Arranging bedroom furniture can be a bit of a challenge! The bedroom, after all, is so much more than just a place to sleep. It’s your own special place to relax and unwind. So, if you’re struggling to find the right curtains or know where to place your dresser, it can be very frustrating.
If you’re wondering where to place your bed, or how you can display your furniture in an awkward shaped room of any kind, read on for our ideas on arranging bedroom furniture. It’s time to transform your bedroom into the relaxing retreat you deserve.
How do you want to use your space? Will your bedroom be used for anything other than sleeping – i.e. will you need a desk? These are the questions you need to ask yourself when deciding where you place your fixtures. For example, if you know you’ll be watching TV in your bedroom, tick both the space saving box AND the convenience box by placing your TV set on top of your dresser rather than on its own cabinet.
Smaller bedrooms don’t necessarily mean less furniture, either – you just need to be creative. For a child’s bedroom, for instance, consider multi-purpose furniture – such as a storage bunk bed with a dressing table underneath – to take advantage of the full height of the room. Or, for yourself, choose a bed with drawers beneath for more storage space.
If you already have a platform bed, you don’t necessarily have to resort to plastic boxes for that extra storage. Vintage suitcases are a lovely way to add a more decorative touch to your bedroom and can clear some much-needed space.
Another great space-saving solution is to use shelves which reach up to the full height of your ceiling. Not only does this act as added storage, it’ll also elongate the height of the bedroom.
- If you don’t have any room for nightstands, use a shelf beside the bed instead. If you’d still like some atmosphere lighting when reading before bed, ceiling lights that hang down are a subtle but effective lighting feature.
- Using frameless or light-framed mirrors, such as our Country Cottage Painted Wall Mirror, will give the illusion of more space as they bounce light around the room.
- Painting your walls in light or neutral colors is another light-reflecting trick that will help to make your space feel more open. On the other hand, make your feel more more intimate and cozy with dark colours.
Another thing to consider is whether or not you actually need all of that bedroom furniture! Could it be put to better use somewhere else? Is it really essential?
2. L Shaped Bedroom / Long Narrow Bedroom
If your bedroom is L-Shaped or narrow, it’s tricky to know how to begin – but don’t worry, it’s easier to overcome than you might think. Think about the room in two sections: one as the bedroom, and one as either a work space or dressing area, depending on your needs. In the bedroom section, using nightstands will minimize clutter and help to create a cozier atmosphere as they occupy space between the bed and the wall.
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A walk in wardrobe area could work well in the other section of your room, if you’re in need of dressing space. A taller but thinner dresser will allow for more floor space, and can even make the space feel larger if accompanied by a wide mirror.
- Splitting your L-shaped room in two is the perfect excuse to finally buy a divider! Channel your inner Edwardian Lady and invest in a classic folding screen. Alternatively, lightweight fabric curtains make a lovely floaty addition to a room, and are wonderfully feminine.
- Cancel out the narrow nature of your bedroom with round accessories or furniture. It can help distract from the tunnel-like space but breaking down those parallel lines. We love round footstools or even lamps or light fixtures – or if you’ve got room, a solid oak round table could be perfect.
3. Loft Bedrooms
Lofts are a challenge to arrange and decorate, but can create a beautiful and unique space when done well. Embrace the ‘attic’ nature and make its originality stand out by painting the sloped roof a different color! Opt for light, neutral colours with the sloped walls even lighter – don’t be afraid of clear, bright white. Alternatively you could use wood panelling, as horizontal panels will help your room to look wider and vertical panels will lengthen the lines of the room.
It’s a good idea to place your bed closer to the slanted ceiling. It’s perfect for creating a lovely, cozy nook, and adding some string lights or candles can create a wonderful intimate space – perfect some much needed R&R. If only one side of the room is slanted, add low seating to create a secret getaway area! Patterned armchairs will lend the room character, and you could combine this with vintage trunks for storage to diversify the room and embrace a modern eclectic look.
High Ceilings – If you’re lucky enough to live in a period property, you’ll know that one of the benefits are wonderful high ceiling. Sure, it makes it tricky to clean the cobwebs, but it gives you lots of great flexibility when it comes to decorating.
Try using a rule of thirds, with the furniture at the bottom of the wall, a frame in the middle and the wall left blank at the bottom. This creates a focal point in the room.
High ceilings also provide the opportunity to go big and bold with your lighting. A grand chandelier will obviously lend luxury to any room, whilst a group of hanging lightbulbs keeps things industrial and modern.
Low Ceilings – Low ceilings are common in cottages or in newer builds, but you can create the illusion of height by diverting focal attention to key pieces throughout the room.
Prevent the space from feeling dark or dingy by painting a feature wall. This will immediately distract the eyes, bringing attention to the color rather than to the ceilings. If you’re feeling particularly daring, you could even try painting vertical stripes of contrasting colors or use panelling to make the room seem taller.
We hope you found these tips useful and are now raring to go! If you’re getting ready for a revamp, don’t forget to send us your before pictures; alternatively if you’ve already done the hard work, we’d love to know how you’ve transformed your bedroom. Share your pictures with us through Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.