In recent years, in many parts of the country, grand houses have been erected, some with very large rooms. A while back, a viewer of this website posted a question about how to arrange furniture in a large master bedroom; her inquiry inspired this post. I’ve come up with 16 possible floor plans for arranging furniture in such a space. The ideas that I’ve come up with can also be applied to a space that is a bit bigger or smaller.
Choosing the right furniture for a Large Bedroom….
The Bed is the focal point of any bedroom. When considering one for a large space, you want to choose something that has presence. A room that is large, and possibly has a ceiling height that is 9, 10, 12 or more feet high, or has a tray ceiling needs to have a bed in it that possesses vertical tension (some part of the frame of the bed directs your eye upward). If you have traditional taste, a four-poster bed, or a canopy bed might be something that interests you. The posts of the bed bring your eye upward (vertical tension) and the posts and bed itself fill in visual space in the bedroom. If you have more modern taste, look for a bed with a high headboard. Even if the bed’s mattress and box-spring sit kind of close to the floor, the headboard will provide the vertical tension that is needed in a larger room. If a person chooses a bed which sits close to the floor and has a low, or nonexistent headboard, and it is in a room with a high ceiling, the bed will get lost in the space and there will be too much space between the top of the bed and ceiling. If you have this problem, considering placing a folding screen, hanging a large tapestry or some kind of large piece of artwork behind your bed; it will act as a headboard and provide the vertical tension needed in the space. When hanging anything over/behind a bed just make sure it is securely mounded to the wall, so it does not fall while you are in bed.
Side chairs and Occasional Chairs
When picking furniture for a large bedroom side chairs and occasional chairs should be considered. The above illustration shows two examples of side chairs and two examples of occasional chairs; the side chairs (shown on the left) just have a seat and back, whereas occasional chairs (shown on the right) have arms, but the arms have minimal or no upholstery. When people think of side chairs, dining rooms chairs come to mind. Side chairs and occasional chairs have a relatively light weight wooden frame and can easy to move around by one person.
Most often in bedrooms, a side chairs is seen placed up close, next to a bed, and if space allows other side chairs are spread around the room. The side chair next to the bed is the perfect place to throw a robe, or extra bed coverings at night. If you look through shelter magazines, you will always see at least one side chair positioned at one side of the bed. Side chairs are also used, paired with table desks in bedrooms. Occasional chairs, being a bit bulkier (because of the addition of the arms) can be placed with other upholstered chairs, or even a sofa in a bedroom if space allows.
Club chairs, Ottomans, and Chaise Lounges
The above illustration shows two examples of club chairs and a Chaise Lounge, which are staples in large bedrooms. A pair of club chairs can be put at the foot of a bed if desired, placed by a fireplace or singly tucked into any of the corner of a large bedroom. If you buy a club chair and it comes with a companion ottoman, you have the ability to use them separately in a bedroom, or put them together and make a chaise lounge. Chaise Lounges are often seen placed at foots of beds, shown floating out on one side of the bedroom or positioned by a fireplace.
Benches are another constantly seen piece of furniture in large bedrooms. The above illustration shows three examples of benches that would work perfectly placed at the foot of a bed. Of the three, the first bench (small one on top with the “X” styled legs) could do double duty; it would be great if used in front of a fireplace, or a pair of them could be placed at the foot of a queen or king sized bed.
A table desk is another piece of furniture to incorporate into a large bedroom. The above illustration shows two examples of the desk. The table desk is not supposed to be an office desk, or have the ability to store a lot of files and all of your computer gear. The table desk is a place for a person to write a letter, pay the bills, look at a laptop, page through a magazine, use as a surface to do a puzzle on, or even as a kind of dressing table/vanity. The table desk has few drawers, which are not too deep, and has kind of thin legs.
The table desk could also have a TV mounted on the wall above it. The companion chair for the table desk is the side chair, which I covered earlier.
When it comes to lighting for a large bedroom, or for that matter any room in a house, you will be using floor lamps, table lamps, and probably accent lamps. To learn more about those different kinds of lighting read my posts:
The Right height of Table Lamp for your End Table 5-19-2011,
The Answer to..”Can you put a Floor Lamp next to a Sofa?” 10-4-2012,
Interior Decorating with Table Lamps 12-12-2012
Interior Decorating with Accent Lamps 12-5-2012 and
Matching the Right shape End Table to your Table lamp 1-12-2014.
