When designing any room in your home, many details must be considered. Your bedroom is no different – in fact, creating a beautiful, functional, and relaxing space is essential for sleeping. The aesthetic options are similar, whether a traditional bed or a Murphy bed. Today, we will discuss how interior design experts recommend laying out a bedroom floor plan.
- Size of the Room: Your bedroom’s dimensions will provide the basis of your floor plan. You’ll want to place pieces in the room that make sense for the space and allow for movement around the bed – as well as easy ingress and egress. The bed is typically the most essential piece of furniture to size – after that, you’ll need to decide what types of dressers, storage, and lighting will fit. The room’s shape will also figure into your decisions – a square or rectangular room may offer the easiest symmetry, while one with nooks or odd corners may require some creativity.
- The Room’s Planned Usage: When planning a traditional bedroom, you’ll want to think about what other activities you’ll use the room for – whether reading, TV watching, or even light exercise. You’ll need to consider how many people may use the room or if pets will also sleep there regularly.
- Architectural Elements of the Room: The positioning of the windows, doors, closets, or bathroom may influence your bedroom’s layout. Other elements you’ll need to consider are the location of wall outlets, air conditioning vents, and how wide any doors may swing inward. Don’t forget to consider any beams and vaulted ceilings, which could also affect your design and functional choices.
- Take Advantage of the View: Depending on your preference, you may position the bed to enjoy the view of the outdoors. However, some people may utilize the view for a reading nook or workspace while keeping the bed tucked away from the windows. Alternatively, if the view is no more than your neighbor’s fence, you may place the bed in front of the window. Think about what you will see when you wake up and when using the room for any other purpose – even what you will see when you walk through the door.
- Position of the Bed: As the most significant furniture piece, your bed is typically the bedroom’s focal point. Those with expertise in interior design recommend placing the bed symmetrically, if possible, to create a sense of tranquility. This may mean putting the bed between two windows or adding dressers or tables on either side to create balance.
- Furniture Arrangement: Most experts agree that an uncluttered, simple bedroom is most conducive to sleep. Begin with a list of what is essential for the room – which if you are installing a Murphy bed as a guest room, may be very different than a conventional bedroom. A large chest of drawers may be unnecessary if you have a large closet. Some designers like to create zones, furnishing each zone for its stated purpose.
- Practical, Clear Traffic Flow: A floor plan rule of thumb is to create at least two feet of clearance around the bed. If space allows, keep the bed accessible from both sides, whether for a second person or anyone with mobility issues. Also, don’t block any natural pathways, such as to the closet and bathroom.
- Location of Light Fixtures: The dimensions of the bedroom, the ceiling height, and the amount of natural light will influence your decisions for lighting your layout. Smaller rooms may require wall sconces or overhead light fixtures rather than table or floor lamps. You will also reference the room’s planned usage to create areas of ambiance, accent or task lighting.
Murphy Bed Room Layout and Floorplan
When installing a Murphy bed, you may have different considerations regarding layout, but the basics remain the same. You’ll need to decide how much room and clearance you have, what light fixtures are most appropriate, what other pieces need to be in the room, and how you want the bed positioned.
At Monarch Murphy Beds, we offer you the in-person design expertise you need to make an excellent choice. By listening to your needs, looking at your plans, and handling the delivery and installation, our professional team will ensure that your room design is everything you hoped for.