How to Arrange Furniture in Your Bedroom

Arranging furniture is an art– no, seriously, it’s one of the most important parts about interior design. That’s not to say that it’s best left to the pros, though. Everyone can design their own perfect space with just a little bit of thought and a lot of experimentation. In fact, figuring out how to set up your new place is a really fun part of moving into an apartment.

How to Arrange Furniture in Your Bedroom

When it comes to arranging furniture in your apartment,it’s sometimes necessary to get a little creative (and even to just throw the rule book out of the window every now and then). One of the most difficult rooms to design tends to be the bedroom, especially if it’s small. So, read on to learn how to arrange furniture in your bedroom:

Use Only Necessary Furniture

Before you start deciding where to put what, think about the furniture you’re using and try to use only the pieces that are necessary for the room to function.

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This is especially important in small apartments when there isn’t a lot of extra space– using fewer pieces will make the room look and feel a lot more spacious. If your room is extra tiny, use taller dressers and shelves to get more storage while taking up less room.

Arrange the Furniture You Have First

Another quick tip before you get started: Don’t buy new furniture until you’ve arranged the pieces you already have.

How to Arrange Furniture in Your Bedroom - Arrange the Furniture You Have First

That way you’ll know the exact furniture you need, along with the dimensions and style you’re looking for.

Draw it Out

It’s a good idea to experiment with different arrangements on paper before you start pushing furniture around the room. That way you can eliminate some options that won’t work without potentially scratching your floor or walls while moving your dresser for the zillionth time (believe me, it happens).

How to Arrange Furniture in Your Bedroom - Draw it Out

Measure at least your biggest items (bed, dresser, shelves, etc.), as well as the dimensions of your room, then sketch out a couple of different options. If you’re not much of an artist, check out an app that can do the job for you. Try Home Design 3D (iOS) or Floor Plan Creator (Android).

Think About Function

While figuring out how to arrange furniture in your new bedroom, think about your lifestyle. This could really affect where your furniture ends up.

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For instance, if you tend to watch a lot of TV in bed, you’ll want to find a layout that works well for that. Also, plan your walkways. If your bed is blocking your path from the dresser to the mirror, you may find yourself a little annoyed down the road.

Dive in Bed First

Once you’re ready to put the pencil and paper (or app) down, and start actually arranging, begin with your bed. Traditionally, beds are placed on the wall opposite the door or the largest one with no windows.

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In a small bedroom, you may have to break these guidelines, though. Find a spot for your bed that makes the most sense to you, just make sure you can open and close your bedroom and closet doors. Also, while placing your bed under windows is totally OK from a design perspective, you may find yourself feeling uncomfortable drafts over the winter.

Go Big to Small

When you’ve found the spot you think works best for your bed, arrange everything else starting with the biggest furniture item followed by smaller ones. Usually the dresser comes next, followed by bedside tables, a desk, shelves, chairs, and anything else you may have.

How to Arrange Furniture in Your Bedroom - Go Big to Small

Small-bedroom tip: If your closet is spacious, see if you can fit your dresser inside it. This will open up a lot of extra space (for activities!) in the room itself.

Place Your Area Rug Properly

Though it’s not a furniture item, your area rug placement will definitely depend on your room’s finalized layout.

How to Arrange Furniture in Your Bedroom - Place Your Area Rug Properly

Area rugs are typically placed underneath the lower two-thirds of the bed so they create a cushy area to step on as you get out of bed in the morning. If your bed is tucked into a corner, your rug will likely have to be placed somewhere else, like next to the bed or in the center of the open part of your room.

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

There are a lot of guidelines when it comes to how to arrange furniture, but there’s no wrong way to design your bedroom’s layout. If your bed ends up being beneath the windows, or your dresser has to be directly next to it, that’s OK. Just figure out what works best for you and your space.

How to Arrange Furniture in Your Bedroom - Don't Be Afraid to Experiment

If you want, try experimenting with different layouts during your first few weeks living in your new place. When you hit on one that works, you’ll know it.

