How To Choose The Right Furniture For Your Bedroom
Unless you’ve moved around a lot, the chances are that you haven’t spent a lot of time in your life picking out new bedroom furniture. So, when the time comes to relocate to a new home or renovate your current one — thinking about how to choose the right furniture for your bedroom can be overwhelming. With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick list of the basic stuff you should keep in mind in the process!
Here’s the big one — space. Before you start shopping around for a new bed, chest, dresser, or pretty much anything that takes up any floor space: make sure to measure your room first. Then, review all of the measurements of each new piece of furniture you consider buying and see how it fits with your old stuff — or any other new pieces you’re considering simultaneously.
Obviously, free space isn’t the only thing on your mind when picking out furniture for any room — your bedroom included. After all, furniture is just as much about style as it is about function. That’s why the décor style of your new bedroom furniture needs to fit within the overall theme.
Think about it: what would fit in better with the style of your bedroom? The clean, simple lines and clear-cut geometry of modern furniture — or more traditional pieces that exhibit a rustic, wooden presence?
Choosing a bed
Before you fall head over heels for a specific model, think about what kind of bed you want. After all, it’s probably going to be the centrepiece of the entire room (there’s a reason why it’s not called the “wardrobe room). Do you want a low footboard that gives you more room to stretch your legs, for example?
Plus, buying a new bed also means having the chance to re-evaluate not just its style — but its size as well. Is your current bed size enough for you, or do you want to upgrade to something bigger? And if so — can that bigger size fit in your room? Maybe you want something smaller, that allows for easier foot traffic around a tiny room?
Bedside chests and nightstands
Your mattress and bed aside, your nightstand is probably the most significant piece of furniture in your bedroom. In many ways, it’s an extension of the bed. You need a convenient spot on which you can keep a bedside lamp, along with other stuff like alarm clocks, books, phones, etc.
Naturally, if you’re decorating a master bedroom, you’ll need two nightstands — one on each side — so ensure you’ve got enough space for all of that. And while you’re browsing nightstands, you may also come across bedside chests.
In width, they’re similar to nightstands — but bedside chests are generally taller, and they come with a couple of single-column drawers. Conversely, the shorter nightstands have either an open space or cabinet-style doors below, with a number of drawers on top.
Besides the ones you might pick for your bedside, chests are generally an excellent storage option if you’re dealing with limited floor space. They’re usually taller, making up for their small width with height — and they’ve got five or more drawers stacked in one column, providing plenty of storage.
If you’ve got a lot of space to fill, dressers are a better storage option — they’re wider than they’re tall, nicely filling up a room without creating a sense of clutter. Also, they go great with a mirror hanging above them.
Typically, dressers have at least two drawer columns, and they’re a better option than chests if you’re going to share them with your partner — the columns make dividing up space much more efficient and easier.