How To Position Your Bedroom Furniture
As the Most Intimate Room in Your Home, Your Sleeping Area Should be Relaxing and Inviting
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Do you ever feel like your bedroom is just not quite right somehow? Whether you are addressing a problem like this, starting from scratch in a new home or simply looking for a change, here are some tips on how best to arrange your bedroom furniture.
The Aesthetic Stuff
- The most important piece of furniture in your bedroom is of course the bed, so give your mattresses center stage and make the bed the focal point of the room.
- Decide on any decorating or DIY improvements which need to be done and attend to those first. Ideally, move the beds, etc. out of the room completely, or place everything in the middle and cover it carefully with a dropcloth.
- If you are changing the colors or style of your bedroom at this point then assess your furniture and accessories and replace anything which wont co-ordinate. A great idea is to buy new bedding as that will give any bedroom an instantly refreshed look.
- Remember you are creating a practical, useable space as well as an oasis of calm. Include all the things you need but dont overcrowd the room with unnecessary additional chairs, etc. unless you have a very spacious room.
The Practical Stuff
- First of all you need to know the size of everything you are going to include in the room, so measure the room and all the furniture. If you are buying new furnishings, then use an average from a catalogue or keep in mind that you may need to commission items such as wardrobes.
- Using a computer program or simply a pencil and graph paper, draw out a plan of the bedroom marking on the windows, the door, and any other features which will affect furniture placement, such as radiators.
- Cut out or digitally create to-scale footprints of each piece of furniture and rearrange them on your room drawing until you are happy with the layout. Dont forget to leave room for the door to open, cupboards and drawers to open, and enough space to walk in between each item. Also remember things like electrical outlets and the need for a stool by your dressing table etc.
- Move your actual furniture into the room according to your design, starting with the beds, and tweak if necessary. Finish off with lamps, accessories, and pictures.
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