Twin Room Ideas – Making the Most of Small Bedrooms

I don’t know if it’s my long-time obsession with I Love Lucy or something else but I have come to love a twin room. What is a twin room you ask? A twin room is a bedroom with two twin beds. Most commonly you see this setup in kids’ bedrooms as well as guest rooms. I love this design for fitting two beds in one small bedroom. With this layout, you’ll be able to create a functional shared space with minimal actual space. 

Planning Your Twin Room

Before diving into the design ideas, it’s important to lay out a plan for your twin room. Think about who will be using the space and what their needs are. If this is a kid space, you can save space and utilize bunk beds. For a shared guest room, you may want two beds in one small room so adding two twin-sized beds is the answer. You’ll also want to figure out how much storage space you’ll need in this room. Will your guests only sleep there or do they need space for storage? Can you incorporate a desk for a working area? Knowing the purpose of your twin room will ultimately determine how to best arrange it.

Two Beds in One Small Room Ideas

Two Beds in one small room

Let’s take a peek at some ideas for designing small bedrooms with two beds. These tips will help you make the most of the space while still creating a stylish and inviting room.

Create a Sitting Area 

Two beds in one small room with a sitting area
via VJW Home

One of the best ways to utilize a space with two beds in one small room is to combine it with a sitting area. This works great in small bedrooms that are used for guests as it gives guests a nice area to relax and read or just some additional seating in general. To create this setup, you’ll want to arrange two twin beds on one side of the room and add a comfortable seating area on the other side. This can be achieved with a small sofa and an accent chair.

 Shared Nightstands Give the Illusion of Having More Space

In a small bedroom, every inch counts. Instead of having two separate nightstands or bedside tables for each bed, opt for one shared nightstand between the beds. This creates more floor space, making the room feel less cluttered and cramped. You can also invest in a single larger nightstand or even a small dresser that can double as storage space for both beds.

Beds With a Minimal Footprint Make the Room Feel More Spacious

jenny lind twin beds in a small room
via Intimate Living Interiors photo by Karyn Millet Photography

Another great tip for creating a twin room is to choose beds with a minimal footprint. This means selecting bed frames and headboards that are not too bulky or take up too much floor space. Beds with open frames or slim headboards can create the illusion of more space in a small room. Jenny Lind beds are beautiful in design but minimal in space making them a great option for twin rooms. Additionally, you can find a Jenny Lind bed a pretty much any price point making it an affordable option.

Place Beds on the Shortest Wall to Maximize Space

two beds in one small bedroom
via Bria Hammel Interiors photo by Spacecrafting Photography

If you’re working with a small bedroom, you may have limited space for two twin beds. In this case, the best option is to place the beds on the shortest wall in the room. This will leave more open floor space for other furniture and allow for better flow in the room. Don’t be afraid to place the beds in front of a window, it can create a great backdrop for the space.

Use Sconces In Place of Table Lamps

When using two beds in one small bedroom you may not have space for a table let alone a table lamp. Consider using sconces for ambient or reading light instead. This will save space on your nightstand (or prevent you from needing one) and add a touch of style to the room. 

Use Oversized Bedding For Ultimate Coziness

Even in twin spaces, you can create a really luxe and cozy space that is inviting to guests by using oversized bedding.  This means selecting really fluffy comforters that are really full creating a super luxurious feel to the space. This adds a layer of comfort and coziness to the small space.

Add Ottomans For Extra Storage

two beds in a small room with ottomans for extra storage
via Gary McBournie Inc photo by Gordon Beall

When you have two beds in one small room you are always thinking about extra storage and how it can be incorporated. One great idea is to add ottomans at the end of each bed. This not only serves as additional seating but also provides hidden storage for guests’ belongings, extra linens, or even toys.

Built In Beds

If you really want to save space and you have the time and funds, you can build built-in beds that create the ultimate shared space. This can be achieved by building two twin beds into the wall with built-in shelves or built-in storage. Not only does this save space, but it also creates a custom and unique look to the room. 

Bunk Beds

Never sleep on bunk beds (see what I did there). Obviously, they are great for kids’ rooms but you can use them for guest spaces as well! You can create a really lovely space with a bunk bed. If you need to put two beds in a small bedroom, bunk beds should be a consideration. You can purchase bunk beds or opt for custom built-in bunks. This not only saves floor space but also adds a fun and playful element to the room. Depending on your home’s needs, by using vertical space you can potentially add even more beds to your space by doubling the bunk beds for a four-bed guest room.

Create Contrast With Color

two beds in a small room

via Mimi & Hill Interiors photo by Toni Deis Photography

Just because you have two beds in one small room, doesn’t mean it has to feel cramped and cluttered. Using contrasting colors can create a sense of space and make the room feel larger than it is. I’m really drawn to these white beds with the blue-green walls as a backdrop. While this is a small room with little space between the beds (see the very small table between the two beds), the contrast and the high ceilings make the space feel much larger.

No Headboard No Problem

minimal bedroom layout with two twin beds
via The Designer and The Decorator

If you are really limited in space, consider going without headboards. I promise it’s okay! I really like the way this space feels really modern sans headboard with the play on clean lines between the window, bed, and striped bedding. If you’re unsure about it, you can still add interest to the wall by painting it a different color, using wallpaper, or adding framed art above the beds.

Small Rugs Works in Small Rooms

When it comes to adding an area rug in a small room, keep the size of the room in mind. A large rug will only make the space feel smaller and more cramped. While I recommend a rug to go fulling under at least the footboard of a single bed, when you have two twin beds in a small bedroom you can lay a smaller rug between the two beds. This still gives the room a cozy feel without overwhelming the space with a large rug. 

Place Two Beds Foot to Foot

Traditionally we think of a shared bedroom as a bunkbed or two twin beds side by side. If you have a long and narrow room, or really limited space, consider placing the two beds foot to foot. This means that beds are both against the wall with the footboards facing each other. This allows for more floor space in the room. A setup like this is great for kid spaces, giving them lots of room for playing and activities.


Designing a shared bedroom with two twin beds may seem like a challenge, but with these bedroom ideas, you can surely create a stylish and functional space for guests and kids.  By keeping in mind the size of the room and utilizing space-saving tips, you can maximize the space and create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for all. Whether it’s using minimal footprint beds or adding storage with ottomans, there are endless possibilities for creating a shared twin bedroom that everyone will love. So don’t be afraid to get creative and make the most out of your small bedroom space!  Happy decorating!  

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