How to Make Small Bedrooms Look Spacious

Whether because of being pressured due to economic problems or by personal choice, many Americans have downsized or are in the course of downgrading your house to keep up with the financially challenging times.

As Americans began feeling the effects of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, many of them joined the tiny house movement. Many US households sold their homes with an average land area of around 2,600 sq. ft. and moved to smaller ones having only an area between 100 and 400 sq. ft. Aside from economic reasons, aging population, desire for greener surroundings and the growing trend of de-cluttering and minimalism are among the reasons why many Americans decided to transfer to smaller home spaces.

Make small rooms look big

Shifting to tiny houses means less spacious bedrooms. You might feel claustrophobic or short of breath because of the constricted space. From a huge sleeping nest, you are now squeezing yourself into a limited space. But with a few straightforward and practical design changes outlined below, you can create extra space or at least an illusion of it in your smaller living space.

1. Save some space.

Bring in shelves, drawers or containers to store your things. You can also buy a desk or stand with plenty of drawers or a seat with storage. Or, ask a carpenter to redesign your bed by adding an under-bed storage.

2. Place plenty of mirrors.

Mirrors create depth and doubles that make the illusion of space. They act as additional windows that bring additional lighting inside the room.

A room with many mirrors, lamps and drawers. Source:

5 Design Tricks on How to Make Small Bedrooms Look Spacious

3. Light up your room.

Flooding your room with light can make it look spacious. During the daytime, bath your room with sunlight.  At night, using soft lighting that emanates from various directions can blur the edges of your room, which makes it appear larger than before. You can also soften your overhead light by using a lower wattage bulb and a frosted shade for a cozier ambiance.

4. Paint your room with cool, bright colors.

Color choice can affect how we see our bedroom. Paint it with white or lighter shade of cool colors such as blue or green, which can add come visual space. You can also use stripes on the walls.

5. Draw the eye upwards.

Emphasizing on the height of your room can make its space look larger. This visual trick can be done by hanging a chandelier in the middle or using a bed with four posts.

Just like magicians and illusionists tell you, your eyes can be fooled. A well-designed tiny bedroom and its interiors can make it seem larger than usual.

5 Design Tricks on How to Make Small Bedrooms Look Spacious