Plan for the bedroom design you want!
One mistake many people make with bedroom design is to think there's not much you can do to decorate a bedroom. A bed, the usual bits and pieces of furniture - not much to it!
But you can have far more variety than that. In fact, your bedroom design can be anything you want! It can be a room where you sleep, work at a desk, watch TV, read or write letters (email or old fashioned pen and paper!).
Also, the larger the bedroom, the more uses you can find for it, especially with regard to storage. Don't let yourself be bound by conventional ideas. Look in magazines and books - you'll be surprised at the number of new ideas you'll find.
First plan for the bed
The bed is the largest and most important item of furniture in the room, so begin with this and plan around it.
Before you do anything draw a plan of your room and mark where the bed will be. You will then be able to determine where you can put the other bedroom furniture. Planning around the bed is essential for your subsequent bedroom design.
Based on the bedroom's size and other facilities you may have, you can decide exactly which functions your bedroom has to serve.
(There's more information on beds in the Bedroom Furniture section.)
How big is your room?
Once you have the bed sorted, you'll then know how much room is left for other items of furniture.
A large room is easier to sort out, because you just have to decide where to put the pieces of furniture. But if your room is small, you'll need to think more carefully where everything will go.
If you are stuck for space, it's possible to buy more compact furniture which will still provide the functionality you need but not take up too much room.
Now plan for the rest of the bedroom
- Do you have a separate dressing room? If not, then you'll need a decent sized area to serve this purpose. You'll also need space here for a dressing table and chair.
- Is there built-in storage space? If not, then you'll need furniture or fitments, and these will take up valuable space. Draw these in your plan, and check that there is enough room for them.
- Are there sufficient electric wall sockets for lamps, electric blankets, hair dryers, TV's, etc? Are there light switches in convenient places?
- Will you just use it as a bedroom, or will it have a other functions, such as watching TV, writing letters, or reading? If so, then you'll need room for a writing desk or occasional chairs.
Take time at this stage to plan your bedroom. It can prevent you making costly mistakes.