How to Arrange Your Bedroom: Nail Your Furniture Layout
Your bedroom is the most important room in your home. After all, you’ll spend on average one-third of your life sleeping. It’s worth your time to get the layout right. And it’s not just about looks. A comfortable room will improve your sleep quality for better health. Let’s walk through the process of creating the best layout and arrangement.
Measure Your Room
The ideal layout depends on the right proportions of furniture to space. Measure the length and width of your room. Be sure to include permanent features such as built-in cupboards, shelves and window sills. You may find it helpful to sketch your plan on paper or use an app. It’s easier to erase a few lines than to move a heavy chest of drawers.
Keep the proportions to scale. Using graphing paper is an excellent way to visualise your space. It does little good if you’re not using the right sizes for the features and furniture.
Make sure to note the location of windows and doors as well as the direction that they open and face. That’ll become important further down. Don’t forget to account for the space you’ll need to open your cupboard. Also, mark down where the existing outlets are located. Now, you’re ready to move on to your furniture.
Your Floor Plan
Measure the dimensions of the pieces you have now. You’ll need to include room for opening drawers too. Placing your bed too close to your chest of drawers will make the room feel cramped and uncomfortable. The ideal layout will allow for plenty of space for walking around all the furniture in your room.
This is a good time to think about any changes you want to make. Are you considering upgrading your bed? Add the dimensions for the one you’re planning on buying. Don’t forget to measure the heights of all your furniture too. It may rule out certain placements of some of your pieces. The purpose of your plan is to save time and effort.
The Ideal Balance
The best furniture layout strikes the right balance between furniture and space. We’ve used what is known as the 60:30:10 ratio. It is the quintessential rule of thumb for interior design. While it often applies to colour, we’ll use it for our floor plan.
That means devoting 60 percent of the space to furniture. The remaining portions are for 30 percent walking area and 10 percent miscellaneous bits and pieces. These figures provide an excellent starting point for the number of pieces to place in a room.
Calculate the area of all the furniture. Divide it by the total space of the room. Then, multiply it by 100. That is the percentage of occupied area. For example, let’s say the bedroom is a generous 457 x 335cm. That comes out to 153095 sq cm. Ideally, the furniture will take up no more than 91857 sq cm total.
This is a rough guide and not a hard-and-fast rule. But it will help you understand your space better and how your furniture will work in your bedroom. Don’t hesitate to take a piece out of your plan if it’s going to make the room feel crowded. Likewise, it could be the ideal time to add an accent chair to your room.
This is where your drawing will come in handy. Begin with the bed since this will take up the most space. You should plan on leaving 75cm around all sides and ends. You can increase it to 90cm for a more open feel. You’ll have plenty of room to get around without having to climb over anything.
Standard sizes for beds range from a single at 190 x 91cm to 200 x 180cm for a super king. Use the dimensions of your bed base or frame. Don’t forget the height of your bed head if you have one.
Place your bed in the centre of a wall to optimise your use of space. That will save you 75cm of space at its head.
Try every open wall to see which one works best. Mind the cupboard and entry doorways. Also, consider the window’s exposure. You might welcome the morning sun streaming in your window. But that bright street light that’s on all night may be a different story.
Note the location of the wall outlets. It’s important to add a lamp or phone charger to your bedside table. Next, move on to your other furniture beginning with the largest pieces. This is where you might find you have limited options. Your chest of drawers, for example, will need extra space. You can think of this pre-planning like a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes, there are only a few possible solutions.
Try several options on paper. You might consider cutting out paper shapes for everything you need to arrange. It’ll make it simpler to rearrange your furniture. Think about how other features such as heating vents or other lighting will affect your comfort level. That, of course, is the main reason for planning your layout before moving everything into the room.
We can refer again to the 60:30:10 ratio for planning the rest of the room. The percentages for colour are 60 percent for the main one. The rest includes 30 percent for a secondary hue and the remaining 10 percent for accents. The miscellaneous items can add that splash of colour for interest.
That’s a sensible guide to follow. Too many accent pieces will overwhelm a room. They become less of a feature and more of a distraction. Remember, comfort is key for the ideal bedroom layout.
Note the location of windows if you’re adding plants to your room for optimal light exposure. Also, determine if you’ll need any extension cords to power your electronics. It’ll be far easier to plug one in before you place your bed in front of the only outlet. Be sure to leave some extra space for unplugging them as well.
The time you set aside for planning will make the job of moving furniture easier. It’ll make the task more efficient. Besides, your back will thank you for your effort!