For this post, as I wrote earlier, I came up with 16 possible ways of arranging furniture in the 15 foot by 25 foot space. To come up with that many possible ways of arranging furniture, I first had to make a graph which represented the dimensions of the room. To do that I taped together a few sheets of computer printing paper and marked off a 15 inch by 25 inch rectangle on the paper and then divided it into 1 inch squares; one square inch on my graph represents 1 square foot of floor space. After that I went through furniture catalogs and came up with general dimensions for width and depth for each of the different pieces of furniture I would be trying to arrange in the room. A queen sized mattress is 60 inches wide by 80 inches long and a king is 76 inches wide and 80 inches long. To be able to fit either size of bed into my imaginary room, I made a paper template representing the bed, which is 6 1/2 wide by 7 inches long. I did that for each of the pieces of furniture that I would be using in the room. On average club chairs were 36×36 inches, a chest of drawers (also called tall chests and high dressers) averaged 20×46 inches, triple dressers (also referred to as double dressers and dresser chests) averaged 20×63 inches, armoires (door chest) average at 22 1/4 x 50 inches, side chairs 25×25 inches, foot of the bed benches 20×52/54 inches, chaise lounges 35×64 inches, bed side tables 17×25 inches, table desks 32×62/64 inches, ottomans 2×3 feet, small benches 18×24 inches and a three cushion sofa is 3×7 feet.
Now let’s look at the first group of illustrations I made for this post.
In interior decorating it’s all about equal balance, and what you build visually, for weight, on one side of the room, you must also visually build , for weight, directly opposite it, on the other side; interior decorating is really all about counterbalancing weights.
Illustration #1 shows a bed flanked by two side tables with lamps, and a bench at its foot. Directly opposite it, on the other end of the room, by the fireplace, it is counterbalanced by the chaise lounge, with a floor lamp behind it to illuminate that corner of the room, a small bench (s.b.) and the chest of drawers placed on an angle. On the long wall, at the right, a triple dresser is counterbalanced by the table desk and side chair (sc) opposite it. A TV could be hung on the wall over the fireplace so it is view-able from the bed.
This bedroom and the next seven are shown with both chest of drawers and triple dresser in them for storage. The arrows show the entrances into the room.
Illustration #2 has the bed now moved to the inside wall between the two entrances to the room. The bed is flanked on one side by an end table with lamp, and on the other side there is a floor lamp (space dictates if two end tables can flank a bed). Directly opposite it (counter balancing the bed, night stand and floor lamp), on the outside wall of the room is a triple dresser which is flanked by two side chairs (sc); a TV could be mounted over the triple dresser for viewing from bed. At the bottom of illustration 2 are two club chairs that are flanking an end table with lamp. Counterbalancing them, on the other side of the room is the chaise with floor lamp, small bench (sb) and chest.
Illustration #3 is similar to illustration #1 with the placement of the bed. A side chair (sc) has now been placed by the bed. Counterbalancing the bed and things around it, on the other side of the room, by the fireplace, are a three cushion sofa, side chair and ottoman or coffee table, and a floor lamp for illumination. A chest of drawers has been placed in the left corner. In the center of the room, on the outside wall is a triple dresser, it is counterbalanced, on the inside wall, by a table desk and side chair (sc).
Illustration #4 shows that the fireplace has moved to the outside center wall of the room; it is flanked by a pair of club chairs (a TV could be hung over the fireplace for viewing from bed). The fireplace and chairs are counterbalanced by the bed, end table with lamp and floor lamp. At the bottom of the room a triple dresser is flanked by a pair of side chairs (sc) and in both corners of the room are floor lamps for illumination. Counterbalancing them, on the other side of the room, is a club chair with ottoman (forming a chaise lounge) and floor lamp, chest of drawers and a desk with side chair.
