Bedroom Furnishing

Furnishing a bedroom from afresh can be a daunting prospect, however design wise, these days pretty much anything goes. Adding a beautifully crafted lamp and expensive designer bed linen will draw the eye away from a mass manufactured wardrobe and bedside table, or a plain looking bed.

Mixing and matching is perfectly acceptable, gone are the days when the bedroom ‘set’ needs to match the vanity, it all depends on how creative and imaginative we can be when choosing a look for the bedroom.

For those who have neither the creativity nor the time to indulge in fantastical ideas, matching bedroom units are a simple yet effective way of furnishing your room, the advantage of this means the style of the soft furnishings, wallpaper, and accessories, can be changed on a whim, to create a whole new look. You can also look carefully at the floor you are choosing, as this is one area worth making an investment in.

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Always choose the best bed you can afford. Money spent on a good base and a perfect mattress with plenty of support for your back will result in much more efficient sleep. If ornate beds are not your style, buy plain but then choose a headboard that fits in with the rest of the room. A headboard really can transform an otherwise standard looking divan bed into something a little bit more designer.

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As mentioned, this is one area worth making an investment in as it is something you will probably keep forever. Solid wood flooring is a great way to literally match any style, from contemporary to vintage. These days it comes in a range of styles, from rustic to more sophisticated, and offers you an easy clean, easy maintenance option that will work whether you are styling a room for a child, a teenager, or as a haven for a couple.

Wardrobes
Once a bed has been chosen, the second most important piece of furniture to buy is the wardrobe. This should be as large as possible without dominating the room. Consider a wardrobe which compromises drawers, hanger space and if possible a shelf or two. Shelves can be used for folded bed linen and towels,bulky items that can take up a lot of drawer space.

Bedside table

When choosing a bedside table it is best to have one at bed height, so it easy to reach night-lights and alarm clocks. A chest of drawers should match your wardrobe, unless you are willing to pay for unique design or perhaps re-vamp an old one yourself, thus making a feature and an object of desire that stands alone as a beautiful piece.

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Extras
If you have the room for a chair in the bedroom, why not think about a futon chair or a chair bed? An extra bed is ideal for guests and perfect for children’s bedrooms. Strategically placed mirrors will reflect light and open up the room, smaller spaces will benefit greatly from one or more mirrors on the walls.

Whatever design is finally chosen for the bedroom furniture, think storage first and foremost, even the plainest bedroom furniture can be complemented with a few choice accessories, stylish wallpaper and funky soft furnishings.

Tips for a bedroom makeover on a budget

Whenever we think of giving our bedroom a makeover, we always expect it to come with a huge budget. After all bedroom furniture does not come cheap. If you are not feeling too flush in the cash stakes, and if money is earmarked for other things due to the time of year, it may be that you decide to put the makeover off. But fear not, there are quick fixes that you can try that won’t break the bank and will leave your room looking new and fresh.

Phil Spencer, well known for ‘Location, Location, Location’ has been working with British Gas to create some quick fixes for the home, and in the video below he shows you how you can create a DIY headboard for a bed that can be done quite cheaply and yet is really effective.

A few more Quick fixes

  • New bedding doesn’t have to break the bank and yet can totally change the look of your room but updating the colour scheme, or by being a blank canvas that you can accessorise. Primark has some brilliant quilt sets that are super pretty and super affordable.
  • Look at the layout of your furniture, does it make the best of your space? We have recently had our room redecorated, but the thing that has made the most difference has been changing the furniture around – it has created space and light and actually made the furniture look brand new.
  • Check out charity shops. Vintage dressing table sets, mirrors and vanity sets can all be picked up quite cheaply from Charity shops. I’ve picked up a peach glass set for £2.99, complete with trinket boxes and candlesticks. It now has pride of place on our window sill.
  • Don’t be afraid to mismatch – chintzy sheets and pillowcases can look super cute, picture frames and prints can be different and yet still work, your bedroom doesn’t have to be uniform, it can have character and reflect your personality.

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Maximising your bedroom space

It is a common problem. You have the wardrobe of Carrie Bradshaw and more shoes than Imelda Marcos, but your bedroom is, let’s be honest, small, and your storage space is limited. For many of us, this is a reality we face in our own homes, with overflowing closets and drawers, and our things left on chairs, and just stuffed under the bed. But it does not have to be this way. The space we have can be utilised to its maximum capacity, no matter how small, by choosing fitted wardrobes and bedroom furniture.

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Fantasy

Reality

Reality

Urban Wardrobes is London’s Number one provider of sliding door wardrobes, and has a range of fitted bedroom furniture style solutions that can help you create a bespoke bedroom space that is perfect for your needs.The service they offer is simple and effective, you tell then what you require, and they design the bespoke bedroom solution with made-to-measure, fitted wardrobes, tailored to to your direct requirements in just few weeks. (You can visit the Urban Wardrobes website by clicking the link here.)

Fitted wardrobes offer a solution because they can be tailored to suit any size room. When you put a normal, stand-alone wardrobe or storage unit into a room, there is often space left that then becomes dead. With fitted pieces, you can utilise all the space, including that room above the bed. In addition, wardrobes with sliding doors are even more practical as you do not need to worry about the space required in order to open them. Another great feature is that you can also ensure that they suit your personal taste, whether you love minimal styles, traditional looks or ultra-modern design.

Currently Urban Wardrobe has the classic Windsor design which is a traditional shaker style made from Italian panels.

Windsor - Shaker style hinged wardrobes

Windsor – Shaker style hinged wardrobes

The Florence design is the ultimate in minimalism , frameless, with no adornments, but great use of the inside space.

Florence – Spray painted frameless doors wardrobe

Florence – Spray painted frameless doors wardrobe

The Ferrari design is a little like the car itself, ultra modern and stylish, with a sleek, mirrored look that offers plenty of light.

Ferrari, Liverpool Street design

Ferrari, Liverpool Street design

You can view more of the Urban Wardrobes portfolio here.