August 30, 2022

Two beds in one small room ideas: 6 ways to make it work

Ready to make the most of your square footage? Consider these two beds in one small room ideas to find a layout (and furniture pieces) you love.

Ready to make the most of your square footage? Consider these two beds in one small room ideas to find a layout (and furniture pieces) you love.

Fitting two beds in one small room isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be a headache. Whether you’re designing a kids’ room for your little ones to share or a guest room for families, you have more options than you might imagine.

Tiny houses and shrinking home sizes have opened up a world of space-saving furniture and arrangement ideas. As a result, small space setups are more popular than ever, and we’re here to help you find a layout you love.

Discover our six favorite two beds in one small room ideas so that you can make the most of your square footage. We’ve also included some product recommendations to make furniture shopping even easier.

How to fit two beds in one small room

Bedroom with 2 beds on opposite sides

Creating a shared room in a small bedroom is possible with the right tactics and furniture. Before you dive into layout ideas, here are some tips to bring out your inner interior designer:

  • Use twin beds: Twin mattresses are an excellent choice for fitting two beds in a small room. However, you can always size up if you have space, and some of the ideas in this guide already work with larger mattress sizes.
  • Try minimalist: Look for minimalist design inspiration to keep your space clutter-free and calm. Scandinavian decorating ideas also work well, as they include minimalist styling.
  • Maximize storage: Opt for furniture with extra storage space to make the most of every inch in your shared bedroom.
  • Be flexible: Don’t hesitate to convert kids’ bedroom ideas into adult ones — just look for more mature furniture and designs.
  • Test everything: Test the size of every piece of furniture before you buy. You can do this by outlining the shape of each piece on your floor with masking tape to see if everything fits.
  • Measure first: Record the exact dimensions of your bedroom before you begin planning and shopping.
  • Go bright: Bright color palettes and lots of natural light help make tiny bedroom spaces feel larger. Don’t forget to add a few pops of color. For example, your color scheme might include white, beige, and tan, with light blue and green accents.
  • Think tall: Taller furniture can create a sense of spaciousness in small room designs and it’s essential to use vertical space to make the most of small bedrooms.

Bringing your favorite design ideas to life in your own space will be easier with the help of these tips. Bookmark this page so you can refer back as needed during your bedroom makeover project.

Two beds in one small room ideas: 6 options to try

Fitting two beds in one small room is a balancing act — you need the room to be functional without feeling cramped. As you browse these ideas, think about how they would work for your space. For example, the best design for a guest room you’ll use on the holidays will differ from what you’d want for a full-time kids’ bedroom.

1. Side-by-side

2 beds with teal blankets and yellow pillows

Placing two twin beds side-by-side is a popular choice that can work a few different ways. This is an excellent option if you’d like to offer privacy by placing a room divider between the beds. 

If you need more space, you can create this layout with bunk beds to accomodate additional mattresses. This might mean that the beds will be against the walls in a tiny room, leaving space for a bedside table between the two. If you have more floor space, you might place each bed on one side of the room, leaving an opening for a nightstand between each bed and the wall.

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2. Foot-to-foot or head-to-head

Pink and yellow themed beds

If you have a long, narrow room, you can place two beds foot-to-foot or head-to-head against one wall. You can position a dresser or a room divider between the two beds, space permitting. A pair of canopy beds can also do the trick for those who’d like privacy but don’t have the extra space.

For this layout, use traditional bed frames, bunk beds, loft beds, day beds, or even sofa beds, which opens the possibility of adding more sleeping space. If you don’t have much room for bedroom storage, consider using beds with built-in storage options.

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3. L-shaped layout

2 beds in one small room ideas: Meyers Twin Loft Add-on Black and Gunmetal

Placing two beds in an L-shaped layout maximizes square footage while creating a more modern, open look for your sleeping space.

You could opt for an L-shaped bunk bed, which is typically more space-efficient and may even include a desk for homework or a computer. Or you can place two beds in an L-shaped layout, either head-to-head or foot-to-foot, with a nightstand or square accent table in the space between them.

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4. Bunk beds, loft beds, and trundle beds

Atkin Twin Extra Long over Queen 3-drawer Bunk Bed Weathered Walnut

Bunk beds offer a fun and practical way to fit two (or more) beds into a small room. They’re popular for small bedroom ideas, and they’re not just for kids — bunk beds, loft beds, and trundle beds are also an option for adult and guest bedrooms. These beds use your vertical wall space instead of the limited floor space in a small room.

Another benefit of bunk beds is that you can often find options with a full mattress on the bottom and a twin on top. With loft beds, they may feature a seat or desk built into the bed frame underneath the mattress for further versatility. As for trundles, they offer a simple way to tuck an extra mattress beneath a compatible bunk bed or single bed.

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5. One bed with a sofa bed

2 beds in one small room ideas: Elise Biscuit Tufted Back Sofa Bed Brown

If your guest room is seldom used, you can maximize your extra space by adding a sofa bed and a twin bed to the room. The sofa bed can stay folded up when you don’t have company and the twin bed will always be there if you need an extra mattress on short notice. In fact, if you host different groups of guests, this can make the room more enjoyable for those who stay in the room alone.

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6. Two sofa beds

2 beds in one small room ideas: Helene Upholstered Sleeper Sofa Bed Beige

Two sofa beds can work well for adding two mattresses to a home office, living room, or another functional space that needs to double as a guest bedroom. Instead of bedroom decor, you might include bookshelves, a TV stand, desk, or whatever else would make the space enjoyable when you don’t have company.

Just don’t forget to include storage for linens and a space for guests to keep their things when they’re staying with you. Consider picking paint colors that are soothing and neutral (e.g., white, beige, grey, seafoam green, or light blue) so the walls are suitable for multiple functions.

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Conquer your small space with style

We get it — it’s not always easy to figure out the best two beds in one small room ideas. Remember to test the measurements of the furniture first. You can use masking tape on your floor to see how each piece will fit in the room you’re designing. Once you have the basics down, you’ll have fun with your home decor.

For more options to fill your space, check out Coaster Furniture’s full selection of beds. Our store locator will help you find a convenient retailer near you when you’ve found the perfect fit.

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