Experts reveal why multipurpose furniture is the one thing you need in a small bedroom

If you're going to get one thing for your bedroom, make it multipurpose furniture

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The obvious accessory is in the name, but what is the one item designers would have in a small bedroom, no questions asked? As it turns out, there's a resounding consensus amongst interior pros. 

While we all fancy the thought of a spacious dresser to store those "Oops, I did it again" Urban Outfitters runs, and we love the sound of a cozy accent chair, it appears one essential comes in first place. Fair warning: it might not seem as glamorous as its counterparts, but you'll be glad you made the investment. 

While you're searching for ways to maximize space in a small bedroom — a tall order, but not impossible — consider adding this to your shopping list. 

The one item designers would have in a small bedroom

Who would've thunk it? Multifunctional bedroom furniture and storage take the cake when it comes to necessities in a tiny place. (Sorry to break the news to that cute desk you've been eyeing.) While you might've envisioned your layout a little differently, those two-in-one lifesavers will clear up space and leave room to let your style flourish. 

"In a small bedroom, there is one indispensable element, apart from the obvious bed, and that is storage solutions," says Mark Buskuhl, founder & CEO of Ninebird Properties. "It is crucial to have designated areas for storage to keep the room organized and clutter-free."

Trust us when we say, this makes decluttering a small bedroom a lot less stressful! 

Mark Buskuhl
Mark Buskuhl

Mark Buskuhl is the founder & CEO of Ninebird Properties, which specializes in buying, renovating, and selling dozens of houses every year. Ninebird Properties takes on the most challenging projects, including fire-damaged homes and transforming them back into a beautiful space.

What are the perks?

Not only will you have a little more square footage (an obvious win), but you'll feel a little less chaotic when stepping into your sleep space. 

"Having proper storage solutions in a small bedroom not only maximizes space but also promotes a calm and peaceful environment conducive to rest and relaxation," Buskuhl adds.

What does this entail?

When it comes to multipurpose furniture, what are designers thinking? It's something that can serve a function and look cute doing it. But it also makes a compact room seem more manageable. 

"Be it under-bed compartments, elegantly mounted wall shelves, or innovative multi-purpose furniture, these elements are paramount," says designer Artem Kropovinsky. "Beds with drawers, storage ottomans, and fold-down desks meld form and function seamlessly [and] a clutter-free room not only breathes better but also feels infinitely expansive."

Artem Kropovinsky
Artem Kropovinsky

Artem Kropovinsky is an interior design expert and founder of Arsight, an award-winning interior design studio based in New York.

Shop multipurpose furniture for a small bedroom

Need to stock up for your own tiny space? We're here to help, dear readers. If you're working with a tiny room but have an expressive style, you can still get things done with the help of one of these babies. 

All prices were correct at the time of publication. 


What do you need in a small room?

Although storage-saving items and multipurpose furniture are the gold place winners, lighting is a close second. According to designer Alice Moszczynski, "Proper lighting can significantly impact the ambiance and functionality of a small space. A combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting is essential. Good lighting can make the room feel more welcoming, visually expand the space, and serve practical purposes like reading or working."

Additionally, mirrors can enhance natural light and make your space appear larger than it is. Here are designer-approved tips for where to put a mirror in a small bedroom — even if options are slim.

How do you achieve feng shui in a small bedroom?

From sticking to light colors to keeping the space decluttered and getting rid of electronics, there are plenty of feng shui rules to follow. We spoke to feng shui experts about how to achieve harmony in a small bedroom, even when space is scarce.  

Check out a few small bedroom design tips worth following to make the most of your space and without ruining your look.

Danielle Valente
Content Editor

Pleasure to meet you! I'm Danielle, a content editor at Real Homes who loves scoping out interior trends. I've specialized in lifestyle writing and editing for 10 years with a focus on events, food, and books, among other areas. When I'm not working, I'm usually cooking, reading, or searching for a new project for my apartment.