bedroom, you’re not alone, because a lot of people consider it as one of the most typical bedroom decorating problems. Fortunately, there are many design tricks to fool the eye into seeing your space as larger than its actual size.

Designing your bedroom needs careful planning because, at the end of the day, that room of yours will be the safest place for you to sleep. So it is best to keep your room as comfortable as possible.

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Author’s Bio: Janis Walker lives in New York. Among her interests in life are writing and reading books. She is interested in beds and furniture, and she keeps tabs on some reputable sites like BedsOnline for her references. When she’s not busy, she usually takes her poodle for a walk in the park.