Small bedrooms can have a big impact with the right design. Whether you opt for the illusion of more square footage or embrace what you have, there are endless ways to make a small space livable and chic.
Here are 43 inspiring small bedroom ideas to try.
An incredibly tall canopy in gray linen with trim highlights the vertical space in the master bedroom of this renovated 400-square-foot East Village apartment. The coverlet is in a , and the carpet is by .
The beam-ceilinged master bedroom of Amanda Seyfried’s rustic Catskills retreat includes a bed, a bench from , and a rug from . The pendant light is by , and the beadboard walls are painted in .
For a graphic punch that's still playful, one petite bedroom of this kid-friendly Manhattan duplex features a bed by and a womb chair by . The futuristic pendant light is by , the map decal is by and the felt rug is by .
Light-catching white makes the small guest bedroom of this San Miguel de Allende, Mexico retreat feel open and airy. The four-poster bed is custom, and interior designer/owner Rela Gleason painted her mother’s vintage vanity table white; the basket is from Oaxaca and the throw is an antique suzani.
Spanish supermodel Eugenia Silva's breezy Portuguese beach house features clean white walls with bold accents of color. The beds in one guest room are topped with crocheted-cotton coverlets from Bulgaria, the wall hanging is Portuguese, and the multicolored tile floor is original to the house.
For a Silicon Valley family's woodland retreat - sans the rustic implications of a cabin in the woods - architect Cynthia Wang and designer Jamie Bush conjured a completely new take on the country house that brings urban cool to Sierra, Nevada. The minimally-decorated bedrooms feature built-in wooden closets and a desk to keep from eating into the floorspace with hefty furnishings.
In the bedroom of textile-designer Kathryn M. Ireland's Santa Monica home, a Barley Twist bed is topped with Indian bedding from her collection. The pillows and curtains are in her fabrics, the chair is by , the lamp is from , and the rug is by .
Retail guru Jeffrey Kalinsky's West Village townhouse maximizes the impression of space by keeping the use of color low to the floor in the master bedroom. A bed by Christopher Ostafin and a 1990s bench by Campion Platt fill out the space along with a circa-1950 chair by Illum Wikkelso from Hostler Burrows.
In the master bedroom of this colorful Upper West Side apartment, a Hästens bed is dressed in linens by and , the circa-1970 side tables are by , and the lamp is by Taylor; the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cinder Rose, and the photographs are by Marsha Lebedev Bernstein.
For fashion insider Meredith Melling and her family, designers Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro crafted a hip new take on classic Martha’s Vineyard style. The low-windowed master bedroom’s Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair and ottoman are from Modernica; the bed is dressed in a duvet cover from Parachute and a throw from L’Aviva Home, the chest is a custom design, and the rug is by John Robshaw.
In the master bedroom of this San Francisco art dealer's warehouse-turned-apartment, the broad headboard is covered in a fabric, the bed linens are by , the bedspread is antique Belgian linen, the walls are painted in ’s , and the artwork is by .
In a contemporary farmhouse in Los Angeles, the petite Italian seashell bed came from the owners’ former house in Europe, the mirrored side table is from , and the chandelier was found on .
An intimate guest room in the poolhouse of a 19th-century farmhouse contains a bed dressed in , a Swedish painted chest and a rug by ; the matchstick Roman shades are custom.
Tucked into a tidy alcove in Steven Gambrel's Art Deco apartment, this custom bed is upholstered in a fabric, while the houndstooth pillows are in a fabric, and the 1950s sconces are by Ignazio Gardella.
In John Robshaw's country home, the cozy guest room’s headboard, bedding, and curtain fabrics are all by Robshaw, and the walls are painted in Dark Lime by Benjamin Moore.
In Ninni Ryott's diminutive rural cabin, a tiny sleeping loft is fitted with a bedside stool from , and the white linseed-oil paint on the walls is by Kulturhantverkarna Färg.
In the guest bedroom of a Paris apartment, the custom forged-iron bed frame is finished in gold leaf and is dressed with pillows in Robert Normand and Lelièvre fabrics. The light fixture is a 1940 plaster bird sculpture, and the curtains are of a Pierre Frey chintz and Dedar fabric.
Inside a historic house in upstate New York, the grey-and-white guest room downstairs makes a case for the less-is-more approach. The bed is dressed in linens by , the side chair was found in India and the stool is from . The lithograph is by .
In Northern France, the daybed in this guest room is Louis XVI, and is the perfect, small-space alternative to a large bed frame. The side table in the same style is from the 19th century.
The custom bed in this Oakland, California guest room is a sleek twin size, maximizing floor space without sacrificing comfort. The linens are by Ralph Lauren Home, the floor lamp is by Original BTC, the rug is Persian, and the glitter-on-canvas artwork is by René Garcia, Jr.
In a tight guest bedroom in Paris, the custom day-bed, walls and curtains are in Pierre Frey fabrics. French doors flood the space with natural light, making the space feel larger.
In a young couple's monochromatic Swedish home, the master bedroom blends white and cool brown for a color scheme that makes the petite space feel more open and airy. The bed is by , and the lamp and stool are vintage.
The 18th-century sleigh bed in the master bedroom of a Paris pied-a-terre is covered in a Travers fabric; the 17th-century Italian wall sconce is from Galerie Sylvain Lévy- Alban.
In art and furniture dealer Ralph Pucci's Long Island beach house, a guest bedroom is characterized by whispers of grey and blue, which give the small space some big personality. The bed is dressed in bedding by , and a Bertoia chair is paired with a vintage Indonesian desk. The photograph is by .
In a couple's 19th-century villa high in the hills on the isle of Capri, even the home's smaller spaces offer an easygoing, contemporary retreat. In the tiny guest room, an installation of porcelain roses is by Art et Floritude. The marble tub is antique, and the floor is paved with travertine tiles.
In Ralph Lauren executive Buffy Birrittella's East Hampton home, the bed in the master bedroom is from the Sundance Catalog. It is dressed with linens and an antique American quilt. The blanket chest and Tramp Art mirror are vintage, the sconces are by Ralph Lauren Home and the bedside table is custom made.
Ceramist Amanda Moffat's Brooklyn townhouse has a big dose of personality with saturated colors, intricate patterns and an array of treasured heirlooms, and the attic bedroom is no exception. The trunk in the attic bedroom belonged to Moffat's mother, the bed is dressed in Coyuchi linens, the 19th-century chair is from John Derian and the walls are painted in .
New York City-based decorator Alex Papachristidis designed two twin beds, upholstered in a Mokum fabric, for the charming guest room in his London apartment. The side table is by John Dickinson.
In the historic 19th-century London house of Milan-based design duo, , a small guest bedroom's headboard, bed skirt, coverlet and wall covering are all of the same Braquenié cottons. The pillows are covered with 19th-century Fez broderie.