Among all the rooms in the house, the bedroom is the least considered when arranging furniture. To some, it becomes a store for unwanted furniture and items from other rooms. Maybe because it’s a private space and guests are unlikely to see it. However, arranging your bedroom can improve your sleep and lift your mood every time.
Whether your room is small or large, you can make good use of the space you have and make your bedroom look beautiful. Of course, you’ll need to consider factors like the size of the room, the location of the windows and the door, the furniture you want to bring in, and so on. While this is a stressful exercise, this article gives you simple steps you can follow as you arrange your bedroom furniture.
How to Arrange your Bedroom in 10 Simple Steps
One can put so much furniture in the bedroom, like the wardrobe, dressing table, chest drawers, bedroom chairs, bedside table, study table, etc. Not everyone will need all these, considering the bedroom space available.
So, you’ll first have to determine your priority bedroom furniture, and if there’s extra space at the end of the exercise, you can bring in some more. At the end of your activity, make sure you left enough open floor space, and the door can swing open without knocking things.
The furniture you choose to put in your bedroom must serve a purpose in the room. If it’s something you hardly use, then you can leave it out so that you can have enough space for the furniture you regularly use.
Here are some steps to follow when arranging your bedroom.
You will be more productive and work faster if you start with creating a plan. Your room’s purpose, style preferences, and the size and shape of your room will also play a role in choosing your room décor.
Let’s consider these factors and come up with a workable arrangement design.
Step 1 – Study the room’s layout.
Check the shape of the room. Is it square or irregular? A square room will be much easier to arrange. But if the room is irregularly shaped, consider other factors to ease the arrangement. Also, check for the placements of electrical outlets where you can plug in your devices like television, lamps, etc.
Check for the position of windows, how low they are, and their number. If there’s a wall without a door or window, that would be ideal for the closet or wardrobe. Finally, you can measure the room’s exact size using a tape measure so that you leave nothing to assumption.
Step 2 – Get the furniture.
You already know your room’s dimensions and shape. The next step is to get ideal furniture that will fit in the room and meet your needs. Measure the size of the furniture you’ll need and check the measurements against the size of your room.
It is crucial because you don’t want to buy and bring in heavy furniture to find out that it will not fit as expected.
Step 3 – Keep the area around the door free.
Your door should be able to open and close freely without knocking on closets or tables. Therefore, when planning your room, ensure that the donor area is free of clutter.
Plan your furniture arrangement such that it doesn’t block the doorway, making sure that there’s plenty of room around it.
Step 4 – Consider the purpose of the room.
Sleeping is the apparent activity for the room, but what else will you use the room to do? Do you love reading or watching TV? Do you fix your makeup in the bathroom or the bedroom? If you love reading, you’ll definitely choose to have a study area, so you’ll have furniture to meet this need. If you love fixing your makeup in the bathroom, you’ll not need a dressing table.
You can also consider whether the room will be your main room or the guest room. The furniture you’d put in the guest room is different from what you’d put in your main room.
Step 5 – Add a touch of your style.
Do you like simple modern designs, or you love fuller and cozier layouts? You can also consider how you like your walls – plain or with pictures – to reflect your personality. These considerations will help you determine how much space you need to leave free.
Remember that this is your room, so you can pimp it the way you like it so that you can be yourself when in the room. If you’re sharing the room with someone, you can consider their interests and preferences before deciding on the extra decorations.
Now that we already have a plan for the room, the next step is to make the actual arrangement. The plan should act as a roadmap to help place the furniture in a way that fits without too much hassle.
Here we go.
Step 6 – Position the bed.
The bed is the primary piece of furniture in your bedroom, and its position determines the room’s outlook. The most popular position is in the center so that it becomes the focal point of the room. But there are other options you can consider.
If you don’t have enough space for a central position for your bed, you can place it along the wall opposite the window. Or if your room has two or more windows, you can place it between the windows; be careful not to take up too much space with this arrangement.
If you are thinking of placing the bed near the window, be careful about placing it right underneath the window, especially if you love leaving the windows open. Try to leave enough space around the bed frame to allow you to step down easily from the bed.
