By Niki Cheng

We spend at least 1/3rd of our life in bed so when it comes to bedroom design, comfort always comes first. Getting a good night’s sleep can have tremendous effects on our health, our well-being and even our looks (it’s not called beauty sleep for nothing!), so why not spend a little extra time designing a bedroom that helps promote relaxation?

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Here’s my simple 3-Step process for designing the perfect bedroom:

Step 1: Determine Where to Place Your Bed

The bed is the primary furniture piece in the bedroom. While a lot of new buildings pre-determine the bed placement for you, if you’re placing it yourself, you should keep several considerations in mind. First, consider your space and window placements. You want to avoid having the foot of the bed facing the room entrance directly. If you like to wake up naturally and enjoy sunrises, I highly suggest placing the top of your bed near a window. Second, look for outlets. Usually, you see 2 outlets with a queen or king size bed distance apart. That’s the ideal position for your headboard. On the sides of the bed, make sure you place 2 nightstands (even if only 1 person is occupying the bed!). Having 2 nightstands completes the design of the room and makes it look it more put together!

Step 2: Consider What Other Functions Your Bedroom Will Serve

If you like to watch TV in bed, you would need to have enough space to place a dresser at the opposite wall across from your bed so you can place your TV on top of the dresser or mounted on the wall facing your bed. If the wall across from the bed is all windows, you can still place the TV on the either side of the wall next to your bed or on the corners of the wall, so long as you have a mounted TV that can rotate in any direction you want!

If you like to read in bed, this is when the right kind of light comes into play. You’ll need task lighting. If you have enough space, get a comfortable side chair and a side table and place them in the corner of the room at a 45 degree angle from the bed or beside the window with a view. If you don’t have the space and you plan on reading in bed, you’ll need a cushy headboard or pillows to support your back and neck.

If you use your bedroom for storage, look for dressers, nightstands and bookshelves that will complement your bed’s design. If you’re tight on space, you can look into beds that feature built-in drawers or storage compartments.

Niki Cheng is co-owner of BoConcept New York with her husband Shaokao Cheng. They started BoConcept New York in 2003. With an architecture and interior design background, she has furnished many homes in New York City. She is the proud mother of a 7-year old girl and 4-year old boy.

Niki Cheng is co-owner of BoConcept New York with her husband Shaokao Cheng. They started BoConcept New York in 2003. With an architecture and interior design background,
she has furnished many homes
in New York City. She is the proud mother of a 7-year old girl and 4-year old boy.

Step 3: Determine Your Bedroom’s Color scheme and Style

Sources of inspiration for bedroom colors and styles include Pinterest, interior design magazines, or home design shows. Find out what styles and color schemes suit your lifestyle and personality the best. Some questions to ask yourself when choosing the right style for your bedroom: Do you want your bedroom to be a romantic getaway, a personal haven, or an extension of your work space? Have fun with it!

Need professional help designing the perfect bedroom? A lot of furniture stores – like BoConcept New York – offer design services. Check out our website BoConcept.com for a location near you and ask about our FREE design consultation services!

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