Tips On Arranging The Furniture In Your Bedroom
Your bedroom is a special place; you spend around eight hours per night sleeping in it, but it’s also a refuge from the world, an area to be kept private, intimate, comfortable, calming, and well organized. The most space-consuming item within your bedroom is obviously your bed, which begs the following questions.
1. Where Should I Place My Bed In My Bedroom?
Two factors need to be considered. First, what size of the bed. Second, what style? In terms of the first question, the bigger the better, ie. you will get a better night’s sleep in a bigger bed. Think about it – a baby will tend to sleep in a cot bed which is about 70 cm in diameter, but two adults might share a double bed which is no wider than 140 cm. You might be sleeping in less space than a baby gets if you minus the wiggle room of sharing the space! In terms of the second, there are over twenty from which to choose. Everything from the main frame to the wooden slats to the style of mattress is variable, so you can choose exactly what you want, after giving it plenty of thought.
2. What About Smaller Sized Bedrooms?
It’s a good question but remember that bedroom storage doesn’t have to be horizontal; it can certainly make good use of all that vertical space. Shelving can go over your bed and magnifying mirrors can add the illusion of depth (if you affix a taller bathroom mirror) and width (if you affix a wider mirror). There are also bed designs that permit you to store things under the bed, with slide-out drawers. Very useful.
3. What About Narrow Or L-Shaped Bedrooms?
Actually, an oddly angled or narrower room can be a bonus rather than a disadvantage. With an angled room a bookcase or folding screen can divide the room more easily into two different zones. The same can be done in a longer, narrower space; one end can contain a desk, office stool, mini projector, the other a games console or tv. Your longer room could function in terms of different zones. A beanbag or bench could make it a cool hang-out zone for housemates or friends. You might consider having some kind of circular table or footstool, perhaps a lava lamp or cool, funky looking desk lamp. This can distract the eye from the ‘tunnel’ effect that a narrower room can have, if not broken up through a clever layout.
4. What About An Attic Bedroom?
Attic bedrooms can have an extra charm and sense of romance, due to the sloping ceiling which is perfect for decorating; pendants, throws, fairy lights, and other inventive knick-knacks can be tactfully hung up or placed on small shelves above your bed. It’s actually very useful having the sleeping angle cut in half (due to the curvature of the roof), and the sectioning of your bedroom can be made that much easier, especially as there will be a stairwell around which cubby holes and storage boxes can be strategically placed.
5. Two For One
A lot of furniture can have more than one purpose. A low bookshelf, for example, can serve as a plant pot stand or light stand. A higher bookshelf can make use of lots of shelves on which to store not just books, but a variety of knick-knacks, socks, paraphernalia. Hooks on the sides of your bookshelf can help you hang up bags, pajamas, or dressing gowns. Writing bureaus are fantastic; they can function as a desk, a stationery and storage area, a chest of drawers, and/or a miniature bookcase. Don’t forget your bed, too. You can create an in-built storage compartment between the head of the bed and bed itself, into which you can store bed linen, clothes, and even valuable accessories that you don’t want to have out on display.
The beauty of shelving is that they can slot in anywhere; above the main bedroom door, embedded into the corners of your bedroom, above the bed, high up near the ceiling (a footstool or small step ladder might be needed to reach!), or in alcoves or next to those awkward ‘dead’ spaces next to a closet or chest of drawers. Shelves can be easily cut to your desired measurements with a handsaw, and you only need some brackets and a few screws and wall plugs to affix them securely to any wall.
Overall, furniture is a personal choice but there are certain tricks that can maximize storage or alter your bedroom’s appearance. You can create just the look for you with some retro or sports memorabilia and vintage books that are easily found in any thrift store. The most important thing is that your bedroom feels safe, secure, and calming. It is your one space which is designed for sleeping and relaxing, more so than any other room in the house.