Would like some constructive advice about bedroom furniture placement!

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Hello! I'm trying to come up with a way to rearrange our bedroom furniture in order to accommodate a settee sofa that I recently obtained. (My husband likes to watch TV in bed, I do not; I prefer to sit up when I read, watch TV, etc.) I've got a large window, a closet, and the door swing to take into consideration...feedback, suggestions, opinions, and alternative ideas most welcome!!!
q would like some constructive advice about bedroom furniture placement, bedroom ideas, home decor, home decor dilemma, Here s option 1 You ll see I ve got a few things to deal with a very large window that takes up almost an entire wall and NO it really isn t centered the closet and the door swing
Here's option 1. You'll see I've got a few things to deal with - a very large window that takes up almost an entire wall (and NO, it really isn't centered!); the closet; and the door swing.
q would like some constructive advice about bedroom furniture placement, bedroom ideas, home decor, home decor dilemma, This is option 2 the bed and end tables would be the focal point on the long wall but I m not sure how I feel about having the settee against the window
This is option 2; the bed and end tables would be the focal point on the long wall, but I'm not sure how I feel about having the settee against the window.
q would like some constructive advice about bedroom furniture placement, bedroom ideas, home decor, home decor dilemma, Here s another option putting the bed closer to the corner walls Sorry got tired of labeling everything but you get the gist
Here's another option; putting the bed closer to the corner walls. (Sorry, got tired of labeling everything, but you get the gist!)
q would like some constructive advice about bedroom furniture placement, bedroom ideas, home decor, home decor dilemma, Here s option 4 which allows for the most floor space but puts the bed under the window which I m not sure I m a fan of either
Here's option 4, which allows for the most floor space, but puts the bed under the window, which I'm not sure I'm a fan of, either.
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  • Shari Shari on Feb 18, 2016
    Based on your drawings, I prefer #3. However, if there is room, I would try to shift the settee, the table and the bed over as far as you can toward the closet so you have as much floor space between the bed and wall as possible. I would also try to position the table so the settee and bed can both take advantage of a reading lamp on the table. If you are going to purchase 1 (or 2) new tables, something oblong shaped (and turned with the long side against the arm of the settee) would take up less room than a round table so you may gain even more space between the bed and wall, and then you might be able to squeeze in another end table on the other side of the bed. This arrangement seems to give you plenty of floor space in front of the closet for dressing and the settee is right there to provide a place to sit down to put on shoes and socks. I also like that there seems to be ample room to pull the vanity chair out. However, I've found that in real life, drawings don't always give a good "feel" to how the room will actually look, flow and function. I usually have to end up moving furniture around anyway. lol. Good luck!
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    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 19, 2016
      Ugh dontcha hate it?? :-p
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 18, 2016
    I personally like the settee against the window. I am thinking since you prefer to read or watch tv how nice it would feel against that sunshine coming through.
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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 18, 2016
      @KatAych Thanks so much for the compliment.I love to respond if I can help or try to help. Just so you know its instilled in me to help. I worked my entire life until a few years ago when a heath issue struck. So long story short I found this website to fullfill what I did for many years. Try to help.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Feb 18, 2016
    I prefer no television in the bedroom but if you must have a spot to sit, the best option would be to have the settee across from the entertainment center so you aren't straining or twisting to watch your show.
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 18, 2016
      @MN Mom Thanks for the thought! I can tell you right now there's no way that television is coming out of there! Oftentimes, we are watching 2 different shows so both the living room TV and the bedroom TV are going simultaneously. I agree, I'd prefer to be facing the television, but if I have to sit in the settee more like a lounger than a sofa, I can do that, too, if it's going to fit better in the space...guess I'll just have to wait and see! So many good suggestions...thanks for the time! :-)
  • Ranger Ranger on Feb 19, 2016
    Beds under a window is often concern for neck and back ache from draughts. Do you really need the TV etc in your bedroom? Not having an entertainment centre would certainly give you a lot more room.
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 19, 2016
      Thanks for taking the time to respond! Unfortunately, that TV isnt going anywhere...oftentimes we are watching 2 different shows simultaneously with my husband in the bedroom and me in the living room. I didnt draw it exactly to scale; in looking at it last night, yheres actually more room than I illustrated. I think I may just have to try a couple different configurations to figure oit which one wotks best. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply!
  • Ranger Ranger on Feb 19, 2016
    Oh, just read above. Well, how about instead of a large entertainment centre, maybe a small flatscreen fixed to a wall?
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 19, 2016
      We do have a flatscreen. The entertainment center is really a buffet that a friend gave to me. It only sticks out about a foot, but its probably 5 feet wide. My husband uses the drawers for his folded clothes, so its kind of his dresser as well. If I could fit his clothes somewhere else (maybe a closet redo is in order) then this suggestion would totally work! Thanks, again. :-)
  • Margarite Margarite on Feb 19, 2016
    I like option two. See if you can move the bed and end table over and put the seatee on an angle to view the tv better.
