Advice Guide for the Bedroom Minimalist – Swoon-Worthy, We Think So.

Reading Time: 8 minutes

Minimalist: What is it?

Some confuse it with ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’, but minimalism is a design concept in its own right; it’s more of a lifestyle choice and a mindset. Minimalism aims to strip your room to the bare essentials and eliminate anything unnecessary in your home and life. Ultimately, less is more.

Does this simple but effective concept sound good to you? Then this Bedstar Guide for the bedroom minimalist is for you. In it, we explore minimalism further and explain how you can transform your little boudoir into a cosy minimalist bedroom.

What a typical minimalist bedroom will look like

Minimalists don’t need to make a big fuss about the fact they’re minimalists. Their homes often reflect their tastes quite clearly. You can expect to observe the following in a typical minimalist bedroom:

Minimal furniture

Don’t expect to see lots of stylish bits of furniture. A minimalist bedroom will only have the bare essentials when it comes to furniture. We’re talking about a bed, a bedside table with a light on it and a dresser. You might find other items, but these are more or less the staples of a minimalist bedroom. In theory, anything else is surplus.

Uncluttered surfaces

Clutter will not do in a minimalist bedroom, and surfaces may have one or two main decorations or essential items.

A minimalist will not have any knick-knacks, if any at all. Stacks of books or newspapers are out of the question. Minimalists clear their rooms of clutter.

Accent decoration

One thing to understand about minimalist bedrooms is that they don’t have to be boring just because you’ve pared everything down to the basics. Without decorations, they’d be incredibly dull. Minimalists understand this and will add accents to their bedrooms. These could be something as simple as a plant in the room or a family photo on their bedside table.

Quality, not quantity

The bottom line is minimalists prefer not to have loads of stuff in their homes. Choosing quality over quantity is a question, so they’ll buy things they love rather than lots of items they think are just okay for their bedroom. Having one perfect dresser would be better than having several sets of chests of drawers and lots of other storage items, for instance.

Minimalist Bedroom.
Picture source: One Kin Design

There is true art to creating the perfect minimal yet warm and visually attractive modern interior, especially for the oasis of the home, the bedroom. 

How does minimalism improve your life?

Should you go minimalist? If you do, here are some of the benefits you can enjoy by having a minimalist bedroom:

Lower stress levels

It’s hard to unwind when there are piles of clothes everywhere or you have so much furniture in your bedroom that it’s hard to move around freely or access anything. Minimalism is all about keeping space free of clutter so you can enjoy a sense of calm.

A more appealing bedroom

Let’s face it: we find a cluttered bedroom unsightly. We may even (unfairly) form judgments of the person to whom it belongs. When we see a minimalist bedroom, we find it much more appealing. It’s tidy, the furniture is beautiful, there are a few small decorations and the whole room can ‘breathe’. Marvellous!

Easier to clean

The more items of furniture you have in your bedroom, the more you have to clean. Dust soon returns, and you could find yourself cleaning quite often. It’s also harder to sweep or hoover around many objects, whereas, in a minimalist room, you can push the vacuum cleaner around freely and complete the job in minutes. 


If you’re going to adopt a minimalist approach to organising your bedroom, you’re going to have to declutter it. Here’s how to do so effectively:

Empty your bedroom first

If you have the energy, start afresh and empty your bedroom. List everything you think is essential in your bedroom, then evaluate them.

How essential are they? If you can live perfectly without them, delete them from the list. Perhaps your bathroom mirror serves you well enough so you can get rid of your dressing mirror. 

What about books? Are you piling them up on the floor?

Then you have two options: buy a bedside table or wave goodbye to the books. A minimalist bedroom floor should be clear, except for the furniture. No storing. No stacking. When you’ve decided what the essential items of furniture you need in your room are, clear the floor.

Start small

Decluttering a bedroom is a big job and could take longer than you think. Start small if you don’t have the energy to do it all at once.

Focus on one area, declutter it and then stop. You can concentrate on a different location the next day. This keeps you enthusiastic about the task, and you’ll enjoy seeing the results each day.

Clear out your cupboard.

Clothes are one of life’s great clutterers, which makes your wardrobe or cupboard an excellent place to start. Is there anything in it you don’t wear anymore? Of course there is!

Place it in a pile, throw it out, donate it, or sell it if it’s still in decent condition.

You’ll probably find other objects in your cupboard that you’ve popped in because you had nowhere else to put them. Do you need them? No? Then, out they go.

Declutter your bedside table and other surfaces.

The main items on your bedside table should be a book, magazine, lamp, and glass of water.

The fewer items, the better, and you’re more likely to fall back to sleep when you wake up for a glass of water or go to the bathroom. 

Minimalist Bedside Table.
Minimal White Bedside Table: A minimalist intention is living with only the essential items, no clutter.

Organising a minimalist bedroom

Minimalism has a simple rule: no excess. If you can remember that, you’re off to a good start. Here are some more steps for organising your bedroom in a minimalist way:

Minimalists – Tidy up regularly

A bedroom can become untidy quickly. Once you’ve stripped your bedroom down to the essentials, you must keep it that way, which means decluttering regularly. Get rid of receipts, packaging, food containers and other items lying around, creating a mess. Check the receipts first, just in case they’re essential.

