How to Furnish a Small Bedroom

Texture. lighting and storage are all key.


Photograph by Jared Sych

One way to disguise a room’s small size is by using a variety of textures and materials in your furnishings. When it comes to small bedrooms, Carrie Hardiman, design consultant with interior design company Sturdy Design Co., has some other creative solutions as well. 

Hardiman suggests using light sconces or pendant lighting rather than floor or table lamps, and selecting a smaller bed and single nightstand, each with drawers for storage. “You don’t need to have this perfectly symmetrical room where you have a nightstand on either side [of the bed], with matching lamps on either side,” Hardiman says. “That can take up a lot of space, so maybe it’s one nightstand and one lamp.”

Albi Luxury’s Brigette Allensworth notes that a bunk system is an easy solution for small kids’ rooms. A lofted bed opens up space underneath for a desk, shelving, seating or a play area. 

A headboard outfitted with storage is a space-saving solution appropriate for any age. “Use a headboard that incorporates two bookcases, one on each side, and then a bridge between the two that kind of goes over the pillow area,” Allensworth suggests. “You will have the proper amount of storage without having a chest of drawers across from the bed or beside the bed.”


Photograph by Jared Sych


This article appears in the October 2017 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here. 


Edit ModuleShow Tags