Planning Bedroom Style and Layout

Furniture styles

We are starting of with furniture design styles, because once you know what look you are going for it becomes that much easier to visualise the look, and ultimately the feel, you want to create.

There are such a huge variety of furniture decor styles, that it’s unlikely that you will run out of options, but it can be daunting to decipher which style will work best for you. A great starting point is to familiarise yourself with furniture design jargon and learn a little about each style in order to help you define and narrow down your search for the type of furniture you want. Modern, classic, rustic and contemporary are just some of the defined styles in furniture decor. You may even prefer to combine elements of several styles to create your own unique look. The ability to identify different interior design styles will provide a framework to personalise your bedroom to your individual taste.

Bedroom Furniture

Once you have the look nailed down, it’s time to look at the functional elements, such as the furniture, that makes a bedroom your bedroom. When choosing furniture according to your taste, it’s important to look at the quality and craftsmanship, as it is likely to stay part of the room when the paint colour and choice of curtains are long forgotten.

Begin with the bed. The bed is the focal point of any bedroom and is arguably the most important piece of furniture you will buy for the room.

Choose storage for your clothing and personal effects. Dressers, wardrobes or chests of drawers all provide excellent clothing storage.

Buy bedside tables. You will need something to hold your alarm clock, lamp, books, glasses and other items near your bed. Any small table will do. The important thing is that you like the look of it.

Think about what else you will do in your room. If you like to watch TV in your bedroom, you will need to furnish the bedroom with some kind of TV stand. You may also consider a workstation if you often work late at night or often need quick access to your equipment. Other furnishings can include a vanity, lounge chairs, floor lamps, plants or bookshelves.

Tip: Writing down everything you plan to do in your bedroom will help you to decide which pieces of furniture you need.


Space planning is most probably the trickiest part of decorating any room. If you want to really feel comfortable in your room, make sure that you have enough space to move around and that everything is accessible. Make sure that wardrobe doors and drawers can be easily opened without hitting the bed or other furniture. If your bedroom is on the smaller side, consider open shelving and beds with integrated storage. Leave a minimum of 100 cm in front of every door opening, 30 cm in front of windows and 45 cm walking space between furniture or furniture and walls. RoomSketcher is a nifty online sketching tool to that makes it easy to visualise the layout of your room.