Our bedrooms are not the places in our house that we show off to guests – we don’t use them for hosting fine dinners or lively get togethers – but they deserve as much design attention as the other rooms. After all, more than just a place of relaxation and solace away from the bustle of the world outside, it’s “the” space in the house that is just for you. If you are like most people, your bedroom is a place where you can shut the door, sit down or lie in bed and just generally enjoy a space that’s calm, comfortable and private. We wrote this short guide to help you create your comfortable space where you can enjoy the personal luxury that everybody needs.
We are starting of with furniture design styles, because once you know what look you are going for it becomes that much easier to visualise the look, and ultimately the feel, you want to create.
There are such a huge variety of furniture decor styles, that it’s unlikely that you will run out of options, but it can be daunting to decipher which style will work best for you. A great starting point is to familiarise yourself with furniture design jargon and learn a little about each style in order to help you define and narrow down your search for the type of furniture you want. Modern, classic, rustic and contemporary are just some of the defined styles in furniture decor. You may even prefer to combine elements of several styles to create your own unique look. The ability to identify different interior design styles will provide a framework to personalise your bedroom to your individual taste.
Once you have the look nailed down, it’s time to look at the functional elements, such as the furniture, that makes a bedroom your bedroom. When choosing furniture according to your taste, it’s important to look at the quality and craftsmanship, as it is likely to stay part of the room when the paint colour and choice of curtains are long forgotten.
Begin with the bed. The bed is the focal point of any bedroom and is arguably the most important piece of furniture you will buy for the room.
Choose storage for your clothing and personal effects. Dressers, wardrobes or chests of drawers all provide excellent clothing storage.
Buy bedside tables. You will need something to hold your alarm clock, lamp, books, glasses and other items near your bed. Any small table will do. The important thing is that you like the look of it.
Think about what else you will do in your room. If you like to watch TV in your bedroom, you will need to furnish the bedroom with some kind of TV stand. You may also consider a workstation if you often work late at night or often need quick access to your equipment. Other furnishings can include a vanity, lounge chairs, floor lamps, plants or bookshelves.
Tip: Writing down everything you plan to do in your bedroom will help you to decide which pieces of furniture you need.
Space planning is most probably the trickiest part of decorating any room. If you want to really feel comfortable in your room, make sure that you have enough space to move around and that everything is accessible. Make sure that wardrobe doors and drawers can be easily opened without hitting the bed or other furniture. If your bedroom is on the smaller side, consider open shelving and beds with integrated storage. Leave a minimum of 100 cm in front of every door opening, 30 cm in front of windows and 45 cm walking space between furniture or furniture and walls. RoomSketcher is a nifty online sketching tool to that makes it easy to visualise the layout of your room.
Custom Made Furniture
What if you can’t find the type of furniture that fits into your fantasy of a dream bedroom? More and more people are opting to have furniture made especially for them according to their own specifications. Custom furniture is a bit more expensive than store-bought pieces, but an individually made piece of furniture requires the kind of craftsmanship that ensures that it lasts longer than mass factory produced furniture. Custom furniture can also be considered when you want furniture that complements unique features of your house or if you need a special piece to compliment or complete an existing bedroom suite
As most modern living areas serve as through passage rooms that offers little opportunities for rest and quiet activities, the bedroom fulfills an important role as a private sanctuary. With that in mind, it’s arguably the room in the house where the look, feel and layout will have the biggest impact on your well being. Proper planning will also help you to avoid underutilised space and unnecessary furniture while creating a bedroom that truly fits your needs.