Guide to Buying Bedroom FurnitureYour bedroom is the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see when you go to sleep, so while it may not have as many eyes on it throughout the day as your living room or kitchen, it’s still well worth bringing a designer’s eye to your space when buying bedroom furniture.
Mattress and bedWhen buying bedroom furniture, your mattress is the ultimate piece you need to ensure a good night’s sleep, and the bed isn’t far behind, so start with these when you’re shaping your space. We cover both thoroughly in our other buying guides, so have a look!
Sleep-ready storage‘Cluttered house, cluttered mind,’ the saying goes. Whether you’re guilty of letting a floordrobe build up or you’re generally tidy but just have a few too many belongings for your space, it’s true that a messy room can make it more difficult to sleep by reflecting the other stressors of life in physical form. But before you channel your inner Marie Kondo and get rid of everything you own, consider the way that buying bedroom furniture with lovely and functional storage solutions can spark joy in your bedroom. Wardrobes and chests of drawers are both ideal options for tidying your space and creating an airy, relaxing bedroom ideal for cultivating a solid sleep routine. Many rooms will incorporate both wardrobes and drawers into their decor. If you’re tight on space, consider whether you have more clothing to hang or more to fold, and decide whether a wardrobe with a clothes bar or a chest with drawers is more suited for your needs. When buying bedroom furniture, many wardrobes also often offer just a few drawers for items you may need to fold.
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WardrobesLet’s start with a look at wardrobes. As with all steps in buying bedroom furniture, the first thing to do is look at measurements. There’s no good reason to fall in love with a piece of furniture if there’s no possible way you can fit it in your room (unless you have other furniture you’re willing to remove to make space). When measuring your wardrobe, in addition to the usual length/depth/height, make sure to take note of any trim that overhangs the main frame, or any doors that open out. Sliding doors can be a good space-saving option if you don’t have room for doors to swing. A tall wardrobe is also a great space saver because it doesn’t take up any additional space but can offer room to stash extra bedding or rarely-used seasonal items. Wardrobes come in a variety of configurations so you’ll be sure to find one that will suit your needs. Some have shelving inside or in addition to their main compartments, while others have extra add-ons like mirrors, hanging racks, and drawers. Most wardrobes are made of some sort of wood—solids, veneers or MDF—but there are an array of choices when it comes to handles, hinges, and finishes. If you’re looking at buying bedroom furniture for a coordinated interior aesthetic for your bedroom, many wardrobes are part of a range that ensures matching style across your space.
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Chest of drawersWhen buying bedroom furniture, a chest of drawers is another classic storage solution. Like wardrobes, these can come in a wide variety of configurations with drawers of different sizes and numbers, ready to hold all your belongings safely inside. As with wardrobes again, a chest of drawers is usually crafted from wood and is often available as part of a range. A key benefit of the chest is the top, which generally stands at a level ideal for placing more on it, whether that be a lamp or a jewellery box. It’s also the perfect spot to show off picture frames or other display items. You could choose a chest with uniformly-sized drawers, or one with drawers of varying sizes to hold different types of clothing. Or pair it with a mirror (matching or contrasting) to create a perfect space for your morning getting-ready routine.
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Dressing tablesSpeaking of getting-ready routines, as you consider buying bedroom furniture, remember there’s nothing nicer than starting your day off with a bit of ‘me time,’ and there’s no nicer place to do it than at a dressing table. Available in a variety of sizes and styles, they’re the perfect piece to add a little luxury to your bedroom. Most dressing tables have a drawer or two—while they don’t offer enough storage for all your belongings, they’re ideal for keeping track of small items like cosmetics and jewellery. Some are already fitted with a matching mirror and/or stool, while others give you the chance to create your own set and your perfect space for putting on makeup or just bringing a bit of glam to your day.
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Bedside tablesIf a dressing table is ideal morning furniture, then a bedside table is the perfect piece for the end of the day. Whether you call it a bedside table, a nightstand, or a locker, these sweet little stands are about the same height as your bed and therefore as you go about buying bedroom furniture, make sure to keep them in mind as the perfect spot to place a cup of tea or a good book. Most bedside tables are low profile and ideal to squeeze between your bed and the other furniture in your room. They usually have one or two drawers—although some have more—and sometimes a shelf that makes it easy to stash items. Depending on the setup of your room and whether you share your space with a partner, you may choose to go for a table on either side of your bed, or just one on the side where you sleep. Some bedside tables offer slightly different options for left and right side positioning, but in most cases, two matching lockers offer a balanced look.
MirrorsMirrors aren’t just a way to check your outfit, or a captive audience for when you’re karaoking into your hairbrush. They’re also a way to make your room seem big, bright, and airy. Position your mirror to reflect natural light to best enhance your room. A full-length mirror, either freestanding or attached to a bedroom or wardrobe door, creates an illusion of extra space as well as letting you look at your entire ensemble after dressing. Meanwhile, a decorative wall-hanging mirror can replace traditional art and bring function as well as style to your room. If you have a dressing table or chest of drawers, you can either hang your mirror over it (leave 15-20cm of space between the top of the furniture and the bottom of the mirror for the best look) or set it directly on it. A tri-fold mirror gives you extra angles, while a single flat mirror lets you maximise your surface space.
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