Know that being a minimalist does not mean ‘uninviting.

The bedroom shouldn’t look like a prison cell, i.e. with a bed and nothing else. Minimalism is like editing. All you’re doing is simplifying your surroundings, and you don’t have to chuck out everything you own.

Your bedroom is a haven, and even though you have only furnished it with a few essential items, you should want to spend time there. 

Choose your bed first.

Since the bed is the most essential part of a bedroom, you must choose a bed first. Then, you can base the rest of your plans for the room on that. It can help if you know what you want in your bedroom before you furnish the whole space, but the bed must come first. A simple bed frame works best. Metal, box springs and platform beds are good choices for minimalistic style.

Achieve balance and harmony.

To create calm within your minimalist bedroom, think about the size of the furniture in proportion to the size of the bedroom itself. You don’t want feelings of tightness because the furniture is too large for the room. Nor do you want the furniture to feel ‘lost’ because the room is too big.

Create additional order by arranging your furniture symmetrically so the eye moves uninterrupted through space. Balancing the layout will boost the sense of calm in the room. 

Make the most of the space under your bed.

If you have an ottoman or divan bed, make the most of the space underneath it to store items and declutter. Off-season clothes, bedding, luggage, toys and books can all go under the bed. If you have a platform bed (and even if you don’t), place the items in boxes to keep the dust off them. If you’re going to feng shui in your bedroom, storing anything besides linen under the bed would be bad practice.

Giltedge Beds Side Opening 4FT 6 Double Ottoman Bed Base.
Pictured: Giltedge Beds Side Opening 4FT 6 Double Ottoman Bed Base.

Have one single dresser

Having many drawers and dressers will dent your bedroom’s minimalist visuals and make the room feel cluttered. If you can’t avoid having extra drawers in the room, position them as far away from the bed as possible to create plenty of space around it.

Note that to keep things minimalistic, everything should have storage space. 

One shelf for mementos

Again, we’re talking about the power of one here. If you like photos, books or souvenirs, keep them all on a single shelf.

Just ensure you don’t keep putting up new shelves for them all. That would defeat the object, and the minimalism will go out the window.

Integrate cables

In a tidy, minimalist bedroom, they should be stored inside a drawer after using them; if you have any other cables showing, use a conduit to hide them. This is an easy solution that requires no drilling.

Minimalist hide cables with conduit.
Minimalist – Hide your cables; different colours could be purchased to match your bedroom colour scheme.

Decorating a minimalist bedroom 

Being a minimalist is a lifestyle choice, and it doesn’t mean you have nothing in your bedroom. Learning how to decorate and organise your bedroom minimally would be very dull.

You can do this by following these tips:

Use a cool palette

Although a minimalist bedroom shouldn’t be boring, neither does it mean that you should shake the whole room up with bold, bright colours. Blues, greens and neutral colours, such as grey, will bring you that air of calm you’re striving for in your bedroom.

Colours such as red create too much drama, making you feel unsettled. You can mix things up with patterns and textures instead of bold colours.

Multipurpose furniture

This is a neat little minimalist trick. Items such as chairs can function as storage space, too. You want to minimise the furniture in your room, and an accent chair will work well in place of a bedside table. It’s also a handy way to repurpose old furniture if you don’t wish to spend more on a new item of furniture. 

Hang up a piece of artwork you love

As a teenager, you likely covered your bedroom walls with posters and pictures, but this goes against minimalism. Choose one piece you love and make it the accent piece. No matter how beautiful the other parts are, don’t spoil the effect by hanging more on the same wall. Just like the bed is the bedroom’s centrepiece, the artwork must be the focal point of the wall. 

Minimalism is a popular art movement that developed in the late 1950s and early 60s.

Add a plant

Plants are simple and earthy and breathe extra colour into a bedroom. Their little splashes of green do just the trick, but make sure that the plant isn’t so big that it distracts your attention from the other décor. Remember what we said about balance! A rubber plant or a philodendron will serve you well. You could even add freshness to the bedroom by bringing in some flowers. Just pop them in a neutral-coloured vase to keep the minimalism look going.

A Bedroom which adopts the style of minimalism.
Pictured: A Bedroom which adopts the style of minimalism. It’s about removing the clutter and using your time and energy for the remaining things—creating space in our lives.

Keeping things to a minimum

At heart, minimalism is about promoting well-being by keeping your bedroom free of clutter and sticking to a few essential items of furniture—the fewer items surrounding you, the better. Organising your furniture in a specific way that creates balance and symmetry between the different items contributes even further to the serenity. 

If you ever feel unsettled but don’t know why, look around your bedroom and the rest of your home. Is there any clutter? Would it benefit from a more minimalistic approach? Maybe it would, in which case you can use the advice to make it happen for a more relaxing living space.

Related Pages

Leave a Reply

This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. By browsing this website, you agree to our use of cookies.