Your master bedroom is small, the furniture is making you claustrophobic, and you have no idea the best master bedroom layout to use for your small space. Sound familiar? I have had the same problem for the last 15 years. Most small spaces require a little creativity and out of the box thinking so I thought I would share with you how I opened up our master bedroom layout and made the whole room feel bigger.
Keep in mind that this master bedroom refresh is a work in progress because, well….budget is a factor. This is not an instagram worthy space…yet. This is real life. I promise to share my plan for this space in my next post. So for now, overlook the mismatched side tables and those badly painted stripes on the wall. That will all be changing. Now, back to the layout.
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The Old Master Bedroom Layout
A bad layout will make you feel unsettled and you won’t care if you make the bed or leave it in an unmade mess. Clothes will pile up on the floor and shoes will never get put away. This has been going on in our bedroom now for quite awhile.
As you can see, the layout was unbalanced. Everything was squished into that one side of the room.
Your master bedroom should be a calming place to rest your head at the end of the day. If you feel uncomfortable in there that will never happen. The first place to start making it a space you want to be in and love, is dealing with the layout.
Your bed should be the focal point of the room. It should be the first thing you see when you walk in the room, and I don’t mean the first thing you run into when you walk in the room. I had that layout at one point.
You shouldn’t have to walk all the way around your bed and bump into a dresser or squeeze beside a wall to get into bed. Yep, I had that layout too.
The New Master Bedroom Layout
So where should you place the bed? Your bed should go on the longest wall in the room that doesn’t have a door on it, if that happens to be opposite the entry door then you are golden. In our master bedroom the longest wall has a window on it and that’s okay. The bed is in front of the window and while that isn’t where you want to have to put your bed, it is perfectly acceptable to do so. The curtains will frame out the window and really make the bed the focal point of the space.
You should have at least 30 – 36 inches of space to be able to walk beside and around your bed and with the bed on this wall we have that. We will also be able to have wider bedside tables with this layout, those will come later in this design refresh.
I made over our head board with drop cloth fabric about a year ago. It is a simple DIY and I still love it…I think I will keep it just like it is.
When you have a smaller space to work with consider have a chest instead of a dresser. A dresser is wide and short and will take up more space than a chest that is skinnier and taller. We have two chests that we purchased with our bedroom suit because the room is small and we knew we wanted to be able to have more open floor room.
I placed one on each of the other two walls. My husband’s is on his side of the bed and mine is on the wall opposite the bed. There is still plenty of room to walk and the spots correspond with the side of the bed we are sleeping on. My chest couldn’t go on my side of the bed because that entire wall is taken up by the closet so it is at the end of my side of the bed.
I still had room to keep the bench, but it may not stay in the room. I may replace it with a chair…decisions, decisions.
There are still lots of changes planned for this master bedroom refresh so stay tuned.
Do you have a small master bedroom? What layout has worked best for you? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!
Talk to you soon,