Illustration #5 has the fireplace moved to the inside wall, between the two entrances to the room; it is flanked by a pair of club chairs that face each other. Directly opposite the fireplace, on the outside wall of the room, between the windows, is a bed with end table and lamp on one side, and a chaise further to its left. To the right of the bed is a floor lamp and desk with side chair (sc). In this room the chaise on one side of the bed is counterbalanced by the desk and side chair on the other side. At the bottom of the room a triple dresser and side chair are counterbalanced by an armoire and chest at the top of the room; the chest also counterbalances the chaise.
Illustration #6 has the fireplace moved to the far side of the long outside wall of the room. The fireplace and side chair (sc) to its right are counterbalanced by the three cushion sofa, club chair, and coffee table. A floor lamp could be placed behind the side chair, or in the space between the sofa and club chair for illumination at that side of the room. Counterbalancing the grouping by the fireplace is the bed, end tables with lamps, bench and side chair (sc). The chest and triple dresser counterbalance each other on the long walls of the room.
Illustration #7 shows the same positioning of the fireplace as illustration 6, but this time the bed is placed between the two entrances to the room, and is flanked by a pair of end tables with lamps. Directly opposite the bed is a table desk with side chair (sc); a TV could be hung on the wall above the desk. A chaise lounge, with floor lamp behind it, chest and club chair with floor lamp behind it, at the bottom of the room, are counterbalancing a triple dresser, two club chairs and two floor lamps on the wall opposite them (top of room). Notice how the angling of the chaise and club chair on one side of the room mimics the placement of the two club chairs on the other side of the room.
Illustration #8 shows a large bedroom without a fireplace. The bed is placed on the outside wall of the room between the two windows. Two end tables with lamps flank the bed, and a side chair (sc) is placed to the side of the bed, facing the bed’s head-board (similarly to the cover illustration for this post). A bench is at the foot of the bed. Across from the bed, counterbalancing it, is a triple dresser (a TV could be hung over it for viewing from bed). At the bottom of the room a table desk with side chair (sc) is flanked by another side chair and a club chair (an occasional chair could also take the place of a side chair in the corner of the room)(a floor lamp could be placed behind either the club chair or side chair/occasional chair, or both if needed). On the wall opposite them, counterbalancing them, is a chest flanked by a pair of chairs, with floor lamps in the corners of the room.
Illustrations #9 through #16 show fantasy bedrooms, where there might be a walk in closet or two, and a separate room for chest of drawers and other kinds of storage. In these spaces storage pieces are used when needed for balance, but are not an important factor in the bedroom’s layout.
Illustration #9 shows a bed with bench at its foot and it is flanked by a pair of bedside tables with lamps; a side chair (sc) is to its right. On the other side of the room, counterbalancing the bed and the other furniture around it are the three cushion sofa, an ottoman and two club chairs, grouped around the fireplace. There are also two floor lamps in the corners of the room for illumination. A TV could be mounted above the fireplace if desired. On the left wall is a chest of drawers, it is counterbalancing the sliding glass door on the right outside wall of the room. If needed, a floor lamp could also be placed to the right of the chest, so there would be more light in the area of the sofa.
Illustration #10 is similar to illustration #9 with the placement of the bed and other furniture around it. A table desk and side chair (sc) have now been added to the left side of the room. It is counterbalanced by the chaise lounge on the right. By the fireplace two club chairs face each other with an ottoman between them that can easily be moved up to one of the club chairs and it would create a second chaise lounge in the room. Floor lamps, tucked into the corners of the room add illumination. A TV could be mounded over the fireplace if needed, or it could be hung over the table desk.
Illustration #11 shows the fireplace now on the center of the outside wall between the two windows. The bed, a night stand with lamps, a floor lamp and a bench counterbalance it. A TV could be hung over the fireplace for viewing from bed. On the bottom part of the room a three cushion sofa, end table with lamp, and a club chair have been placed. To counterbalance them, on the other side of the room are two club chairs, one with an ottoman put next to it to create a chaise lounge, a chest of drawers and two floor lamps, placed in the corners of the room for illumination.
Illustration #12 shows the bed, and now two night stands with lamps, and bench are still facing the fireplace. A TV could be hung over the fireplace for viewing from bed. Placed on the two far ends of the fireplace wall are a chaise lounge and table desk with side chair (sc); they counterbalance each other for size. A floor lamp is behind the chaise for illumination in that corner of the room, and a triple dresser is to its left side. On the bed side of the room, in both far corners are two club chairs, with floor lamps behind them. They counterbalance each other. A small side table is placed next to the club chair that is next to the desk.
