• Bedroom Design Strategies

    The main piece in any bedroom design is, of course, the bed. The bed can pull the whole room together and determine the design of everything else that you select. When selecting a bed, you want to think about how much space it will take up, where it will be placed, and what style of bed it will be.

    Size

    The size of the bed will be determined by the size of the room and your own preferences. If you move about in your sleep or just like the feeling of space, you may want to consider a larger bed such as a king-sized. If it's just you all alone, you may get by just fine with a twin. But you'll also want to take into account the size of the room. If the room is small, a large bed may make everything seem crowded. You'll want to have plenty of space to walk around the bed on all sides. On the other hand, if the room is large, a small bed may be dwarfed by its surroundings. You might want to move up a size just to preserve the sense of scale.

    If space is really an issue, there are a few creative options. You could get a futon or a sofa with a hide-a-bed. By day, your bed is a convenient place for you to sit. Only at night does it claim a large amount of floor space while you sleep. A Murphy bed, which folds up into the wall might also work for you.

    Placement

    If there will be two people in the bed, you don't want the bed to go in the corner. That leaves one of you with no way to get out of bed except by crawling to the foot of it. You should also consider where the bed should be in relation to the window or windows. Do you want the bed under a window so the cool air can come in? Or would you prefer the bed to be somewhere else?

    Style

    A four poster bed can make a dramatic statement that may be right for you. Make sure the posters are in the same kind of wood as the dresser and other furniture. A canopy bed can also look nice. You don't need a full canopy that covers the whole bed. Simple draped cloth that covers the head of the bed can look nice. If you get a headboard, consider whether it's comfortable to sit up against. If you're the sort who likes to read in bed, you'll need that. A basic bed can still make a dramatic statement with the right bed clothes and lots of pillows for accents.

    Once you've got the bed consider what else you need in the bedroom. Especially if space is an issue, you'll want to think about what absolutely has to go there. You may not want to store all your clothing in the bedroom. Perhaps only one dresser needs to be right there and clothes you wear less frequently can be stored elsewhere.

    Remember also that it's more restful if you can devote the bedroom almost entirely to sleeping. If you set up a desk with a computer, the very presence of that working environment can make you tense and unable to relax.

    If you like to watch TV from bed, you'll also want to consider a TV cabinet. If you can get something that closes up during the day, the overall design may look nicer and be more like something you want to show off to guests.