Buying a complete bedroom set takes the guesswork out of finding pieces that complement each other, but can also be expensive and may not include everything you want. When furnishing your bedroom with individual furniture pieces, start with the bed. Include storage pieces that fit your needs and that work within the space limitations. Bedside tables and accent pieces help complete the room. Use pieces in matching or similar styles or mix it up while preserving a unified look with the same color tones and finishes.
Four poster beds typify the most luxurious and stately type of bed, with tall corner posts ranging from thin, tapering poles, to curling spiral twists or thick, Grecian-style columns. Beds with top rails can be draped with gauzy white material or curtains for a dreamy, romantic look or the rails can be left bare for a classy, modern feel. Beds with wrought-iron frames lend a rustic or vintage look to country, cottage or Mediterranean decorating styles. Low profile platform beds harmonize with minimalist, modern and Asian-inspired settings. When youngsters need to share a room or space is limited, consider a bunk bed, loft bed or trundle bed, which contains a second sleeping surface that slides out from under the bed. Daybeds double as stylish, comfortable seating and a place to sleep.
Consider your storage needs and available space when choosing a bedroom storage option. Three common types include dressers, chests of drawers and armoires. Dressers are typically close to waist high, being longer than they are tall or deep. Containing six to nine drawers, dressers can hold a considerable amount of clothing and commonly feature mirrors on top. A chest of drawers is a tall, chest-high cabinet usually containing four to five drawers, making it a good option for kids’ bedrooms or small rooms. Armoires are very tall and deep, requiring a substantial amount of space. A large top cabinet can be used to hang clothes or house a TV set, while the bottom drawers offer additional storage.
Bedside tables or nightstands can be a simple table with or without lower shelves or can be a small cabinet with drawers. Nesting tables make excellent nightstands, as you can pull out extra surfaces when needed. Get creative by re-purposing other items to use as a nightstand such as a small antique trunk or stacked vintage luggage. Drape fabric over a thrift-store end table for an instant and inexpensive nightstand. Stack two wooden crates on their sides to create a bookcase-style nightstand or use adhesive spray and fabric to cover a couple of milk crates stacked on their sides. Ideal height for a bedside table is equal to the mattress top. A simple floating shelf installed next to the bed can serve as a nightstand. Mount a swing arm style wall sconce lamp to the wall above it.
Avoid over-cluttering a bedroom with too much furniture, but if you have the space, include a few accent pieces. An end table centered between two chairs by a large window makes a nice conversation area or add an overstuffed chair with ottoman for a comfortable spot to read or use a laptop computer. A bench, a hope chest or trunk placed at the foot of the bed creates an attractive aesthetic while providing storage for quilts and blankets. A vanity table adds a feminine touch to a bedroom, where a lady can pamper herself with make-up, jewelry and perfume. She can then relax in style on a Victorian inspired chaise lounge or fainting couch. In a bachelor’s bedroom, a modern console table holding a high definition TV gives the space a high-tech feel while providing front row seats to televised sporting events.
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