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What To Do With An Empty Corner In The Bedroom

I need your help, friends! What should I do with this corner of my bedroom?
{I know you're jealous of my super-awesome drafting software, huh?}
Here are some real photos of the layout.
So, when you enter my bedroom, the dresser is on the wall to the right of you. The wall to the left is taken up completely by closet doors. The bed pretty much takes up the rest of the space. So, there's this empty spot in the corner and I kind of hate it.
I don't really want to block the window, but I think SOMETHING needs to go there! I originally had this bookcase in there, but it looked way too crowded (sorry I don't have a picture of it IN the bedroom), and it blocked the window.
Right now, I have a cheapo floor mirror propped up in this corner (a future project - I'd like to add molding and put it behind the door).
I'd love to get the cable box off the dresser, so maybe a little console table with a mirror over it? Maybe a vanity table? The cats also like to sit in front of the window, so whatever is there needs to have a cat-friendly surface, otherwise they'll just knock everything over.
I'm stuck! Help me!

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  • Shari
    Shari Tampa, FL
    on Jun 13, 2014

    I'm going to guess that you are kind of a "more is more" kind of person rather than "less is more." However, every horizontal surface and every inch of wall and floor space does not need to be covered or filled. Looks like you have a small-ish room and 2 large pieces of furniture (the bed and dresser) already so in my humble opinion, I don't think you really need any more furniture in the tiny corner between the dresser and night stand. Small rooms need to "breathe." Slightly shifting your furniture a bit would probably solve the problem. I would suggest pulling your bed away from the far wall and centering relative to the wall at the head of the bed. It will be easier to make your bed if you have even a few inches to walk between the wall and bed. Moving your bed toward the window would push your night stand over in front of the window. Your dresser looks like it could be scooted down toward the window a few inches and then it would be centered under the TV. That should pretty much reduce the empty space in that corner. If the night stand was more centered under the window and the top was cleaned off or tidied up, that would give your kitties a place to sit or lay and look out the window. A wall mounted lamp would give you reading light if you need it, although I notice you don't have a lamp on the nightstand now. Another alternative to allowing the cats to lay on the nightstand would be put a cat tower with a single perch in that corner for them. The only other piece of furniture I would personally consider for this room would be a very small scale chair for the corner by the closet which would give you a place to sit down and put your shoes on but I wouldn't bother if you won't use it for anything other than throwing clothes on it.

  • Katie Hanson (1100 Sq Ft)
    Katie Hanson (1100 Sq Ft) Los Angeles, CA
    on Jun 13, 2014

    Hi Shari, These are great ideas and I appreciate your time! Maybe we can talk through this idea a little bit? If I move the nightstand bed toward the window, I won't be able to open the dresser drawers. I tried that when I first moved in. That wall is only 10 feet wide and the bed is about 5'8" wide. Believe me, I don't like the wall against the bed, but so far, it was the best layout I could think of. If i move the dresser towards the window, which I could do in theory (but the dresser weighs about a thousand pounds), it couldn't go all the way into the corner, but could instead form a right angle with the nightstand, which would leave a cube of empty there - which sounds like a pain to clean. I've always been resistant to cat towers, but maybe that's a great idea for that corner. If I can find something aesthetically pleasing, they would definitely love that, and I could (maybe) cut down on them knocking things off the dresser/nightstand. I love the idea of a chair, but you're right, I think it wouldn't be used for reading or perching, so much as STUFF. Maybe a small pouf would accomplish the same, but with less space? I really appreciate your fresh perspective, thanks! - Katie

  • Joffler
    Joffler Houston, TX
    on Jun 13, 2014

    Forgive me if I'm wrong but I think I get what you're after. The room is not designed to accomodate a bedroom comfortably. Short of a twin bed, you're stuck having to jam the bed into a corner. Plus the furniture in the bedroom is out of scale with the room. As a result, there is tension going on in that corner. You have two severe furniture corners opposing each other and you want to fill in that space to neutralize that tension. I don't know if I'm using the appropriate terminology but that's the term I came up with when I had a similar situation when I was renting a small house with someone during my college years. Luckily, I was outta there in 6 months and the next place, just like the one before, had an adequately sized bedroom for my full-sized bed, dresser and nightstand. Maybe it's just the pictures, but there is a jarring difference between the heavy color of your furniture and the lightness of the wall color. Is it possible to paint the walls in such a color as to create a more harmonious feel to your room? Anyway, just some thoughts.

    • Katie Hanson (1100 Sq Ft)
      Katie Hanson (1100 Sq Ft) Los Angeles, CA
      on Jun 15, 2014

      @Joffler thanks for the reply! you're right, it's a tiny room, only about 10x11. and my furniture was purchased when i was living in a home with a much bigger bedroom. but as of right now, i don't plan on buying new furniture. i do however, have two other bedrooms, and i'm flirting with the idea of turning one into a closet, so maybe i could move the dresser in there and that would make the room seem much bigger.

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Jun 13, 2014

    I love your software package (HA)! without knowing measurements and location of windows/doors, it is hard to make a suggestion. I have learned that bi-fold or sliding doors are excellent ways to get rid of closet doors taking up space. You might want to install a barn door system for the entry door...this would eliminate the door taking up part of the room. Of course the door would have to be closed to get to the closet, but that would be no problem. This might give you room to turn the bed and put it against this well.

    • Katie Hanson (1100 Sq Ft)
      Katie Hanson (1100 Sq Ft) Los Angeles, CA
      on Jun 15, 2014

      @Jeanette S i'm sorry i didn't include accurate measurements. i was in a hurry and just wanted to get some ideas flowing because this is driving me crazy! the closet doors are in fact, sliding, so that does help save some space in the room.

  • Katie
    Katie Canada
    on Jun 14, 2014

    Your software is much better than mine! :-) My first question is do you really need that huge dresser in your room when you have a wall'o'closets? I know it weighs a ton, but I really think you will feel much better with a smaller piece (or taller vs. wide). The chest of drawers can go in another room until you have a bigger bedroom. My second comment is about the TV in your room….big psychic no-no. It interferes with your sleep patterns and unless you unplug it every night before you go to sleep, it is emitting energy into the room. So…once those items are removed you will see you have nice open space. @Jeanette S idea about the barn style doors is excellent. You may also consider a darker room colour or painting your furniture (which, by the way is very nice) a softer, lighter colour. With a narrower dresser, the bed maybe can be moved more toward the centre of the room and accommodate to unique pieces for night stands on either side of the bed; the one you currently have and then maybe an old chair or a square chest; or an old wooden step ladder on the other side….I hope you have lots of fun making changes to your space and can't wait to see the afters!

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