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Bedroom layout: How to set up the bedroom right?


Bedrooms are sacred spaces. They are your personal retreats where you can relax, rejuvenate and gear up for the next day. Thus, your bedroom must be functional and comfortable without compromising on the design quotient. While there’s nothing complex about settling up the right arrangement, creating a simple design is often harder than it looks – particularly in bedrooms. So here are tips on spatial organisations to set up an efficient layout for this private space before you head to the furniture store:

Map the dimensions

Before purchasing bedroom furniture, it’s best to get the key dimensions of the bedroom, including doors, closets, and windows. One can use design software or graph paper (one square equals a foot in the same). This will give you a rough estimate of what furniture size fits the room best. Ensure that traffic patterns are kept free to facilitate natural movement across the bedroom. For example, a sofa or dresser kept too close to the bedside can lead to injuries.

Start from the biggest piece

Bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes, but the secret to laying out furniture is commencing with the biggest piece and then working the way down. Usually, the bed is the focal point of any bedroom and is also the most dominant piece of furniture. Then comes the wardrobe, side tables, dresser, etc.

You win half the battle if you know what you want — and what you don’t. You can pare down or add more pieces depending on the available space. For example, shift the dresser or vanity there if you have a spacious bathroom. Then, use that space to set up a remote workstation like our Aizvara table.

Balance the scale

For medium to compact bedrooms, you can play with scale and invest in pieces that allow the layout to be fully utilised and clutter-free. For this, you need to understand the balance lines, which basically intersect or divide your spaces horizontally or vertically. This divides the room into four quadrants. Ideally, one should avoid keeping multiple heavy pieces in each one to provide balance lines with a sense of flow and continuity.

Next comes the focal point, which might be a window or fireplace around which the furniture is arranged. For balance and scale, the second-biggest piece of furniture should be placed opposite the bed. For example, this could be your wardrobe or a chest of drawers. They bring symmetry to the design and fill the space along the wall.

Some other hand tips for bedroom furniture are:

  • Don’t push the bed to one side of the wall as accessibility becomes tough.
  • Bring in space-saving storage solutions like wooden bed designs with under-storage.
  • Make use of vertical space to prevent the bedroom from getting cramped. We recommend wall decor like murals and paintings.

Remember that good design takes a while. Do your research and if needed, take a little extra time to make sure you have a more efficient and functional plan in the end.

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