Step 7 – Position the dresser.
It is often the next thing you consider after positioning your bed. The best location for the dresser is direct across the room from where the bed is. Since its considerably large furniture, it will help balance out the room.
The size of your dresser is determined by the size of your room, as we discussed when planning out the room arrangement. If you’re arranging a small space, you can consider a vertical dresser instead of a horizontal one. If your closet is big enough, you can consider incorporating the dresser into the closet and save some space in the bedroom.
However, if you’re arranging a spacious room, you can have a bigger dresser. Take advantage of the space underneath your window and choose a low-wide dresser to maximize the space. A large dresser can act as a place where you place other things like the television.
Step 8 – Place the nightstands.
The next step will be to position the nightstands on each side of the bed. The importance of nightstands cannot be over-emphasized. Not only will they hold your light lamp, but they’ll also hold the small stuff you may want to access at night. Some things like your cellphone, the TV remote, a glass of water, books, alarm clocks, etc., are placed on the nightstand so you can easily reach them at night.
When choosing a nightstand, choose one high enough, at least to your mattress height. Since nightstands come in different shapes, sizes, and designs, you must determine what works for you. Do you want one that has drawers, a floating shelf, or just a tabletop?
You’ll need to choose one that meets your needs and fits within your space without overstuffing the space. If your room is small and your bed is against the wall, you’ll only need one nightstand, and it will sort you. However, you can get one for each side of the bed for a room with a larger space and balance out the outlook.
Step 9 – Bring in additional furniture.
At this point, you’ve already brought the essential furniture into the room. Now it’s time to consider what else you want to do in the room and bring it in. A book reader will consider bringing in a study desk and a chair. If there is nothing in your window space, you can place your study desk at the window and enjoy some sunshine and cool breeze as you read.
Other considerations are:
- A seating area – This works for bedrooms with a large space. You can create a seating area and bring in a sofa to make it cozier. But even in a small room, you can bring in a small chair, a stool, or a bench.
- Ottomans for extra seating space – If your bed is in the center of the room and the space is quite big, you can consider placing an ottoman on the bed’s lower side where you can sit and unwind, or your visitors can sit there.
- A mirror – Mirrors have a way of making the room feel complete. That is necessary if you prefer dressing and making up in your room other than the bathroom. A mirror may not take so much space, depending on where you want to place it. You can hang it on the wall or place it on the desk.
- A bookshelf or bookcase – Bookcases help keep the room organized as you can place your books, photos, and other small items in your room. They also do an excellent job of covering up empty wall space.
- A bed tent – if you’re designing a room for someone with Autism or sensory sensitivities, including a bed tent can help provide a calming space to decompress before bedtime.
Step 10 – Check to ensure that everything is in place according to the plan.
Now that you’ve brought in everything you want into the room, it’s time to check to ensure that the room is not overstuffed. You can consider freeing up some space around the furniture to allow free movement without colliding into stuff on the ground.
If you still want more space, you can consider using furniture that allows for multi-use. For example, you can use a bed with storage space that can work as a dresser.
Ensure that the space between one furniture item and the other is about two feet so that your room doesn’t look too cluttered. You want to safely move across your room, even in the dark, without crashing items on your way.
At this point, you can bring in your rug. It’s not part of the furniture, but it’s a key component in determining the final outlook of the room. The rug is placed underneath the lower two-thirds area of the bed so that it can provide a stepping space when you get out of bed.
You can place a larger rug depending on the size of the room. If your bed is against the wall or at the corner, place a rug near it so that you can step on something when you wake up every morning.
It’s also at this point where you make the final touches and decorate the walls. Hang the paintings, position the flower vases, and anything else that will leave your room feeling complete. It has to do with your personality and how you want to express it.
Arranging your furniture in a room is an art. You don’t have to be an interior designer to develop a beautiful design for your bedroom furniture arrangement, considering that there are hundreds of ways to go about it. The steps discussed in this article will make it easy for you to develop a simple arrangement for your bedroom furniture while allowing you to be creative.