By Dan Fritschen

bed room design and decorating ideas

Photo courtesy of Mike Souter.


You spend a third of your life in your bed room..might as well have it well designed!


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Decorating? Updating? Remodeling? or building a bedroom addition whatever your project here are 4 tips  to make sure you get the results you want


Light  In a bedroom you need good control over the light.  Both the type of light and the amount.  If you like it dark when you sleep ensure the window coverings will block out the amount of light that you want.  Conversely when you want to read or do something else in the bed room then having enough of the right type of light in the right place is equally important.  So think about how the room will be used at different times and make sure you lighting is well designed


Noise  There are many steps you can take to control the noise in a bed room.  If you are remodeling or adding on considering adding soundproofing board under the drywall. It is inexpensive and does wonders for controlling noise.  If you are redoing or remodeling your bed room consider using a solid core door instead of a hollow door. It costs more but does help limit noise.  Bare hardwood floors add to the noise in a room so consider carpet or an area rug.


Bed  The headboard and bed coverings make the bed so spend some time finding a great  head board.   A good low cost way to get a cool head board is to paint it on the wall.  For the covering instead of finding the perfect sets I prefer to have 2 or 3 different sets so I can change the mood and style of the room at any time.  Plus it delays how often I have to get the laundry washed.

If space is a concern consider a modern wall bed.  Much cooler than the old murphy beds of lore, modern versions have built in desks, shelves and just about every other furniture option you can imagine.  Plus you can buy just the mechanism and have your cabinet maker build a custom solution for your home.


Storage  Nothing fancy is needed but plenty of storage is needed so books, paper, clothes don’t end up stacked all over.  No reason to decorate a bed room and then have it cluttered all the time!  So have lots of hampers, baskets, under bed storage so you have plenty of room for all of your treasures!


  1. Access. The decisions you make about how you will use the new living space in your attic might mean you will need to create a second access to the attic from the first floor. If you divide the space into family areas and a teen suite, for example, you might find that a second access allows more privacy. A spiral staircase might be the perfect answer because it uses less space. You will also want to have some kind of immediate exterior access in case of emergency.
  2. Alternatives to Walls. You can, of course install (or have installed) drywall or paneling in your remodeled attic. You can also do other, more creative things to divide spaces and invest less money in the project. For example, you can use permanent shoji screens or other types of room dividers. You can also define spaces without walls in the way you install different types of floor coverings.


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