Recently, we toured this adorable waterside cottage in Connecticut. Cottages, especially those that are quite old, often have quirky rooms that present design challenges for even the most seasoned decorator. (If you missed this wonderful cottage, you’ll find the tour here: Tour a Charming Connecticut Dream Cottage)
You’ll occasionally run into tricky situations, especially in bedrooms where it’s not uncommon to find slanted ceilings and dormer windows. The wonderful (much coveted by me) fireplace in this room added even more to the design challenge of the room. Plus, this room has not one, but two doors leading out to a fabulous two-story deck. Finding a spot for a full or queen-size bed would leave almost any decorator scratching her head.
I like where the bed ended up because it appears as you walk into the room, your view is either the one above or the one below. Over the years, I’ve discovered where you place the bed in a bedroom makes a huge difference in the overall feel and look of the room. It also has a tremendous influence on how the rest of the space in the room can be used.
In a perfect world, we would probably prefer the bed not be quite as close to the door on the right as it appears below. But, I noticed there’s still plenty enough room to open that door since it’s hinged on the right. Plus, there’s another door leading out to the deck, as well. I wonder if the second door was added later after the placement of the bed was decided. Either way, it all works!
As you may have guessed by now, I’m a big fan of putting beds in corners. The original bed I had in my guest room was against the wall to the right. At that time, it was the only thing in the room. Once my son took that bed off to college for his first college apartment, I went in search of another bed for the room. I’ve always loved the old-fashioned brass beds so when I found this painted one while antiquing, I added it to the room. I gradually began filling in around it with no real design plan in mind. Sometimes when decorating a room, you just need a starting point and the bed is a good one for any bedroom.
The trunk on the left was purchased at an auction back in 1981 and it eventually found its way to this room. As I began thinking about what pieces I wanted in this room, I realized everything worked better and allowed for more natural movement and flow of traffic if the bed was placed on an angle instead of against the right wall.
An aside: My general rule of thumb is I try to avoid placing a bed where upon entering a room you are looking directly into the side of the bed. That definitely ruled out placing it on the left wall where the trunk/dollhouse reside. Placing it on the right wall would have been okay since the view would have been a foot/side view of the bed (not directly into the side) but I discovered having the bed in the corner was much more pleasing to the eye.
A round side table for the bed fit in nicely with the angle of the bed. A comfy reading chair on angle in the other corner also worked great, the only negative being it left no room for its matching ottoman in front. In the end that actually worked out okay because I like how the ottoman looks at the foot of the bed where it makes a great place for guests to sit while putting on socks/shoes, or just a great spot for a suit case.
The arrangement of the room left plenty of space for a dresser and a little upholstered seat/stool on the other side near the door. I definitely would not have put the bed on that wall because that would not have been a great look when walking into the room and it would have necessitated walking all the way around the bed to get to the closet.
Sorry about the dark picture below, it was taken with a much older camera. If at any point during the process when I was buying/adding furniture to the room, I had discovered the angled bed didn’t work, I could have always changed it. But somehow it continued working and in the end, it felt like this was the way it should have always been. Plus, this arrangement gave the room some much-needed personality.
I went in search of some more “corner-angled-beds” and found some fun ones online to share. Wish we could see the rest of this room to see why this turned out to be the best placement for the bed. It appears you can still access the armoire behind it by walking behind the side table.
Anita from the blog, Far Above Rubies placed a beautiful antique spool bed in the corner of one of her bedrooms. Notice how she filled in the area behind the bed with a plant. When putting a bed on an angle in a room, you can add something behind it or leave it open, whatever you prefer. I’ve had it both ways in my guest room and liked them both.
I never thought about placing a daybed in the corner of room, but this is really cute! I bet if we could see the rest of the room, the bed probably faces the doorway leading into the room. Love the sweet dollhouse peeking out from behind and the adorable tole chandelier. Darling little girl’s room!
Here’s another example of placing a bed in the corner. It appears there may have even been room on the wall for the bed, so I think this may have been a deliberate design decision and not one made due to lack of space or the shape of the room.
Truthfully, the only way I’m ever able to determine where I really want a bed in a room is by dragging it over to the spots I’m considering to see how it looks. One weekend, many years ago, I moved the 4-poster bed in my master bedroom around, trying it in various corners of my bedroom. It looked terrible in all of them so back to the wall it went. My master bedroom is a “one-spot-only-for-the-bed” kind of bedroom, if you know what I mean. Do you have a bedroom like that, too?
Update: Another way to test the idea of placing your bed in the corner of a room is to measure the bed, then place masking or painters tape on the floor in the shape/footprint of the bed. That way you can see just how much space the bed would take up before actually moving it. You can do that with the other pieces of furniture in the room, as well.
Screens are a popular choice for decorating behind the corner-angled bed. This room would have felt so regimented and stale with the bed crammed up against the right wall. The corner placement of the bed with the screen behind it gives this room some personality and playfulness.
Here’s another challenging room with windows and openings everywhere. A corner placement works well here, too! I’ve often found, the rooms that give us the biggest headache and challenges are often the ones we love the most once we figure them out. They definitely end up being the rooms with the most personality!
Do you have a bedroom with a corner bed placement? If so, did you place the bed there out of necessity or for better design of the room? How do you like a corner placement for a bed? Is it something you would ever consider doing in your home?
Love a beautiful bedroom? You’ll find some gorgeous inspiration in this post: Dreaming of Beautiful Bed
Remember when we had some fun trying to figure out the purpose of having a chair bedside? Do you know why it’s there? Not to spoil the fun, you’ll find the answer in the comments of this post: The Mystery Chair