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The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 6 – The Large Bedroom

Last week, we looked at small bedrooms; this week, we’ll go large. Bedrooms are unique spaces in a house – they are the ultimate private space. And the ultimate luxury a home can offer.

When we plan the space for a large bedroom, we should first ensure that the room has some place to sit other than the bed. At the very least, a comfortable lounging chair with an ottoman. If you can accommodate two chairs and a table between the bed and the window wall, that gives the residents a nice place to sit and read by daylight, have a cup of coffee or watch TV.

Chairs by the window

Chairs by the window

A corner window can accommodate a pair of chairs and a breakfast table comfortably. If space is limited, then make the window into a design feature and use lighter, comfortable, chairs to give a good view without blocking the window.

Corner window chairs that highlight the window feature

Corner window chairs that highlight the window feature

If the window sill is high, you could have built-in seating.

Built-in window seating

Built-in window seating

Even if space is tight, with good zoning, you can accommodate comfortable seating.

Tight spaces, zoned properly

Tight spaces, zoned properly

The type of seating you choose obviously depends on the space you have.

The form of seating follows the function of the space.

The form of seating follows the function of the space.

A comfortable pair of lounge chairs to complete seating. Optionally, position these so that you can watch TV.

Lounge chairs

Lounge chairs

An important thing to keep in mind is that don’t fill up all the space you have just because you have it. In design, the empty space is as important as (or perhaps more important than) the space that you fill up with furniture.

Use empty space to make a statement.

Use empty space to make a statement.

However, empty spaces need not be bare. As you see in the picture above, an area rug clearly delineates the seating area.

Wardrobe

A separate space near the bathroom, not encroaching upon the bedroom area would be ideal for the wardrobe, in the following plan’s Bedroom 2.

Wardrobe space adjacent to bathroom

Wardrobe space adjacent to bathroom

Even in apartments, which use a regular rectangular grid, the space between the bathroom and bedroom can accommodate a walk-in wardrobe, as in the following image.

Even apartments can have walk-in wardrobes

Even apartments can have walk-in wardrobes

A walk-in wardrobe for a single person can even be a niche, covered with sliding curtains if needed, or a U-shaped walk-in wardrobe closet.

Wardrobe in niche

Wardrobe in niche

 

Wardrobe behind headboard

Wardrobe behind headboard

 

Another example of walk-in wardrobe

Another example of walk-in wardrobe

 

Another wardrobe behind headboard

Another wardrobe behind headboard

Simple and elaborate wardrobe ideas

Simple and elaborate wardrobe ideas

A double walk-in wardrobe needs much more space.

A double walk-in wardrobe

A double walk-in wardrobe

 The Study

Now that we’re discussing bedrooms larger than normal, another possibility is a full-fledged study. This is more common in children’s rooms, but many adults (me included) like them too.

I prefer a custom-built study for the children’s room. This can include a built-in wardrobe as well. Group the activity furniture together, so that you have lots of free space left.

Children's study in the bedroom

Children’s study in the bedroom

The key is to design the entire furniture unit framework to form an appealing shape and colour, more like a piece of art. These can accommodate more storage than conventional units. They also look good even when filled with material. due to the overall shape.

 

Integrate the furniture and storage units

Integrate the furniture and storage units

Adult bedrooms benefit from a study too. It can be a basic table along the window, or in a private niche complete with a library.

Small studies in adult bedrooms

Small studies in adult bedrooms

Bedroom zones

Architectural features, or interior partitions, can help you zone bedrooms into different functional spaces. This feels very luxurious, as shown in these photos.

 

Zoning bedrooms architecturally or by interior partitions

Zoning bedrooms architecturally or by interior partitions

That’s it for the bedroom design tips. Next week, we’ll look at the bathroom.