How to Arrange Bedroom Furniture. Bedrooms should be arranged for comfort and relaxation. Following are some tips to make your bedroom a cozy and welcoming retreat.
Things You'll Need
- Graph Papers
- Metal Measuring Tapes
Acknowledge that every room needs a focal point and that the focal point in a bedroom is nearly always the bed. Give it center stage.
With a tape measure, measure the room. Draw the bedroom to scale on graph paper. A scale of 1/4 inch equals 1 foot is a common choice.
Be sure to measure short wall spaces - the distance between windows, the distance between the edge of a radiator to the corner and such - and include the measurement in the drawing. That way, you'll know whether your triple dresser (or other big, heavy furnishing) can squeeze into the space.
Mark all of the room's fixed features on the scale drawing. These include heating ducts; windows (and the height of the sill from the floor); the drapery (or shutter) stack-up to the left and right sides of windows; radiators; outlets (especially ones for a central vacuum and cable television); phone jacks; light switches; doors (mark the swing width and direction); wall sconces; fireplaces; built-ins (bookcases, desks, dressing tables); and ceiling fan.
Measure your furnishings and make cutouts of their footprints according to your scale.
Arrange and rearrange the furniture cutouts on the room drawing to your heart's content. Allow at least 18 inches for traffic lanes, and set aside space for a bedside table (or pair of tables for a shared bed) as a perch for lighting, a glass of water, medication, eyeglasses, lotion, books or the remote control.
Place the bed so it doesn't impede the entry, closet or bathroom doors.
Decide on your final scheme and move the furnishings.
Tweak here and there as needed.
Position lamps and other accessories, including pictures on the walls. Note that most pictures should be visually anchored with a piece of furniture underneath.
Tips & Warnings
- Be bold in the planning stage - after all, there's no heavy lifting at this point. For instance, you might turn the bed cutout diagonally into the corner (plan to put a tall plant, floor lamp or corner shelf behind the bed if the space looks empty).
- Two heads are better than one. Enlist a friend or family member if you have doubts. And if the room is for a child, get his or her input for a happier result.