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How to Make a Small Bedroom Look and Feel Bigger

How to Make a Small Bedroom Look and Feel Bigger

Small bedrooms present a unique design challenge thanks to one essential yet large piece of furniture — the bed! Fortunately, even if you have a big bed in a tiny bedroom, there are many techniques you can implement to add a luxurious feel while creating the illusion of more square footage.

Keep reading to learn how to make a small bedroom look and feel bigger without busting your budget or sacrificing style.

How to Make a Small Master Bedroom Look Bigger

When you have little bedroom space, making the room seem as big as possible is essential. Luckily, there are budget-friendly ways to maximize and transform your space into a truly relaxing refuge.

1. Get rid of clutter.

If you want your bedroom to feel bigger, consider saying goodbye to unnecessary pieces cluttering up space. Bid farewell to those bedside tables, chunky wall decor items, dressers, and chairs you don’t use on a regular basis. By clearing out the excess, you’ll instantly open up precious floor space, making your room feel more expansive.

2. Refresh the walls with light colors.

Forget about dark and gloomy hues that suck the life out of your room. Instead, embrace the power of soft grays, blues, greens, and other light shades. Dark hues absorb light and make a space seem smaller. Softer shades work like magic, reflecting light to convert a room into a brighter, more spacious oasis. In short, stick to cool tones to super-size your space, but beware of warm hues that shrink its dimensions.

If you don’t want to paint floor to ceiling, focus on the trim! By painting your trim a slightly lighter color than your walls, you’ll create an optical illusion that draws the eye up and provides a vertical boost. This simple yet impactful technique for smaller spaces can transform your room’s entire vibe for a fantastic upgrade!

3. Downsize (or upgrade) where needed.

Next, you’ll want to ensure your bedroom furniture is well-sized for your space. If your room is tight on square footage, that king-sized bed might need to find a new home. Opt for a mattress that better suits your space and select furniture that plays well with its dimensions. Scale is key!

But fear not, kings and queens of big beds! There are still plenty of small bedroom big bed ideas. One of the best things you can do is look for a bed frame with exposed legs. Raising your bed off the ground creates an airy, open atmosphere. The more floor you reveal, the larger your room appears.

4. Revamp your storage solutions.

When learning how to maximize storage space in a small bedroom, built-in shelves are the way to go. For instance, adding built-in shelving around your bed is an excellent space-saving option. Not only does this design choice help you free up precious closet space, but it also creates an illusion of greater depth, making your room feel larger and more inviting.

Better still, consider a bed frame with integrated storage. Rent-A-Center offers a range of quality and affordable choices — like this multi-functional panel bed. This smart solution allows you to neatly store your belongings while adding a touch of elegance to your sanctuary.

If keeping items near or around your bed isn’t your preference, mounted shelves are another great option. These shelves attach directly to your walls, keeping your room clutter-free and creating more walking space. From books to frames to clothing, mounted shelves offer versatile storage options. In the end, a well-organized space creates the illusion of spaciousness to make your room feel larger than it actually is.

5. Be intentional with your decor.

An overly decorated small room can make a space feel cramped and uncomfortable. By being intentional with your design choices and bedroom accessories, you can enhance your space rather than detract from it. So, look around to see if there are any decor items that aren’t exactly essential.

Additionally, you may want to consider adding mirrors to your space since they reflect light and create more height and depth. When strategically placed—preferably opposite windows or light sources—they amplify the natural light in a room and bounce light around the space, giving the impression of additional square footage.

6. Embrace Natural Light

Natural light is an excellent (and free) way to create the illusion of a larger and more open environment. Leaving your windows bare can have the following benefits in expanding the feel of your space:

  • Amplify Visual Depth: When sunlight floods through the windows, it illuminates every nook and cranny, casting shadows and creating highlights. This interplay of light and shadow adds depth and dimension to the space, making it feel more expansive and engaging.
  • Expand Visual Boundaries: When your space is well-lit, the natural light becomes a focal point, pulling attention away from the walls and towards the outdoors. As a result, the room may look and feel more spacious.

Alternatively, if you prefer more privacy by covering your windows, opt for lightweight curtains that allow the sun to work its magic. By choosing these airy companions, you can ensure your small space won’t feel closed off or suffocating.

Transform Your Small Bedroom with Rent-A-Center

Living in a small space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort or style. With these tips, you can transform your tiny bedroom into a cozy and functional oasis.

And when it comes to furnishing your space, Rent-A-Center’s bedroom sets are a quick, convenient solution for maximizing your small bedroom space. Plus, our flexible payment options can help get what you want. See for yourself — shop online or stop by your nearest Rent-A-Center today!

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