In the bedroom, the key piece of furniture is the bed. It will be the focal point of the room, the main thing that you see upon entering. It is also likely to be one of the heaviest objects to move, so deciding where to place the bed is a big decision. Here, we'll discuss the best options regarding room size and shape, Feng Shui, and more.
Room layout - The size and shape of the room is a very important factor to consider. A large bed will be difficult to place in a small room, a small bed can look overwhelmed in a large room, and a bedroom with oddly shaped doors and windows can make furniture placement a nightmare! In most bedrooms, the most logical place for a bed is in the middle of the longest wall. But, due to the layout or size of the room, this isn't always possible. Here are a few variations to the general rule of thumb:
In a small room - It is very difficult to find room for something as large as a bed in a small room. You don't want to take up floor space and block the flow of the room, but you can't go without a bed. This problem is easily solved in child's room by bringing in a loft bed, which will elevate the bed so that floor space is not lost. However, in an adult's room, the best option is to arrange the bed in a corner at an angle.
In a large room - The sky's the limit if you're decorating a bedroom that is large. The one problem you will run in to is finding a place for a small bed. You'll find that no matter where you put it, it seems to be swallowed-up by the enormity of the space around it. To solve this decorating dilemma, dress the bed with an abundance of pattern and texture to give it a larger appearance. Layer it with blankets, pillows, and other decorative elements. Then, add bulky tables to each side of the bed. You'll find by increasing the objects around the bed, the bed, itself, will appear larger.
In a room with a lot of obstacles - Decorating a bedroom that has an abundance of doors and windows is tough. Without bare wall space, there's hardly any room for furniture placement. To combat this problem, you'll have to create the illusion of wall space. To do this, set up a room divider next to the wall, even if doing so blocks a closet door or window. Arrange the divider a minimum of 15" away from the wall space and place the bed in front of it.
Feng Shui - It is virtually impossible to discuss furniture placement without mentioning Feng Shui, a method used to decorate your home to create harmony and peace through the placement of objects. It is said that Feng Shui bed placement can have a positive impact on your health, relationship, and other aspects of your life. A very basic rule of thumb in regards to this is to keep the space between the doors and windows free, as Chi tends to travel through this area. In addition, the bed should be facing the door at as far a distance as possible to allow Chi to flow freely and promote a sense of well-being.
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