by Staff Writer
Your bedroom is your sanctuary. Whether you like sleek, modern spaces or traditional decor, the way you decorate your bedroom can help you stay organized and completely transform your mood. This bedroom furniture guide is here to help you create the room you want.
The bed: Aside from the mattress, the bed is the single most important piece of furniture in your bedroom. It can make a style statement or simply act as a place to lay your head; either way, it's important to choose a bed that suits your rest and relaxation needs. First, determine the size of your mattress to buy the appropriate frame. If you're tall, or just like to stretch out, opt for a bed without a footboard; low-profile platform beds fit the bill and can act as a focal point for modern bedroom furniture sets. Also, be mindful of proportions. To promote restfulness, your bed should be the main feature of the room without overcrowding the space. Be sure to choose a bed that speaks to your style and helps you feel comfortable in your own space.
The nightstand: When buying nightstands, it's all about proportion. Ideally, your nightstand table should be close to the height of the top of your mattress. Some nightstands are more ornate and can simply be decorative accents in your bedroom. Others feature more tabletop space and storage doors to act as a functional piece of bedside furniture. If your bed sits in the middle of a wall, buy matching nightstands to place on either side of the bed for a balanced look. If your style is more eclectic, try pairing nightstands in different, but complementary, heights and styles.
The armoire: If you're low on closet space, an armoire or wardrobe can make a beautiful and functional addition to your bedroom furniture. However, they can also take up a lot of space. If you choose to buy an armoire, make sure it's not so large as to overwhelm your space. The most common type of armoire features a clothing rod behind double doors with drawers at the base. Other armoires feature space for televisions and other electronics. Look for one that suits your space and complements the style of your other bedroom furniture.
The dresser: The first step in buying a dresser is determining what purpose it will serve in your bedroom. If you have a large walk-in closet, you may need just a small dresser with a few drawers or a slim, stacked chest of drawers. For rooms with less closet space, a large dresser with multiple deep drawers will help you keep your clothes organized and wrinkle-free. Maybe a combination of a low-profile dresser and a lingerie chest would suit your needs best; many dresser/chest of drawers combos are sold together in bedroom sets. As with every other piece of bedroom furniture, be sure the dresser fits the space and coordinates with your existing decor.
Published April 28, 2010
Updated February 6, 2015