How to Arrange a Full-Size Bed in a Small Room


Knowing the dimensions and layout of a small bedroom can make the difference between spending time rearranging heavy furniture and finding the logical set-up on the first try. While the bed is a focal point of a bedroom, it should not consume the entire space, as this can eliminate functionality and comfort. Arranging a full size bed in a small bedroom requires using furniture, walls and the bed frame for dual purposes to maximize limited space. This helps create a welcoming versus confined bedroom environment equipped with a full-size bed and its accompaniments.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Platform bed frame with storage compartments
  • Throw pillows
  • Night stands
  • Table lamps
  • Wall shelving
  • Measure the length and width of the room to compare it with the dimensions of the bed. Full-size mattresses are 75 inches in length and 53 inches in width; however, a bed frame can increase the dimensions. Consider placing the mattress on a platform bed frame without a headboard or footboard to save space. Some platform bed frames comes with built-in storage space that can eliminate the need for a dresser or shelves, freeing up more space in a small bedroom.

  • Find the location of outlets in the room so you can plan where to place items such as lamps, computer desks and an alarm clock without the bed blocking access. If the bed does block access, run an extension cord behind the bed.

  • Center the full-size bed against the largest wall, if it does not interfere with the doorway and walking space, or arrange the bed so one side is flush with the wall opposite the door. You should have at least 2 feet of walking space on at least one side of the bed and between the bed and an opened closet door, bedroom door and bedroom furniture. Layer throw pillows against the wall at the head of the bed to create the appearance of a headboard.

  • Arrange smaller furniture such as nightstands on each side of the full-size bed, if the bed is centered, or on one side of a bed that is flush with the wall. Place table lamps on nightstands instead of using floor lamps that take up space.

  • Add shelving on the walls to store books, office supplies and decorative items or store such items in bed frame storage compartments. This can eliminate the need for dressers and book shelves that take up floor space.

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