Whether you’re moving to a new home or reorganizing your existing space, deciding on your bedroom design can be overwhelming. As your sanctuary to rest and recharge, your bedroom, and ultimately your bed, is the most important aspect of your home. So where exactly is the perfect place to put your bed in a room with windows? For your convenience, we bring you the answer!
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Here are some rules of thumb to follow when considering the location of your bed in relation to windows:
- do not obstruct windows and doors
- place the headboard against a flat wall
- > do not point your bed toward windows in direct sunlight
- follow feng shui
- place your bed where it is most feel comfortable sleeping
Bedrooms vary in size, shape, and number of windows, so these rules may be difficult for some to follow. we’ve researched these rules and others to help you find the best location for your bed. to learn more, read on.
best practices for bed placement
here we will talk more about the tips mentioned above to help you get the most out of your bedroom design.
do not obstruct windows and doors
Generally speaking, you don’t want to use any furniture to obstruct windows or doors. Not only does this limit its intended functions, but blocking a window with a bed or headboard prevents valuable natural light from entering the room.
However, there are ways to position a bed facing a window if that’s your only option. the goal would be to obstruct the window as little as possible. One way to achieve this would be to use a shorter header (or no header at all) that fits below the window without blocking it.
Another option would be to forgo a solid headboard and go for a wrought iron option instead. again, this will allow for minimal blockage of sunlight, while still allowing you to position your bed facing a window.
what do you do with a window behind the bed?
If you’re looking to decorate the window behind your bed, consider using the window sill to your advantage. you can use the space as a nightstand and add a lamp, picture frames or even plants. You can also use curtains to frame your bed and highlight it as the focal point of the room.
You’ll discover 11 bedroom window ideas in this revealing article.
is it okay to put a dresser in front of a window?
Like the head of the bed, it is ideal to place a dresser under a window that is higher than the dresser. however, if you are placing a taller dresser facing a window, consider its proportion to the window. if you can cover just the bottom half or even the bottom quarter of a larger window, it will allow the most light into the room.
place the headboard against a blank wall
If your bedroom has a blank wall with no windows or doors, a good rule of thumb to follow is to use that wall as your headboard. this not only eliminates the option of having to place a bed in front of a window, but also allows you to create your focal point around your bed.
what is the focal point of the bedroom?
The main wall of a room is the center wall opposite the main door of the room. this easily becomes the focal point of the room as it is the first wall you see when entering the bedroom. if that wall isn’t blank or has closet doors or windows, then you can use your bed to change the focal point to another wall.
One way to accomplish this is through paint or wallpaper to create an accent wall. this gives depth to the room and draws the eye directly to where you want it to go. this can also be achieved through decorations such as a gallery wall or wall-mounted shelving above your bed.
do not point your bed towards windows with direct sunlight
having the bed facing a window can make sleeping conditions difficult. windows with direct sunlight, such as a window facing the sunrise, can let in strong light and heat in the early morning, waking you up. Windows are also similar to cell phones and televisions in that they stimulate your mind with movement and light when you need to rest.
If you can’t avoid facing a window in direct sunlight when laying out your bed, blackout curtains can help keep out unwanted light and heat in the mornings.
An exception to facing your bed toward a window is if you have a great view. large or bay windows can offer you a serene view of the outside world. and if you like to wake up with the sunrise, placing your bed in front of a window would be an ideal position
what is the best direction for me to face the bed?
according to feng shui, the worst direction a bed can face is west and the best direction is east. Due to the earth’s tilt on its axis, looking west will cause all your blood to rush to your head, leading to poor sleep. however, facing east stimulates memory and the positive flow of energy.
follow feng shui
Feng shui is a traditional Chinese practice that uses your surroundings to create a positive flow of energy. There are a plethora of suggestions feng shui can offer about your bed and bedroom. As for windows, feng shui suggests keeping your bed away from windows, especially if they are frequently opened. this will prevent you from feeling drafts that can leak through the windows and make you sick.
He also suggests being able to see the bedroom door and windows from the bed. so it eliminates sleeping under the window. if your bed is going to be parallel to the windows, pull the bed away from the wall and away from the windows a couple of feet. This way you avoid possible drafts and you have both sides of your bed at your disposal.
There are other feng shui practices to consider when determining the location of your bed. for example, you should never place your bed directly in front of the bedroom door, with your feet pointing toward it. this is known as the coffin position, as bodies are usually carried out of a room feet first.
You should also avoid placing the headboard against a wall with bathroom plumbing behind it. these can be noisy when you’re trying to sleep. In fact, almost everything related to the bathroom is considered bad feng shui, since bathrooms are full of odors and bacteria. it is suggested that you keep your bed away from the bathroom door and bathroom plumbing to promote better sleep.
place your bed where you feel comfortable
There are hundreds of rules that interior designers and feng shui experts can give you about where to place your bed. Whether it’s to promote better sleep or to be aesthetically appealing, you can move your bed around for days to accommodate all suggestions. Not to mention, the room variations and styles are so wide that sometimes the rules just don’t work.
In short, your room is your space and your place to rest. you should do what is most comfortable for you.
When determining where to put your bed in a room with windows, consider what will help you sleep better. don’t place your bed around windows that cause drafts or face unwanted morning light. follow feng shui where it applies, but don’t feel pressured to follow rules that don’t suit your available space or aesthetic.
Before you go, be sure to check out these posts related to decorating bedrooms and windows:
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Do bedrooms need windows (and 10 solutions for when they don’t)