Get the layout right

Considerations for optimising space to create a relaxing bedroom.

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Consider the bed’s position within a room; if you want to make it the focal point, go for something different. Upholstered beds are a hot trend for 2014. This elegant Buttons bed comes as a single, double, king and super king size and is available with or without a mattress. The bedstead can be upholstered in a wide range of fabrics. Shown here it is finished in pure cotton matt velvet; prices start from £845 for a single bed, (H)140.5x(W)98x(L)201cm, excluding mattress,

In a small room, choose co-ordinating furniture to make the space feel as large as possible. This Furnitureland Lyon bedstead is made from oak and oak veneer; from £799 for a double bed, (H)133x (W)151x(L)201cm, excluding mattress, Furniture Village


Bedrooms have to be hardworking rooms that need to accommodate everything from beds to storage and are rarely as big as we’d like them to be.

What’s more, the layout may well be limited by the shape and size of the space and the position of windows, doors and original features, such as fireplaces.

So, where to start? The bed should be your first consideration – make sure it sits against or opposite the focal wall and allow as much space as possible either side of it, ideally 75cm or more so that you can get in and out comfortably and so that any storage drawers beneath or opposite can be opened properly. In small rooms, avoid pushing the side of your bed against a wall – it doesn’t look good and is impractical if two of you share.

A bedroom should be clutter-free to keep it looking neat and relaxed, but the biggest mistake you can make is to try to squeeze in too many separate pieces of furniture, or furniture that is simply too large for the space. Less furniture or fitted pieces are better for a streamlined look, so adopt some clever storage solutions.

If you have a large space, or can knock two rooms together – perhaps two bedrooms, or a bedroom and bathroom – you can have a bedroom suite. Driven by the trend for open-plan living and for children to live at home well past their teens, this adults-only haven can include a bedroom, dressing room and bathroom.


Expert Advice

Cat Dennison, an interior design manager at B&Q, shares her tips for a successful bedroom design.

  • Firstly, take an audit to understand exactly what you need to fit into your bedroom. This will also help you realise what you don’t need and can donate or throw out.
  • Think about what you’ll be storing in your bedroom, such as clothing, shoes and accessories, and in what quantities. This will give you a good idea of how much storage you’ll need.
  • Create a ‘home for everything’ – if you have 10 pairs of shoes, make sure that there are shoe racks in your wardrobe that can accommodate them. If you have lots of jewellery, consider a pull-out drawer in your wardrobe.
  • A bed is the ideal storage solution. When buying a new bed, look for one with either enough height space for storage underneath, or one with built-in drawers – you’ll be amazed at how much you can fit in.
  • Don’t forget lighting. Think about where you’ll need task lighting for different activities – wardrobe lights for choosing what to wear on dark mornings, or bedside lamps for reading at night.
  • If there isn’t much space available in your bedroom, sliding doors are the way forward. While sliding wardrobe doors are quite common, you could include a sliding entrance door to maximise your space.