How do I design a bedroom?
exact way that you design the bedrooms in your house will depend on where you can build them and how many
square metres you have to work with. However, with some basic
guidelines you can almost always ensure that your bedroom is as cosy,
relaxing and stylish as possible. It’s all about getting the best
possible sleep, after all.
for an east-facing window
order to allow for a good flow of sunlight in the morning, which will
help your circadian rhythms and assist in developing good sleeping
patterns, an east-facing window is the best option. This approach
however, is only relevant if you following a rising in the morning,
sleeping in the evening lifestyle. If you’re a night-owl privy to
sleeping in until midday, a stream of sunlight beating down on you
while you try to catch some shut-eye will be an absolute nightmare.
In this case, put the bedroom and the window on the other side of the
house. If you’re looking to have your room or home designed or
built you can take a free consultation with us to get a local quote.
the noise of the street
all know how annoying it is when you’re trying to get to sleep and
the sounds of the world simply won’t allow for it. While natural
noises like the rain beating down on the roof or the birds tweeting
in the morning can be quite relaxing, the sound of cars, buses,
people coming and going all other manner of life can be no more than
a hindrance on our ability to sleep. For this reason, keep the
bedroom as far away from the street as possible.
the bed under or in the direction of the window
you have a skylight, the fastest way to relaxation and a feeling of
feng shui or good flow and energy in the bedroom is to position the
bed so that it’s either underneath or facing the window. This
allows you to gaze upon the night sky, which is a calming experience
in and of itself, but is also the optimal positioning for positive
flow. The exact positioning possible will depend on the layout of the
room and your actual personal taste, so what’s most important is
that the room isn’t overcrowded or cramped and that the head of the
bed is against a flat surface.
the bedroom size right
exactly what you’re going to be using your bedroom for. Will it
only be a space for sleeping? Will you also be studying in here? Will
you use it as your space for entertainment? Once you’ve answered
these questions, you’ll start to get an idea of how big it needs to
be and if you’re not sure, there are plenty of professionals
who are able to help you get the dimensions right. Remember, if it’s
too big it will feel empty and if it’s too small it will be
cluttered and stress inducing - size really is everything in this
all about lighting
can’t curl up in bed and read a book if you don’t have the right
lights and we can all relate to the annoyance of wanting to close
your eyes but having to get up to turn the light off. Therefore,
bedside table lamps, or side lamps screwed to the wall, are more or
less a must. If there are two people sharing the bed, it also allows
each individual to choose the lighting on their side. A perfect
solution if one person wants to sleep but the other wants to stay up
for a bit longer.
As we want the ability to achieve different
moods in the bedroom, it’s also a good idea to install a dimming
option on the master light or lights. If you watch TV from your bed,
sticking a simple LED lighting strip to the back of the headboard can
work surprisingly well to get the right tone in the room, and it
looks nowhere near as tacky as it sounds.
type of closet is best?
is yet again a question of balancing style and necessity. Some people
love the look of an exposed clothing rack, others want everything
neatly packed away. If you’ve got a huge space to work with,
considering a walk-in closet with a dressing area is even a
possibility. The most common option is a one-wall side wardrobe with
several doors and drawers for a variety of storage options. If the
room you’ve got doesn’t have a built-in this gives you the
ability to choose, but always keep in mind just how much storage you
might need before you go for the most on-trend solution. However,
we’ve all for what’s cool, just be smart about it.
do I soundproof or insulate my room?
stop the transmission of sound from within a room, and to stop sound
from entering via an external source, you will need to take steps to
insulate the walls. So whether you want to practice drumming in your
room, or you’re tired of hearing the kids playing recorder in
another room, there are options to minimise the impact. You might
have heard the expression “no one will hear you scream in space,”
well, the reason for this is because sound waves vibrate and move
along solid surfaces and air (and there’s obviously no air in
space!) and hence travel into other rooms via walls, ceilings and
floors. Unfortunately we can’t mirror the conditions in space, so
we have to soundproof via sound absorption.
reduce the transfer of sound between rooms the best method is to
install panels by fixing them directly onto the walls. These are
usually made up of high density materials and anti-vibration matting
that will pick up the sound and stop is (to an extent) from
continuing to transmit.
it comes to soundproofing windows, you have four possible methods.
The first is to replace your existing windows with specially built
soundproof windows. These consist of multiple layers of glass with
gaps in between for air. The second option is to use a window seal
kit. These can usually be magnetically attached to the surface of the
window, to the trim or in between the jambs to provide acoustic and
thermal insulation. Next you can try a sound barrier or a clear panel
that is applied with velcro. Option number four is a barrier blanket,
which extends past the visible glass and sticks to the edges to
create a seal and air gap.
do I make my bedroom look bigger and wider?
create the illusion of a bigger bedroom or simply to make the best
use of the space available, we recommend installing the curtains from
as high as possible to as low as possible as this will extend the
height of the room visually. Also make sure to install interior items
with low heights, so that the overall appearance is not too
cluttered, then use mirrors to increase the feeling of depth.
are the best bedroom storage spaces?
topic of bedroom storage can be a stressful one for some, as we all
know that things can pile up. If you’re looking to get your space
sorted out, then we have four key tips and spots for you to maximise.
Under the bed or in the closet is a great out of sight, out of mind
solution, however we recommend keeping these storage spaces at neat
and orderly as possible so that the mess doesn’t end up exploding
into the bedroom space and undoing all the good work you’ve already
done. Wall storage units and shelves installed above the bed head are
also great options for increasing space without infringing on the
items can help me to get a good sleep?
science of getting a good sleep is a complicated one, as it will
differ for each individual. You first need to determine what is
hindering you from rest and then you can take steps to improve the
situation. Perhaps you need a better diet, maybe meditation would
help, exercise could be the solution or it could simply be that you
put down all technology 30 minutes before sleep to help your brain
transition into a less chaotic frame.
If noise is the problem,
ear plugs could be the solution, if there is a light source that you
can’t turn off, an eye mask could solve your problems and if you’re
a scent-sensory person, setting the right aroma in a room might just
help you in drifting off. At the end of the day, it might even be as
simple as needing a better pillow.
colour and style should I choose for my bedroom?
with the entire house, the style and colour theme you choose to go
for comes down to your personal taste and the mood that you wish to
set. Each style brings something a little bit different, but each can
also be manipulated and altered from its set-look to perfectly fit
what you’re looking for.
Sticking to the
latest on-trend items and shades, modern style will always be current
and a little bit minimal. While some say this style can lack soul or
a sense of timelessness, with the right accents it can be homely and
you want your bedroom to be exactly that, a place for the bed and a
place to sleep, the minimal style will likely appeal to you. Usually
sticking to simple items and always minimising clutter, there’s not
much room for anything that isn’t necessary...and that brings a
true sense of clarity.
The image of
the bed on the floor, the wood-paneled sliding doors and the
incorporation of plants will likely come to mind when envisaging an
Asian style bedroom. This beautiful approach gives great
consideration to energy, the concept of feng shui and the idea that
the bedroom is a sanctuary space for winding down and resting.