It’s the room where we spend up to a third of our lives so creating the right ambience in which to relax without compromising on practical storage space is important. Our guide will help you avoid the most common pitfalls.
Planning your space
Before buying any furniture, measure your space. Consider how much room you need for wardrobes and chests of drawers; whether you need a single, double or king size bed and if you’ve got room for bedside tables – and most importantly, check all access points to ensure your chosen furniture can get where it needs to be. Make paper or cardboard templates and lay everything out, trying different configurations until you find an arrangement that works for you. Be wary of putting big chests of drawers in smaller than average rooms. Consider a tall, narrow chest to make better use of space. Mixing ranges in a smaller bedroom can also be a no-no. It can make the space look cluttered and feel cramped. Matching furniture creates visual harmony and helps a room look balanced.
The centrepiece of any bedroom is the bed. A good night’s sleep recharges your batteries and sets you up for the day. Whether you’re furnishing a new bedroom from scratch or upgrading an old bed, we’ve got an extensive range of styles and sizes for you to choose from. And wood is the ideal choice because it’s durable, naturally beautiful and full of character. Team your new wooden bed with a comfortable mattress, some fluffy pillows and crisp new bed linen and you’re good to go. Generally, the bigger the bed, the better you’ll sleep as you’ll have plenty of room to spread out and relax without disturbing your partner, but obviously the size of your bed will be determined by the size of your room.
When choosing a wardrobe, don’t just think about what you are going to put in it now but think ahead. If you’re a regular clothes buyer then chances are you’ll run out of space so buy the biggest one that you have room for to avoid having to throw things out, or buy a smaller one and use it as an excuse to have regular clear-outs. When you’re measuring up, remember to allow space for the opening and closing of doors and drawers. And remember, you can fit more in an organised wardrobe so think about adding multi-use hangers and trouser hangers to help you use space efficiently.
Chests of Drawers
Chests of drawers come in a huge variety of configurations so finding the perfect one or more to fit your space shouldn’t be too difficult. Think about what you need to store. If you’ve got lots of bulky items, chests with deeper drawers will be ideal. Consider a tall narrow chest in smaller rooms to help maximise floor space, and low wide chests to make use of the space under windows.
As well as taking care of all your night-time essentials, a bedside cabinet can also come in handy as extra storage for socks and underwear if you choose one that has several drawers.
A blanket box will stow away extra bedding, throws and cushions and will look splendid at the end of your bed. Most of our ranges have one to suit and they make the ideal finishing touch to any bedroom. Plus they make handy toy boxes in children’s rooms too.
If space permits then a dressing table will be a very useful addition to your room. In a smaller bedroom, it could even be used as an occasional desk as well as providing a space for getting ready.