Our Bedroom Tour | A Small Bedroom Layout

Small bedroom layout tour

We’ve lived in our place for over a year and a half and it’s been a minute since I’ve done any kind of tour! You can see some peeks in my interview with Roxy but I wanted to do a proper “room” post on our bedroom. For those who don’t know, I live in a 540sq foot space with my boyfriend and our eight month old (~10lb) puppy. Our actual bedroom measures approximately 9 x 11 feet and we were therefore really strategic about what we bought and how we utilized the space. These photos are a little staged in the sense of picking up unsightly tissue boxes and removing some of J’s nightstand books, but excuse the wrinkles, improperly stuffed pillows, and visible dust in some places!

The biggest thing I feel like we’ve given up due to the bedroom size is that our dresser is tiny capacity-wise…it doesn’t look it, but the drawers are very shallow and the piece is really short. We wanted to prioritize keeping our great view and decided to sacrifice storage capacity and get a shorter piece that wouldn’t obstruct the window. I also went on a ridiculously long nightstand search because our bed is on the highest risers (we store a lot under there!) and I wanted something that was tall, had space to display decorative objects while still being able to hold a few things (meaning drawers were key), worked with my vision aesthetically, was J-approved, and wouldn’t break the bank. We ended up with these and have been really happy with them! If you can swing it, I think matching nightstands go a long way decor-wise.

Small bedroom layout tour

Small bedroom layout tour

I’ve mentioned this before, but our headboard and accent chair were our big splurges. I’ve been a fan of Roxy’s work for years and knew I wanted to purchase something when we moved in together and could pool our resources. I envision us keeping these forever and can’t recommend working with Roxy and her team enough…I was super indecisive and they helped us figure out the best custom fabric for the headboard and put a performance fabric on the chair (it’s wine-proof, too!).

Given that we spent so much of our budget on two pieces, it was important for us to be extra conscious of how everything else added up. The lamps were purchased during a huge L.L. Bean sale (they ended up being nearly half off), and we’re still using my Pottery Barn duvet cover set from my old place (it’s held up incredibly, and I’d highly recommend it!). We’ve mainly been using older sheet sets since they’re less cosmetic–I had to be cut off somewhere, haha–but recently added a set from California Design den to our “collection.” The brand sent them over for me to try and they’re a great budget-friendly white sheet set. Even though Millie isn’t allowed on our bed, the idea of having expensive white linens is nerve-wracking to me and a set of sub-$40 queen sheets (that’s still 400 thread count!) is what I’ll be reaching for for awhile. They’re available on Amazon and would make a good Christmas gift for someone who is #adulting!

Small bedroom layout tour

Small bedroom layout tour

Society Social Duchess Chair

Another thing: we get a ton of natural light, which is great! It definitely helps open up the small space, as would the double doors we have for the bedroom. We actually keep the second one closed so the doorway is more of a standard size, but if we opened both it would make the room a lot more spacious (but also make it flow more directly from the living room, which we wanted to avoid.)


Society Social custom headboard
Pottery Barn duvet cover (a steal for the quality if you want white bedding!)
California Design Den sheets (c/o)
Society Social striped pillows (sold out but she should be able to make them for you)
Blue and white lumbar pillow from Thailand (from Jim Thompson, but I haven’t seen it online!)
Target nightstands
L.L. Bean lamps
Wayfair dresser
West Elm glass box
Vintage mirrored tray
Vintage wooden jewelry box
Society Social custom Duchess Chair
Cross-stitched pillow by my friend Kate
Inslee figure study
Container Store braided basket

Another splurge was our Inslee figure study–I really wanted to buy myself a nice, large piece of original art before I turned 30 and couldn’t pass up this piece when Inslee posted it on Instagram as part of her warehouse sale last year. She graciously shipped it to me from NYC and while it’s in a slightly awkward place in our current place, know it’ll have an even better spot in a future home.


That’s a peek at our little room–a small bedroom layout situation to the max, if I do say so myself. If you’re moving into a tight space, hopefully this helps alleviate some of the stress around making things fit…we just try and keep as little stuff “out” as possible, utilize under bed storage, and don’t fill the walls with much to keep this bright and open! Let me know if you have questions about anything else–most products are linked above and at the bottom of the post!

Small bedroom layout tour

Small bedroom layout tour

Small bedroom layout tour

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  1. Ashlee wrote:

    Love how you’ve decorated and styled y’alls place and made such good use of the space! It looks so good!


    Posted 11.14.18 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Thank you so much, Ashlee!! I can say the same about yours :)

      Posted 11.16.18 Reply
  2. Kelly wrote:

    I love your space! I found it while looking for design inspiration for my new space, and I was wondering, do you have a queen or a full size bed in this room?

    Posted 5.24.20 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Thank you so much, Kelly :) It’s a queen bed!

      Posted 5.25.20 Reply
  3. Sarah T wrote:

    Hi! My husband and I are moving into a 630 square feet apartment in the next couple weeks! I’ve been looking around at how people have things laid out. Our new bedroom is 9’10” x 11’10”. Can you tell me if your bed is against the 9’ or 11’ wall? Also I’m assuming it’s a queen?

    Posted 4.14.22 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Hi Sarah! So exciting–it’s against the 11′ wall and yes, it’s a queen!

      Posted 4.14.22 Reply