Learn how to arrange bedroom furniture for a space that suits all your morning-to-night needs. Take your design cues from these furniture layout ideas for master, guest, and children's bedrooms.
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Bedrooms of all shapes and sizes are increasingly expected to fulfill multiple roles. In addition to a relaxing sleeping area, bedroom furniture arrangements might need to accommodate a home office, play space, reading nook, or media center. The room should also include practical storage, efficient dressing areas, and decor that promotes peaceful slumbers. Whether your space is large or small, arranging bedroom furniture the right way can feel like a tricky puzzle. Consider these ideas when creating bedroom furniture arrangements to maximize space and promote comfort.

bedroom metal post bed
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1. Feng Shui Bedroom Furniture Arrangement

Incorporating a few principles from the Chinese philosophy feng shui can help you build a harmonious base. Start with your bed: It should be in the "command position" with a wall or sturdy headboard behind it, space to get in on either side, and a view of the door without facing it directly. Establish a sense of balance with symmetrical pairs of items light nightstands, lights, and pillow sets.

work desk with gold accents in bedroom
Credit: David A. Land

2. Small Bedroom Furniture Arrangement

"Small living means utilizing vertical spaces," says designer and therapist Anita Yokota. Her go-to solutions are installing good-looking, catchall wall hooks and freeing surfaces by hanging plants and lights from the ceiling. Pick furniture that does double duty, like a headboard with shelves or underbed drawers. Nightstands can also be an opportunity for extra storage: Choose pieces with height, like a bookshelf. Or if you're also working in the bedroom, designer Emilie Munroe says, "Swap in a petite desk on one side of the bed. It's chic and functional."

master bedroom with blue tufted headboard bed
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3. Arranging Furniture in Large Bedrooms

For large bedroom furniture arrangements, think in zones. "Figure out the bed first, then how you want to experience the rest of the spaces," says designer Linda Hayslett. And don't limit yourself to seating areas. Create an office, workout corner, or crafts space. "It comes down to your goals and lifestyle. Design for that," Yokota says. Each zone should be an island with its own accessories like rugs and lights. "Otherwise they'll feel like an afterthought," Munroe says.

bedroom tufted headboard
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4. Bedroom Furniture in Front of Windows

Furniture arrangement ideas for small bedrooms might be limited by the room's layout. If the best spot for your bed is on a wall with windows, like designer Beth Barden's room above, create "architecture" behind it with columns of curtains and a grounding headboard. The right one will make you feel protected yet let in natural light.

bedroom fur rug blue bedspread
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5. Personalized Bedroom Furniture Arrangement

There's no rule that states your bed needs to be centered on the wall. Arranging bedroom furniture on one side of the space can help open up the traffic flow and leave more room for personalization. Here, an upholstered chair near the window forms a compact spot for reading or relaxing. Vibrant fabrics, fringed draperies, and layered area rugs add bold style.

bedroom with green throw pillows and window
Credit: Brie Williams

6. Repurposed Bedroom Furniture Ideas

Give your bedroom collected character by moving in beloved antiques, cherished collections, and formal furnishings. In this antique-inspired bedroom, a gilded frame shimmers above a plush velvet-upholstered headboard, and a parlor chair invites kicking back. A vintage dining table stands in as a nightstand, while an aged trunk doubles as a footboard bench. The bedroom-arrangement lesson here? Nearly any piece of furniture or accessory that works in more public living areas will also work in private rooms as long as it pleases your eye and fulfills a purpose.

rustic bedroom with bench
Credit: Werner Straube 

7. Bedroom Furniture Arrangement with Extra Seating

Create a restful retreat with a bedroom furniture arrangement that includes comfy chairs and benches. Tuck a chair and standing lamp into a corner to fashion a spot for relaxing with a good book, and move a cushioned bench to the end of a bed to make it easy to put on and take off footwear. Or arrange a pair of pretty skirted chairs near windows to take in sunlight, and cover a footboard bench in a complementary fabric to create coordinated seating.

Twin canopy beds in bedroom

8. Creative Bedroom Furniture Arrangement Ideas

Tweak bedroom furniture arrangements to find creative solutions for awkward layouts, such as this room with multiple windows and limited wall space. These clever homeowners stretched a small bedroom's footprint by centering two single beds in front of a pair of windows. Modern headboards with an open design ensure that natural light streams in when shades are raised. A centered nightstand and a lamp with two pulls handily serves both beds. Wicker benches, bamboo ladders, and a sisal rug supply natural textures.

Traditional style bedroom in gray
Credit: Werner Straube

9. Bedroom Furniture Arranging Tips

Choose a bedroom furniture arrangement that places tabletop surfaces and good lighting near each side of the bed. Wall-mount sconces in this bedroom create task lighting, and a chandelier illuminates the entire space with style. Instead of matching nightstands, these homeowners optimized available space by flanking their upholstered bed with a small dresser that supplies storage and an elegant desk that doubles as a computer station and vanity table.

Bunk beds in nautical themed bedroom
Credit: Jean Allsopp

10. Furniture Arrangements with Multiple Beds

Close quarters demand smart bedroom furniture arranging ideas. In this fun, beachy bedroom, bunk beds stack up to accommodate two sleepers. Wall-mount cage lights on one end and TVs on the other make for well-rounded sleeping and lounging spaces. Baskets beneath the lower bunk and a nearby dresser offer quickly accessed storage. Both keep clothes and gear stowed out of sight and away from traffic paths, which is an important consideration when furnishing small bedrooms that serve kids or guests.

Master bedroom with pool outside of double doors
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11. Relaxing Bedroom Furniture Arrangement

Take advantage of underused wall space beneath windows to create a spot for relaxing. Consider installing a banquette, outfitted with comfy cushions and pillows, to supply both seating and storage. This bedroom design encourages conversation, thanks to a furniture grouping defined by a plush area rug that takes its color cue from other textiles displayed throughout the room.

rustic bedroom with cowhide rug
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12. Double-Duty Bedroom Furniture Arrangement

With thoughtful planning, bedroom furniture arrangements can accommodate both sleeping and favorite activities. Imagine library shelves lined with well-thumbed books or armoires stocked with scrapbooking supplies. This homeowner made way for creative pursuits by setting easels and art supplies near the windows and moving the bed to the opposite side of the room. A console table, art pieces, and empty frames align on the connecting wall to link the sleeping area and sunlit studio.

By Ann Wilson and Katy Kiick Condon

    Comments (1)

    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    August 6, 2018
    Very good but where do dressors go?