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Space Planning Principles for your Bedrooms


Planning to redecorate or buy new furniture for your bedroom, guest room, or kids room? Below are some space planning principles to keep in mind for these areas of the home.

Bedrooms are vital places in the home; they are places to relax and unwind, places to revitalize and rest, and places to get ready for the day. Bedrooms should be both functional and fashionable: they should look great while maintaining the functions of their core vitality discussed previously.

Here are a few space planning principles to keep in mind for the bedroom:
  1. Bedrooms should provide an anchored and logical space for the bed. Typically, this is done through the use of architectural features and/or accent walls and beds are also typically placed in a way so that the front is roughly opposite of the entrance to the bedroom.
  2. Bedrooms should have adequate storage through the use of built-ins (such as closets) and/or through the use of furniture (such as dressers, chests, etc). Bedrooms should provide a place to charge electronics and phones within easy reach of the bed, if desired.
  3. Bedrooms should provide enough circulations space to make it easy to reach the storage spaces and each side of the bed, if desired.
  4. Bedrooms should be awash in natural light, but also provide room darkening (blackout) window treatments for those who prefer to not wake up with the sunrise.
  5. Optionally, bedrooms should provide a mirror to help get ready in the morning.




Most homes are able to accomplish all of these principles. So, if you are thinking about decorating and designing the bedrooms in your home, try to apply as many of these principles as possible.

If you haven't already, see these principles in action on our Houzz ideabook.

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