This month, Design 101 is all about furniture layouts!  Last week we talked about dining room layouts.  We’re making our way around your home, offering you tips and tricks to furnish each space.  Next on our list is the Master Bedroom:

Master Bedroom Furniture Layout



Images courtesy of Katie Ridder

Step One: Find a Focal Point

  1. The main piece of furniture in your bedroom is the bed, so naturally it becomes the focal point.  Additional furniture will be placed around the bed, so you'll want to ensure you install your bed in a location that works.
  2. Traditionally, a bed will be placed centered on the wall opposite the main door to the room.  Take a step back and look around your room.  Does centering your bed on the wall opposite the door make sense?  If not, is there another wall that makes more sense?
  3. What if there is a window on what should be the bed wall?  Typically, a bed won't be placed in front of a window if the window will be opened and closed on a regular basis as it's difficult to reach over your bed to access the window.  That said, we have broken this rule.  Check out the room we designed for the VIA Show House where we used the window as a headboard.
  4. Do you have a nice view from your bedroom?  If so, you will want to take advantage of it by placing furniture around the window.  There's nothing like waking up in a beach side hotel and seeing the ocean first thing in the morning!


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Step Two: Refer to your Furniture List

The other week we talked about making a list of essential items for each room of your home.  In your master bedroom, essential items could be things like a bed, dresser, end tables, and accessories (rugs) or accents (art and lighting). Remember that if you own pieces that aren’t essential for the master bedroom, it could be that they work in another part of your home.

Try to keep your master bedroom simple so that it feels restful and comfortable.  If you have furniture that is cluttering your room, consider moving it to a closet to free up floor space.



Step Three: Arrange Furniture, Art, and Accessories

  1. Start by placing your bed.  You will want at least 24" on either side of it, between the bed and any walls,  for space to walk around.  This also allows you to make your bed easily! Also  allow for 36" between your bed and any doors.
  2. If you are tight on space, consider eliminating a foot-board on your bed.  This will help make your room seem larger.
  3. The easiest way to increase your square footage is to add a mirror to the room.  Mirrors reflect light, making rooms feel more open and spacious.
  4. If you have a large bedroom, consider dividing it into separate spaces.  You could create a cozy sleeping space in the bed area and set aside the other half of the room for a seating area for reading, relaxing, or watching TV.  Like your very own hotel suite!
  5. If you don't have space for a seating area, consider adding at least one comfortable chair. Chairs provide a great place to put on your shoes, or to relax on a sick day.
  6. You can maximize storage by placing bedside tables as big as your space will allow.  We find shelves and drawers offer helpful storage.  We like to place bedside tables that are the same height, or slightly lower, than the top of the mattress.  This offers a nice visual continuity and makes smacking the alarm clock easy!
  7. You should leave a clearance of 36" in front of closets, dressers, and armoires so that you can open doors and drawers.
  8. Think about whether or not you want a rug in the space.  Rugs will help reduce noise in your bedroom.
  9. Consider additional lighting in your room.  Do you read in bed?  In November, we discussed various types of lighting that could enhance your bedroom.
  10. While thinking about how to light your room, also consider how to block light.  We typically install some kind of blackout window treatment in bedrooms to block light in the morning and provide privacy at night.  In October, we devoted the entire month to window treatments.
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Happy Planning.


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