Building & Renovating

RL Tips: 10 Ways to Deal with a Small Bedroom

You spend one-third of your day in bed—so what if it’s the size of a shoebox? Here are a few ways you can cheat on a tiny sleeping space


Read the original article ("10 Ways to Deal with a Small Bedroom") in the December 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Clip on your night lights

If you don’t have floor area for bedside tables, mount your lamps on the wall, or clip them onto your headboard. Designer Dustin Reyes found these nifty, clip-on lamps at Handyman.  

Use a built-in niche as a headboard

Niches and nooks provide magical storage spots for books and other things. Designer Vivian Gacad integrated a sleek, horizontal niche above Mye Palomo’s bed in her one-bedroom apartment. 

Use a chair as a side table

Start-up homes are usually tiny, and the owners are oftentimes on a budget. A small dining chair can serve as a perfect night table when your pocket won’t allow you to buy one just yet.  

Shove a bed under an attic ceiling

An attic is an awkward space, but it can become an excellent extra bedroom. Here, Grace Moslares positioned the bed along the longer side of the room; and chose a low headboard to fit under the eaves. 

Add mirrors to closet doors

Doubled the space of your condo bedroom by using mirrored cabinet doors. 

Choose built-in storage

Fritz Santos’s built-in drawers under a bed are a great place to stash bulky, space-consuming bed linen or seasonal clothes. 

Raise your bed

If you have an extremely tight room, you may want to think of raising your bed. The empty area underneath can serve myriad purposes—a closet, dressing area, even a study nook. 

Define spaces in a shared bedroom

In this bedroom makeover, designer Lisa Salvador fit in a couple and two growing boys. The secret? Defining each sleeping space by using different styles of beds, and playfully colored overhead shelves. 

Lofty Ambitions

If you have a high ceiling, try adding a loft if you want to accommodate an extra bedroom. The catch: you have to find ways to provide privacy. Try a curtain, or a folding screen. 

Find a four-poster bed

If your bedroom can accommodate a four-post bed and you can still walk around it, then go for it. Designer Eric Paras made this brave look seamless by keeping everything white. 


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