15 Clever Ways To Make A Small Bedroom Look Bigger

Your bedroom should be your haven - it’s the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see before you close your eyes at night. Having a smaller room should never stop you from having a space that promotes calm and relaxation.

So, if you’re tight for space in your bedroom, here are some clever design tricks to fake the square footage and create the illusion of a larger, brighter, airier room.

1. Mirror mirror

Having a large, preferably tall, mirror in your room that the light bounces off is an easy way to make your space appear larger.

2. Fitted furniture

A clutter free space will always appear bigger, so fitted furniture that conceals your belongings is the perfect solution. And, when it’s fitted to your space, there are no gaps or wasted space.

3. Fitted shelving

Fitted shelving, particularly in alcoves or around your bed is an excellent way to create storage in a smaller space.

4. Use vertical spaces

When decorating, opt for vertical panelling or vertical stripes to draw the eye upwards and make the room look taller.

5. Slim furnishings

Similarly, if you have desks or chairs in your bedroom, select smaller, slimmer pieces that don’t dominate the space.

6. Swap table lamps for wall lamps and sconces

Large lamps can look bulky and take up much needed space, so instead choose wall mounted lights and sconces and keep them close to mirrors to create depth.

7. Floating bedsides

Bedside tables can be swapped for shelves or floating variations that have space above and below. 

8. Hints of colour

Colours that make rooms appear bigger are ones that tend to reflect the light - like white or light grey or cream. But that doesn’t mean you should stray from colours if that’s part of your decor style. If you do want to incorporate colour, keep it light and subtle and stick to a limited colour palette.

9. Paint skirting boards and trims a lighter colour than the wall

This is an optical illusion that creates depth in a small room.

10. Keep things low

Furniture that’s lower to the ground, particularly when it comes to your bed, creates space above and will make your room look bigger.

11. Exposed legs on furniture

When shopping for low furniture, look for pieces with slim, exposed legs so that you can create some space below, as well as above. If you do this, you should ensure the space below your bed is kept free of clutter.

12. Art and prints should be small

Large pieces of art can be overwhelming in a small space, so go for smaller prints and pictures. 

13. Keep soft furnishings to a minimum

Pillows and blankets are great for making your bedroom feel cosy but in a smaller space, can just look like clutter.

14. Don’t let the curtains hit the floor

Excessively long curtains can cut off the flow of the room and if you don’t have especially high ceilings, it can make your room look shorter and cramped.

15. Ditch the patterned bedsheets

Your bed will likely be the largest piece of furniture in your room, so brightly coloured patterned bedsheets will only highlight just how large it is. If you do want something patterned go for one that’s subtle with a limited colour palette.


If you have a small room and want some ideas on how to make it look larger, clutter-free and relaxing, you can book a FREE, no obligation chat with a Sliderobes designer who will share their expert tips with you. 

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