It’s a wonderful moment when you hear the knock at your door that signals your new mattress has arrived. You can’t wait to slip into your jammies and have the best night of sleep of your life, right? But before you do, there’s a critical decision to be made. Where are you going to put your new mattress? Bedroom, yes, but how will you place it? Against the wall, away from the door, below the window? This post originally posted by Restonic on January 27, 2020, is going to help you place your bed in just the right spot.
In some rooms, bedroom furniture placement options are limited and pretty obvious, but what do you do when your new bed will fit in a number of spots? Don’t fret. We’ve got some expert tips to help you design your bedroom for the best night’s sleep…
Savvy tips for placing your bed in the best place in your bedroom
Most people tend to place their bed against the center of the wall, across from the entrance to the room, as confirmed by an informal poll from Houzz users. Three quarters of American respondents preferred this option. (Just half of the French concurred.) If you do this, make sure you’ve got a great headboard since it will become the center of the attention for the room. And, according to feng shui principles, ensure there are no drainage or gas pipes running in behind them. That’s bad mojo! Keep the energy positive.
Placing your bed opposite the door isn’t always possible so you’ll want to look at which walls are long enough. But if neither of those options feel right in your bedroom, consider placing your bed diagonally. This will consume more room, but go ahead and indulge if you have adequate space. Speaking of big bedrooms, if you have lots of space considering floating your bed. No need to pick a wall, just let it stay in the middle of the room and ‘float’ it. If have a surplus of place and want to fill it up, not necessarily with more furniture, this trick works well.
If your bedroom is on the smallish side and you’d like to free up more floor space (and control clutter), consider moving a chest of drawers into your closet (if it’s big enough), buy containers that slide under the bed and instead of night stands, install floating shelves next to your bed. Hang your TV rather than a stand on the floor. And eliminate any non-essential pieces of furniture. For the bed itself, choose a bed with just a headboard and no footboard to create a greater sense of spaciousness. Also stick to lighter colors throughout, from duvet covers and curtains to rugs and other furniture, like chairs and desks.
A side note on windows – steer clear of them when it comes bed placement It may make opening them difficult and you don’t necessarily want a breeze blowing on you directly. If you’ve got a couple of windows, putting a bed in between them is an attractive choice because of the symmetry.
You’ll also want to think about where your electric outlets are, so that you can plug in a reading light, recharge smartphones and other electronics. While you’re looking for the best place for your bed, look closely at the heating vents and cold-air returns to avoid blocking them lest you risk overheating or getting chilly.
Go with the flow when it comes to bedroom decor
Good flow is always the goal for any room. Where you enter the room, how you move through it and what obstacles might impede movement are all considerations when arranging your bedroom furniture. But you may not want your bed entirely visible from the doorway. We humans, like most animals, prefer to nest and sleep in a secure, safe locations. Indeed, something to ponder….
Cultural considerations also come into play. In some countries, sleeping with your feet facing the door is a big no-no. Facing someone with the soles visible is considered rude among certain cultures. In Russia, the feet first no-no has become a superstition because it’s a custom to carry a coffin out of the residence feet first. Definitely not an association you want to make it when it comes to placement of your bed in your bedroom. Rudeness or superstition, Feng shui practitioners agree.
In Japan, having your head pointing north is thought of as a bad omen. It’s tied to death also since deceased people are laid to rest in this position.
On a cheerier note, have you got the right base for your new mattress? It’s worth spending a bit of money on a decent one because it helps your mattress last longer, provides support, adds height and helps with airflow. A box spring (springs within a wood or metal framework) is a traditional foundation that is the most popular. A solid platform bed sits on the floor and provides superior support and durability. Some come with built-in storage, which is super-handy.
You might also want to consider an adjustable base. Especially if you read in bed, watch TV or want to tackle medical issues like acid reflux, back pain and snoring. Courtesy of a remote control, you can elevate the top and bottom portions of the bed for maximum comfort.
And just in case you’re curious, all Restonic mattresses are adjustable-base friendly.
No matter what choices you make, let comfort and a good night’s sleep be your guide when it comes to where you put your new mattress in your bedroom.