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Room-by-room interior design: the bedroom

How you design the bedrooms in your home will, of course, depend somewhat on who they’re for but there are some things all bedrooms will have in common.

Things to consider when designing bedrooms:

  1. Bed position is crucial as this is usually the main piece of furniture in the room. There should be at least 750 mm of space around the bed so that you can open drawers or cupboards and still have space to stand in front of them. It’s also idea to have a socket on either side of the bed to plug in lamps and chargers.
  2. Speaking of sockets, you can never have too many in a bedroom. As well as lights and phone chargers, you will likely need to plug in items such as hair dryers and shavers as well as other electrical grooming products. You may even have a TV or radio in your room that will need an electrical outlet. And in a child’s room you’ll want plugs for their computer and any electrically powered toys.
  3. Lighting is key. Most bedrooms will at least have a ceiling light and bedside lamps, but you may want directional lighting for computers or even lighting to highlight artwork.
  4. Storage is another vital part of any bedroom — particularly the wardrobe. You can opt for freestanding or built-in wardrobes, with built-in options custom made. All wardrobes are at least 600 mm deep so make sure you leave yourself enough room to open the doors.


Things to consider designing a nursery:

One of the biggest bedroom redesigns any of us will ever do is turning a spare bedroom into a nursery for the impending arrival of a newborn. As well as the usual bedroom considerations, there are some very specific things you need to think about.


  1. Use blackout linings on curtains or blinds to make the room nice and dark for when baby’s sleeping. A dimmer switch on the lights can help stop a sudden burst of light if you have to go in to feed or change them in the night.
  2. Remember the adult furniture too — particularly a comfortable chair for mum or dad when they’re doing those nighttime feeds.
  3. Keep a thermometer in the room so you can monitor the temperature and ensure the room isn’t too hot or cold.
  4. Consider a night light. This can be soothing, particularly as your little one gets older and is more aware of their surroundings.
  5. Be creative. If this is going to be their bedroom for the next few years at least, don’t opt for baby wallpaper or floor coverings. Instead make the room more versatile so that it can grow with them.
  6. Go for softer colours as this will provide a soothing environment that isn’t too stimulating, letting your new arrival get some sleep.


Sara Corker Designs has been helping families get to grips with interior design for their bedrooms for many years now. If you’d like some help or advice, call us on 01883 742786 or complete our enquiry form and we’ll get back to you.

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