Bedroom Furniture Buying Guide
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Types of Bedroom Furniture
Bedrooms come in different shapes and sizes. Depending on who it’s for, the design can be as simple or elegant as you like. There’s a lot to think about – where will the bed be placed? What style do you want? What kind of mattress do you need? What colour should the bed linens and pillows be? What type of lighting is best? Do you want a headboard? A footboard? A nightstand?
Bedrooms can be as bare-bones as a mattress and a lamp, or as fully furnished as a pampering hotel suite. Whatever makes you feel most rested and restored is what you should put in your bedroom. Does it make you happy to have clutter contained? You might want a trunk to stow extra bedding. A vanity might ease the morning rush. A bench gives you a spot to comfortably put on shoes. Consider the following types of bedroom furniture to see what is right for your space. Please note: Information about armoires and wardrobes, bedroom sets, dressers, and nightstands and night tables is covered in separate buying guides.
Buying Bedroom Furniture
The bed: Aside from the mattress, the bed is the single most important piece of furniture in your bedroom. It can make a style statement or simply act as a place to lay your head; either way, it's important to choose a bed that suits your rest and relaxation needs. First, determine the size of your mattress to buy the appropriate frame. If you're tall, or just like to stretch out, opt for a bed without a footboard; low-profile platform beds fit the bill and can act as a focal point for modern bedroom furniture sets. Also, be mindful of proportions. To promote restfulness, your bed should be the main feature of the room without overcrowding the space. Be sure to choose a bed that speaks to your style and helps you feel comfortable in your own space.
The nightstand: When buying nightstands, it's all about proportion. Ideally, your nightstand table should be close to the height of the top of your mattress. Some nightstands are more ornate and can simply be decorative accents in your bedroom. Others feature more tabletop space and storage doors to act as a functional piece of bedside furniture. If your bed sits in the middle of a wall, buy matching nightstands to place on either side of the bed for a balanced look. If your style is more eclectic, try pairing nightstands in different, but complementary, heights and styles.
The armoire: If you're low on closet space, an armoire or wardrobe can make a beautiful and functional addition to your bedroom furniture. However, they can also take up a lot of space. If you choose to buy an armoire, make sure it's not so large as to overwhelm your space. The most common type of armoire features a clothing rod behind double doors with drawers at the base. Other armoires feature space for televisions and other electronics. Look for one that suits your space and complements the style of your other bedroom furniture.
The dresser: The first step in buying a dresser is determining what purpose it will serve in your bedroom. If you have a large walk-in closet, you may need just a small dresser with a few drawers or a slim, stacked chest of drawers. For rooms with less closet space, a large dresser with multiple deep drawers will help you keep your clothes organized and wrinkle-free. Maybe a combination of a low-profile dresser and a lingerie chest would suit your needs best; many dresser/chest of drawers combos are sold together in bedroom sets. As with every other piece of bedroom furniture, be sure the dresser fits the space and coordinates with your existing decor.
Headboards and Footboards
Add a touch of style to your bed with a headboard and footboard. While headboards and footboards aren’t necessary, they do personalize your bed and add a larger physical presence. Some packages include the headboard and footboard with the bed while others don’t, so it’s your own preference. ou can choose from a wide range of designs. When selecting a headboard and footboard, keep in mind that they need to match the size of your mattress. Headboards can be as simple or as sophisticated as you like.
Don’t overlook lamps and lighting when it comes to creating a cozy bedroom. A floor, ceiling, or bedside lamp can all add dimension and depth to your space, and they’re practical too. If you like to read or relax in bed before you go to sleep, a bedside lamp is a must for your nightstand. A floor or ceiling lamp can add additional light and unique design elements to make your bedroom reflect your personal style.