Friday, December 20, 2013

Essential bedroom basics

A peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the bedroom is the one personal space you can truly call your own. A solid bedroom layout is the first step to creating that sanctuary that can soothe your soul.

Bedside tables are a must for every bedroom.

Here are three essentials in bedroom design:

The bed

The bed is the most important piece of furniture in any bedroom, so it’s the first thing to consider in a bedroom layout.

Generally, the best position for the bed is facing the window view. However, you should also consider your privacy in the bedroom. Be sure to have appropriate adequate window treatments if you decide to go with this option.

Avoid putting your bed against the window, since there might be too much heat and sun exposure by your bed. It is also best to avoid putting your bed against the wall of an en suite bathroom, or any bathroom for that matter. Bathroom noises can be off-putting for an evening of rest and relaxation.

If you’re one for having a relaxing TV-viewing experience right in your bed, the ideal space for hanging your TV is on the wall right across from your bed.

You may also prefer to place your bed away from your bedroom door, to have privacy from bedroom intruders. If you have a compact space, you may also choose to install a screen or divider instead.

Clear spaces

To keep bed-making an easier task, allow for two feet of space around the bed. This will leave you enough room to go around on every side to tuck the sheets in.

However, for compact bedrooms where you will need to locate your bed against the wall, be sure to leave one side of the bed with a landing space of two feet. Beds for two people should have landing spaces on either side.

Never create a bedroom layout where you have to painstakingly crawl into bed from the foot of the bed, or worse, wake up your partner in the middle of the night just for you to go to the bathroom.

For the sides of the bed with a cabinet across from it, leave at least three feet of clear space. This will provide just enough space for when you need to access the cabinet.

A desk can be handy for checking bills and mail. If you have the extra space, make room for a beloved collection or a comfortable seating area.

While some prefer not to have TV in their bedroom to avoid distractions from rest, others wouldn’t have it any other way.

If you’re one for having a relaxing TV-viewing experience right in your bed, the ideal space for hanging your TV is on the wall right across from your bed. Generally, the standard viewing distance of a TV should be seven feet, but this may vary according to the size of your TV. It is best to consult the appliance store where you bought the TV.

Bedside

Bedside tables are a must for every bedroom. It’s handy for holding your table lamp, setting down a glass of water, keeping your nighttime reads and storing your mobile phone and other gadgets you need on hand.

If you have a small space and you don’t have room for bedside tables, save floor space by having a recessed ledge over the headboard instead. The ledge can still function as a surface for your bedside necessities. You may also use wall sconces in lieu of the table lamp.

Other considerations

Depending on your lifestyle, there are also other items you may want to add to your bedroom. Closets are usually located inside the bedroom for houses that don’t have a separate walk-in closet.

A desk can be handy for checking bills and mail. If you have the extra space, make room for a beloved collection or a comfortable seating area. - Aislinn Kee


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