Buying a Bedroom Set That Fits Your Needs, Style, and Space

Use these tips for planning and purchasing stylish and practical bedroom furniture.

By Jessi Minneci

 

Choosing and buying new furniture for your bedroom is both exciting and a bit overwhelming. A bedroom has to outfitted with the right number, design, and sizes of furniture to make the room appear cozier, uniform, and sophisticated. The process of hunting for and picking out a bedroom set is exhilarating, of course, because everyone loves a good sprucing up! But where it can get overwhelming is how to pick out bedroom furniture, the expense of pieces, and the fear of making a wrong decision.

 

Do you know what to look for when buying bedroom furniture? Remember, choosing the right bedroom furniture requires planning ahead, making a bedroom materials list, contemplating a budget, and some extra preparation. Luckily, there are a few things you can ask yourself before heading out to the furniture store that will help you in buying bedroom furniture.

 

Decide Where the Furniture Will Go

Are you furnishing the master bedroom, preparing a nursery for the arrival of a baby, sprucing up a guest bedroom, or re-doing a child’s room as they grow? First and foremost, keep in mind that the right furniture should be designed to fit the user and function of the room, both in style and intention.

 

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Once you have an idea of what you’re in the market for, take measurements of the room you’re furnishing. Get an idea of what will be able to fit in the space and what won’t. For example, if the room you’re furnishing is 10 feet (120 inches) by 12 feet (144 inches), you will probably not want to look for a king bed (average width of 76 inches). That would leave you with less than 2 feet on either side of a bed that you place in the middle of the room! Take note of these measurements. Knowing the design and size of the pieces that’ll work beforehand will make choosing furniture for your bedroom easier.

 

Weigh Size Against Accessories

The bigger, the bedder, am I right? The one necessity of the bedroom is, of course, the bed, but have you thought beyond it? What else will be in your bedroom space? Can you see your bedroom having a couch? You may want a bedside table, or chest of drawers, or trunk.

 

Common bedroom items:

 

  • Bed
  • Dresser
  • Two nightstands/bedside tables
  • Chair/couch
  • Entertainment stand

 

Consider everything else besides the bed that you will want to include in your room. At this point, think not only about style but function too. What furniture will you be able to include in your daily ritual? Also, weigh the space for those items against the size of the total space you have and the bed you’re looking for.

 

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What About Quality?

We assume you’re not looking for furniture that will fall apart in a matter of months. But the truth is, that doesn’t mean you have to go absolute top-of-the-line, either.

 

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Your budget goes a long way in determining the quality of the bedroom set you can afford, but so does the intended use of the furniture. It may be worth dishing out a little more for the master bedroom, but it’s OK to go down a level or two for a child’s bedroom set that will be replaced within a few years. Even more so, it’s understandable to splurge on a high-quality mattress, but maybe not-so-necessary to cash in a savings bond for a bedside table or accent piece.

 

Are You Matchy-Matchy?

It certainly isn’t a bad idea to buy a complete matching bedroom set, but it’s not mandatory either. Again, consider your own design style. In a more traditional or formal bedroom, a matched set looks great, but in more casual styles, too much matchy-matchy can come off as overpowering or boring.

 

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If you’re one of those people who feel their style is more along the lines of the “casual” category, opt to invest in a variety of pieces that complement (but don’t perfectly match) each other and the room’s overall style. When shopping, stick to a general theme (such as minimal, modern, or homey) to complement furniture and save the headache of having too mismatched of pieces down the line.

 

Go All Out… Slowly

It’s far too easy to get wrapped up in the idea of undergoing an extreme bedroom makeover, but sometimes, slow and steady wins the race. Get all the bedroom set necessities in place, sure, but if you can’t afford to or don’t want to do everything all at once, don’t feel pressured.

 

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In fact, sometimes going slower allows you to make better design decisions down the road that will really tie the room together nicely.

 

Your bedroom and its design are what you make it and should reflect your style. By contemplating the above to find the right bedroom set, you will be able to rest assured knowing that your bedroom is well-designed and suitable for your needs.

 

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