The space around furniture is as important to the success of your bedroom design as the furniture itself. Planning for adequate space to move within a room contributes to the comfort, privacy and well-being designers strive for in a bedroom retreat.
Select furniture that is properly scaled for the space. A king-size bed may look appealing in a showroom, but even if it fits into a smaller bedroom, it may appear oversize and out of proportion. Consider the following:
- Around the bed: A bed needs at least a
2-foot walkway around its
perimeter to accommodate arranging the bedding and getting in and out without bumps and bruises.
- Best scale: Reducing the bed size from king -- 72-by-82 inches for California king or 78-by-80 inches for Eastern king -- to queen makes a modest-sized room appear more
Other Space Considerations
- Door to bed: The most common placement choice for a bed is on the wall facing the entrance. Three feet of clearance is essential from the
doorway to the nearest furniture.
- Dresser: At least 2 feet of walking space is required in front of a dresser to allow for opening and closing drawers with ease.
- Slipper chair: An area in a bedroom as small as 4 square feet accommodates a single small chair.
- Work space: Optional furniture pieces to include in a bedroom if space is available are a small writing desk and chair. Allow at least 18 inches of space for a chair behind a desk.
- Armoire: Allow at least 2 feet in front of bookshelves or an armoire for comfort in viewing the contents.
- Seating area: If you are lucky to have enough room for a seating area, allow 18 inches between soft seating and a coffee table.
Carefully weed out extra furnishings to avoid clutter and crowding.
Melanie Aves has more than 30 years writing experience. Aves coauthored four interior design color books, authored a book on Newport Beach, California, wrote newspaper features and currently writes monthly magazine features. She holds a Master of Arts degree, a certificate in interior design, and completed post-graduate studies in journalism.