How to Arrange Your Bedroom Furniture and Nail the Perfect Layout
We spend around a third of our entire lives sleeping, so it’s important that your bedroom is an oasis of tranquility that permits high-quality rest. Plus, think of all the additional time we spend in our bedrooms that aren’t spent asleep – getting ready, relaxing with a good book, lazy mornings in… the list goes on.
As a result, it’s totally worth your time to expend a little energy on perfecting your bedroom. Your bedroom’s layout isn’t just about looks – the way you feel when you’re in the room is just as important.
Let’s walk through the process of creating the right layout and arranging your furniture for a bedroom that’s cohesive, comfortable and the ultimate place to relax.
Step 1 – Measure Your Room
The first step towards creating a beautiful, calm bedroom that allows you to get a great night’s sleep is nailing the dimensions. This will dictate the size of your furniture pieces, how many pieces are in the room and how they are arranged.
Measure the length and width of your room, ensuring you note permanent features like built-in wardrobes or cupboards, shelves and window sills. If it helps you to lay it out, sketch the general features of your bedroom on a piece of paper. Once you’ve got measurements, you’ll be able to see some configurations and work out which will best suit your existing furniture pieces and overall needs.
Be sure to keep the proportions of your sketch to scale, and note minute details like the way that windows and doors open. Clearance will play a big role in your furniture arrangements – more on this soon. With your room measured, now you’re ready to start moving around pieces and finding the perfect layout!
Step 2 – Determine Your Floor Plan
Now that you’ve got your measurements down, it’s time to work out a floor plan for your furniture pieces. Take stock of what you’ve already got, and the items that will definitely be staying in the room. You can use your sketch to mark out where each item might go before you actually start lifting your pieces… after all, there’s nothing worse than moving or building heavy furniture!
This is a good time to think of any changes you’d like to make, or new pieces you would want to introduce. Are you considering upgrading your bed to a different size? You’ll have to take this into account when it comes to clearance. Thinking of replacing that tallboy with a horizontal chest of drawers? The same principles apply. If you’re keen to get spendy and grab some new furniture pieces, this is the moment.
Once your furniture pieces and rough floor plan are locked and loaded, be sure to think through all of the smaller details. What’s the clearance like between items? Is it just enough for you to fit through, or do you have ample, comfortable space to navigate your bedroom with ease? The perfect bedroom layout will give you the freedom you need to move around day to day.
Step 3 – Create Balance
An ideal furniture layout strikes a balance between furniture and space, both for physical and practical reasons, and for aesthetic reasons. A lot of interior design principles, especially when it comes to colour, are built off the 60/30/10 rule – something that can be applied to the balance of furniture, space and other items in your room.
Devote 60 percent of your space to furniture pieces, including your bed, bedside tables, dresser and other larger items. Then, 30 percent should be left completely vacant for space to navigate the room. Finally, the remaining 10 percent is yours to use decoratively, for other items, decor pieces and trinkets. This category might include floor lamps, baskets, storage boxes and small shelves.
Although this is a rough guide, and not a hard-and-fast rule, it’ll guide the decisions you make and how many pieces you place in the room. Don’t hesitate to remove pieces if they throw off the balance in your bedroom – once everything feels right and comfortable, you won’t want to compromise the peace this brings!
Step 4 – Consider Your Bed
You’ve measured the room, made the sketch and determined a rough layout. Now, let’s physically place the pieces to start building out your bedroom – and what better way to kick things off than with the hero of the space, your bed!
The most common placement for a bed, especially if you’re sharing it with a partner, is in the centre of a short wall. Ensure there’s equal space either side of the bed to create a balanced look and feel. Depending on the size of the room, you may be able to create some asymmetry by placing other furniture pieces around the bed. There’s also the option of using the long wall if you’re working with a larger room, or prefer to have horizontal space to play with.
If you’re working with a small space, and don’t have to share the room with anyone, there’s also the option of pushing your bed up against the wall. This might feel a little collegiate, but it doesn’t have to! Place your other pieces considerately and create your own comfy oasis to chill out in at the end of the day, complete with lots of beautiful throw pillows on your bed.
Top tip: If you have time, and an extra pair of hands or two to help you out, try the bed up against every wall. Chances are, if you’re a sensitive sleeper, you’ll have qualms with the way the light comes in or the wind blows through the window – so think of this step as future-proofing to ensure a great night’s rest.
Step 5 – Place Other Pieces
With your bed in prime position, your remaining furniture should seamlessly fall into place. But, if you’re in two minds about the right spot for that bookshelf, or aren’t sure whether the dresser should go on the right or the left, we understand – these are significant decisions!
Take functionality into consideration and follow up with aesthetics to create a bedroom that’s both practical and pretty. For instance, if you’re the only one who uses a dressing table, you might want to put it on your ‘side’ of the room, or somewhere that’s accessible. Perhaps the light plays a factor in where a certain piece is placed, or the distance from the door. Always think through the placement of your furniture, and if you have time to spare, test it out a little before committing.
Step 6 – Add Some Decor
Throwing it back to our 60/30/10 rule, the last elements you find a home for in your bedroom should be decor pieces. They’ll generally be those larger things that make life a little easier, like lighting (a definite essential, unless darkness is your thing), baskets, storage boxes and more. This category might also include plants, if you’re paying any attention to Pinterest trends from the last decade.
There’s no formula for placing down your homewares bits and bobs, but the same rules apply – practicality and purpose, then looks. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night and kicking a basket or knocking over a pot plant, so ensure these items are appropriately tucked away to allow easy use of the space. Aesthetically, plants look beautiful next to your bigger, heavier pieces of furniture to create airiness, and baskets and boxes could work well underneath a furniture piece without a solid base, like a desk, shelf or vanity.
Top tip: When in doubt, pull it back. In the tradition of Coco Chanel’s ‘remove one item before you leave the house’ rule, the same goes for decor in the house. Too many pieces sitting on the floor will overwhelm the space, so relegate them to another, barer room, and keep to the small bits perched on bedside tables and dressers.
Step 7 – Refine as Necessary
Finally, with everything in place, all there’s left to do is a little zhuzhing. (Jooshing? We’re still not sure.) Spruce up anything that’s not feeling right by moving bits around, or perhaps purchasing something new to add to the space, like a plant, blanket, throw cushion or even a new furniture piece.
A few last things to remember before you get stuck in…
- Keep the location of the key elements in the room – windows, doors, outlets, and any unique features – in mind throughout the placement process.
- Take your time, and try out different configurations if you have ample help to move your furniture around.
- Think purpose first, and aesthetics second. You’ll thank us later, and chances are, placement won’t affect how beautiful your room looks.
Are you ready to grab a couple of friends, lug your furniture around and try out an all-new bedroom layout? We hope you’re feeling inspired, but better yet, equipped with the knowledge you need to design a bedroom that’s both practical and gorgeous.
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