13 Small Bedroom Decorating Ideas on a Budget (2022)

These small bedroom decorating ideas on a budget are perfect for maximizing space and making a tiny room feel bigger! You don’t have to spend a fortune to decorate your small bedrooms… By implementing these design tips for small spaces, you can DIY your small bedroom decor and get rid of the “sleeping in a sardine can” feeling.

The night before we closed on our house two years ago, we were in tears… literally.

And they weren’t happy tears.

We were about to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new home, and we couldn’t get exactly what we wanted… We couldn’t afford the acre of land in the prime area of town, or more square footage, or a fancier kitchen.

We had to settle. And it didn’t feel good.

Don’t get me wrong… our house did check off a lot of the boxes on our wishlist. It has a super long and flat driveway with plenty of space for my husband’s work trailer and boat – check. It’s one story – check. It has an open floor plan – check.

But, that day before closing, my husband and I were both emotional wrecks.

When we had done our final walk-through the day before, the house was empty and the rooms felt TEENY-TINY! Isn’t it funny how putting a giant sofa in a space can actually make the room feel bigger?! But since the previous owners had already moved all of their stuff out, we were confronted with an empty space that looked WAY different than it did furnished.

One of the biggest drawbacks of our home is the small bedrooms. The master bedroom is perfectly-sized with a home office and a giant closet, but the two other bedrooms barely fit a bed and a dresser.

Our oldest daughter’s bedroom measures 11 feet x 11 feet, or 121 square feet. That may not sound small… until you realize that a full size bed takes up about 28 square feet. That’s not a lot of room left to walk around.

Here is her room “BEFORE” these small bedroom decorating ideas:

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Our younger daughter’s room is a mere 10 1/2 feet x 10 1/2 feet. Here is a “BEFORE” picture of her room:

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Yes, this is the only “before” picture that we have because this was pre-blogging… back when I didn’t have to take 62,000 before and after pictures. 🙂

We knew that it would be a tight squeeze for our daughters before we bought the house but, like I said, we couldn’t get everything on our wish list.

So we had to get creative…

If you’re in the same boat… well, maybe “boat” is too big… Canoe… then read on for 12 small bedroom decorating ideas on a budget to make your small rooms feel bigger, too!

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Remove closet doors and install closet organization systems.

This is the VERY FIRST thing that we did to our daughters’ rooms, and it made a HUGE difference!

Actually, this is the VERY FIRST home project that we did once we had all of our stuff moved in. I knew that removing the closet doors would instantly make their small bedrooms feel larger because it would basically extend the bedroom into the closet area.

Yes, you may think I’m crazy removing the doors from my GIRLS’ closets… emphasis on GIRLS… and loads of clothes and shoes and accessories.

But, by adding these built-in closet organizers, both of our daughters have done a great job keeping their closets neat and organized.

If you do remove the doors from your closets though, I would suggest getting rid of all of your wire and mismatched clothes hangers and use the white plastic tubular ones… The ones that come in a pack of 12 for about $1.50. That way your closet looks neater and more uniform, since it will be constantly visible.

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Lighten up the wall colors.

If you need small bedroom decorating ideas on a budget, then a fresh coat of white or very light colored paint can work wonders.

Dark walls tend to make a space feel more closed in, which can be great if you have a large room and you want a cozy feel… not so much if you are trying to make a small bedroom feel larger.

When we moved in to our house, the two smaller bedrooms were painted a dark, dusty blue and a dark tan color. We changed the paint colors to light and airy white and baby pink, and the small bedrooms immediately felt more spacious.

Paint horizontal wall stripes to make a small bedroom feel bigger.

If you’ve got a level and a little bit of patience, then this is one of my best tips for decorating a small bedroom on a budget!

Especially if you’re strategic about the colors and sizes of your painted wall stripes.

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By painting our top and bottom horizontal stripe the same bright white color as the ceiling and baseboards, our small bedroom feels much taller and grander than it actually is.

Check out this post for how to paint horizontal wall stripes in your small bedrooms too!

Get strategic with furniture… Try a daybed or a loft bed to maximize space in your small bedroom.

When we started to look for furniture for our youngest daughter’s room, I knew that we HAD to go with a daybed.

