There are a variety of reasons why someone might be decorating a shared bedroom. It’s common for children to share bedrooms in homes, as well as roommates living in expensive city areas. Sharing bedrooms is also very common in vacation homes, especially in a place where groups are hosted regularly. The key when creating a shared bedroom is making it feel homey for everyone involved. That might mean creating a cohesive theme that brings a sense of peace to the bedroom, or it might mean figuring out a way to create some space and privacy between the beds. A great shared bedroom can require coming up with some creative solutions to make it not only usable but comfortable. The following examples show a variety of ways to fit multiple beds in shared bedrooms while still looking stylish. Sometimes they even figure out to create some privacy in the shared bedrooms as well!
1. Using a Unique Bunk Bed Set Up
Bunk beds are a classic trick for making space for two beds in a smaller room, but the bottom bunk can also be a bit of a tight squeeze. Building a custom bunk bed frame into a space can allow for roominess on the bottom bunk without losing any space in the rest of the room. With the beds facing different directions they almost feel like separate nooks despite being so close together.
2. Using a Fun Wallpaper
The overall design of this shared bedroom is pretty simple, so using a fun and busy wallpaper draws attention to the wall rather than the two beds side by side. Rather than be too busy in shared space, a high energy design element just helps to lead the eye to other areas.
3. Making a Full Bedroom Fun
This bedroom has four beds in it, but the way they’re set up it makes it feel more like two giant beds. This saves a lot of space in the bedroom while also making it look pretty cozy. Although given the fact that these beds are in such close quarters, this type of design is best used for kids or a vacation property.
4. Splitting the Space With a Desk
When there are two beds side by side sometimes it’s nice to offer a bit of space by putting a desk or something in between them. It’s still a shared space but it creates a bit of privacy on either side.
5. Identical Queen Beds in a Bedroom
When the size of a bedroom allows for it, putting two identical queen beds side by side can be a great way to create a lot of sleeping room in a space. This room looks like the ideal guest room, in the sense that it’s clean and organized but also that it could sleep around four people comfortably.
6. Splitting the Bedroom With a Bookshelf
Privacy is not usually the main attraction in a shared bedroom, in fact, it’s assumed that privacy will be minimal. But this is a good example of how putting a bookshelf in between the beds can create a great wall space. This bookshelf doesn’t have a back on it so it is still possible to see through it, which allows the light to keep moving through the room.
7. Personalizing the Bedroom With Initials
It’s usually a preferred method to keep a shared bedroom matching as much as possible so that it all looks cohesive. However, that can make it feel less personal if each occupant isn’t able to express their individuality. An easy fix for that is putting letters of each person’s initial above the beds or adding in a monogram element somewhere. Then it’s clear to see which bed belongs to who even though they look the same.
8. Mixing Bed Sizes in a Shared Bedroom
No one ever said the beds in a shared bedroom all have to be the same size! In this case, there are four beds of two different sizes nestled quite close together, but still offering up some privacy. This is a good option when the room occupants are different ages or as an option for two people living in a room who frequently invite guests over to sleep as well.
9. Using Beds With Built-In Storage
Storage space is important in any bedroom, and it’s particularly important in a shared bedroom. The more the better! The beds pictured in the photo below actually have hidden storage space that can easily be accessed by pulling baskets out by the foot of the bed. This also doubles as a way to make cleaning easier, since fewer items and dust bunnies will be able to find their way under those beds.
10. Using a Canopy for Privacy
This is an example of a very tight fitting shared bedroom. There isn’t a lot of privacy afforded by the shape of the space at large, so adding a canopy into the corner of the room at least allows for the perception of separation over the bed. (Even if the experience of being in the room is not as private as it appears to be.)
11. Matching the Interior to the Exterior
To make the space in a shared room feel bigger, one option is matching the inside of the room to the view outdoors. In this case, there is a seamless flow from the ocean to the color of the paint in the bedroom, making the room feel about twice the size that it actually is. Add in the sandy wood and the breezy white curtains for an ideal beachy shared space.
12. Building an Actual Wall Between the Beds
If having a faux wall or bookshelf between two beds isn’t enough of a separation, there’s always the option of building out an actual wall nook. Of course, this is a more extensive option that requires construction, but for a long term shared bedroom it can go a long way towards making the one room feel like two separate ones.
13. Going With a Bold Bedroom Design
Sometimes in a shared room it’s nice to go light and airy to make the space feel more open, while at other times it’s great to embrace the close quarters and just go all out with a bold bedroom design. In doing so there’s hardly a visual separation between the beds at all.
14. A Shared Bedroom With a Side By Side Desk Area
This bedroom has plenty of space for sharing, so there was room between the beds to create a side by side desk space. This allows for plenty of distance between the two beds, while still embracing the common area. The bookshelf running uninterrupted between the beds is a sweet way to keep things connected across the entire room.
15. A Shared Headboard
This room used a shared headboard to connect the two different beds. This is great for a small space. Not only does it make the room flow seamlessly, but the headboard is also functional as a side table and mini bookshelf. It cuts out the needs to have either of those next to the bed, but still offering all the convenience.
16. Stacking Simple Bunkbeds
This room has quite a few beds in it, which was accomplished by the simple design of the bunk beds. They’re pretty much boxes which creates a minimal feel while also adding to the feeling of privacy within each bunk. They each feel like separate entities despite being on top of one another.
17. Using a Curtain to Divide to Bedroom
This room shows how easy it is to divide a shared bedroom by putting a curtain up between the beds. Creating this is pretty simple and affordable. It allows for a lot of freedom since it can be pushed open during the day and pulled closed for my privacy during sleeping hours.
18. Making Use of a Really Tall Space
Not all bedrooms have a super high ceiling, but when they do, stacking three beds is actually an option. This design includes safe staircases on the side of the bunks rather than ladders. In addition to being safer, it also allows for a more open look to the beds.
19. Keeping a Shared Bedroom Light and Bright
This room is a great example of how using white in a shared space can help keep it looking big and open. There’s just nothing to break up the flow of a room when it’s all equally light. Besides using white for the paint and a lot of the bedding, the wood used in the room as light as possible as well.
20. Keeping One Wall for Beds Only
This room shows a unique way to place the beds in a shared bedroom that doesn’t take up a ton of space. These beds look more like daybeds than a traditional bed, which works really well to keep the floor space opened up. Having the divider shelf between the beds allows for a bit of privacy as well as acts as a nightstand for both people.