In this space planning series, Layout Lessons, we’ll be exploring layout options for different bed sizes within various shaped bedrooms because things can get tricky sometimes. We tapped Eleanor Büsing, a contributing writer for Apartment Therapy and an interior designer in her own right, for her expert opinion on the matter. Here, how to deal when only a King bed will do.
We spend approximately one third of our lives sleeping, so it goes without saying that our bedrooms are an important room in our homes. They’re also storage areas and often working spaces as well, creating layout issues. Furthermore, not every size and style of bed works for every lifestyle, and neither do they necessarily work with the space in our homes.
A king-sized bed lets you know you’ve arrived (or just have a lot of children). They’re comfortable, luxurious and can make every night feel like a stay in a hotel. Unfortunately, many houses aren’t built for the size or inherent formality of a king.
A Square Room
A smaller square room can feel crowded with a King bed, especially if you insist on symmetry. To make the most of the circulation space and to allow for a bit of storage, here one of the bedside tables has been subbed for a chest of drawers. There’s still (just) room for a larger chest, wardrobe or desk at the other side of the room.
A Long and Narrow Room
Similar to how this shape of room works for a queen, a long and narrow room creates two zones: one for sleeping, and one for dressing, storage or working. Here, the sleeping zone is by the windows, allowing full-height wardrobes to cover the opposite end wall.
An L-Shaped Room
When placing a king bed in an L-shaped room, try to find one long wall and treat it as a square room, placing the bed in the centre with tables on either side— that is, providing there’s enough space at the foot of the bed (you’ll see, it’s a tight fit here). The smaller end of the L can be used for storage and other furniture.
A Room with Multiple Doors
Multiple doors means less available wall space, bad news for a King. Here we’ve done away with the space-hogging bedside table and run a slim shelf behind the bed for necessities—much like you often see in a hotel. The rest of the furniture is minimal and placed wherever possible, maintaining circulation and flow at all times.