In this space planning series, Layout Lessons, we’ll be exploring layout options for different bed sizes within various shaped bedrooms because things can get tricky sometimes. We tapped Eleanor Büsing, a contributing writer for Apartment Therapy and an interior designer in her own right, for her expert opinion on the matter. To kick things off, let’s start with the classic Queen.
We spend approximately one third of our lives sleeping, so it goes without saying that our bedrooms are an important room in our homes. They’re also storage areas and often working spaces as well, creating layout issues. Furthermore, not every size and style of bed works for every lifestyle, and neither do they necessarily work with the space in our homes.
A queen-sized bed is the American standard — plenty of space for a single adult, adequate for most couples and generous for a growing teen. Should you have one of the following four room shapes, consider these your cheat sheets for how to best arrange your bedroom.
A Square Room
This is the perfect shape of room for a queen: the proportions match, so you’re able to create a visually pleasing, symmetrical arrangement that’s practical, too.
A Long and Narrow Room
Providing that the narrow wall of this room is still wide enough for the bed and two bedside tables, this is another good layout. By creating a “sleeping zone” at one end of the room and a “dressing/work zone” at the other, you make the best use of the space. The bed and tables could also be placed with the bed head against long wall at one end, so long as there was still circulation space around them.
An L-Shaped Room
This is where things get tricky with a larger bed: here, the space isn’t wide enough for the bed and two bedside tables, so it’s been pushed into a corner. This is actually a perfectly fine layout for a single person, a teenager or anybody who is ok with having access from one side of the bed only. It also allows for a lot of storage/work space at the other end of the room.
A Room with Multiple Doors
Much like the first shape, this one works well for a queen (though of course the symmetrically-placed doors work in our favor here). This layout allows for two bedside tables, two chests of drawers, and a wardrobe or desk tucked out of sight behind the door.