How can I fix this??


Working in this room next, cosmetic only. The bed will be replaced with a king size (no headboard) and not centering it on the wall will drive me crazy. The windows are not center and oddly placed. I was thinking about placing a few valances across both windows and centering the bed under that. A few smallish nightstands and something taller in the corner on the left that would be empty. A tall plant or maybe a coat tree for bathrobes, etc. I am open to ideas, with a limited budget and no talent. Are there other options? Excuse the ugly room, its getting fresh paint and sprucing up.

q how can i fix this
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  • on Mar 24, 2021

    I like your idea of putting something big in the corner - like a tree or maybe a tall coat rack or something. That will make the room seem more balanced. Then center the bed on the space between the windows. A small night stand on each side of the bed will help with balance too.

    Two roman blinds that pull up past the glass in the windows will make them seem taller and will tie them together visually.

    Have you painted already? If not, think about choosing a matte finish - shiny finishes draw attention to flaws in the walls - a flat finish will help disguise them.

    I actually think the room is cool! It's so unique. :)

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Mar 24, 2021

    Hi! I'm wondering if you cover the entire back wall with a curtain / valance across the entire span if that would create the illusion that the two windows are not off center but just one large window. That would give you the option the center the bed on the wall with nightstands on either side. Love the unique architecture!

    Would it be possible to put the bed on a different wall?

  • Dee Dee on Mar 24, 2021

    I would use drapes at the very top of the window. Put a rod all the way across and then center your bed. You can make the windows look bigger that way. After you center your bed, you can put your things back in the corners.

    Buy some quilts or a comforter and paint the room the lightest color in the comforter. Then use accent colors for the rest of the room. I would also paint both dressers the same color. Have fun with this project.

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    • Dee Dee on Mar 25, 2021

      If you have an Ikea near you they sell very light weight see thru curtains by the pair and only cost around $30. Or check Ikea out on line.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 24, 2021

    Put curtains of the same size beginning at the wall/corner. This will make it appear to be the same size and then you can center the bed in the room and it will appear to be centered between the windows. You could also do it across the entire wall. If you do 2 windows, you can add a small decor item like a wreath in the center in lieu of a headboard.

    Add hooks onto the wall to hang items like bathrobes, it will take up no floor space but serve the same as a hall tree. Add shelves for storage. You could even do floating nightstands mounted on the wall.

    A pretty bed cover will go a long way to bringing life into the room. Check Macy's, I've gotten some great deals and they ship so no worries if you don't have one nearby.

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    • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 25, 2021

      That will definitely help to center it. So many people get hung up on needing a headboard or something that mimics one. I don't have one in 3 of our 5 bedrooms so I'm not one of them. Wondering if you will go window length or to the floor on the curtains. There is definitely pros & cons on both.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Mar 24, 2021

    Since you are getting a king bed I would try to place the bed on one of the walls without windows if possible - with a king bed it will be hard to place a nightstand on either side of the bed. You could put up a wall of curtains on that windowed wall and it would give you a headboard look and hide the windows. You could always open the curtains for more light. You will just have to play with the layout of the room to see best place for bed and some folks will place them in the corner of a room but just depends on how the room is laid out..

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    • Robin Hayes Smith Robin Hayes Smith on Mar 24, 2021

      lol, I like cornered things an considered it, it got vetoed real quick.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 24, 2021

    Hi Robin: Well, if you don't sew, you can still make a curtain that goes all the way across from one wall to the other. Use a product called Stitch Witchery. It's an iron on fusible bonding material that bonds 2 pieces of fabric together and is permanent. You can make a really wide curtain and no one will be the wiser :) Or, you can make 2 curtains (always use at least 1 1/2 or 2 times the width of material you need for gathering) and put a picture in the centre between them, and that should look o.k. I'd paint with an egg shell or satin paint in a soft colour. Shiny isn't a good look. I'd have the curtains and bed spread matching the walls and maybe some throw pillows. You can make them out of any left over curtain material. Here's how to do that: Check the sites on the right side of this site, too. I'd also turn the dressers around to face the bed, it will look a bit more roomy and you can sit on the bed and take stuff out that you want :) I don't see a light source, but you can use one of those standing floor lamps. You may be able to pick one up at a garage sale or an estate sale. Here's a site for estate sales. You can get loads of stuff there! or They are all over the place and you can see pictures of what they have for sale :)

    Good luck

  • Janice Janice on Mar 24, 2021

    Hi Robin, the light lavendar paint sounds wonderful. A friend of mine painted her livingroom pale lavendar and it was very beutifull. Very sophticated and crisp looking.