A daybed is perfect for decorating a small bedroom because it is actually supposed to go up against a wall, creating more floor space. Plus, a daybed can double as a sofa for lounging in an office space, and you can easily add a trundle underneath for sleepovers.

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We got my daughter’s daybed with the trundle and a matching dresser and mirror for a steal! Go here to find out how we furnished our whole house and saved over $5,000!

If daybeds aren’t your thing, then consider a loft bed!

Our oldest daughter wanted a desk area in her room, which would have been a no-go had it not been for this amazing loft bed that we found on Facebook Marketplace.

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The full size loft bed frees up more floor space so that she can have a desk, a vanity, bookshelves AND a cute reading nook in her teeny 11′ x 11′ room.

Hang curtains higher.

Draw the eye upward and make a small bedroom appear taller by hanging your curtains higher and making sure that they go all the way to the floor.

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We hung the curtain rod for these 96″ curtains 7″ above the top of the window. Hanging your curtains too low can make your room look short and stout… not good for a small bedroom!

Remember, this is what the curtains looked like before:

See… just by purchasing longer curtains, hanging them higher, and making sure that they go all the way to the ground, this small bedroom looks much larger.

Stick with small patterns to make a small bedroom feel bigger.

Small, repetitive patterns are great for making a small bedroom feel larger.

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And for small bedroom decorating ideas on a budget try WALL DECALS!

If you don’t want to commit to wallpaper or painting designs on your walls, then wall decals are perfect because they can easily be removed and switched out for different designs.

Plus, wall decals are a great budget decorating hack! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND these polka dot wall decals… At just $12 a pack, they are a bargain for decorating a small bedroom on the cheap!

If you want to go with a uniform pattern like we did with these gold polka dot wall decals, then check out this post!

Repurpose items for small bedroom decorating ideas on a budget.

Sometimes if you want to decorate on a budget, you need to get creative with the things that you already own.

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And that’s exactly what I did on one of my youngest daughter’s bedroom walls…

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This super cute (and super cheap!) fabric tassel garland is actually made out of…

OLD KID’S CLOTHES!

And if you have kids, then chances are that you have boxes and boxes of old clothes laying around. Why not turn them into a beautiful piece of art?! And you can use your child’s old baby clothes for a sentimental treasure.

Get rid of clutter in your small bedroom.

Clutter can make a small bedroom feel, well… cluttered!

Go through your small bedrooms with a fine tooth comb and Marie-Kondo the heck out of them.

If tackling your clutter sounds like climbing Mount Everest, then check out this post for a FREE 19 page Decluttering Checklist!

Add a light and bright wall treatment to your small bedroom.

So, if you’re not in love with the wall decal idea, and if you don’t have the patience to paint stripes on your walls, then try a different kind of bright wall treatment to make your small bedroom look bigger…

Like this reverse shiplap!

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Okay, so technically this isn’t a bedroom, but this easy (and budget-friendly!) wall treatment DID make our dining room look larger. Head over here to see how we completely transformed the look of our dining room for less than $75 with this bright white wall decor idea!

Add storage for small pieces and knick-knacks.

Corral your “stuff” by hiding it away in opaque storage containers.

Toy boxes and lidded decorative boxes are great for storing small items that, if left out, make a small room look cluttered.

Stay away from transparent and semi-transparent colored plastic storage (like the popular three drawer rolling carts) because then you see all of the junk that’s stored inside.

I found my youngest daughter’s purple butterfly toy box at HomeGoods for just $19.99, and it’s the perfect size for her small bedroom.

Create a collage wall with properly-scaled artwork for your small bedroom.

If you are decorating a small bedroom, then it’s important to pay attention to scale.

You don’t want to overwhelm a small space with giant wall decor, but at the same time, you don’t want to just hang a few teeny-tiny pieces making the room look empty.

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I created this perfectly-scaled collage of cheap wall decor that I found at Hobby Lobby.

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This cute wall collage also helps to define a small reading nook that I created for my daughter with a butterfly chair and a fluffy rug.

I got all three of these cute wall art pieces for less than $35 total! Love those 50% off sales at Hobby Lobby!

Use floating shelves to get items off the floor.

Floating shelves are a great way to get stuff off of the floor and make a small bedroom look larger.

My youngest daughter needed somewhere to put her nightlight, remote control, and her water cup. Rather than buying a small nightstand (which would have been pricey and bulky), we built this simple floating shelf.

