Think there's just one way to properly lay out furniture in a bedroom? Well, think again. There are a number of setups from which you can choose when designing a sleep space—the arrangement best suited for you all depends on your room's square footage, your daily habits, and, yes, how much stuff you own. We've rounded up 11 layout ideas below that you'll most definitely want to keep into account, whether you're revamping your current setup or moving into a new home.
Meet the Expert
- Michael Cox is a principal at foley&cox.
- Adam Meshberg is the founder and CEO of Meshberg Group.
- Lauren Piscione is the creative director and principal at LP Creative.
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Bedroom + Reading Nook
Many bookworms wish to retreat to their bedrooms for some quality reading time. "If the size of the room allows for it, it’s great to add a seating area with a chair, ottoman and/or side table," architect, designer, and developer Adam Meshberg says. "Place a comfortable chair and side table under or closest to a window for the natural light and views, if any."Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Bedroom + Home Office
Some bedroom layouts will naturally lend themselves to setting up a work station. "A writing desk tucked in a bay window creates a work zone and draws natural light to increase productivity," designer Michael Cox notes. However, a small office space can still be achieved in bedrooms with less square footage. Placing a desk beside the bed and allowing it to double as a nightstand is quite common in more petite bedrooms.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Bedroom + Getting-Ready Station
Many bedrooms feature a vanity, which eliminates the need to travel back and forth to the bathroom in order to style hair or apply makeup. A vanity can be placed in an empty, light filled corner, but just as is the case with a desk, a vanity may be styled to also serve as a nightstand, if needed.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Bedroom + TV Viewing Seating
Those who enjoy watching television in the bedroom will want to design their space to maximize viewing pleasure—and those who wish to save laying in bed for nighttime will want alternative seating. As Cox states, "Having a pair of chairs or settee at the foot of the bed makes a cozy set up for TV entertainment."Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Bedroom + Clothing Storage
Not all bedroom closets are sizable enough to accommodate a resident's entire wardrobe, particularly if two people are sharing a space. "Typically, with smaller primary rooms, closets tend to be on the smaller side as well, so residents can add armoires to the bedroom furniture to make up for that much needed storage space," Meshberg notes. "Lay the armoire against a blank wall that is off to the side of the bed instead of in front of it."Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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A bed flanked by two nightstands is an ultra common setup when space allows, given that the bedroom serves as a valuable storage space for everyday essentials. "Having bedside tables with storage is paramount," designer Lauren Piscione notes. "I need a place for books, a notebook and all the provisions needed for a good night's rest." Tuck your clothes into the closet and keep the rest of the space clear for a minimalist oasis.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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When a bedroom features a fireplace—or even a nonworking mantel—you will want to station the bed so that it is facing this area. The mantel is a great area over which to mount a TV or lean a mirror or oversized artwork. Place a comfy chair next to the fire for a cozy spot to relax.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Bedroom With Two Beds
If a bedroom features two beds but is on the smaller side, it is best to place a nightstand between the two beds. More spacious rooms can accommodate a nightstand to the left of the lefthand bed and to the right of the righthand bed. The middle space between the two beds can be left empty, or something smaller such as a basket or plant can sit in between.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Bed in Front of Windows
Sometimes, the only space in which a bed can fit is directly in front of the windows. Curtains then become a key component of the design—they must be well made to block out light streaming directly into the room and should also complement a room's aesthetics.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Studio Apartment Bedroom
In a studio apartment, the bedroom may consist solely of a bed and maybe one nightstand. A chic room divider can serve as a means to section off a sleep space from the rest of the unit and will discourage guests from wandering into this sacred spot.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Bedroom + Social Space
If you desire a bedroom that serves as a kid-free zone for you and your spouse to socialize, ample seating will be necessary. Positioning accent chairs so that they face toward the bed, and not away from it, makes a room designed for conversation (as opposed to TV-watching) feel more open.