Our bedroom has been arranged in the same basic format since we moved in three years ago, but it’s never felt right to me.
When I moved the green wing chair to the downstairs guest room recently the left side of the room was left feeling really empty. I didn’t really care to hunt down another large chair to go there but I didn’t know what else would work. It felt silly to be looking for some piece of furniture just to fill the space. So after thinking it over for a few weeks I had Nick help me rearrange the furniture a bit, just to see. Here’s the first arrangement we tried:
Excuse the unmade bed. It stays pretty warm up here in the summer even with the window air conditioner so we’ve been sleeping with just a sheet. The closet is to the left in the photo above and on the other side of the closet is a little nook that leads to another small closet. I’ve got a crappy Target mirror hanging on the door so I can check my outfits. I’d love to get a nicer full-length mirror because this one is not all that flattering.
You can see in this photo that the bedroom is a loft style and open to the stairs. The windows on this side of the room are pretty private thanks to the oak tree out front so I never got around to making curtains for them. Add that to the to-do list.
My big reservation regarding this layout is the way that the bed is only halfway in front of the window, but you can see in this photo that if I moved it over so it was centered between the windows there would be no room to open the closet doors.
So then while Nick was at work yesterday I tried this arrangement. When he got home he said that he liked it much better and I think I agree.
This nightstand situation is bugging me though. It’s so far down from the head of the bed! Is that normal?
And now there’s this big stretch of blank wall to the left of the dressing table. Maybe this would be a good place for a tall leaning mirror? I’ll obviously be taking down the stuff on the wall if we keep things this way.
I’m still not so sure about the placement of the armoire and chest of drawers. It’s awkward to have two large pieces that are roughly the same shape and size but not quite symmetrical. I’m tempted to craigslist them and just get a traditional low, wide dresser but they are really old and really well made and I hate to see them go. I just feel like this room is so big and the furniture doesn’t quite work with it. I’d love any suggestions you all might have. I know it’s so bratty to whine about how large my bedroom is. Maybe a gander at my “master” bathroom will help bring me back to earth. It’s so weird that the bathroom is so tiny and the bedroom is so large, but I can’t complain. Despite the odd proportions and the sweltering heat in the summertime, I love the natural light and airy feel of this space. I’m a lucky gal.