Illustration #13 now has the bed with two night stands flanking it at the top of the room; a side chair (sc) is to its right. At the foot of the bed a chaise has been placed. The chaise and three cushion sofa, as well as the ottoman (or it could be a coffee table) and small bench maker a grouping in front of the fireplace. A floor lamp is next to the fireplace to illuminate that side of the room. Behind the sofa, facing the bed is a table desk with side chair. At the bottom of the room, in the corners, a potted tree is seen on the left and a folding screen is on the right, they both cut off and soften the corners of the room. Counterbalancing the fireplace, in the center of the room, is an armoire that is flanked by two more floor lamps for room illumination.
Illustration #14 has the bed in the same place as illustration 13, and it now has a side chair (sc) to its left and there is a bench at its foot. The bedroom now has no fireplace, so in the middle of the room, on the outside wall is a three cushion sofa, flanked by two floor lamps. The sofa and lamps counterbalances an armoire that is on the left inside wall of the bedroom. Counterbalancing the bed is a table desk with side chair, and there is a club chair with floor lamp behind it to illuminate that corner of the room.
Illustration #15 is similar to illustration 14 for placement of the bed. On the middle of the outside wall of the bedroom is a club chair, table with lamp and chaise, they are counterbalanced by the triple dresser opposite them. A TV could be hung on the wall over the triple dresser if desired. The table desk and side chair (sc) counterbalances the bed and a club chair was put into the corner of the room for extra seating. Two floor lamps illuminate that side of the room.
In all of the different illustrations that I’ve come up with for this post, wing chairs, occasional chairs, slipper chairs, etc could also have been substituted for the club chair if desired.
Illustration #16 has the bed at the bottom on the room; it is flanked by two night stands with lamps and there is a bench at its foot. The bed is counterbalanced, on the other side of the room, by a three cushion sofa, table desk and side chair (sc). Floor lamps are in the top corners of the room to illuminate it. On the middle of the outside wall is a side chair, which is part of the seating grouping, it also counterbalances the armoire.
So there you have it, sixteen possible ways of arranging furniture in a 15×25 foot bedroom. When picking out furniture for a space like this, or really any room in your house it is most important to first find things that you like and then get the exact measurements for those pieces of furniture. You want to know their length, width and height. Knowing the measurements for the furniture, you can go home, and tape newspapers together to make templates that show exactly how much floor space a certain piece of furniture will be taking up. As soon as you place the template on your floor, you will instantaneously know if it works, or takes up too much space in your room. Also, always take into account the problem of getting certain pieces of furniture up stairs, through doorways, or possibly having to make a turn in a hallway. If you live in an apartment building, ask yourself “will it fit in an elevator”? You don’t want to pay good money for something and not be able to get it into your place of residence.
When buying chairs, sofas, etc for bedrooms, think about having them in neutral fabrics so they can go with many different bedspreads, etc. Think about soft gold, off white, light silver gray, or a golden tan. With colors like that as your base, you can keep changing things up with accent pillows, bedspreads, throws, and even area rugs. You don’t want to be locked into a certain color story, unless you love that color, or are possibly wealthy enough to change things as you please. Neutral colored furniture could also be slip covered so you could change the look of the room seasonal, or when you are wanting a bit of a change. I’ve heard of people who have a Spring-Summer look and a Fall-Winter look, and they do it with slipcovers, area rugs that they swap out and other inexpensive accessories.
The sixteen possible ways of arranging furniture, that I came up with, are just a starting point to inspire you. Every house has rooms where doors are not in the right place, and windows and even fireplaces might not be where you want them. What I’ve come up with is just to get you thinking, now it is your turn to try to take something from what I’ve presented and apply it to your own home. I want you to go through interior decorating magazines and books and do searches on Pinterest ( Beautiful Bedrooms in Traditional Home Magazine, Beautiful Bedrooms in Veranda Magazine and Beautiful Bedrooms in Architectural Digest to name a few) to see how different designers and decorators have applied the concepts that I’ve presented here. I hope this post helps you, in some way, to understand the concepts of interior decorating better.
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