7 Tips for Designing Your Bedroom

1. Plan for Simple Circulation

Try to keep your circulation on one side of the room. Hotels do a great job of this. There’s a reason 90 percent of hotels have the same floor plan: because it’s simple and it works. Circulation plans become a little more challenging with en suite rooms — bedrooms with bathrooms attached, as in the plans above — or bedrooms that have doors to the outside. To save on space, pay attention to where you locate the bathroom and closet in your bedroom. Rooms that have bathroom or closet access before the sleeping area, above left, require a longer hall. If you organize the circulation so the bathroom and closet are accessed through the sleeping area, above right, you don’t need a separate hall, and you can add the circulation space into the room to make it feel larger too...

2. Focus on the View


A bedroom always feels nicer when the first thing you experience is a pleasant view out the window — as opposed to a view looking straight at the bed. If you’re designing a new bedroom or reworking an old one, try to come up with a layout that focuses on the vista — whether it’s something as stunning as a lake or as simple as your backyard.

3. Keep Privacy in Mind


It’s always nice when you can leave the bedroom door open without forsaking all of your privacy. The small foyer in this drawing provides separation from the family room. I always try to avoid designing a layout in which you look directly into the bedroom from a more public space, like a great room, kitchen or family room.