How to Organize a Small Bedroom: 10 expert tips

October 25, 2023

According to science, we all spend a whole lot of time in bed – a whopping one-third of our life, in fact! And if you’re spending that time in a bedroom that feels cramped, cluttered and much too small, you could probably be living – and resting – a whole lot better.

Small bedrooms don’t need to be an annoying inconvenience; in fact, they can be an intriguing design challenge. With the right frame of mind and a little creativity, there's a light at the end of the tiny-room-tunnel. If you want to make the most of a small bedroom, we’ve got expert tips on how to seamlessly blend functionality with style to organize and beautify even the smallest spaces. So, prepare to reclaim your space and transform your tiny bedroom into a tranquil, spacious haven.

Declutter the Space

Often, the journey to a well-organized bedroom starts with the daunting task of decluttering. This process isn't just about creating physical space; it's about providing mental clarity as well. The renowned Marie Kondo emphasizes keeping items that "spark joy," and this principle is vital in small spaces. Go through every item in your bedroom, categorizing them into what you'll keep, donate or discard.

Remember, clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions. By curating your belongings, you create room for efficiency and peace. As you sort through your items, consider the functionality and sentimentality of each. When space is a premium, it's essential to prioritize necessity and emotional value.

KOUBOO bedroom

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Use Decorative and Functional Woven Baskets

Storage doesn't have to feel sterile. Infuse a sense of elegance into your organization with decorative, functional woven baskets that double as decor. These versatile pieces, highlighted by resources like Architectural Digest, are perfect for storing everything from linens and clothing to plants and accessories.

When it comes to baskets, different shapes serve various purposes: tall, narrow baskets fit snugly in corners, while wide, shallow trays could slide under beds or atop dressers. The Kouboo collection offers an array of baskets that serve dual purposes—beautiful enough to be displayed, yet practical for everyday storage needs. The natural textures add warmth to your room, making it feel cozy yet organized.

KOUBOO baskets

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Take Advantage of Multifunctional Furniture and Decor

Furniture that serves more than one purpose can be a lifesaver in a small bedroom. For example, beds with built-in drawers offer ample storage space without taking up extra room. Consider the Kouboo side table with a storage compartment; It's not just about storage, it's also about functionality. A wall-mounted drop-leaf table can serve as a nightstand or work desk when needed, then fold away when not in use. Similarly, a storage ottoman provides a seating area while keeping your belongings organized.

By selecting pieces that do double or triple duty, you maintain the functionality of your room without crowding it with furniture.

The Nordroom Multifunctional Furniture

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Use Large Mirrors to Make the Space Look Bigger

The strategic placement of mirrors is a time-tested trick employed by interior designers to make a small space feel larger. As Apartment Therapy notes, mirrors can make your bedroom appear more expansive by reflecting light and creating a sense of depth. A large floor mirror, or a stylish wall-mounted mirror from Kouboo, can instantly give the illusion of more square footage.

Additionally, mirrors add a touch of sophistication to your room's aesthetics, elevating the overall design.

Livspace small bedroom large mirror



Utilize Space Under the Bed

When square footage is limited, it's wise to make every inch work to your advantage, including the often-overlooked space under the bed. Storage experts at The Spruce recommend utilizing this hidden gem for stowing away seasonal clothing, bed linens or shoes.

Opt for storage bins or drawers, especially designs that are easily accessible and can keep dust at bay. You can also elevate your bed with risers or choose a bed frame designed with built-in drawers for added convenience. This clever use of space contributes significantly to decluttering and organizing your bedroom.

Good Housekeeping Underbed Storage

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Create a Vertical Garden

Why not bring the outdoors in, even in a small space? A vertical garden can add vibrancy and freshness to your bedroom. Our hanging planters or wall-mounted plant holders are perfect for displaying your favorite greenery. This touch not only enhances your room's ambiance but also improves air quality, all without taking up valuable floor space.

Plus, caring for plants can be a relaxing hobby that helps you destress.

Plant Project Hanging Plants

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Install Floating Shelves

Vertical storage solutions, like floating shelves, are a fantastic way to display personal items and decor without cluttering your floor. These shelves can hold books, picture frames or even small plants. By drawing the eye upward, they also create the illusion of more space. Look for minimalist designs that integrate seamlessly with any decor style and add both practicality and elegance to your small bedroom.

Forbes Home Floating Shelves

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Add a Room Divider

Whether you're sharing your bedroom or just want to clearly define your space, a room divider is an excellent solution. Lightweight yet stylish, Kouboo's woven room dividers provide a sense of privacy and create distinct areas within a room – even those small bedrooms.

This functional piece can also serve as a decorative element, adding texture and visual interest to your space.

KOUBOO Room Divider

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Opt for a Minimalist Design

When space is limited, less truly is more. A minimalist design, with its clean lines and reduced clutter, can make your room feel more open and serene. Choose a cohesive color palette, keep accessories to a minimum and focus on the essentials.

Websites like MyDomaine offer plenty of inspiration for simplifying your space, highlighting the peaceful atmosphere that minimalism can offer. Invest in Customized Organizers Customized organizers can significantly enhance the storage capacity of your small bedroom. Over-the-door organizers, closet systems and special racks maximize space and keep your belongings neatly arranged. Kouboo offers a variety of storage solutions designed to fit your unique space and style preferences, helping you maintain a clutter-free bedroom.

SpaceWise Minimalist Bedroom

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Making a Big Impact in a Small Space

Transforming a small bedroom into an organized, spacious sanctuary requires creativity and strategy. By decluttering, cleverly managing storage, and opting for multifunctional furniture, you can dramatically enhance your living space. Large mirrors, under-bed storage, and the elegant use of woven baskets from Kouboo's collection contribute both functionality and style. As you organize and minimize, remember that every small change contributes to a significant improvement in the quality of your living space.

Ready to start? We recommend exploring Kouboo's basket collection today to take the first step towards a beautifully organized bedroom.