Let’s look at some of the most popular bedroom layout ideas. Space planning is the first priority of professional designers. The $500 ultra-luxe duvet will not matter if your space is poorly planned. The layout, or space planning, of your bedroom is the most important aspect of your design. It will dictate how traffic flows through your space and can showcase your design aesthetic in the most pleasing way possible.
Whether your space is big or small, the right layout can make all the difference in how you see and use your space. Most bedrooms are designed to have a “bed wall,” but that doesn’t mean that is the only placement for your bed; with a little bit of creativity and some design rules, you can take matters into your own hands and create the bedroom layout of your dreams.
Bedroom Layout Tips
Regardless of your bedroom size, you want to keep your traffic areas open, maximize your view, let in plenty of natural light and ventilation, and maintain your privacy. Pro tip: make a little floor plan for yourself, do a quick scale drawing of your space, make a separate drawing of your furniture, and cut the furniture drawings out.
Now, you can play with the arrangement by moving the furniture around the drawing of your room. Placing your bed in the center of the wall and flanking it with bedside tables is traditional and works in most spaces, but it isn’t the only way!
We see symmetry most often when looking at bed placement, but there is no rule saying that you have to be symmetrical in your space! Don’t be afraid to push your bed to one side; embrace the asymmetry.
The key is balance. If you push your bed close to a wall, leave enough room to comfortably enter and exit the bed from that side, especially if you share the space with someone else. (Visit this page to read more about bed sizes, including the dimensions of the most popular types of beds.)
On the side closest to the wall, opt out of a table, choose an invisible wall-mounted bookshelf, and stack your favorite bedtime reading in a unique column of book art. On the other side, place your bedside table or even a small sofa table that could double as a vanity top. Bring it all together with an area rug that stretches nearly wall to wall.
Master Bedroom Suite Layout
The sky is the limit when you have a master suite. Sometimes, those large, empty spaces can be intimidating, especially if you don’t have the furniture to fill them! But fear not, intrepid designers, we have you covered!
If your master suite comes with a large closet, install a closet organization system that will hold all of your clothing and accessories. This will free up room in your cavernous suite for a relaxing retreat without the clutter of everyday necessities.
Go ahead and get that luxurious king-sized bed; whether it is a minimalist platform or a four-poster solid wood antique, you have the room to live large! Place the bed right in the center of your bed wall, flank it with bedside tables that match in scale but mix up the shape, make it interesting, and make it yours.
Because of your amazing closet organization, you don’t need a dresser in your space. Think about how you would like to use your extra space. Perhaps you want a meditation area in the corner or a quiet place to read or knit. Because you have the space and you already have our bed placement, you can really get creative with how to utilize the rest of your bedroom.
Master Bedroom Furniture Layout
Create a nice conversation area in your master suite. Place two beautiful upholstered chairs or one fantastic lounge chair, an occasional table, or a woven jute basket to hold an extra blanket or two in the corner of your room, and you have a restful, relaxing retreat right in your own master suite.
If you love coffee like I do, consider having a sleek mid-century credenza modified to hide a mini-fridge and your favorite coffee maker. There will be plenty of room for a few coffee mugs and spoons, and no one will be the wiser! The top would make the perfect landing spot for a couple of tall lamps and that delicate tabletop sculpture you had to remove from the living room when you had kids!
Place a large, framed mirror on the wall behind it to increase the natural light that comes into your space. This can be placed across from your bed or on a wall next to your bed, so you only need to stumble a few feet before you can say coffee, coffee, joy, joy.
Small Bedroom Layout
Don’t let anyone tell you that size matters in the bedroom; they are wrong! You can have a sophisticated, stylish, beautifully designed room if you have the right layout! Well, maybe bed size matters; you will not create anything but a mess if you insist on a king-sized bed in a postage-stamp room. As the saying goes, a place for everything and everything in its place makes for great design.
