The bedroom is considered to be the tranquil retreat and safe haven from the rest of the household. Here are a few tips for planning a layout for function and rest.
Ensure you are able to walk around your bedroom without bumping into the corner of a dressing table or climbing over a chair to exit the room. If it is hard to visualise spaces, measure the gaps between the furniture to allow adequate room to open wardrobe doors without obstruction and bedside tables which need to be in reaching distance from the bed. Determine what you need easy access to, and store away items such as ironing boards and clothes drying racks—even if it means putting them in a different room or storing under the bed. Try taking a bird’s eye view of the bedroom. Changing the way a door opens or repositioning radiators are not expensive changes but can help simplify arrangements.
Position large items such as the bed, wardrobe, and chests all around the bedroom rather than having them all on one side of the room. Spread colour and texture equally around the space so that the room looks well balanced and the eye is drawn around the bedroom to different areas of interest. Don’t allow one piece to dominate the space to the detriment of all others. Before decorating, consider the space needed for furniture—always measure, and refer to Bed Buyers Guide for bed sizes.
Choose a focal point from which everything else is positioned. A large statement piece such as a headboard can determine the style of the room as it has beauty and a purpose in its own right. As the bedroom is usually dominated by a large piece of furniture such as the bed, the less you subsequently put into it, the better. Patterned pillows, textured wallpaper, and rich bed linen can easily create a focal point inexpensively. For ideas and inspiration, research catalogues, showrooms, decorating books and Lifestyle sections of newspapers such as The Guardian.
Bedroom furniture does not always need to be pushed up against walls, nor does it always need to be positioned at right angles. Have fun with placement and try combinations of smaller pieces to create areas of interest within the larger space. Bedroom furniture can give ideas with a wide range of wardrobes, chests, dressing tables, bedside tables, headboards, and bedroom accessories. Always measure the space available before buying furniture.
Store it/Hide it
It is essential not to turn the bedroom into a storage problem. Plan which drawers, closets or wardrobes will be used and position them in easy access points for day-to-day use. If possible, devote an entire wall for built-in storage as it is spatially efficient and cleverly concealed. Avoid making the mistake of buying more storage for the bedroom when in reality, a good clear-out and re-organisation is all that is required.
A bedroom can easily turn into a messy cluttered place to sleep in, but with some thought and careful planning, it can transform into your favourite place in the house to wind down and wake up in.
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