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How to Save on Bedroom Furniture

Furnishing an apartment can get pricey, and if you’re decorating on a budget, you’re probably looking for ways to save. However, if you go too cheap, your purchases will fall apart and you’ll waste money in the long run. Here are some tips for how to save intelligently when furniture shopping for your apartment bedroom:

How to Save on Bedroom Furniture

Have a Purpose

What is it you’re buying the furniture for? Are you looking to refurbish used pieces for a unique bedroom set? Are you hoping to get something that will last you a lifetime? Answering these questions will determine the approach you take to shopping. No matter what your intent, you’ll want sturdy pieces that you can potentially sell down the road. You may not ever plan on selling your furniture, but when life requires you to move, you may not have room to take things with you.

Find a Good Source

Where you buy your bedroom furniture will impact what you do with it. Buying it new from a designer store most likely indicates you aren’t planning on altering the piece. However, if you want to take something old and make it new and fabulous, a thrift store is the way to go. Here are some things to look for when thrifting for your bedroom furniture:

How to Save on Bedroom Furniture - Find a Good Source

Wood Types: Solid wood is the sturdiest, as it is one continuous piece. It looks great and is generally more expensive. Solid wood furniture is susceptible to scratches and water rings, so carefully inspect pieces before purchasing. Veneers are pieces that have a cheaper wood covered with a nicer wood. These items are less sturdy but also more affordable. Particle or composite woods are made of wood pieces that are mixed with adhesive and pressed together. These don’t look as nice and won’t last long.

Check Function: Open drawers and cabinet doors to be sure they function well. They should not stick or fall out. Check knobs and handles to see if they are screwed tightly. Of course, if you’re customizing the furniture, you may want to replace hardware anyhow.

Avoid Nails and Glue: Furniture that is put together with nails and glue isn’t as strong as properly joined pieces. Look at the ends and corners of the dressers and nightstands that you find.

Check Springs: If you’re looking to purchase an armchair for your bedroom, make sure the springs are all functional. You shouldn’t be stabbed when you sit down, nor should you sag.

Research Online

A perk of buying bedroom furniture online is that you can look at customer reviews.

How to Save on Bedroom Furniture- Research Online

Did other buyers get good use out of the piece or did it fall apart? Was the color the same in real life as it was online? Were all the parts in the box when it arrived? Avoid a headache by reading about pieces before purchasing.

Cutting Corners
While you want your furniture to be well-built, there are a few places you can skimp. For example, rather than going all out for down cushions, opt for a spring-and-polyfoam core topped off with a layer of down. You can also buy furniture with less durable fabric. No matter what type of fabric your furniture is covered in, it will wear out. You can always reupholster later.

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Storage Made Simple: DIY Wooden Crate Bookshelf

If you’re in serious need of a storage solution in your apartment, you only need a few wooden crates, some paint and hardware to build your own bookshelf!

What’s great about this project is that you can customize it, making it as small or as large as you like. Since I have no bookcases in my place, I decided to fill my entire wall. Four stacked crates would also work just as well.

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Divine Dining: 8 Tips to Choose the Right Dining Table

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Thanksgiving is less than a month away. Are you having guests over? Even if you live in an apartment, you can still enjoy a magnificent holiday season full of large meals and quality time with family and friends. But first, you’ve got to have the right dining table on deck.

Dining rooms are notorious for not getting much love from January to October. But that’s still no excuse for having a flimsy, second-rate table in the most formal room of all. What you should have is a dining set that looks good, serves your dining needs and will last at least a few years. As you get into shopping mode, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

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Top 5 Ways to Decorate a Small Living Room

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Making the most of limited space is the name of the game in apartment living.

Live comfortably and enjoy your apartment space by employing proven decorating strategies when arranging your living room.

You can make a smaller living room feel much larger when you find space-saving furnishings that serve multiple purposes, create clever storage solutions, and add unique decorative accessories.

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Furniture Arranging for Any Apartment Space

Whether you’re moving into a new place or want to perform a mini-makeover on your current apartment, learning the basics of furniture placement can make your apartment space look – and work — better.