And, to make her small bedroom look larger, we even painted it the same color as the wall so as not to add any visual bulk to the space.

If you want to try this small bedroom decorating idea, then here is a great tutorial for how to build a floating shelf.

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The floating shelf blends into the wall and doesn’t distract the eye. Plus, it allows us to easily access her trundle bed when she has a friend sleepover.

Do away with bulky bedding.

Giant, fluffy comforters that hang to the floor may be comfy, but they can add a lot of visual bulk to a space making it feel smaller.

Go with streamlined bedding that tucks into place to make a small bedroom look larger.

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And there you have it… My best tips for how to make your small bedrooms feel larger!

If your home has small bedrooms, too, I’d love to hear how you decorated your spaces! Leave me a comment down below!

And happy nesting!

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FAQs

How can I make my room pretty without spending money? ›

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  8. Visually expand your space with a bedroom mirror.
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How do you beautify a single room? ›

How to decorate small & single room?
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  2. HIDE AND DIVIDE. ...
  3. STORE IT AWAY. ...
  4. LET THERE BE LIGHT. ...
  5. FLEXIBLE FURNITURE. ...
  6. USE COLOUR.
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How can I arrange my room? ›

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What is the best wall color for a small bedroom? ›

Earth tones and neutrals are a frequent choice for small bedrooms. If you prefer softer shades, grey, green or yellow can lighten a small room. Neutral shades can make the wall visually recede into the background, making the room appear larger and bringing more attention to the accessories in the room.

Where should Shelves be placed in a bedroom? ›

But where's the best place to put shelves in your bedroom? The best place to put shelves in your bedroom is on the wall opposite your bed for decoration and/or above your desk or nightstand for decreasing clutter whilst being in a convenient place.

How do you decorate on a tight budget? ›

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  2. Declutter. ...
  3. Go neutral. ...
  4. Throw in some black. ...
  5. Go to different parts of town. ...
  6. Use your imagination. ...
  7. Split costs with a stylish friend. ...
  8. Shop wisely and well.
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What color makes a room feel bigger? ›

Naturally, white is an obvious choice for making a room feel bigger. It's no secret that light colors make a room look larger, especially if the space is bathed in natural light. Eggshell or satin finishes will help reflect the light, creating the appearance of even more space.

What colors make a room feel relaxing? ›

The most calming spectrum of colors the neutral category, like tan or beige. If you have a busy mind or stressful schedule, choose neutral walls for a relaxing night's sleep. Because neutrals can become a little too muted, tie in a complementary accent color like sea green, gray or soft mint.

What colors make a room look cozy? ›

Cozy colors are saturated tones, and they tend to be dark shades of a warm hue, such as red, orange, and gold. A cozy color also can be a neutral, such as chocolate brown, caramel, fawn, or charcoal.

How do you organize a small bedroom with a lot of stuff? ›

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How do you place furniture in a small room? ›

In a small living room, arrange furniture around a designated focal point. A TV, fireplace, window, or piece of wall decor can all serve as the room's center of attention. Position furnishings around or directly facing the focal point to maintain a clear view.

How can I upgrade my room without buying anything? ›

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How do I arrange a single room self contained? ›

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Should you put a bed in front of a window? ›

It can make you feel more vulnerable as glass is not as solid as a wall. The sunlight can intrude on restful sleep as it is brighter near the window. The temperature is more varied next to the window. Feng shui bed placement principals warn against it because it leads to a loss of positive energy.

Which way should your bed face? ›

According to ancient traditions like vastu shastra, the best direction to sleep in is toward the south. This theory is also supported by some recent research1. This means that when you lie in bed, your head is pointed south2, and your feet are pointed north.

How do I style my bed? ›

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What is a warm color for a bedroom? ›

Yellows, reds, pinks and other warm hues can help turn your bedroom into a cozy retreat. Warm colors can take the chill off north- or east-facing rooms. They are also good choices in rooms with small windows or no windows. Warms colors don't have to be dark: Yellow, even in pale shades, is warm, as is peach.

What color relieves stress? ›

Green – Quiet and restful, green is a soothing color that can invite harmony and diffuse anxiety. Blue – A highly peaceful color, blue can be especially helpful for stress management because it can encourage a powerful sense of calm. Purple – In many cultures, shades of violet represent strength, wisdom and peace.

