Smart bedroom design: the ultimate guide to where to place your bed

There’s no substitute for a good night’s sleep, and a key ingredient to achieving this is excellent bedroom design – with a particular emphasis on the placement of your bed.

While bedroom design largely boils down to personal preference, there are a few other factors to keep in mind. Here, we cover the basics on how to position your bed to perfection.

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What you can – or cannot – see from your room will affect where to place your bed. The most obvious consideration here is the view from your window. If your bedroom looks out onto a dreamy panorama of the ocean or countryside, it makes sense to ensure this is visible from your bed. Conversely, if your space overlooks a busy, urban area, you might prefer to block this from view.


There’s also some debate over whether or not your door should be in view. Some cultures consider it unwise to have your feet facing the door, while others suggest keeping it within your direct line of sight is essential to staying safe at night. Like most factors here, this element of bedroom design boils down to good-old-fashioned personal preference.


Bed placement is often dependent on the size and shape of your room. A compact space determines the position of furniture more by necessity than aesthetic.

A bigger room, meanwhile, can be divided into separate zones by the placement of bedroom furniture. As the largest item in your room, your bed is the ultimate ‘divider’. In spacious areas it’s even possible to make a freestanding bed the centrepiece of a room rather than pushing it against a wall.


Bedroom design is about more than just the placement of the bed itself. Wherever yours ends up will have implications on where you position the rest of your bedroom furniture, sparking a symbiotic relationship.

In a previously article we talked about the importance of bedside tables, for example, along with providing further advice on creating the perfect bedroom.


Peace and quiet are vital to a good night’s sleep. Sources of noise should be kept as far away from your bed as possible. This could involve staying clear of windows or checking walls for noisy pipes and plumbing.


Having considered each of the major factors, it’s time to take action and implement your new bedroom design in three practical steps.

1. First things first: remove all clutter to give yourself a fresh perspective.
2. Next, score each potential bed position using the aforementioned criteria.
3. Finally, make the move and test out your new bedroom design for a night or two.

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