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Encore at First Main Apartments in Colorado Springs, CO

Here are a few tips to help you arrange furniture like a pro by creating a floor plan that’s both functional and comfortable.

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Mix and Match: Modern and Vintage Decor

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Clean lines dominate in modern decor, as we learned with these modern decorating tips, and vintage decor incorporates old pieces that are repurposed.

But what happens if you combine the two? You have a mix of old and new, with sleek furniture and neutral colors representing modern decor, and rustic lights and wood pallet art representing vintage decor.

Click on the infographic above to learn how to pair items and create the perfect combination of modern and vintage in your apartment.

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Find Furnished Apartments for Rent in Richmond

Add a bold rug to personalize your furnished Richmond apartment.

Add a bold rug to personalize your furnished Richmond apartment.

Moving to a new place is stressful, and the entire process can be a hassle. Searching for the perfect apartment, hiring movers and then furnishing and decorating your space can be tedious. But fortunately for you, is there to make the process easier.

If you’re searching for apartments for rent in Richmond, consider narrowing your search by selecting furnished apartments. Searching for furnished apartments removes one step from the moving process: finding an apartment that will fit your furniture or finding furniture that will fit your apartment. Furnished apartments allow you to focus more on checking items off your moving checklist. They’re also great for potential residents looking for short-term leases in Richmond. But if you think having an apartment that comes furnished means not being able to make it your own, think again. Read on for our suggestions on making it your own, as well as additional items you may need.

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What Comes in a Furnished Apartment
What exactly comes with a furnished apartment? Each Richmond apartment community may offer different options, but ask the property managers for more details about what is included. These items typically come standard:

  • Bedroom
    • Bed
    • Nightstand
    • Chest of drawers
  • Living Room
    • Sofa(s)
    • Coffee table
    • End tables
    • TV stand
  • Dining Room
    • Dining table
    • Chairs

What You’ll Need to Bring
It is a furnished apartment, but you’ll still need to bring some essentials. These items include:

  • Bedroom/Bathroom
    • Sheets, comforter, blankets
    • Pillows
    • Hangers
    • Towels
    • Toiletries
  • Living Room
    • TV, electronics
    • Lamps
  • Kitchen/Dining Room
    • Pots, pans
    • Dishes
    • Utensils
    • Trash can

Making It Your Own
Though the furniture that comes standard is like everyone else’s, you can make it your own. Feel free to rearrange the furniture. Arrange the furniture in the living room around a focal point, and set up the bedroom furniture to optimize your space. Purchase a slipcover for the couch, and add accent pillows to match your décor style. Use a bold-colored rug under the coffee table to add a pop of color to the space. Add lamps to the end tables that will not only add extra light but can become a part of your décor.

For the dining room, add a table runner and/or place settings to add character to a rather boring table. Complete the look of your space by adding window treatments, if given the OK by your landlord. Add wall décor throughout your apartment. And finally, don’t neglect your bathroom; purchase a fun shower curtain to add appeal to the space.

With a few simple steps, your new Richmond apartment will feel like home.

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Where to Find Nice, Cheap Furniture in Tacoma

If you're in the market for new furniture in Tacoma, you're in luck. Check out our suggestions to find nice, cheap furniture.

If you’re in the market for new furniture in Tacoma, you’re in luck. Check out our suggestions to find nice, cheap furniture.

From vintage to modern, and from neutral to bold colors, Tacoma’s furniture stores offer a wide selection of furniture, rugs and accessories, as well as some of the most knowledgeable salespeople around. Whether you’re getting settled in your new Tacoma apartment, looking for more grown-up furniture or just adding to the collection, Tacoma has a large selection of furniture stores within reach. Read on for our picks on where you find nice, cheap furniture in this charming Pacific Northwest city.

