Solving a Layout Dilemma: Where to put the bed when the windows are off-center?

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Becca, who runs our Good Influence(r) program, came to me with a dilemma: Her bedroom is very long and large — and, as a result, she’s not sure about the layout. There are two windows, off center, on one wall and two closets on another wall. She originally positioned the bed to look out the windows, but the room felt awkward. Becca vented that it felt like a lot of “wasted space.” Looking at pictures, I knew she needed a more furnishings to fill out the space.

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Becca’s vibe is fresh and modern, so I immediately thought of Article. Their new collection of bedroom furniture is beautiful and substantial – pieces to hold onto forever. Like storage beds and stunning mid-century spindle silhouettes. I love the price tag of these pieces as much as I love the fast shipping. But what’s really incredible is now Article has expanded their offerings to include bedding and mattresses to complement their original modern bedroom furniture. I love that you can get everything you need for your bedroom in one place. 

When I first walked up the stairs to Becca’s bedroom, I immediately saw what she meant. When you first walk in, the first thing you see is the TV and dresser. Once you walk farther into the room, you see the bed and nightstands across from the two windows. I see the logic here. I would *also* want to wake to the view of the outdoors. But I had an idea…

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Cigar Ankara Ivory Sofa | Sven Oxford Blue Bench

It seemed like a no-brainer to move the bed between the windows. This would be the first cozy view when you’d walk into the room, and I knew it would change the whole vibe. But because the windows are off-center, the bed would also be off-center, and the nightstand would run into a closet door… This wouldn’t work. Instead, we centered her bed under ONE window and flanked that window with dramatic curtains. We let the second window serve as additional natural light, but didn’t dress it with curtains. This made the curtained window + bed into a serene and sophisticated focal point for Becca’s bedroom makeover. This new upholstered king bed has a lower profile, so the bed fits nicely in front of the window. Once the bed was the place, the rest of the room came together quickly.

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White King Shams | White King Sheet Set | Kodda King Down Alternative Duvet | Alto Linen Green King Duvet Cover | Sven Birch Ivory King Bed | Nera Walnut 1 Drawer Nightstand

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Becca’s nightstands are lovely, mid-century modern pieces that I know will look handsome by her bedside for years and years to come. (Hers are sold out, but I found these beautiful walnut nightstands that are similar.)

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Lenia White Oak 6-Drawer Double Dresser

To add more storage, we installed this light white oak double dresser that has a beautiful sleek front. I love mixing wood tones to add an extra level of visual interest. My advice: Go for a layered, lived-in look, with wood tones that both complement and contrast. (For more insights on mixing wood tones, read this.) We moved the TV and its mounting to the space above this dresser, on the wall opposite of the bed. It’s no longer the first thing you see when you walk into the room, but it’s anchored beautifully for movie nights in bed.

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Rama White 21″ Table Lamp | Baarlo Oak Desk | Everse Ivory Wool Bouclé Lounge Chair

We sectioned off a portion of the room to serve as a small office — the wall between the closet doors was perfect for this. This decision was inspired by this stunning new oak desk. As I mentioned before, I don’t love to have laptops in the bedroom, but this desk could be used as a vanity — or for romantically scrawling in a journal 🙂 This geometric wool boucle lounge chair is chunky and cute and substantial—and it practically doubles as a work of art. I also brought in this ivory table lamp that has some earthy-looking speckles. It feels like a sculpture.

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Sven Oxford Blue Bench | Cigar Ankara Ivory Sofa

Lastly, for the new layout, we’re creating an alternative seating area. It makes the room feel like a suite in a boutique hotel — with a bedroom, an office, and a living room. I got this extremely comfortable, sleek ivory sofa and paired it with a dark leather blue bench that doubles as a foot rest or coffee table. In addition to introducing some rich color, the bench has a traditional vibe that makes this room feel collected and cohesive. I love investing in a bench because this piece will serve them for years to come — It could go on tour to the foot of the bed some day. Or it could serve as a coffee table, a statement piece in a hallway, or even additional seating in a bedroom. A bench is so versatile and always a good idea.

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Becca and Connor are really happy with this new layout, and I am too. I love rethinking spaces like this, and rearranging furniture is a favorite pastime of mine! It’s not about the size or the shape of the room — it’s about how you use it.


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