The Dos and Don’ts of Bedroom Furniture Placement
The Dos and Don’ts of Bedroom Furniture Placement
Every time, the new year comes around I am itching to improve my home and living space by reducing clutter, changing things up, adding some new pieces, taking some away and optimizing space with items I already have. The one room that is oftentimes very static in terms of furniture added, taken away or rearranged is my bedroom. There are many great ideas and tips on how to improve the look and utility of your bedroom through specific furniture placement; of course there are also many furniture placements that don’t work.
Here are some great tips on improving the look and usefulness of your bedroom through furniture placement:
Bed and Window Combination:
Placing a bed under a window is rarely a good idea. In fact, it can be quite annoying. How many times a week, or even a day, do you open or close this window? Do you draw the blinds at night and in the morning and in the process have to climb over your bed? If so, then placing your bed under a window is definitely a bad idea. Maybe you live in an area where you have the air conditioning running most of the year, in which case, you may be able to circumvent this issue. However, if you are required to open and close blinds to get light in your bedroom, it may still be an inconvenient bed placement. If you are lucky enough to have two windows, you can place your bed between both windows. Not only is it a useful placement for you bed, but a bed framed by two windows can look great.
Beds and Doors:
While it seems to be common sense that you don’t want to put a bed in front of a door, sometimes people are tempted to forgo this rule and place a bed in a manner that it partially obstructs a door. This does not only look awkward, but can hinder you from leaving the house in case of an emergency.
Beds and Walls:
Placing your bed against a wall is the most traditional of all bed placements. Many homeowners automatically place the headboard of their bed against the wall opposite the main door. This is a great way of making a beautiful or interesting headboard the focal point of the room. And it also works extremely well with Murphy or wall beds. If you have one of those great wall beds with shelves or a great font, place it on the wall facing the main entrance to the room as a visually stunning component of the room design.
To make your bedroom appear bigger, avoid four posters or canopy beds, because they can make a room appear smaller. You may even want to skip the food board and opt for a bed that is lower to the ground to create the illusion of having a bedroom that is larger than it actually is. Another useful tip is to leave at least 3-4 feet of space between your bed and the walls to make the room feel more airy.
In kids’ bedrooms beds are best placed against a wall. Placing beds or cribs under windows is not recommended, because your youngsters may try to escape through the window and get hurt. Or they are trying to swing out of their bed with aid of the curtain strings or blind cords. This is not only unsafe, but also very dangerous.
Another important thing to consider is to make sure that all dressers and bookcases are safely mounted on the walls to prevent them from tipping over in case your little one tries to climb them to grab a toy or book etc.
If you have both or one of your parents live with you, it is a great idea to offer them a room that is multi-functional. A hidden bed, or a wall bed with desk gives them the space they deserve during the day and a comfortable sleeping space at night. These beds are of course, best placed against a wall that provides room and where it can be safely mounted. If you don’t have a wall bed, you still want to place the bed against the wall, to ensure that the rest of the bedroom space can be utilized. While placing a bed across a corner of a room can look great, it often takes away from usable floor space. Another great idea for a bed for your senior’s room is a storage bed, where they can stow away items, they don’t need as often, and the easy lift mechanism ensure that they can open them on their own.
Make the most of this room by placing a Murphy or wall bed against the wall facing the door. This ensure that you have a lot of space to work with if there are no guests around, and that they have a comfy bed, when they are. A walled with desk make this a great study, work room or whatever else you need. Don’t clutter this room just because it is not used as often. Try to make it inviting by using light colored furniture and subtle patterns for blinds and rugs, as these will make the room appear bigger. And while you may be tempted to use the closet space in this rarely used room, it never hurts to leave enough space for your guests to store their belongings.
Another great way of making any bedroom cozy is to have large side tables, especially if you enjoy writing, reading or watching TV in bed and to have a cozy chair that enables you to just relax and let the day pass by.
There are many great ways you can pace furniture in any bedroom to make the most of the space available to you. Murphy and wall beds, allow for extra space when you need it, and great beds when you don’t. Make sure you buy quality items-they will last longer and look better.
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