Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Thinking outside the bedroom box

While Brian has been working on the electrical and plumbing. I’ve been thinking more and more about decorating the interior of the house. There are soooooooo many decisions that need to be made – why are there so many paint colours and countertop stones and tiles?!

When I get overwhelmed with all of those choices, I like to think about a simpler room. Like the bedroom. I mean, really, it’s just a bed and a few pieces of furniture and some knicknacks and a light, right? Well, not necessarily. When there are skylights on one wall and windows on another wall and closets on another wall, that really just leaves one wall for everything.

What to do….

This is where we had originally thought we would put the bed, with the headboard against the pony wall facing the west windows. Which is a nice view, but mostly of trees. Not quite to scale, but you get the idea :-)

drawing 1

It’s really the only logical spot. Or is it….

A few years ago on an Australian renovation show that I watch, one of the couples came up with an interesting idea for positioning the bed in their master bedroom.


I don’t think a bed in the middle of this room works particularly well, but it’s certainly thinking outside the box. And in the right room, it could be a great solution to where to put the furniture. Like in a bedroom with skylights on one wall and windows on another wall and closets on another wall…drawing 2

This configuration solves some potential problems. For starters, the headboard itself doubles as a wall and provides some privacy.



There really isn’t any space for a dresser against the sloped sides of the room, so now the dresser can go behind the headboard or even be the headboard.

dresser headboard


headboard storage


We have a king size bed, so there really isn’t much room on either side for night tables. But we can solve that problem by installing lights on the headboard wall and incorporating a niche to hold an iPad, books, a clock, and other stuff.



Depending on how high the headboard wall is,  it can even provide a spot to hang art, which is something I desperately need!

headboard wall art


headboard art


And best of all, with the bed positioned in the middle of the room facing the skylights, we’ll have a clear view of the ocean. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to that every morning?!

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So what do you think – is a bed floating in the middle of the room with a room divider headboard a weird idea or a good idea?

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  1. I think it's a great idea. I was going to do something similar in our last house to separate the bedroom from the closet area.

    1. Thanks for your feedback :-) I really think this layout will maximize storage in the bedroom and the views. Just have to convince Brian to go for it! :-)

  2. It would totally creep me out to sleep in a bed "floating" in the middle of a room. I think if the headboard went all the way to the ceiling or was attached to one of the walls on the side, I'd be ok with it. With that said, it's your room so do what you feel comfortable with and what gives you the best view.

  3. Serendipity. Ya gotta love it! So a bit of a backstory here ... at some point early Spring maybe? I read something you'd posted to one of my friends on Instagram, followed your link and ended up here, on your blog. Thoroughly enjoyed what I read, particularly as we are building a house. I neglected to bookmark your site however. A couple of weeks ago, I tried to retrace my steps to find you again and couldn't. Tried again tonight by searching for blogger sites in my history (still with me?!?) and voila! Reading down through your posts to see a ton of photos I've pinned and saved for beds in the middle of the room because, yep I am totally doing this in our house. I love the idea of lots of room around my head! (we currently live in a 1 1/2storey farmhouse and I've always been tucked under the eaves. Anyway. Apologies for the long winded post but it seemed such a lovely coincidence. We will be breaking ground in the next couple of weeks. Wish me luck!