Choosing Bedroom Furniture: Comfort, Storage or Style?

When people are choosing bedroom furniture, two of their main criteria are comfort and style – in that order. People generally associate bedrooms with comfort, and although storage is also very important from a practical point of view, it tends to play second fiddle to style. Ask anyone – “should your bedroom be comfortable, stylish or an effective storeroom?” and we all know what the answer will be.

Ask then to place these three in a particular order, and it will likely be as presented above. However, once they start using the bedroom, storage will likely be highest on their complaints list, even though that was the last on their minds when furnishing it. But not you, because you are more intelligent and discerning, and understand that of all the rooms in your home, the bedroom is where most of the storage is needed.

Teenagers are Different!

In saying that, a lot depends upon age and gender: young adult males will likely need lots of spare floor space for storage and very little else. Until they get a girl friend – and then it all changes to comfort and style with beautiful hi-fi units and fat-screen TV stands. But young men are a race apart as any parents know, so we shall restrict ourselves here to conventional bedroom furniture and ignore the principles of this paragraph.

So back to normality and leave the teenagers to their own devices – except the girls of course, because everybody knows that young teenage women have perfect taste and style. In furnishing a bedroom you have specific types of bedroom furniture: sleeping and storage.

Choosing Bedroom Furniture – The Bed

Among the former are traditional beds: single, twin, queen size and king size being the most popular sizes, and you can add to that bunk beds and sofa beds for casual visitors. It is not possible here to describe the beautiful styles of bed available, but mention must be made of the fabulous Spanish Bay design by Homelegance, with raised ash burl veneered panels and antique brass hardware. Beautiful carvings are featured on each piece, including the magnificent dark cherry-veneered headboards on the post bed.

This is a fabulous traditional European romance style, but if you prefer something different a black Broyhill ‘Perspective’ bed offers a stylish ultra-modern design with geometric silhouettes. You may prefer something lighter, such as the white painted woodwork of Paula Deen Home furniture. Or how about a traditional bed by Signature, such as their Wyatt king bed with a scrolled metal headboard and footboard.

When choosing the mattress, regard that as separate from the bed, and select a mattress that meets your personal needs, and those of your partner. That choice is beyond the scope of this article.

Storage in the Bedroom

These firms above are all well known American brands that offer the storage bedroom furniture to match the beds. As hinted above, storage is critical in a bedroom, and if you are the guy in your mixed relationship and ignore bedroom storage then you may be looking for another bed in the spare room! If you have no spare room, then join the dog!

An armoire or two is essential if you have no bedroom closet, and you will never have enough drawers. You may have had some foresight and included drawers with your bed, but you will still likely need a full chest of drawers and perhaps also a lingerie chest. Don’t forget the dresser – that is essential for any woman and is something that most single men forget about. That will soon change (you hope!).

You will need a nightstand for each person for lamps, books, drinks and so on. Choose the height carefully, since it should be no lower than the height of the mattress – maybe two or three inches higher at most. Most beds, including those mentioned above, offer matching nightstands.

Women and Their Dressers

Dressers are best with mixed drawer sizes, and a lovely large clear glass mirror. Most women prefer to sit at their dresser rather than stand, so make sure it has a matching chair or stool. A matching ottoman would also be appropriate, offering further storage space beneath a lift-up seat. Although some now have drawers, you lose a lot of the storage space for large and bulky items by having drawers in your ottoman.

When choosing an armoire, make sure it is high enough to hold your coats and dresses without them touching the bottom. It should have space for suits, shirts, dresses, coats, ties and so on – in fact many purchase a ‘hers’ and a ‘his’. No prizes for guessing who needs the biggest! Make sure that at least one of these has a full-length mirror, unless you have one attached to your bedroom wall.

Choosing bedroom furniture is not difficult, but keep clear of the comfort, storage or style argument by taking comfort as a separate entity. Regard the bed as most important, but also take it that you will need lots of storage space. If you are a single guy it will all likely change eventually anyway.

Murphy Beds – The Reason They Might Work For You

There is a time when living the suburban dream is ideal. You have kids running around the house, a couple dogs, and friends and family visiting for the holidays. Having a large home is something to enjoy and take pride in but then the children all grow up and all that space is just down right impractical so you start to dream about a two-bedroom condo in the city. No more Sunday afternoon lawn work, no more painting the chipping paint on the house, no more worrying about the roof, it sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? But, where does the family stay when they come to visit? Two bedrooms is not a lot of space and being able to use the second as a home office or den and not have it cluttered with bedroom furniture would be ideal. The best way to optimize space and function is with a Murphy wall bed.

This bed stores in a wall cabinet that opens and the bed folds down. The cabinetry can be included in the design for a home office or den and this will afford your guest a comfortable night’s sleep. Having a blow up mattress on hand is great for those emergency overflow instances, but you want your guests to be comfortable and sleep in a real bed and in a private room, not on the floor or in the living room.

The Murphy bed has been around since the late 1800’s when people were moving to the cities and living in small one-room apartments. It was impractical, not to mention inappropriate, to entertain in the only room that contained a bed so this invention came out of the need for more usable space. Not only could you get beds that lowered from the wall, but larger pieces of furniture were designed to contain a fold away bed.

Throughout the last 150 years populations have moved into cities, out of cities and now, once again, into cities. Having a lovely 3,000 square foot house in the suburbs works well for some of us, but more and more people are attracted to the amenities of city life. Empty nesters, young professionals and even families are attracted to the buzz of the city. This creates the need to problem solve the space issues that come hand in hand with apartment dwelling.

Living in smaller spaces just requires more initial planning and a creative approach to using your space. Instead of having a room for everything, certain spaces must serve double duty and allotting space for a guest bedroom is impossible. That is unless your home office turns into private sleeping quarters by simply opening a cabinet. So whether your kids will be home for college or your parents are joining you for the holidays or you just have friends from out of town, you don’t need to rearrange the entire place in order to provide a blow up mattress in the living room. You have thought it through and your home office will magically transform into a comfortable refuge for your house guests. The Murphy wall bed solves the problem of having sleeping quarters when your square footage is not vast.