These 8 Common Bedroom Layout Mistakes Actually Take Moments to Fix

Updated 09/14/18

You'd think that bedroom layouts are 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 just like one size doesn't fit all, bedroom layouts often need to cater to the room they're in.

Are your nightstands too small for the wall they're on? Do you have awkward empty corners that need filling? Maybe you need a solution for your lack of storage or the fact that your small bedroom is actually in a studio apartment—and isn't a bedroom at all.

If your room is feeling cavernous rather than cozy, if you're blocking a seriously good view with bulky furniture, or if not matter how hard you try, you can't make your bedroom layout feel coherent, we have a myriad of easy solutions to make your space feel put together and layered. Don't make these bedroom layout mistakes—here are eight tricks to make just about any space feel more functional and cozy.

If Your Bedroom Is Long and Narrow

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Alyssa Rosenheck

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 cavernous 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 coziness in no time.

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If You Don't Want to Block the View

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Sarah Sherman Samuel

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 in not making the space feel bare. Just add a large textural rug to give your bedroom the coziness it needs.

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If Everything Feels Sterile

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Brittany Ambridge

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. 

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If Your Bedroom Is Extra Large

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Do you have an extra-large bedroom that looks awkward and empty no matter how you layout 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.

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If You Have an Awkwardly Empty Corner

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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.

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If Your Window Feels Bare

Small Bedroom Layout Mistakes
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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. 

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If You Don't Have Enough Storage

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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.

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If Your Bedroom Is in a Studio

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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.

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