10 Ways To Make Your Small Bedroom Feel Bigger

Published On 09/22/2015 Published On 09/22/2015

So you've landed a sweet new apartment with all the amenities you could ask for, but there's just one small problem: the bedroom. Because, seriously, it's absurdly small. These days it's more and more common for big city renters to find themselves paying boatloads of money just to live in a 8x10 glorified walk-in closet. While these 10 simple tips won't magically increase the size of your bedroom, they will help make it feel bigger. 

Sometimes you've just gotta fake it 'til you make it. 


Paint your walls and ceiling a light color

Bright colors reflect light better, making a room feel larger and airier. Stick with neutral colors, pastels, or white. Otherwise, you're going to end up in a weird, dark hovel that only feels cozy if your hobbies include "sleeping for days" and "enjoying endless solitude."


Leave a bit of space on each side of your bed

It's a bit counterintuitive, but putting your bed flush against a wall will actually make your room feel more cramped. Instead, leave some open space on either side. It allows for more light to infiltrate the area and gives you space for a bedside table, so you can impress potential sexual partners with your design acumen. 


Blinds > curtains

So you're in Home Depot and you've reached one of life's most mediocre philosophical conundrums: blinds or curtains? Blinds are almost always the way to go. They take up less space in the window while letting in more light, but with the same amount of privacy as curtains.


Use shelves for smarter storage

Shelving can work wonders for a small room. Hanging shelves higher up near the ceiling makes a room appear taller, while floor to ceiling shelves will maximize your storage space. If you don't know what kind of shelves will work for your room, don't fret. Pinterest has about 3,000,000 ideas to bite from. 


Arrange your items and objects by color and size

This won’t actually save you any physical space, but it’ll give the illusion of less clutter by presenting organization. And illusions are awesome. Haven't you see David Blaine?


Use multiple lamps for lighting

Multiple lights create different focal points in a room and highlight key areas, making it seem bigger and independently sectioned. Almost all rooms come standard with a ceiling light, but the glow is a bit ominous and sterile at best. A better option? Some lamps, a line of Christmas lights, maybe a boudoir full of plastic battery operated candles... whatever you're into!

Opt for furniture with raised legs

By raising your bed up and/or purchasing bedroom furniture that has high legs, you’re allowing more light to get underneath and highlight those spaces. Also, who the hell buys chairs without legs? 

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Invest in multifunctional furniture

Any singular item that can perform multiple tasks is well worth your money (read: Transformers, Beast Wars, Heelys). Many furniture designers have started catering to hole-in-the-wall apartments with items that save space and serve a plethora of purposes, like this couch/bed/coffee table. What a time to be alive. 


Hang mirrors by windows

Need more light? Put a mirror beside or directly across from your window. It will reflect the natural light, brighten your space, and give the illusion of a second window so the room feels bigger.


Go easy on the art

Art is a great addition to any room; it makes people think you're more cultured and allows you to use words like "supermodernity." Opt for one large piece to create a strong central focal point and keep your wall space clean and minimal. Having a lot of smaller pieces can make a room feel more busy and cluttered, which is decidedly not a pillar of supermodernity. 

Alex Robinson is an editor at Thrillist who once built a bedroom from scratch and lived in it for three years. It was not ideal, but was kinda postmodern. Check him out on Instagram

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