Maximize storage in a small room by adding built-in shelving on the wall that your bed will go on, using drawers at the base on either side of your bed. Include wall-mounted lighting on either side of the bed, add artwork in the space above, and you have stylish storage and free your floor space up by decreasing the need for separate dressers.
This not only puts everything you use on one side of the room, making efficient use of circulation, but it also makes your room appear larger and gives it a more open, airy feel.
Small Guest Room Layout
For a small guest bedroom layout, rather than shove the bed against one wall to give the illusion of more space, try to leave an aisle to either side of the bed, which will improve the flow of the room.
Not only will guests be able to get into the bed easier, but it will also allow room for nightstands on both sides. Another small bedroom layout tip is to use only one major piece of furniture per wall. This will help the space not feel too cramped.
Additionally, think about ways to brighten up the space. Lighter colors are more light-reflecting, choose a light and neutral color palette for small rooms. Adding a small mirror can have a big impact on making the room feel larger.
For drapery, try installing long white curtains to soften direct sunlight while still keeping things bright. Not only will you create a romantic atmosphere in your small bedroom, but it will look inviting and larger in the process.
Finally, it may be a good idea to consider a space saving bed for a small room. There are a variety of beds such as murphy beds, day beds, bunk beds, folding beds and pull out beds that can offer you a lot more room to work with. These types also work well for those who want a multi-purpose room such as a part-time office or play room.
Layout Ideas for Square Rooms
It’s hip to be square, really, it is! A square bedroom begs to by symmetrical, it also begs for a big, square rug to anchor the furniture. Start with the rug, if your budget is limited, look to natural rugs like jute or seagrass; they are less expensive, incredibly durable, and have a natural glow that brings the outdoors in. Get a rug that will extend to about 6” to 12” from the walls.
Start with your bedside table and place it so that it is close to the corner. Then place your bed and another bedside table. Add a chair in the corner with a floor lamp behind it. Across from the bed, you can place your dresser and another chair near the corner. The wall with the window should face one side of your bed, letting the natural light and cool breezes spill uninterrupted, into the room.
Bedroom layouts can be tricky because there is so much to consider. But relax, the design should be fun, not stressful! Consider how you want to use your space and what needs to go into the space, make a few quick sketches of layout possibilities, and use the tricks of the trade that you have learned today to create a functional, beautiful, and personal design.
There are a variety of bedroom layout ideas for several different room types. Below, you’ll find layouts for a bedroom with storage, and small, relaxing, and versatile floor plan designs.
Bedroom With Storage
A bedroom with storage is ideal for those with a smaller amount of square footage in their home, such as that found in many apartments and condos. A bedroom with storage can be maximized for the purpose of utilizing under-bed storage found in many types of platform beds. It is also advisable to have several dressers to provide additional storage opportunities.
Relaxing Bedroom Floor Plan
To achieve a relaxing bedroom layout, consider adding a plush bed ottoman or bench to the foot of the bed. Not only will this piece of furniture help you match and accentuate the prints and lines in your bedroom design, but it can also provide extra storage space or just a place to put on your shoes. Bed benches come in various styles, such as Mid-Century Modern, French Provincial, Chinoiserie, Cottage, or Hollywood Regency.
If there is room, you can also add some comfortable chairs with a small table to act as a place for your morning coffee, a reading nook in the corner of the room or just a place to socialize with your significant other.
Versatile Bedroom Design
If you want to use your bedroom as a multi-functional space, a versatile design may suit you. In the image above, the bed is positioned against a wall due to a large window, which can often prevent the bed from being positioned in the center of the room.
A multi-functional bedroom design could be used as an office and a place to sleep with a desk set up across from a bed. It may have a seating area with a table for relaxing and enjoying coffee or a wall dedicated to a makeup vanity or extra storage cabinets. A versatile bedroom layout is quite similar to a studio apartment design with a room that functions for activities besides sleeping.
Here’s an illustration of some of the most popular bedroom layout ideas.