15 Ways to Decorate A Small Bedroom On A Budget

Are you struggling to make the most of the limited space you have in your bedroom? Do you want to change things up in your room while sticking to a budget? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.

A small room can sometimes, quite frankly, feel unlivable and unattractive.

But this is not to say that it will always remain that way.

In fact, with a few tips and tricks, space can be transformed into a chic, aesthetic and functional room. All you have to do is be creative and put in the work.

Some people might find this task daunting because of their bedroom’s compact size, but the truth is that decorating such a space is actually pretty easy. Read on as we share some tips that will help you achieve your small bedroom goals!

1. Keep The Color of the Walls Neutral

One of the most subtle ways to make a room look bigger is by painting the walls in neutral and light pastel or white shades.

Most small bedrooms already tend not to have windows where natural sunlight can come in, so this would be a clever way of adding some light.

Though painting may be slightly costly, it will be worthwhile. If your bedroom already needs a paint job, consider giving it a basic light and neutral color.

2. Or Add Vibrant Wallpapers

On the other hand, if neutral does not sit well with you, you can go towards the opposite end of the spectrum.

Go bright and bold by adding vibrant wallpapers, but don’t go too crazy with them because they can give the impression of a smaller room.

We recommend adding bits of bold wallpapers on neutral walls to give a contrast that will amp up the aesthetic while concealing its tiny size. Alternatively, covering small nooks of the room with wallpaper can also help you achieve that.

3. Add in a Full-Length Mirror

Every home decorator will tell you that the easiest and least costly way of making your room appear bigger is by adding a full-length mirror.

Use the art of deception to your advantage through this handy decorating tip of leaning a mirror against your room wall. It helps to create an illusion of a bigger room because of the reflections.

You don’t need to go for a fancy mirror, as long as it is full length. You could even consider installing these mirrors in your closet if your budget allows, which will also create more space in the room.

4. Avoid Stacking Too Many Pillows

Stacking a lot of pillows is a great tip to add aesthetic to your room and make it look cozy. But this is provided that the room and bed are large; if not, it can give the impression of being too overcrowded.

Instead, we recommend you opt for a more minimalistic look for your bed, especially if you have a single or smaller sized one.

Perhaps add only one or two pillows to the bed, but those with a striking appearance. You could even throw in a duvet on the bed to make it look cozy and contrast with the bed and pillows.

5. Add a Pop of Color

As mentioned earlier, bold colors on neutral surfaces are an affordable and accessible trick that instantly amps up the look of a room nicely.

This is especially true for smaller bedrooms, as the contrast can help make them appear larger. Therefore, add pops of color throughout your room with the help of paintings, wallpaper, bright colored furniture, and so on.

Another decoration tip is to use neutral or white foundations, such as walls, chests, or nightstands, and add vibrant pieces to them. For example, adding a bright colored knob on a white chest is a subtle trick to make the chest beautiful.

6. Use Clever and Creative Storage Techniques

The internet is filled with a myriad of creative storage hacks that seamlessly blend with a room and double as storage pieces. Make Pinterest your best friend, and you’ll find tons of different storage hacks for your small bedroom.

For example, you could get empty crates from any local bar or farmer’s market for cheap and use them to give your room a rustic look.

Place plants, books, miscellaneous items, and decorative pieces, and voila! You’re serving two purposes through affordable pieces.

7. Make Use of the Walls

Again, it’s all about creating an optical illusion. Hence, consider making use of your bedroom walls to hang shelves, wall-mounted lights, and paintings.

Wall-mounted lights tend to take up less space compared to standing lights. Those might also require you to buy nightstands, which can get costly and take up a lot of space.

You could instead just mount the lights on top of your headboard. Similarly, installing shelves on the walls is an affordable and easy way to make space in your room to place your decoration items, books, and other pieces.

8. Use All Available Space

This goes without saying, but with a small bedroom, it is imperative that you use every bit of available space you can get.

This is not to say that you stuff the room with furniture or line each wall with shelves or furniture pieces.

The biggest issue with small bedrooms is that you cannot find space to place all your items.

This can be alleviated if you are clever about the available space in your room; for example, make use of the windowsill and place your items there.

9. Use Multipurpose Furniture

An affordable decoration hack is to use furniture that serves multiple purposes.

For example, getting a bed with drawers at the bottom; so the bed can double as a storage area.

Moreover, consider installing nightstands that double as dressers, study tables that double as dressers, and so on.

Make sure that each piece of furniture in your room is functional and preferably serves more than one purpose.

10. Incorporate Foldable Furniture Pieces

Can’t fit a chair or table in your small bedroom? Well, no problem.

Consider getting foldable chairs and tables instead. You can simply take them out and unfold them as and when needed, and neatly fold and tuck them away when you’re done.

Not only do they help create more space, but foldable furniture pieces also tend to be cheaper.

11. Add Built-In Furniture

As we mentioned earlier, making use of the walls by installing fixtures and shelves is a great way to create space for functionality.

Similarly, look for built-in furniture that you can incorporate into your room.

Since they don’t protrude in the room, they will frame the wall and serve a useful purpose.

Make sure not to overdo it with too many built-in fixtures because that could make it look cramped and stuffy.

12. Place the Bed Next To Or Underneath a Window

A window is an excellent resource for small bedrooms, and sometimes one that unfortunately does not exist in these types of rooms.

If you got lucky and have a window in your room, we recommend placing your bed either underneath it if it’s high. If not, then place your bed next to it.

This creates a natural focal point in your room and makes it look more spacious.

13. Add a Murphy Bed, Day Bed, or Turtle Bed

A Murphy, turtle, or folding beds are great additions to a small bedroom because they are small and serve multiple purposes.

If you need to use the room for other work, this can also be especially useful.

For example, during the day, they can be used for lounging, and when it’s time to sleep, they can be retracted and turned into comfortable beds.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could also make a DIY retractable bed yourself!

14. Decorate With Wall Art

Add patterns, textures, shelves, hangings, and whatnot to your walls.

This will serve a myriad of various purposes, with the most prominent being functionality, aesthetic, and impression of a larger room. If you leave your walls blank, they will look bland and boring.

The aim is to make your small bedroom look chic and spacious. Hence, wall art can help create a focal point in your room and bind everything together.

15. Use Ceiling to Floor Curtains

Using long, sheer, and flowy ceiling to floor cushions will create an optical illusion that will help make your small bedroom appear more prominent.

Not only that, but these types of curtains will look cozy and intimate.

They will also help bring continuous natural light to your room if you get the sheer ones.

All in all, ceiling to floor curtains are an affordable way to make your room beautiful, bright, and big.

Final Words

The main trick behind decorating a small bedroom is to give an optical illusion through aesthetic pieces of furniture.

These items need to look good, serve a purpose, and help make the room larger and spacious. All of this is not hard to do if you do it smartly.

There are tons of DIY beds, nightstands, and shelves you can make at home- thus making most of these tips budget-friendly as well.

We hope that you found these tips helpful. If you have any more questions, feel free to let us know, and we’d be happy to get back to you!

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