Have you ever been in a room that just feels right? Nine times out of 10, it’s because it’s a simple design that works well. But creating a simple design is harder than it seems — particularly in bedrooms.
Why? Because each bedroom absolutely has to get a mattress in it. And beds are large and ungainly, and dictate the placement of every other object in the room. But if you are fortunate enough to be planning a bedroom from scratch or remodeling an current bedroom, you can control the other components and create a space that’s both practical and pretty.
The bedrooms revealed here manage that feat with panache. Even if you don’t have a great opinion, use of the outdoors or plenty of space to work with, the principles they embody and the ease they reveal can inspire your bedroom design project.
Because the bedroom is one of the easiest rooms at the home, it’s often overlooked. One of the first steps to a great bedroom layout is using an efficient and well-designed floor plan which gives you everything that you need — regardless of how much space you begin with.
Here are seven tips that will help you to get the most from your bedroom.
Jeanne Finnerty Interior Design
1. Simple flow. Attempt to keep your flow on a single side of this room. Hotels do a great job of the There is a reason 90 percent of resorts have the exact same floor plan: because it’s easy and it works.
Circulation plans become a bit more challenging with en suite rooms (bedrooms with bathrooms attached) or bedrooms which have doors to the outside.
Dylan Chappell Architects
To save on space, look closely at where you find the bathroom and closet in your bedroom. Rooms that have bathroom or closet access prior to the sleeping area require a lengthier hallway (visit the left-hand plan). Should you organize the flow so the bathroom and closet are accessed through the sleeping area (right-hand plan), you do not require another hallway, and you’ll be able to add the flow space to the room to make it seem larger, also.
Schwartz and Architecture
2. Concentrate on the view. A bedroom feels nicer if the first thing you encounter is a pleasant view from the window — as opposed to a view looking straight in the mattress. If you are designing a new bedroom or reworking an older one, try to come up with a layout that focuses on the vista — whether it’s something as stunning as a lake or as straightforward as the garden.
Dylan Chappell Architects
3. Keep privacy in your mind. It’s always nice when you’re able to leave the bedroom door open without forsaking all of your solitude. The small foyer in this example provides separation in the family room. I try to avoid designing a layout in which you look directly into the bedroom by a more public space, like a great room, kitchen or family room.
4. Connect with the outdoors. While this may not be feasible in most climates, connecting a room with the outdoors is an excellent way to make the space feel larger and admit more natural light. If your bedroom is on the ground floor (or is on the next story and contains an adjacent terrace), including a pair of French doors can instantly increase visual space.
Michael Abrams Limited
5. Consider the furniture layout. Your bedroom’s architecture must take your furniture into account. Bedroom floor plans usually have a mattress wall — but what about dressers, nightstands, TVs, chairs and a desk? Work with your architect or programmer to be certain that there is sufficient space beside the mattress for nightstands and ample flow so that you can access three sides of the mattress.
6. Boost light and ventilation. Finding your bedroom in the corner of your house can give you windows on two or more adjoining walls. This gives you the added advantage of cross ventilation along with a softer natural light.
Beth Dotolo, ASID, RID, NCIDQ
7. Take your time. Great layout requires a while and usually requires refining before you come up with the ideal plan for your lifestyle. Don’t rush through the layout — it’s well worth taking a little extra time up front to ensure you have a more efficient and operational plan in the long run.
The reality is, good layout does not necessarily signify a space that’s overly intricate and expensive to construct. A space that works better, costs less to construct, is much more efficient to operate and is simpler to maintain can be an outstanding example of great design.
Inform us What questions do you have about your bedroom’s architecture? What do you wish were different on your bedroom today?
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