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 19, 2016
      Thank You Margarite I thought about doing that as well so we'll see jow it all turns out!
  • Sbsb1005 Sbsb1005 on Feb 19, 2016
    Option 2 and 4 but with a cosmetic idea - Hang a very long curtain rod or possibly 2 close to the ceiling. Add curtains ceiling to floor centered on the wall. Dont worry about the window - center the space with the look of fabric. If you want the light you can always open them. Its dramatic and fixes the look of an uneven space.
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 19, 2016
      Thank You Sbsb1005 Great suggestion! And I just bought some new curtains recectly, anyway. We NEVER open them - theyre blackout curtains and we like the room dark and cozy. I may need to add more material to the bottom of the curtains to do ceiling height, but I do like the look of that. Thanks for the suggestion!
  • Teresa Teresa on Feb 19, 2016
    how about putting the bed at an angle in the corner, put the settee near the closet so it is across from the tv. then you can put something tall behind the bed to fill that space.
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 19, 2016
      Thank You Teresa I'll have to see if theres room for that...my concern is making sure theres ample room to get to the vanity/desk and open all the drawers with the bed angling towards it. I'll measure and see if that might work!
  • Michelle Spencer Michelle Spencer on Feb 19, 2016
    third is better, but move the tv across from the settee and put the vanity at the bottom of the bed.
  • Alys Alys on Feb 19, 2016
    This is fun. From a practical point of view, I think it's always nice to have a side table on both sides of the bed. I also like plenty of room to make the bed from both sides, otherwise it's too hard. When placing the settee for TV viewing, be sure you won't have glare from the window, unless you only watch at night. In that case, no worries. Aesthetically, I like the second option the best. Please let us know what you do.
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    • Alys Alys on Feb 19, 2016
      @KatAych Sounds wonderful! Best of luck with the kitchen. I see you're in Alameda. We live in San Jose.
  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on Feb 19, 2016
    If you can turn the door around to swing out instead of in so you can have more space on that wall. If so the use the vanity as one side table & put the bed on that wall, put the entertainment center on the opposite wall with the settee on the window wall. I hope that makes sense...
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 19, 2016
      @Sherry Fram Huh, never considered changing the door swing! It would be doable as our bedroom is at the end of the hallway, so having the door swing out wouldn't be an issue. Thanks for that thought!
  • LD LD on Feb 19, 2016
    What are the dimension of the room? What is across the hall where your bedroom door is located?
  • Jay Jay on Feb 19, 2016
    There's one last way you haven't tried. Put the bed on the door wall. Entertainment/TV unit at the end of the bed wall. The settee under the window, and bed table in the corner on the right side of bed. If room allows, try to fit a small bed table or shelf next to the bed on the left side. Good luck.
  • Jeannie Jeannie on Feb 19, 2016
    I like #1 idea but I would switch the entertainment unit & vanity so you can watch tv better.
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 19, 2016
      Thanks for taking the time to answer! Ill have to try out the seat and see if I can watch tv comfortably. Definitely might be worth switching!
  • Jean DeSavage Jean DeSavage on Feb 19, 2016
    If you can put the door to swing out, it will give you much more room on that wall. Try drawing it out with the bed in the corner by the window, on the door wall. the bed doesn't have to be exactly centered in the corner, it can be more against the door wall to give room for tables on each side. Have the settee, if it's low enough, at the end of the bed, and the vanity either in the other window corner or on the wall close to the door. Put the TV on the wall angled toward the bed. If it's a newer thin tv you can get wall hanging units that let you angle it for better viewing. The other thing you could do to make the room appear more spacious is to put the vanity under the tv, and then put the settee in the other window corner opposite the bed. Then put a nice small table next to the settee.
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 19, 2016
      Thanks, Jean! The entertainment center will most likely stay...it's actually a buffet that my husband uses for his clothes drawers. This is definitely another option; I'll measure to see if it'll work!
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Feb 19, 2016
    I advise against putting the bed too close in a corner - you'll regret it every time you make the bed! What about using option #3, but swap the table for the bed, leaving the table in the corner. Now turn the vanity 180 degrees and put it at the end of the bed and find a smaller stool that tucks into the leg space when not in use. Then centre the entertainment stuff and have it facing both bed and settee. I don't know if this gives you enough room around the end of the bed or not, but it will leave you with a bed sized shape of floor that you can put down a throw rug.
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 20, 2016
      Thanks for the feedback! I'm not sure putting the vanity at the end of the bed would work for me, but I will definitely consider it!
  • Jane Harriss Naus Jane Harriss Naus on Feb 20, 2016
    #4 May be a good option for balance - but if you can, try switching the vanity & entertainment center. It would maximize your floor space, put your TV across from your setee & give you more natural light at your vanity. One thing I couldn't find in your info was the height of items - height can sometimes balance a large piece like a bed. Have fun & don't forget to use black out liners for watching TV during the day & sleeping in when you can! LOL!
