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How to Arrange Your Bedroom Furniture

Your bedroom is your sanctuary, and where you place your furniture can majorly affect the ambiance. Maximize your space with these tips and tricks based on unique room layouts.

Problem: Large room

Having a large master bedroom in your home is a wonderful treat, but decorating such a spacious area can seem daunting.

In a large bedroom, remember to scale up furniture whenever possible. Go for the grand, king-size bed, or use an oversized headboard to give a queen bed more visual weight. Use small dressers as nightstands and fill rooms that have high ceilings with an orb chandelier. Take advantage of your space and create “mini rooms,” such as a sitting area with two wingback chairs or a work space comprised of a small writing desk and chair.

To make your large master feel grounded, place an expansive rug under your bed that stretches at least two feet on either side and from foot of the bed.

Problem: Narrow room

A long, narrow bedroom can seem tricky, but in the end, you could end up with plenty of versatile space, while still creating a cozy alcove for your bed.

Place the head of the bed along one of the narrower walls nestled between two small nightstands. To fill more space, add a bench at the foot of the bed, and use the other side of the room for a sitting or dressing area. Adding a mirror opposite the doorway will also make the room feel bigger.

When selecting paint colors, choose a darker shade for the narrower walls to create an illusion that the walls are closer together, giving the room a more consistent, square shape.

Problem: Small room

In a small bedroom, it’s all about maximizing floor space and ensuring your bed doesn’t feel like a roadblock.

Start by allowing at least two feet of walking space on either side of the bed if possible, as well as three feet between the bed and the door. To maintain that airiness, opt for furniture with a smaller footprint – substitute a wide dresser with a tall armoire, or a nightstand with a floating shelf. Window treatments can also make a small space feel larger, so replace bulky, blackout drapes with delicate curtains to let in a little sunshine, and hang the curtains close to the ceiling to make the room feel taller.

Does your bed feel too large for the room? Accent it with a visually lightweight headboard, such as one featuring metal framework or a few simple wooden pallets.

Problem: Awkward room

Maybe your room has a window on only one side of a long wall, or maybe the room boasts an odd, L-shaped layout. Awkward room shapes create unique design challenges that can lead to a very charming sleep space.

Simulate symmetry where there is none – for instance, that strangely placed window can be balanced out by the addition of matching curtains to the other side of the wall, even if there’s no window underneath. Awkward layouts can actually help define different zones, so embrace unusual shapes by grouping furniture pieces by function and define them with a few chic area rugs.

Don’t be afraid to break the rules. Place your bed under the window or in the corner of your room if it maximizes your space.
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