Planning your bedroom1
Planning your Bedroom
No longer simply a place to sleep, today’s bedrooms are multi-functional rooms that need to be carefully planned so that they combine practicality, style and the best use of space. A tall order? Not when you follow our guide!
What Do You Need?
It might sound obvious, but start by considering what you’ll be using the room for. As well as sleeping and storing clothes, you’re likely to use it for reading and dressing, possibly watching TV, listening to music, or even working, so you’ll have to incorporate space for these. You’re bound to need plenty of storage, so think about what’s to be stored, and the best way of doing it – for example, if you’ve got lots of suits or dresses, you’ll require wardrobes with plenty of hanging space, whereas drawers will suffice for casual clothes.
Assess The Layout
Where you place your furniture will be dictated by the size and shape of your bedroom, and the position of the windows and door. First decide where the bed will go, as this will take up the most space. Don’t even think about pushing one side up against a wall – this is not a good look and incredibly impractical if there are two of you sharing it. As you need to be able to walk around it easily, ideally allow 75cm upwards clearance either side, which gives enough space for bedside cabinets. If you’ve got your heart set on buying a new, larger bed - perhaps a 180cm super king size rather than a 140cm double - you could just about get away with a gap of just 45cm on each side.
Try not to butt the headboard up against a radiator, or have the bed facing a window as you’ll wake squinting into bright sunlight on summer mornings.
Draw A Floorplan
It’s a good idea to draw a scale floorplan of the bedroom and furniture you’d like to include, and experiment with layouts. If the room’s empty, lay full size newspaper cut outs on the floor, or mark out the area with string to check that everything fits. Remember to allow at least 30cm in front of cabinets for drawers to open, and 60cm for wardrobe doors to open outwards.