Deal with the bed first. “The bed is like a giant elephant that does not want to budge,” says Minneapolis designer Lucy Penfield. Designer Kippie Leland suggests trying to have the head of the bed on the wall opposite the bedroom’s entrance. Don’t worry too much if that means your headboard will be in front of windows – the positioning is more important. Leland also suggests avoiding having the side of the bed create a visual barrier when you’re walking into the room (although it might be inevitable in some spaces).
Penfield suggests thinking about your bedroom priorities first. Do you like to look out a window? Or do you want to face the TV? How do you prefer to enter the room? Personal preference should, above all else, make the final call in the master bedroom. “This is your retreat and your feel-good everyday space,” she says. “So often this is the last room we get asked to design – make it the first and spoil yourself.”
What size bedside table do you need? Easy – just figure out what you want to keep on top of it. Do you like to have a pile of books, a bottle of water and a reading lamp at hand? Pick a bedside table with a bigger surface. But if you prefer a more minimalist route, something smaller with drawers might suit you better.
If you opt for a wall-mounted light rather than a traditional table lamp, Penfield recommends waiting until you know the height of your headboard and mattress before installing the fixture.
It’s tempting to get as big a bed as possible, but make sure that it doesn’t feel overwhelming in your room. “Most master suites can handle a king-sized bed,” says Jaffe. “But when in doubt, select a queen.”
Size and place your bed so there’s space for other furniture. “A pair of bedside tables and bed crammed wall to wall gives no visual relief,” says Leland. Want an extra seating area in your bedroom? You don’t need a ton of space. According to Leland, a seating area can be as small as 122 by 122 centimetres for a single chair and a small table. If you have the space, a loveseat and two end tables can usually fit in a 3 by 1.5 metre-area.
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