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How To Arrange Bedroom Furniture

You’ve found a great new place. The lease is signed, the paint is dry, and now it’s time to (have Bellhops help you) move in. While you may have a really good idea of how you’re going to arrange your bathroom, living room, and kitchen, figuring out how to arrange bedroom furniture can often pose more of a challenge. 

There’s a reason for this.

The bedroom is often the most tricky room to arrange in any new place. Not only does bedroom furniture typically take up a bigger chunk of room than the furniture in any other room, but it can also be a real pain to reposition your bedroom furniture once you’ve loaded it all in there.

But don’t fret. With a little advanced planning, you’ll find out if (and where) everything will fit without finding yourself having a fit. Here’s how to arrange bedroom furniture in your new home.

Follow these steps:

Example of small apartment design from the Bellhops article "How To Arrange Bedroom Furniture"

  1. Visualize your finished room. Walk around and jot down the best spots for your bed, dresser, nightstand, desk, chair, lamp, etc. Make note of the locations of the power outlets, as well as the cable and phone jacks (if you’re going to need them). If the sun shines particularly brightly through a specific window, you might want to adjust things accordingly.
  2. Draw a floor plan. Use a tape measure to measure the walls of your bedroom, noting also the widths and depths of your closet, door, window(s), and any other nooks or cutouts. Also, make note of how far into the room the door opens. Then, draw your floor plan using a quarter-inch scale. (One-quarter inch on paper is equal to one foot in real life.) Drawing the plan with 1/4” inch graph paper is especially helpful, as each box will equal a foot. Indicate the width of all the aforementioned items, including how far into the room your door opens. You can also learn how to arrange bedroom furniture with this cool virtual tool.
  3. Draw your furniture. Measure and draw your furniture—both the pieces you already have and the pieces you plan to get—using the same method and scale you used in Step 2. (Go to the store where you plan to the furniture to measure it or visit the store’s website to get dimensions.)
  4. Stage your furniture. Lay the hand drawn furniture pieces on top of your miniature floor plan to see if the initial layout you envisioned will work. If it does, great. If it doesn’t, move things around until you find an alternate layout that’ll work for you. Leave plenty of clearance near the door, as well as at least two feet of space between the sides of the bed and the wall and/or other furniture. Once your layout is finalized, you and/or your movers will be able to move your furniture right where you want it.

What if I still can’t make everything fit?

If you’ve followed the above steps, and you’re still having trouble making things work, consider these ideas on how to arrange bedroom furniture:

Utilize a headboard as a bookshelf from the Bellhops article "How To Arrange Bedroom Furniture"

  • If you have a TV, place it on top of your dresser. If you don’t, use the top of your dresser as a bookshelf instead.
  • A tall, vertical dresser can give you more room than a wide one.
  • If your closet is big enough, you might want to put your dresser in there (really). You could also try placing it under a window.
  • If your bedroom is especially small, you might want to forego a dresser altogether and opt for a bed with storage drawers instead. You might also want to consider using a single bunk bed with a desk and/or dresser underneath it.
  • If you like—but don’t love—one (or more) of your pieces of furniture, replace it with another, smaller piece.

With a little planning and creativity, you can create a bedroom that fits your personality and your stuff.

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