A Man's Guide: How to Design Your Bedroom
Welcome to The Mittani's Guide to Design! In this article we will teach you how to optimally set up your bedroom.
If you're new to The Mittani's Guide to Design, start with How To Design A Room, discover your personal style with How To Define Your Personal Style, then discover how to design your Living Room, Dining Room, and Bedroom the Madfern way. At Madfern, we're here to make furniture shopping for nerds like us a snap. Enjoy!
Great news: Bedrooms follow a few simple rules. Follow these steps and victory is yours. To get started, check out Madfern's Bedroom collection.
- Symmetry Is Everything: Particularly in the bedroom it is important to have a symmetrical layout around your bed. That means if you have a nightstand on one side of the bed, have the exact same nightstand on the other side of your bed. You may think this might not matter, but regular asymmetry in your sleeping place can result in constant low-grade debuffs to your sanity.
- No Corner Beds: Don't put your bed in the corner if you can avoid it. This is both unsightly and inconvenient, especially if you happen to be dating; it's a red flag for someone still being stuck in the college lifestyle.
- Focal Point Above The Bed: The most likely place for your focal point in your bedroom is logically above your headboard. This is likely to be a piece of art, and it should reinforce the mood you have chosen.
- Getting Pillows and Comforters Right: Go to a local home goods store and get a feel of different textures of pillows, blankets and sheets until you find the fabric, texture and weight that suits you. Once you've dialed that in, stick with solid colors.
- Know Your Sleeping Preferences: If you like to sleep in a colder room and want to avoid sunlight interrupting your snoozing, your design will be very different from someone who naturally prefers waking with the sun. If you have specific sleeping requirements, make sure your design choices reinforce your sleep goals. Are you a napper? Keep that in mind, too!
- Power and Recharging Options: Yes, everyone says you shouldn't sleep with your phone in your bedroom, but the reality is that you will probably want USB charging solutions as part of your bedroom scheme. Make a list of the devices you and a guest may require each night and then give yourself an extra USB port or two for wiggle room.
Set the Mood: Choosing the mood or theme in the beginning of a design project will provide direction. Different moods for bedrooms can include: relaxing, seduction, motivational, or expressing your personal interests.
- Skip the Dresser, Consider a Chair and Bench: Many spaces include walk-in closets that may allow you to stash your clothes comfortably and obviate the need for a dresser. A chair in your bedroom and a leather storage bench in front of the bed offer a variety of useful and entertaining functions, including more useful space for storage bins than most dressers offer.
- Lighting The Bedroom: Bedrooms require a number of lighting options depending on mood. I enjoy having motion sensing LEDs in my bed which act as a timed nightlight when I get up and head to the bathroom; never fumbling for a light switch or bumping into things in the dark has been a huge help. If you have Hue lights, consider using them in your bedroom lamps such that you can set the mood of the room to something more red and engaging if you are getting frisky, or soft blues/purples for creating a chillout zone.
- Sheets: A common mistake for many successful nerds is an over-reliance on dark colored sheets or comforters. It turns out there is a reason hotels use white sheets: insects love dark shadowy places, particularly bedbugs. If you travel internationally on the regular, I highly recommend making sure your sheets are a light grey, beige or white; it's not about style, it's about hygiene. Lighter sheets also display dandruff and ~certain stains~ less. If someone had explained this to me two decades ago, I would have never bought all my dark navy sheets. Oops!
- Curtains: Blinds are not enough; a lack of curtains makes a bedroom look unfinished. Add a touch of design by installing curtains/drapes as well. This will create flow within the room, and add an opportunity to chose the right color for the mood you are trying to achieve.
- Finishing Touches: The secret to finishing a scale model is detailing; the secret to finishing a room, particularly a bedroom, is going the extra mile with the finishing touches. Some examples of this are plants, statues that match your theme/mood, or candles.