Hotel rooms are easily some of the trickest workflows for architects and interior designers. After all, the design is for a business, so per/sqft profitability is at the top of the mind for the hotelier himself, at the same time, the guest experience is also a decisive success factor for the hotel and the perceived spaciousness and comfort weighs in on this.  

As such the interior design of a hotel room should be well thought out with proper provisions for the various considerations including lighting, furniture, floor plan, decor aspects, and furnishings.   

Obviously, not all hotel rooms are alike, there are significant differences and variations depending on the region, type of hotel (2-star, 3-star, 4-star) & a plethora of different factors.

We will breakdown this post these different hotel types:

  • Small & Budget Hotel
  • Boutique Hotels, 3 Star Hotels & Resort Properties
  • Lavish & Luxurious 4 & 5 Star Hotels
compact hotel room furniture & fixtures


Typically, although not necessarily, smaller hotels run on volumes of guests and not so much on margin. So the objective here is to accommodate as many guests as possible and churn them quickly. This is also why the average space allocation in budget hotels has decreased over the years from about 370 Sq Ft to 330 Sq Ft.

Cubicle hotels are also becoming quite popular across densely populated cities in developed countries like Tokyo, Singapore City & Shangai that stand at less them 95 Sq Ft a room.

At the same time, the guests should not feel like the important elements are left out simply to save costs. To strategically counter this, the perceived spacing should be segregated. We share a few tips on successfully completing this.


Some of the restaurant sections and things to keep in mind while prepping their floor plan are listed below.

  • TURN A SECTION OF THE ROOMS INTO BUNKS – There’s no embarrassment when it comes to using bunk-beds for hospitality businesses. It is an idea that is increasingly being well accepted globally. and saves a ton of space while also making space for storage cubby holes and so on. Teens and folks in their mid-20s travelling with their friends actually prefer this against a king-sized bed. Use thick, comfortable and orthopedic mattresses to make up for the inconvenience and you’ll be fine.
  • LOSE THE TV CONSOLE – Okay so one might assume that a TV console and a TV stand is a must for any hotel room. It isn’t. For budget hotels, it is a space-occupying disaster. You may simply stick the TV set to the bunk bed or swich to tablets instead. It is both cost-effective and convenient as well.
  • MINIMALIST STYLES WORK BEST – Scandinavian minimalist hotel designs are ideal for budget hotels. For 2 reasons, they’re simply stunning to look at and they’re extremely sleek and thin with sharp geometric lines. In a situation where every sq ft matters, this is a wise switch to go for 
  • PAINTINGS DIRECTLY ON THE WALL – Mural paintings are all the rage these days and small hotel rooms stand to benefit from this trend since it is also a great way to save space. 

Here are a few examples of small hotel rooms where space-saving opportunities have been adequately seized.

bunkbeds in a simple hotel room
slav styled cozy hotel bedroom


From here on out, austere space-saving techniques simply won’t cut the mustard. Instead, the room should be designed in such a way so as to make sure that the techniques seem transparent.  

Since it’s mostly mid-sized & boutique hotels that opt for such space-saving mechanisms, going for any single theme as mentioned above is not a feasible proposition. Instead, a bunch of other novel mechanisms should be in place to make for a great guest experience and a profitable operation.

  • STICK THE BED TO A SMALL WINDOW: Pretty much no one minds waking up next to a window. While this may seem like a lot of clutter, it works like a charm, especially if you have a room with a view. Sticking an elegant night table to the other side is a great idea too. 
  • DITCH THE STUDY TABLE – While we still recommend keeping a desk, you’re better off ditching the table altogether. Mainly because the study is preferred for its functional purpose and not its aesthetic purposes. So a sturdy wall attached structure will work like a charm  
  • UTILIZE THE BEDFRAME SPACE – Bedframes in most hotels can act as a storehouse for keeping your shoes, personal belongings, and even bits of the panty including the mini-bar and the fridge. Most hospitality furniture companies like FurnitureRoots make commodious bedframes that are capable of housing a ton of goods quite intelligently.  
  • MINIMIZED WARDROBES: Although wardrobes are present in a very commodious form in almost every hotel they’re mainly there due to star-compliance reasons. But these requirements can easily be fulfilled through space-saving ideas as listed below. 


Double beds in a hotel room in beige colors
minimalistic hotel room wardrobe in dim lighting


Obviously, it’s time to spruce up your hotel room interiors in these hotels. This means artwork, spaciousness, furniture quality, interior materials, and decoration items should all be top-notch.

This means you’ll need pretty much all furniture items in all their extravagant might placed throughout the entirety of the hotel room. Most luxury hotels opt for a particular “period theme” like art deco or art nouveau and bring it up to speed through modern interior decorating techniques. 

When it comes to furniture & furnishings. Most star awarding agencies in most countries list these furniture items as a mandatory requirement in a hotel room [SEE FULL LIST HERE]

1. Bedframes & Bedbases with a minimum width of 90cm for single & 180 cm for double occupancy
2. A Nightstand/Bedside Table With Drawers & USB Charging Provision
3. Ottoman/Pouf & Bedside Footrests
4. Dressers OR Chest Of Drawers with adequate storage
5. A Study Desk With a Chair
6. Wardrobes With A Safe
7. Detachable Headboards For All Areas Within the Hotel


The objective here is to stick as close to the originally planned design theme and ensure that there aren’t any blind spots that can cause inconvenience to the guest. Here are a few quick tips for ensuring a luxurious & indulgent hotel room design 

  • Adding a bed & all bedding arrangement at an elevated platform in a lofted arrangement is an idea that works well. It makes sure that the bed frame (which is the largest space-occupying piece of furniture) is segregated from the rest of the hotel room, thus giving an illusion of spaciousness. 
  •  Use parallel lighting & electrical connections that spread across different sections of the hotel room. This gives more control to the guest across the entirety of the hotel room
  • Use multi-purpose furniture. This can be by way of a sofa-cum bed, storage bedding, dressers/TV stands with built-in mini-fridges & so on.
  • Rug-Up! Carpets are the easiest way to add a premium touch to any interior space. They’re also the most diverse in terms of quality & prices. Use a complete carpet on the loft area & also one near the coffee table set.
  • Use dim & recessed lighting along with abstract artwork, framed well across empty walls of the room

See some hotel interior themes and designs that can really make your hotel stand out.

wooden clad hotel room with luxurious designs
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