In terms of furniture, what is your vision of the perfect bedroom? Everyone has a different answer to this question, but there are still some things everyone has in common. For instance, the bedroom should be inviting, comfortable, and relaxing. That’s something we can all agree on.
But unless you’ve done a lot of moving, there’s a good chance that you have only purchased furniture once or twice in your lifetime. Maybe your bedroom furniture consists of pieces and parts from family members, thrift stores, and your bedroom at your parents’ house. How do you choose the right furniture? Here are 6 things to consider.
6 Considerations When Choosing Bedroom Furniture
Consider your space.
The most important thing you can do before buying furniture is to measure your room.
Determine your style.
Decide what type of style you want for your bedroom. Do you long for a traditional sleigh bed or would the simple clean lines of modern furniture suit your style? Perhaps an eclectic blend is more you. Be sure to consider how the new furniture will blend in with any other furniture, fixtures, or decor you want to keep.
Think about bed options.
Think about what kind of headboard and footboard options would work best. Would a high headboard block a window? Do you have long legs that require a low footboard or none at all? Considering these things ahead of time will help narrow down your choices. This is also a good time to reconsider the size of bed you want. If you want to go larger or smaller, new bedding should be in your plans.
Bedside chests or nightstands?
Besides the bed and mattress, nightstands are probably the most important pieces of bedroom furniture. Nightstands provide a convenient spot for books, phones, and alarm clocks, as well as bedside lamps. You’ll probably want two nightstands so be sure to measure and allow enough space.
During your shopping, you may find both nightstands and bedside chests. The difference is that bedside chests are typically taller than nightstands, and about the same width. Bedside chests usually have a single column of drawers while a nightstand usually has cabinet-style doors or an open space on the bottom with small drawers on top.
Chests, Dressers, and Armoires?
Here, you need to decide which pieces will work best for you room. Often, it comes down to what meets your storage requirements. These are large pieces, so measure once or twice before you commit. So, here are some of the specs:
Chests--chests are usually taller than they are wide. They are a good choice if your floor space is limited. The height varies and they typically have 5-7 drawers in a column.
Dressers--dressers are wider than they are tall. They work well with a mirror above them. Or a wall-mounted TV. They usually have 2-3 rows of stacked drawers with 3-4 drawers per stack. Generally, dressers work better than chests when they need to be shared by two people because they can be divided more easily.
Armoires--Armoires are good options if you need extra space to hang clothes. They usually include a rod for hanging and drawers or shelves for storing folded clothes.
Combinations--Depending on your space, you can combine individual pieces to form one large unit.
If you’re like most people, a media chest makes an excellent solution for bedroom TV storage. They usually also have space for a DVD or Blu-ray player, and openings for the cords. Media chests are typically shorter than regular chests so the TV is at the ideal viewing height. If you don’t have space for a media center in your room, a TV mounted over a dresser works as well.
Mix and Match
Here’s an idea--skip the matched sets and create a custom space just for you and your lifestyle. The 6 considerations are the same and you’ve got to measure, measure, measure, but the look could turn out more designer and more you.
You don’t have to start from scratch. Switch out some of your pieces. Keep the ones you love, and replace the others. Or if you’re feeling really enthusiastic, pitch it all and start from scratch.
Tips on Mixing Furniture
Not everything goes with everything else, so here are some tips on how to choose the right pieces:
Mix the materials of the furniture. For example: If you have a wood bed, try metal, painted wood, stone, glass, or lacquered nightstands. Use the same idea for choosing a dresser.
Color--Instead of thinking about matching furniture color to furniture color, think about coordinating your furniture with the rest of the room. Example: If you have a brass lighting fixture, use brass details in the trim of an upholstered bed or the hardware for the nightstands or dresser. Your nightstands, dresser, or bed can coordinate with artwork, a rug, or lighting fixtures.
Style--To go for a high-contrast custom look, choose nightstands that are a completely different style from the bed. For example: If you have a modern bed, try a rustic nightstand or dresser. If you feel less dramatic and daring, use the same style, but different textures or colors.
Ready To Shop? Badcock Furniture Can Help
Have you done your measuring? Measure the room and basic measurements of what you have so you can have an image in your mind to compare. Then get out there and make that leap. It can be a big investment, but you are worth it, and it’s time. And Badcock Home Furniture is here to help.
We have conveniently located stores in south Florida from the Keys to West Palm Beach. You are probably near one now. If you have any questions, or would like to check out some of our sales and bedroom furniture and accessories, contact us today. You’ll be surprised at all we have to offer.