What colors make a room look brighter? ›

In the end, you cannot go wrong when using white, blush pink, taupe, pale blue, light green, or bright orange in trying to make your space appear brighter and bigger! No matter if you are looking to redecorate your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or even living room, these colors are the perfect option for you.

What color should I not paint my bedroom? ›

1. The color you should never paint your bedroom: red. You've probably guessed this one, and Lee Chambers (opens in new tab), Psychologist and Wellbeing Consultant, confirms that red is a big no when choosing bedroom color ideas.

What is the best color for happiness? ›

Yellow is widely recognized as the happiest color in the world and comes with a scientific pedigree to back up this esteemed honor. Research has suggested two main reasons why yellow is considered the happiest color. Many studies have linked the psychological powers of yellow to the sun.

How far above a bed should a shelf be? ›

The height depends on preference. As you'll be installing a bookcase above the headboard, the overall look of the finished product will be much higher than standard. At a minimum, have 14 inches of exposed headboard for a twin-size bed, 16 inches for queen-size beds, and 18 inches for king-size beds.

How do you style a floating shelf in a bedroom? ›

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How can I decorate for Christmas with no money? ›

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  4. Matching tree skirts. ...
  5. Wrap it up. ...
  6. Candy: Who doesn't love a bowl of peppermint sticks or candy canes? ...
  7. Think long-term.
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How do you decorate your room with things you already have? ›

10 Ways to Decorate For Free Using What You Already Have
  1. Purge all the things you don't love. ...
  2. Tidy up. ...
  3. Hush your spaces. ...
  4. Rearrange the furniture. ...
  5. Paint or refinish something you already have. ...
  6. Swap Furniture (and accessories) ...
  7. Bring some things in. ...
  8. Gather decor into vignettes.
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How do you beautify a single room? ›

How to decorate small & single room?
  1. CUT CLUTTER. No matter how creative you are with your decor, the key to single-room living is organisation - removing every bit of clutter . ...
  2. HIDE AND DIVIDE. ...
  3. STORE IT AWAY. ...
  4. LET THERE BE LIGHT. ...
  5. FLEXIBLE FURNITURE. ...
  6. USE COLOUR.
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How can I upgrade my room without buying anything? ›

How To Decorate Your Room Without Buying Anything - YouTube

How should a room be set up? ›

How to Arrange a Bedroom - YouTube

How do I arrange a single room self contained? ›

LUXURY SINGLE ROOM (SELF CONTAIN) DECORATION ON A ...

What color makes a room look brighter? ›

In the end, you cannot go wrong when using white, blush pink, taupe, pale blue, light green, or bright orange in trying to make your space appear brighter and bigger! No matter if you are looking to redecorate your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or even living room, these colors are the perfect option for you.

What colors make a room feel relaxing? ›

The most calming spectrum of colors the neutral category, like tan or beige. If you have a busy mind or stressful schedule, choose neutral walls for a relaxing night's sleep. Because neutrals can become a little too muted, tie in a complementary accent color like sea green, gray or soft mint.

What pattern makes a room look bigger? ›

Big floral patterns make a room appear larger. Install wallpaper with horizontal stripes to make a room seem wider, or commit to vertical stripes to stretch the room visually and raise the ceiling. A busy pattern featuring chevrons, simple geometric designs, or a texture that mimics marble can make a room seem bigger.

What is single room self contain? ›

As the name suggests, a single room self-contained is a room usually only the bedroom that comes with personal toilet facilities and a small kitchenette along with the room. A lone single room consists of just a room. Communal bathroom and kitchen facilities are available for you and other members of the house.

What paint to use in a room with no windows? ›

Use white or light paint colors.

Rooms without windows can seem confining, but white or lighter paint colors will help the room seem bigger than it actually is. In addition to whites or off-whites, you might also want to consider light blues, greens and other nature-inspired hues.

Is it OK to have a bedroom without windows? ›

Sleeping in a room with no windows is not only uncomfortable, but it's also harmful to your health. You don't want to ignore the fact that you're inhaling too much carbon dioxide because of this. Make sure you do something about it before sleeping becomes a problem for you and causes damage down the line.

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