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 20, 2016
      Thank You Jane Harriss Naus We never open our blackout draperies! ;-)
  • Anne Anne on Feb 20, 2016
    I would face the dressers to the closet forming a "dressing area" and put the bed up against the dressers facing the windows
  • Jbird68 Jbird68 on Feb 21, 2016
    If he is watching the TV from the settee I would try to place it in front of the entertainment center somehow so he is boring it straight on. Or Center the entertainment center between the settee and the bed if you watch TV also.
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 21, 2016
      @Jbird68 Thanks! I've been drawing out everybody's suggested configurations to see what would work within the space...we'll have to try several and sit and lie in/on our furniture to figure out the winner!
  • Faye Campbell Faye Campbell on Feb 22, 2016
    Just a few thoughts...the head of your bed should not butt up against a wall that has a bathroom behind it. Nor should the foot of your bed face the door opening. According to Feng Shui, the head of your bed should not be up against the window as the chi that enters your home will rush across your bodies as you sleep. Not good for your health.
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    • Shari Shari on Feb 22, 2016
      @Faye Campbell That's interesting but if I tried to arrange my beds according to Fung Shui, taking into consideration bathrooms on the other side of the wall, not placing the head of beds under windows and the foot of beds not facing doors, a bed won't work in any of my bedrooms! lol.
  • Faye Campbell Faye Campbell on Feb 22, 2016
    Another thought ...Your bed is best located where it is. If you were to place it so the head of the bed is beside the door that would not be good because the chi entering the window would have to travel across your bodies to escape out the door. As it is now the chi has an unobstructed route.
  • Cindi Cindi on Feb 23, 2016
    I would flip the whole room around, Option 2, putting the bed on wall with door, seatee in front of window, ent. cnt. across from bed, and vanity next to closet. So the whole room is flipped, except the seatee.
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    • Cindi Cindi on Feb 24, 2016
      @KatAych from your diagram, the door is to left bottom and if you put bed on that wall, then that might work for you
  • LD LD on Feb 24, 2016
    Without having room dimensions, I choose option 1, for it gives the best flow of the room. If there is an option to make the bedroom door a pocket or French doors, give it some consideration, for it would give added wall space an flow to the room. I'm not a fan of having a tv in the bedroom, for the room is to be a relaxing sanctuary for sleep. But if your going to have a tv in the bedroom, look for an armoire for housing the tv and clothing needs for hubby, or better yet consider a custom wall system that would address dressing table, clothing storage and housing for the tv. I personally feel that the settee is to large for the space, and you should consider a comfortable chair, which would take of less room. By all means the bed should remain on the wall it is currently located, for this gives the best flow of movement in the room. Finally, if you redesign the hanging/storage of your closet, you may find that this changes the requirements needed for clothing storage in the bedroom. I'm a big fan of "The Container Store", for they have closet designers who can create a closet to best suit your needs, and now they also have designers for over all help in your home, so you may want to check them out, plus they are having a huge sale on the Elfa Closet System and installation by them as well.
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 24, 2016
      @LD Hi, Linda - thanks for all the suggestions! I drew those when I wasn't at home, so I didn't have the measurements to scale at all, but it does give a general idea. We actually ARE going to work on our closet, as well, but will most likely keep the entertainment center (it's really a buffet with lots of storage space). Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll at least have the furniture placement down...thanks, again for all the great ideas!
  • KatAych KatAych on Feb 26, 2016
    **UPDATE!!!** Well, when I brought the settee home, we put it in our living room, right inside the front door (close to the front window and the fireplace). It's been there ever since while I've been contemplating how to rearrange the bedroom furniture...last night, the Hubby says he actually likes the settee exactly where it is in the living room and would like it to stay there! Mmkay, so I guess I'm still out of a seat for watching TV in the bedroom LOL! Or maybe I'll just have to sit in my vanity chair instead. Anyhoo, it looks like in the end, OPTION #2 is going to be it, allowing our bed to be the focal point in the room. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO OFFERED INCREDIBLY HELPFUL AND USEFUL TIPS!!! They certainly have not gone to waste - you never know, I might acquire other seating - and it's also helped me look at other areas of my home with a fresh perspective!!! Y'all are wonderful people!!!!
  • Brenda Brenda on Feb 26, 2016
    Do you need the large entertainment center or could you wall mount the TV?
    • KatAych KatAych on Feb 26, 2016
      @Brenda The entertainment center (it's actually a buffet) is 5 feet long, but it only sticks out a foot. It really wouldn't buy us any space to wall-mount the TV as we wouldn't put anything underneath it. It was the same with changing the door to swing out - it didn't provide any more space because the opening is still only 3 feet wide. If I placed furniture closer to the door opening, then we'd have to walk around it to enter the room which just didn't make sense. I've had some GREAT suggestions, though, and it really has helped me look at the placement of other rooms in general with a fresh eye! Great people here!
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