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You'd think that bedroom layouts would be easy to figure out. You pick the best wall for the bed, flank it with a couple of nightstands, maybe add a dresser or even a small sofa, and you're done. But it's not one size fits all, and bedroom layouts need to cater to the room they're in. If your room is feeling cavernous rather than cozy, if you're blocking a seriously good view with bulky furniture, or if no matter how hard you try, you can't make your bedroom layout feel coherent, we have myriad easy solutions to make your space feel put together and layered.
Long and Narrow Bedroom
If your bedroom is long and narrow, chances are there is a lot of empty space at the foot of your bed, which can make it feel cold and empty rather than cozy. Instead of having unused floor space, try adding a bench, daybed, or small sofa at the foot of your bed to give the room layers and add functionality. You'll bring back the intimate feeling in no time.
Room With a View
A large bedroom with a gorgeous view can be tricky to furnish without blocking the precious vistas. If you want to leave your window walls bare, try condensing your furniture to one side of the room. Here, an extra-long headboard with built-in storage goes a long way to avoid making the space feel bare.
Add a large textural rug to give your bedroom the warmth it needs.
Bedrooms can feel a little cold sometimes, especially if you don't have space for an upholstered chair or bench. The multiple storage pieces that typically go into a bedroom all have similar square edges and hard surfaces. To break this up, use a floor plant or a tree to make the space feel more organic and less sterile. Art and soft furnishings can help, too.
Extra Large Bedroom
Do you have an extra-large bedroom that looks awkward and empty no matter how you lay out your furniture? Try floating your bed in the middle of the space. Yes, it may feel counterintuitive, but with a storage piece or table (built-in or not), you can make space for additional wall storage—like for a wall-to-wall closet, for instance.
Awkwardly Empty Corner
This might be the oldest rule in the playbook, but if you have an awkward empty corner in your bedroom, fill it with a small reading nook. A chair, side table, and a floor lamp can add just the right layer of sophistication to a space without overwhelming it—and it also breaks up the hard lines of storage furniture. Other great options include a bench or a luggage rack.
Is your window looking sad and bare? Try adding a small narrow bench along with a few pillows. Suddenly, an unused space becomes a reading area or a place to sit during the day that's not your bed. You can even add a side table to make it feel more like a small daybed.
Lack of Storage
Is your closet too small for your extensive wardrobe? You may need more storage in your room. To maximize your potential storage space, go with the highest or largest dresser you can find. A tallboy looks great on a narrow wall, while a low dresser is ideal under windows or to double as a vanity. And if your bed wall is extra long, try flanking your bed with a couple of small, low dressers.
Bedroom in a Studio
Studios can be tricky to furnish—take it from one editor who's lived in one for two and a half years. If you need extra privacy in your sleeping area, try tucking a built-in bed in a corner and separating it with a simple wall-to-wall curtain. That way you can close off your sleeping area when guests come over.