Creative Small Bedroom Decorating Ideas for Any Budget

Shannon Quinn - March 15, 2021
If you have a fold-up desk and chair, it’s much easier to move when you need to. Credit: Shutterstock

11. Buy Fold-Up Furniture and Accessories

If you’re trying to decorate a small bedroom, one of the best tactics might be to find fold up furniture and accessories. For example, there are a lot of end tables that fold up and can be put away. Same goes with card tables, chairs, and so much more. When you have furniture that can be folded away, it becomes very easy and light to pick them up and move them whenever you need to. And they can often be talked away into a closet space.

Fold-up end tables are great for getting out of the way when you need to. Credit: Shutterstock

For example, my grandmother had a very small cottage near the ocean. And her guest room, the space was so tiny that you barely had enough room to walk around the bed. She had a director style chair that folded up. The chair was a place for you to put your suitcase, or sit if you needed to. It was sitting in front of the window, which got in the way if you needed to use that space. But it was easy enough to pick up the chair, fold it in half, and move when you needed to. This was a lot more logical than buying an actual piece of furniture that you wouldn’t be able to easily move from one area of the room to the other.

When all else fails, just put everything on the floor. Credit: Shutterstock

10. Put Everything on the Floor

When all else fails, just put everything on the floor. In Japanese homes, people sleep on the floor all the time. They will even roll out tatami mats when it’s time to sleep and put them away in a closet when they want to use the room for other things. This helps to make the room feel bigger in the daytime when you’re awake. It also ensures that the room never gets dusty. If you’re putting your bed away every night, there is no chance for dust bunnies to accumulate underneath the bed.

Having your bed on the floor is actually sort of convenient. Credit: Shutterstock

I can personally speak to sleeping on the floor, because I spent a few years having my bed on the floor after my bed frame fell apart and I was too broke to buy anything else. Having your bed on the floor helps make the room feel bigger, and gives you a lot more vertical space. There are definitely a lot of pros and cons to this lifestyle. It was perfect for what I needed at the time, and it made it a lot easier to move things when I need it too. However, there are plenty of people who need to step out of bed instead of launching themselves or rolling out onto the floor every morning. 

Some bedroom layouts need a bed against a window. Credit: Shutterstock

9. Put the Bed Against the Window (Even Though It’s Bad Feng Shui)

In feng shui, they say that you should never put your bed up against the wall, because they believe that your energy will be zapped out the window. Whether you believe it or not, this really could deplete your energy if the window has a draft. However, despite the fact that it’s bad feng shui, you can’t deny the fact that there are some bedrooms where it would make the most sense for you to just put the bed up against the window.

Even though it’s bad feng shui, your only option might be to put a bed against a window. Credit: Shutterstock

In certain bedrooms, having a bed up against the window actually works out for a number reasons. It could be the center of the room, and the only space where it’s possible for you to have room to walk on either side of the bed. Remember that it’s much better to give both sides of the bed space for each person to get in and out of the bed. And in the summertime, it might feel good to open the window and have a nice breeze blowing on your face to keep you cool.

Let your kids choose the color of their bedroom. Credit: Shutterstock

8. Let Your Kids Pick the Colors

If you’re looking for small bedroom decorating ideas because you’re helping to create a room for your children, ask them for input. Your kids are most likely going to have a favorite color, character, or theme that they are hoping for. As the parent, you might want every room to look stylish and match the rest of your house. However, your kids are only young once. They are much more likely to look back with fond memories if they had some kind of input in decorating the room.

Teenagers should have a say in the way they want their room decorated. Credit: Shutterstock

A great example of how to do this right is interior designer Nathan Berkus and his husband Jeremiah Brent. On their Architectural Digest house tour, you can see that they allowed their daughter Poppy to pick out her colors, wallpaper, and fabric that she wanted. At first, they didn’t know what to do, because they thought it was so drastically different than any of their interior design projects. There was so much pink, they thought it would be too much. However, it ended up being amazing. And since they helped their daughter with the design, it still looks like something out of a magazine. It’s totally possible for you to let your kids have their say in what they want, and still make it stylish.

It’s much better to bring the play room into the bedroom. Credit: Shutterstock

7. Incorporate the Kid’s Play Room

There are some parents out there who are determined to give their kids an entire playroom outside of their bedroom. So they might transform an extra dining room or basement space into the toy room. This is very generous of parents, and it comes from a place of love. But it often creates a lot of mess and chaos. And unfortunately, a lot of those toys and activities end up going untouched. If you were limited on space, it’s actually much better to keep your kids toys in their bedroom. You can create designated play areas in the room so that it feels like it is a play room and a bedroom in one.

This bedroom is small, but it has all of the girl’s toys. Credit: Shutterstock

When I was a kid, my mom made it a strict rule that we needed to keep our toys in our bedrooms. The rest of the house was her domain. Even without a designated play room, we still ended up with tons of toys and video games. My parents didn’t make a lot of money, but they received a lot of secondhand toys from friends, family, neighbors and thrift stores. We always had plenty to play with, and we almost never felt like we were doing without.

