In smaller houses and cozy apartments, master bedrooms are often special in name only. But squeezing two full-grown adults into a room only a little bigger than the kids’ is no small feat. Still, having a small master bedroom is a reality that many of us have to face. Unless you’re willing (or even able) to knock back a wall, there aren’t many ways to bulk up your bedroom. That said, there are ways to maximize the space you have, in order to enjoy every inch without feeling a little cramped.
The first thing you should do is prioritize the bed in your bedroom. I’ve mentioned before that you should have a mattress that fits your room, which in small bedrooms probably rules out a king size. But that doesn’t mean that you should try to save space by opting for a bed that’s too small for the number of people sleeping in it to be comfortable. Some people roll around and thrash at night, and that means a bigger bed is necessary to not bother your partner. Having a bed that’s big enough should be a higher priority than any other decision you make when decorating a small master bedroom. You can make do without some of the typical bedroom amenities; you can’t make do with a too-small bed.
If you’re finding yourself with a larger bed and not space for much else, get rid of the nightstands on either side of your bed. Instead, you can install a wall-mounted or pendant light to read by at night that doesn’t require a surface to stand on and save a couple feet of critical bedroom space. These pendants have the added benefit of being a very modern fixture for contemporary bedrooms, making it perfectly in-style to make the switch. If you have a little remaining space, you can opt for smaller nightstands or shelves, and not worry about a bulky lighting fixture taking up all your surface space.
Another solution is to double up on furniture use. Instead of having an independent nightstand, use a piece of furniture that serves another purpose, like an office desk or a low dresser. This way, you get all the functionality of both pieces but save space by only having one. Dual purpose furniture can really help out a smaller bedroom by maximizing the use of the pieces you already have instead of acquiring more to serve the same function. And while too much screen time before bed is a no-no, setting up an office space in a small master bedroom is a good way to ensure you have privacy and won’t be disturbed by your kids while you’re working.
Your headboard takes up a lot of space, so it’s time to think about what it contributes. If you need more shelving, opt for a headboard that does double-duty as a storage unit. A headboard shelf can hold books, knick-knacks, or just your phone, while still maintaining the framing look for your bed. If your headboard’s purpose is purely decorative, you can also ditch the headboard entirely and use wall art or floating shelves to fill up the vertical space it leaves behind.
Your headboard is not the only space that can double as storage. Underneath your bed can be a treasure trove of storage space, whether in the form of built-in shelving or just a gap to fill. Store clothes, shoes, or bedding underneath for easy access and save space in your dresser or closet. Even just switching from a traditional mattress and box spring to a modern platform bed can give back all the space a box spring would have taken up, and let you use it for storage.
While a small master bedroom won’t give you much space to work with, using your space wisely can help you create a room that fits all of your things and lets you sleep comfortably without feeling crowded.