How to Design a 20X20 Master Bedroom


Master bedrooms are more than just a place for sleeping and romance. They can also be a place to get away from the kids, to relax and enjoy a good book, or a place for a couple to reconnect.

Things You'll Need

  • Graph paper
  • Pencil with eraser
  • To-scale cutouts of furnishings
  • First, decide what other purposes you'd like the master bedroom to serve. Consider adding a sitting area, a bistro set, or a chaise lounge with a table and reading lamp.

  • Draw an outline of the room on graph paper. One grid (1/4-inch) should equal one foot. Measure the wall spaces between windows and the windows themselves and draw them in the appropriate places. Do the same with the doors. Mark where the outlets, switches, and heating vents are. If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, measure and draw that in as well.

  • If you don't have them already, create flat, light, to-scale models from cardboard of your bed, dresser, chest of drawers, tables and chairs, floor lamps, and anything else you have in your room. Place them on the grid paper, starting with the bed, since it is the focal point. The best spot for a bed is opposite the wall where the entry door is, but not directly across from it. Ideally it should not be placed beneath windows. If this is necessary, then a heavy window covering can provide a sense of security.

  • Place end tables on either side of the bed. Next, find spots for the dresser and chest. Now, find a place for your sitting area or bistro set. You may have to use one of the bedside tables and its lamp as the reading light and table for your chaise. Also, you may have to find another place for the chest if the only space left for your loveseat and cocktail table is where the chest is. However, with a 20' x 20' room, there should be plenty of space for all of these items. Placing the sitting area in front of a window would be fine.

  • Add the lighting. There should be an overhead light for cleaning and putting away clothes, as well as lamps on the the bedside tables. You could install a light over the bistro table if you decide to have one. If having an overhead light (chandelier or can light) isn't feasible, an arched floor lamp could fit the bill. A lamp on the dresser is helpful for being able to look in the mirror as well as find jewelry. A clip-on light over a painting or an uplight behind a tree can provide a bit of drama.

  • The finishing touches could be a luxurious comforter on the bed with coordinating pillows, a soft throw over the back of your reading chair, interesting artwork on the walls, scented candles, and perhaps some table art.

Tips & Warnings

  • Go online to sites like HGTV and House Beautiful and type in "bedrooms" to inspire yourself with some wonderful possibilities for your room.
  • When arranging the bed in the room, be aware of heat ducts and cold air returns so that you neither block them nor end up directly underneath them.

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