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Tips for an Ideal Bedroom Layout

Where to place furniture in the bedroom can be a tricky dilemma — especially if your room is long and narrow, has an abundance of windows or is a tight fit. Four designers share tips for making the most of the space you have.

Maximize the View: Floor-to-ceiling windows in this urban bedroom offer a breathtaking view of the city and are the room's best asset. Rather than arranging the furnishings to compete with the windows, designer Shelly Reihl David planned the layout around them.

Keep It Simple: Designer Ammie Kim creates restful bedrooms by limiting furnishings, accessories and patterns. She recommends maximizing a room's visual space by minimizing details. Ammie's Tip: Don't fill the room with unnecessary items or let it become overly decorated with fussy window treatments or a plethora of busy patterns.

Divide and Conquer: A long and narrow bedroom can be a challenge. Designer Angelo Surmelis created two distinct spaces: a cozy bed area and a separate entertainment area just for relaxing. Angelo's Tip: Create multiple functional zones in a large room for a hotel suite-like feel.

Mirrored Reflection: Make a tight bedroom feel open and spacious with properly placed mirrors. Designer Erinn Valencich disguised closet doors with massive mirrors to visually double the space in this bedroom.

Think Outside the Box: With unusually angled walls, this bedroom made space planning difficult. Rather than have a custom rug created to fit the space, which would also emphasize the room's angle, designer Ammie Kim opted to showcase the hardwood floors. Ammie's Tip: Sometimes it's good not to have a rug under the bed: it creates spaciousness.

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