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What is the Perfect Size for a Master Bedroom?

Mar 12, 2019 12:01:35 PM / by Jennifer Fields

As the private sanctum in which you begin and end the beautiful Oklahoma day, much rests on the design and size of your bedroom. As for a singular set of dimensions that works perfectly for everyone…well, let’s just say too many variables come into play for such a simple answer. Instead, when imagining your ideal master suite, strive for usability and pragmatism.

It’s All About the Bed

Before you do anything else, decide what size bed you want. The task starts here because the remaining bedroom furniture and layout of the space depend on this singular piece of furniture. For example, A king-size bed provides excellent comfort for boisterous sleepers or anyone who prefers to spread out while at rest. However, this substantial element would overtake a small space. While a standard king-size bed measures 76 inches by 80 inches, a California King adds an extra four inches to the length. Plus, if you include a headboard and footboard into the calculations, you should account for six to eight extra inches.

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For a smaller option, queen-size beds fit two people comfortably (at 60 inches by 80 inches) and add a layer of closeness for anyone wishing to snuggle. While full or double beds can work for anyone sleeping single, you might consider sizing up if you’re tall or an active sleeper.


Dressers, Chests, and Sitting Areas

Once you have the bed situation figured out, you can move on to quirky accents and stylish additions. This is when the fun begins, as there are countless unique statement pieces around which to build your perfect sanctuary.

Most people prefer nightstands, as they put necessary accessories within reach (lamps, phones, books, etc.). Depending on the length of the wall, you can go big—check out this enchanting distressed bedside desk—or keep it simple with a set of repurposed cafébenches. Whatever you choose, remember to consider the height of your mattress. Modern ones can stack up rather substantially, and it would be a shame for the nightstand to come up short…or tall. To help with the quest, know that most standard nightstands measure between 26 and 28 inches tall.

A charming bench at the foot of the bed or casual sitting space can spruce up a mediocre setup, but make sure the model wears the dress and not the other way around. This means large furniture can swallow a normal-sized bedroom and feel overwhelming. Above all else, the elements should complement and accommodate the domain.

Design experts at Houzz advise having a dresser in the bedroom only if there are two large walls. As a hearty addition, a dresser needs adequate space, and with a mirror set above (standard practice but not essential), you want the dresser to be the only piece drawing eyes to the wall.

For a classic reading nook or warm sitting area, make sure to have enough space for a table and several chairs. While an armchair placed cleverly in the corner provides a place to tie your shoes, a sitting area demands at least 8 feet by 8 feet to feel inviting.

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Let’s Talk Numbers

As a jumping off point, a master bedroom—with a king-size bed, dresser, small chest, and two standard nightstands—can work handily in a space measuring 18’ x 14’. Of course, some designers feel safer if it measures 22’ x 20’. As you can see, personal style and preference mean everything, so never underestimate the flexibility of sizing “rules.”


Thriving in a Small Space

With the appeal of minimalism ever encroaching on typical design trends, there are countless ways for smaller bedrooms to provide oversized fulfillment. For helpful tips about maximizing joy and minimizing surface area, check out this HGTV article. Not only can strategically-placed houseplants and cool color choices make a bedroom feel larger, but eye-catching statement pieces and horizontal bedding can add to the effect.


Getting Technical

While furniture size and overall functionality (maybe your bedroom must accommodate a crib) play a major role in decision-making, you can always use room design software to hurry the process along. Joanna Gaines’ Virtual Architect and DreamPlan 3D provide two effective but affordable options, and if you want to invest more heartily, consider Adobe Illustrator or InDesign (also by Adobe).


Finding Your Comfort Zone

Perhaps you want to turn on the lamp and grab a t-shirt from the dresser while standing in the same central location. On the other hand, you might prefer getting in some light cardio on your way to the sitting area. Either way, your bedroom should function as a haven of sleep, comfort, and joy. Good luck and happy planning.

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Jennifer Fields

Written by Jennifer Fields