Design Plans for the Small Dormer Bedroom

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Let me start by telling you why this small dormer bedroom re-design is so special to me.

This room represents to me the beginning of a love story.

At first, it was my love affair with my new house but then things changed drastically for the better. 

And this is how the story goes…

Girl gets brave enough to date again. In walks in this 6’3″, bearded man that totally got her when she spoke of things like miter saws, shiplap, and watching re-runs of Fixer Upper. Guy helps girl follow her dreams of restarting her blog by convincing her to dive back into the design and remodel process. Together, they finish her oldest son’s room before he returns from his trip to Minneapolis. Little did she know how talented this man was. Little did she know, it was in her stars to fall in love with him during this journey.?

Did you get all the feels? Boy, did I ever. 

They say your soulmate challenges you to your fullest potential.

This is where our challenges began. 


Taylor’s room is only 97 square feet. We started with pistachio green walls, popcorn ceilings, and an oddly shaped floorplan. This made it difficult to design the furniture layout. 

The goals for the small dormer bedroom re-design:

1. Make room more functional as a bedroom and office space for Taylor.

2. Make the small room feel bigger by utilizing the nook in the gable with built-ins.

3. Brighten it up and modernize by covering up the popcorn ceiling and adding new light fixtures.

4. “Masculinize” the room by changing the pistachio green paint color to a medium gray and by adding rustic meets industrial vibe with a planked wood wall, a Restoration Hardware inspired desk and vintage accessories.

5. Keep it all within a budget of $750 and a time limit of less than a month before Taylor got home from Minneapolis. 

Absolutely do-able!

Here’s a few pictures of how I envisioned the space:

Attic bedroom with planked ceilings and medium gray paint
Built-in bed with cabinetry by Young & Sons Cabinetry
Cozy built-in bed with grainsack pillow
Bonus Bedroom with planked wall and built-in bed from Creative Little Daisy
Rustic planked wall dormer bedroom

I used the pictures above to draw my inspiration and create my design plan.

What I love about these rooms is the coziness they portray with the combination of rustic, wood planked walls behind the bed, bright white planked ceilings, and space-saving built-ins. 

These are the accessories I had in mind to give it the rustic, industrial vibe that I was going for (some products contain affiliate links):

Rustic industrial dormer bedroom ideas

//NYC Lithograph  Map // Vintage Book Bundles // Cage Ceiling Pendant //

//Quilt //  Wall Lights // Desk (Our DIY version coming soon)//

I’m really excited to show everyone how easily popcorn ceilings can be covered up in our next post!

By the way, I’m thinking of opening an Etsy shop within the next few months but would like some advice from everyone. I’m wanting to sell some things that I’ve already made from my DIY projects list and also some new products.

What would you like to see in my Etsy shop?

Thanks for your input! 🙂

Click here to see Taylor’s vintage, industrial office-in-a-closet from our last house.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. You’ve picked some great inspiration! Congrats on the new beau – sometimes it takes a new person walking into your life to show you that you are on the right path…Can’t wait to see how this turns out!!

    1. Thank you so much, Cheryl! I believe you’re right! 🙂

  2. Love the design plan – those beds are soo crazy cosy looking – curl up and read all day!

    1. Thank you! That’s my favorite part! You’ll love how it turns out.

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