This bedroom is small, but all of its symmetry helps make the space look fabulous. Credit: Shutterstock

6. Use Symmetry Whenever Possible

Human beings are attracted to symmetry. In fact, there have been multiple scientific studies that prove it. Whether we’re looking at symmetrical faces, spaces, or aspects of nature, or brains simply like to see things that are well-balanced. So if you walk into a small bedroom and you feel like something is just not right, it’s most likely because there isn’t any symmetry in the room.

Remember to always have an end table on both sides of a bed. Credit: Shutterstock

The easiest way to create symmetry in a small bedroom is by putting the bed somewhere that has an equal amount of space on both sides. Next, add side tables to either side of the bed. Make sure they match, and that they are both the same size. You can also add two pieces of artwork, or two wall sconces on either side of the bed to create symmetry as well. Keep in mind that you don’t have to go overboard and spend a lot of money on this kind of project. Doing one or two things should be enough.

This is a very large bed, but it works in this small room. Credit: Shutterstock

5. Have Less Furniture in the Room (Even if it’s Bigger)

One of the biggest mistakes that I see people make in their bedrooms is by having too much furniture. If they have a small closet, they immediately think that they need an extra dresser to fit all of their clothes. And if there are two people sharing the room, it means that they have two small dressers. The list goes on and on. These small pieces of furniture end up cluttering a room, and it can be a huge disaster.

If you can fit a king sized bed, go for it. Credit: Shutterstock

If you want a small bedroom to feel bigger, it makes more sense to have larger furniture and fewer pieces. For example, if you can figure out a wardrobe system for you and your partner to share in one larger piece of furniture, it might actually take up less square footage than having two dressers in the room.

If you have a large enough renovation budget, a padded wall might work. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Consider a Padded Wall Instead of a Headboard

For some people, the suggestion of having a padded wall in the room makes them think about One Flew Over The Cuckoo‘s Nest. But in reality, a padded wall is actually something that you see in a lot of luxury hotels. Years ago, royalty covered their walls in fabric. This was seen as being far more luxurious than having wallpaper. 

This padded headboard extends beyond the bed. Credit: Shutterstock

Whenever you walk into a room with a padded wall, the immediate reaction everyone has is to say, “Wow”. However, this is going to be expensive, because it’s often something that often needs to be customized to fit the size of the room. But if you’re feeling crafty, and you trust in your own DIY skills, you may be able to create a padded wall of your own. They also sell peel and stick upholstered wall panels online, which is the most affordable option.

Long curtains help to make a room feel bigger. Credit: Shutterstock

3. Floor Length Curtains

One of the best tricks that you can use to elongate any space is by using floor length curtains. This works in any room in the house, but it obviously can also be a great idea for decorating a small bedroom. Instead of buying curtains that only cover the size of your window, find something that goes all the way to the floor.

Hide out the sun in the early morning with floor length curtains. Credit: Shutterstock

If you’re looking for inspiration, you can always find it on Pinterest. But one of the best examples I’ve seen of using curtain length to your advantage is on the Lone Fox YouTube channel. When he gave his apartment bedroom a makeover, he decided to go one step further and hang his curtains above the window frame, near the ceiling. Even when the room was totally empty, the curtains alone made a huge difference in how big the room felt before and after.

This bright, happy artwork is great for a small bedroom. Credit: Shutterstock

2. Choose Artwork That Pops

When you are designing a room, it’s important to pick the right artwork. Art should always reflect the owner of the house. And when it comes to the bedroom, there is so much that you can do to show the interests of the individual person. When you’re decorating a small bedroom, it’s important to have artwork that pops. In some cases, that means having something that’s bright, colorful, and eye catching.

Artwork doesn’t have to be colorful to make a big impact. Credit: Shutterstock

But it doesn’t always have to be colorful. Black and white artwork also works incredibly well. This is especially true if you can find an amazing and striking black and white photograph. And you can see in the photo above that this black painting is very cool, too. If you’re on a tight budget, consider making your own artwork. Remember that it doesn’t have to be expensive to be cool! 

Mounting the TV on the wall helped to clear up floor space. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Mount the TV on the Wall

If you believe in Feng Shui, then you might be a proponent of never putting a TV in your bedroom to begin with. However, if you’re the type of person who likes to cuddle in bed with Netflix, you’re going to want a TV in your room. The obvious move to save space would be to mount your TV on the wall. This can be accomplished with around $20, and the help of a friend.

By putting the TV on the wall, it’s now eye level with your bed. Credit: Shutterstock

Once your TV is mounted on the wall, you are immediately clearing up the floor space. It also eliminates the need for extra furniture, like a TV stand. There are even TVs out there like the Samsung Frame that are made to look like artwork when you’re not watching a show. The only downside to this is that if you’re renting an apartment, you may have to get permission from your landlord. And if the mount causes damage, you will have to patch the wall when you’re reading to move out.