A single episode of HGTV's House Hunters will remind all of us of how fervently potential home buyers dream of a spacious master bedroom. When we're finally given exactly what we wished for, we find ourselves stumped on exactly how to utilize the extra space. Sure, we do our duty of setting up the bed, the dresser, and a couple of nightstands, but then what? Nine times out of 10, we're out of ideas, and faced with a vacant or awkward corner with zero plans of what to do next. Well, as it turns out, there's a host of bedroom layout ideas perfect for those tricky corners that serve both form and function, and we've rounded up six of the best ahead.
1. Create a Dedicated Work Space
Initially it may seem like a bedroom layout faux pas to put a home office in your bedroom, but this nook designed by Jean Stoffer proves that it's anything but. With an elegant upholstered chair and clean white desk perched against a pair of windows, you'd be hard-pressed to ever convince us to leave our "corner office." Pro tip: Be sure to choose a desk with some storage to quickly tuck away a laptop, computer cords, and extra papers before winding down for the evening.
2. Bring the Outside In With an Oversize Plant
Plants instantly add color and texture to a neutral space. An empty corner, like the one pictured here from Chris Loves Julia, is the perfect place for an oversize fiddle leaf fig, which complements the otherwise subdued room. Use a woven basket as a planter for added interest and texture.
3. Create a Cozy Reading Nook
Recreate this bedroom layout idea from Studio McGee with just a few ingredients: a cloud-like lounge chair, a plush ottoman, and a tall floor lamp. Oh, and a throw blanket or two to make it extra cozy. Can't you picture curling up here to start your day with a good book and a cup of coffee? Maybe we finally cracked the code to becoming a morning person.
4. Add a Freestanding Mirror
Mirrors are a surefire way to elevate the decor in any given space, and a bedroom corner couldn't be a more perfect place to start. Add a freestanding option like Marit from StyledByMarit did in her boho-chic sanctuary. The full-height mirror will come in handy when getting dressed in the morning, not to mention, it will make your sleeping quarters feel a bit bigger than they really are. Now that's a win-win!
5. Add Architectural Interest with a Faux Fireplace
This French country-inspired bedroom from Julien Fernandez is the perfect example of strong architectural details making or breaking a space. Between the ceiling beams, herringbone floors, and faux fireplace, this bedroom feels interesting and full of character from start to finish. Style the mantel with a mirror for extra glamour, and fill the center with candles and books.
6. Customize an Enviable Dressing Area
No joke, this dressing area from Kate Spiers of Kate La Vie would have us leaping out of bed in the morning just so we could have a few extra minutes alone with that mint green vanity table. Add floor-to-ceiling shelving with a clothing rack below for added storage, wall hooks for handbags, and woven baskets to keep t-shirts and tank tops neat and tidy.
Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.