    As far as the bed, I would hang drapes or curtains across the entire wall and ignore the windows completely. Some crystal or silver lamps will add some "bling" to the room.

    I hope you share a picture after you've completed the room so we can see the "AFTER". Good luck and have fun with your design.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Mar 24, 2021

    With a King bed, you will be cramped for floor space. Instead of conventional floor nightstands, I would suggest that you look into wall/corner mounted models instead.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 25, 2021

    Some caulking around the window and on the walls would make it look cleaner and neater.

    Scones would eliminate the need for floor lamps and your floor space in a small room is very valuable.

    Just one dresser and one nightstand to make the area appear less cluttered.

    Pick out a new bed spread and get your color for the walls pulled from that.

    Accent pillow (but not too many don't know why folks go bonkers for pillows).

    Does the room have a closet? Any shelving? Over head light?

    If you really want to add texture to the wall make it a wood trim wall. Here is a site where you can get a idea of what this is:

  • Amazing Amazing on Mar 27, 2021

    This room could be very very cool. The fact that the windows are not centered i would take advantage of that, by perhaps putting a corner curio/shelf/cabinet in the right of the room glass with lights. Perhaps some thin like 2" but staggered shudder type design to accompany each right side of the window.

    Not sure if you are keeping the carpeting which looks to be blueish, but i would paint the back wall in a gun-hammer flat paint, (heavy metal type gray)

    I would paint the trim and other deco on that wall a stark a high gloss white.

    Definitely use the trim and the shudders in white. The trim on the ceiling as well as the floor needs either a quarter round OR EVEN CHEAPER, some spackle to fill in the spaces then paint a high gloss.

    I would NOT PUT THE BED AGAINST THE WINDOWS BUT ON THE RIGHT SIDE WALL. Some simple repainted end tables would make the room look larger and you could put a TV on the wall across from the bed. Some lite sheer curtains, with a shade underneath, which you could actually make out of a white dollar store shower curtain.

    Save the bigger wall for dressers or cubbys or a desk. In between the windows

    find a large mirror, will make the room look larger. Well, that's my take on it. I would use an accent color, perhaps RED or black. Depends on your style.

    Good Luck,

    amazing grace

  • Ruth55cooper Ruth55cooper on Mar 28, 2021

    Paint the ceiling a dramatic color

  • Maura White Maura White on Mar 28, 2021

    matching dressers would help with matching lamps. Adding some sort of small window drapes would be cute. Get some nice wall art to go above the bed (like this? Get a nice big wall clock like this for one wall and another piece of wall art for the other side. You may also want to get a patterned comforter or duvet cover to tie the whole room together.

  • Rr Rr on Mar 28, 2021

    Put a disappearing shelf from that extends under both windows’ Then add lighting either from the ceiling pointing down towards the bookshelf’s to cast light. A light strip tacked/staple gun to the bottom of the shelves

    Put a real think pole rod across the entire window all and get sheer curtains, 4.99 a panel at Walmart’s,. On the side of the bed that you see more window wall, maybe have 2 panels there so it bunched up a little and fills in that space. In the middle of the two window, let the curtains meet but on the right side (no wall space side) just pull the curtain panel to the side for light or just let the curtains hang.. but do have two panels on the left side stay bunched it This will give light and soften the look

    Paint the side stands the same color

    I am not sure of what they side walls are Ship slap? Paint them and maybe only paint the entire window wall a different color. A subdued color since this is a small room

    If you have a blank wall opposite of the bed.. or just use one of the side walls. Hang a mirror sideways so it is wide, Mirrors that reflect off a window make the room look bigger. It is also like a window. The bigger that better. You can get a good size mirror for under 40. At places like Marshalls,Home Goods,etc.

    I just got a huge mirror at Lowes on their special buy sale for 49.00. it is the wide window grade they sell for bathrooms but mine has a white frame around it.

  • Rr Rr on Mar 28, 2021

    the disappearing shelf. I meant to write, floating shelf.

  • Hang a plant from the ceiling on the left side

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Mar 29, 2021

    I think the curtain rods will help a lot to give a backdrop

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Mar 31, 2021

    I would turn bed on the other wall

  • Robin Hayes Smith Robin Hayes Smith on Apr 29, 2021

    Still work in progress, but heres an update.

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 05, 2021

    That is looking fabulous!