Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Plan a Perfectly Peaceful Master Bedroom

It seems so simple – buy a bed and some bedside tables and you’re done. But decorating a master bedroom can be as complex as decorating a living room or family room. You need to carefully plan and make a lay out for your furniture precisely because of that one huge feature. The bed.


Placing the Bed

Figure out where you want to put your bed first, as the biggest piece of furniture in the room it is the natural focal point. Traditionally, the bed should be placed on the wall opposite the bedroom’s main entrance, as does the Criteria Upholstered King Bed pictured above. Don’t’ worry if your headboard is in front of windows, in a climate where the air-conditioned year round, window access is not a huge factor.

Make sure the bed isn’t placed up against the wall, this makes it hard to tuck in sheets. Unless you have plenty of space, avoid placing your bed on a diagonal as this takes up room and can make you room seem smaller.

Consider your bedroom priorities. Do you like a room with a view? Or do you want the bed to face the TV? Your preference is the deciding factor when designing a master bedroom. The master bedroom is your retreat and should be your everyday feel-good space.


Choosing Nightstands

How do you know what size nightstand you need? Just make a list of what you want to keep on top of it. Do you have a book you are reading, plus one or two on deck? Water bottle and reading lamp to go with all those books? If this describes you, you’ll want to choose a night table with a larger surface. If you’re more of a minimalist, a smaller option such as the Criteria Nightstand might suit your needs better.

If you go with wall-mounted lighting rather than the traditional table lamp route, put off hardwiring the fixture until you know the height of your mattress and headboard.

Traffic Flow and Seating Areas

You may be tempted to go big with your bed, but consider your space to ensure that it doesn’t overwhelm your room. In general, a master suite can handle a king size bed, but measure first and if you have any doubts, go for a queen size bed instead. Arrange your bed and bedside tables so that there is room for other furniture.

You may think you don’t have enough room for a seating area, but you don’t really need a lot of space to create one. You can set up a small table and a single chair in a space as small as 4’ x 4’. Two end tables and a loveseat can fit in a 10’ x 5’ area.

As a general guideline, make sure you have a minimum of two feet of walking space around the perimeter of the bed. This is especially important if you have a seating area nearby. Don't fill the room with excess furniture if you are short on space. Negative space is as important in bedroom design as it is in a painting, your eyes need a break everyone in a while and you don’t want to have to be squeezing around furniture every time you want to move around your bedroom.

If you are designing a master bedroom and need more inspiration, visit the Baer’s Furniture showroom near you to take advantage of the FREE interior design service and speak with one of our design professionals. And check out Baer's Furniture projects on Houzz for more design inspiration.

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