Harkness Furniture
One of the first things you’ll notice about Harkness Furniture is its giant retro neon sign out front. It’s become a fixture on South Tacoma Way. The next thing you’ll notice is its large furniture selection. The items are offered at great sales prices, and the quality of the selection is second to none. They don’t carry low-end items here, and the staff allows you to roam the two levels at your leisure and will answer questions as needed. Keep an eye out for storewide sales.
Where: 6612 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409

Modality Furniture
This downtown furniture boutique offers a great selection of furniture, whether you’re in the market for a new couch, chair or table. Their floor models give you an idea to help you decide what you want to furnish your space. Check out the selection and customize your choices to have the perfect addition to your living room, dining room or kitchen. And if you need an accent rug, they have those, too.
Where: 821 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

Hope Furnishings
This is the retail department store of the NW Furniture Bank, an organization which helps restore hope, dignity and stability in the community by recycling donated furniture to people in need. Hope Furnishings is located in the Tacoma Dome district, and it offers gently used furnishings, name brand floor samples and vintage furnishings at a great value. The revenues generated from Hope Furnishings are then used to purchase high demand items for the furniture bank clients.
Where: 117 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma, WA 98421

The Old Cannery
This family-owned store has been serving the Pacific Northwest for more than 25 years. The Old Cannery offers high quality durable furniture, from beds to dressers, and from desks to bookcases. The employees are knowledgeable about their inventory, and they are willing to work with you to make sure the customer goes home with only the best. And while you’re shopping, grab some coffee or fudge at their in-house cafe.
Where: 13608 Valley Ave. E., Sumner, WA 98390

Preuit Estate Furnishings
Located in beautiful Gig Harbor, this family-owned store offers quality home furnishings on consignment. Whether you’re looking for furniture, lighting, mirrors, rugs or accessories, Preuit Estate Furnishings has a large selection for you. The inventory turns over weekly, but their website keeps you up to date on what’s in store.
Where: 3308 Uddenberg Lane, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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Where to Find Nice, Cheap Furniture in Providence

Providence is chock full of great stores where you can find nice, cheap furniture.

Providence is chock full of great stores where you can find nice, cheap furniture.

As the capital and most populous city of the state of Rhode Island, Providence offers its residents a charming mix of New England culture along with all the excitement and amenities of larger city life. Known as “The Creative Capital,” it’s no wonder that its streets are filled with a number of unique shops and boutiques. If you’re in the market for some furniture to fill your new apartment, or are just looking for a décor overhaul in your current one, here are our suggestions for the best places to find nice, cheap furniture in Providence.

Benefit Street Antiques
Whether you walk into the store knowing exactly what you’re looking for or are just in the mood for some browsing, Benefit Street Antiques provides a great customer experience. Housed in a unique, light-filled space, the owners thoughtfully organize each piece in this quintessential antiques shop, and everything is clearly marked with the price.
Where: 243 Wickenden St., Providence, RI 02903

BD’s Discount
This large discount furniture outlet might not be the prettiest around, but it offers the most bang for your buck if you’re looking for sturdy, quality furniture for rock bottom prices. This place is massive, so it helps to have some idea of what you’re looking for before you walk in. If you stick to a plan, you might just walk away with some great furniture for your apartment for cheap.
Where: 699 Hartford Ave., Providence, RI 02909

Rocket To Mars
Rocket To Mars is a quirky, retro-themed consignment shop in the trendy Federal Hill neighborhood of Providence. In addition to furniture, you’ll also find unique, one-of-a-kind home décor pieces to make your apartment feel more like a home. Things are a little bit more expensive compared to other antique or consignment shops in the city, but you’re paying for high quality, certifiably vintage and retro merchandise.
Where: 144 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903

This standard thrift store in East Providence is packed to the gills with nice, cheap furniture, as well as other goods like clothing, home décor items and accessories. If you’re a loyal customer, you can earn a rewards card, where every $5 purchase allows you to fill up your card and save up to 30 percent on your next purchase.
Where: 1925 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence, RI 02906

If you prefer your furniture to be on the more artsy side, Oop is the store for you. This spirited boutique carries novelty gifts, jewelry, home décor, furniture and other pieces made in small quantities and designed by local artists and designers, but without the hefty price tags of other antique shops.
Where: 220 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903

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