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Small Bedroom Ideas: The Best Ways to Maximize Your Tiny Space

Updated Dec 11, 2022
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Small bedrooms pose big challenges, particularly if you’re short on closets or if you need to fit in a home office. That’s why we asked five design and organizing experts for advice on getting the most out of a tiny bedroom, then tested decor in a 250-square-foot New York City apartment. Whether you want a storage bed, a compact nightstand, or a room divider, the 19 items we recommend should help maximize your small space.

IKEA Malm, best storage bed


Best storage bed
This affordable bed was the only one we found that lifts up to provide lots of storage inside when you don’t have enough clearance for pull-out drawers.
We recommend
Oeuf Perch Loft Bed, an adult-friendly loft bed

Oeuf Perch Loft Bed

An adult-friendly loft bed
This loft bed is the most stylish one we found and one of the few that’ll accommodate a full-size mattress.
We recommend
Blu Dot Modu-licious Queen Bed, a customizable, showpiece storage bed

Blu Dot Modu-licious Queen Bed

A customizable, showpiece storage bed
High in quality and style, this pricey storage bed is the only one we found with so many customizable features—pick from three woods and six drawer colors.
We recommend
IKEA Nordli , best small nightstand

IKEA Nordli

Best small nightstand
This sleek nightstand fits into a small bedside space but still offers a deep drawer and it’s better at hiding devices (and their cords) than most others we found.
We recommend
Umbra Bijou Floating Shelf Cubby, best wall-mounted nightstand

Umbra Bijou Floating Shelf Cubby

Best wall-mounted nightstand
Chic and affordable, our favorite wall-mounted cubby will hold your bedside necessities without using any floor space.
We recommend
Andover Mills Sanner Fold-Away Floating Desk, best compact desk

Andover Mills Sanner Fold-Away Floating Desk

Best compact desk
This sturdy wall-mounted desk is big enough to hold most laptops but folds up to the size of a large briefcase. It’s one of the only folding desks we saw that has storage for papers and pens.
We recommend
Zipcode Design Eddie Floating Desk, best drop-leaf table

Zipcode Design Eddie Floating Desk

Best drop-leaf table
This affordable drop-leaf table is the best way to easily and cheaply squeeze a workstation into almost any nook.
Budget friendly
West Elm Ladder Shelf Desk , best leaning desk

West Elm Ladder Shelf Desk

Best leaning desk
This stylish desk was the only one we found with top shelves, and the leaning design helps take advantage of unused wall space. It also offers the option to buy a matching bookcase, so it’s more versatile than others we considered.
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Onefortythree Wallace Lamp, best swing-arm lamp

Onefortythree Wallace Lamp

Best swing-arm lamp
This space-saving lamp is easier to hang and comes in a wider variety of finishes than other swing-arm designs we tested. The arm and shade adjust so you can angle the light perfectly for reading.
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Andrew Neyer Goodnight Light, for a soothing glow

Andrew Neyer Goodnight Light

For a soothing glow
Halfway between nightlight and lamp, the Goodnight Light casts a softer glow than traditional reading lights. The striking shape, touch sensor, and heavy base elevate it to a tiny design statement.
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IKEA Kallax, best room divider with storage

IKEA Kallax

Best room divider with storage
This iconic bookshelf offers more storage for the price than any other we found and doubles as a room divider.
We recommend
CB2 3.14 Bookcase, a statement bookcase

CB2 3.14 Bookcase

A statement bookcase
This unique bookcase is large enough to divide a room and is more stylish than any other we considered, so it’ll be an eye-catching centerpiece in a small room.
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Room Dividers Now Tension Rod Room Divider Kit, the most versatile curtain room dividers

Room Dividers Now Tension Rod Room Divider Kit

The most versatile curtain room dividers
The spring-loaded tension rod that comes in this kit was easier to install than any other style we tried and comes with a luxe-looking, heavyweight curtain in 16 colors and patterns.
We recommend
George Oliver Valerio Upholstered Storage Bench, best small storage bench

George Oliver Valerio Upholstered Storage Bench

Best small storage bench
This tufted mid-century–style bench is slim enough for the end of the bed and looks more expensive than it is.
We recommend
Seville Classics Foldable Storage Bench Ottoman, best collapsible storage bench

Seville Classics Foldable Storage Bench Ottoman

Best collapsible storage bench
This collapsible bench assembles in seconds and offers ample interior storage for a fraction of the price of any other we considered.
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The Container Store Industrial Pipe Clothes Rack, a heavy-duty garment rack

The Container Store Industrial Pipe Clothes Rack

A heavy-duty garment rack
This rolling garment rack handles more weight than other racks and it’s the only one we tested that also has hooks to store extra accessories.
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