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How to apply the basics of spatial planning in a bedroom

Revamping your bedroom? Read on to make sure your space is perfectly planned
   Luke Arthur Wells  |  written on: 31-05-2018 16:30pm

The role an interior designer has in how a home is spatially designed will usually go one of two ways. The first is an involvement in any discussions about redesigning a space, moving walls and changing functions with the whole spatial concept redesigned together for the most seamless connection between the building’s architecture and what’s furnishing it. Otherwise, an interior designer might come into a space that’s already been designed by an architect or one where the space is just to be decorated and furnished with no structural changes.


If you’re redesigning your own house, you might also find yourself on one side or the other of this divide, but while choosing a style, paint colours and furnishings might be a strength of yours, understanding how a room will work best spatially is another story altogether. It is something, however, that will play a bit part of how you enjoy your new space, so is just as important to consider as the visual aspects.

For a large living area, or any sort of open-plan space, understanding the impact of spatial planning on the flow of your space is complicated, but with something like a bedroom, we’re working around a simpler set-up.

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Contemporary appeal is added to an architectural room with walls painted in Blue Gum 620

Your bed is the biggest piece of furniture in the room and the most important, so that needs to find its space first. In an average sized bedroom, the bed will only have one natural orientation, however, if you’ve got a little more space to play with, here’s where spatial planning is important.

As a rule of thumb, I consider any spaces under 900 mm in distance between objects, walls or doors to be a “pinch point” in a room – this means that you won’t be able to traverse this space comfortably. If you’re looking at placement of a bed or deciding what size of mattress your room can take, if you keep this in mind, you should find there is a comfortable distance on each side.

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Another thing to consider is the “path” you traverse when using your space. A bedroom will usually have a very simple U-shape path, walking around the bed. However, in terms of placement of other pieces in your space, understanding how you use your room can help you decide and prevent any poor choices.

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Your map would, for example, show a link between your bedroom vanity and ensuite, and placing these at opposite ends of room may affect how you use both these elements.

Credit: Mereway Group Ltd (Cover image)

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   Luke Arthur Wells
Luke is an interior designer, stylist and blogger at www.lukearthurwells.com. He’s a believer in understated interiors that don’t have to shout to be heard, and he’s currently practicing what he preaches renovating a Victorian terrace in Essex, where he lives with his partner and two pampered pups. When it comes to his design style, he loves new and interesting building materials, a carefully chosen white paint and he also has a weakness for coffee table books and a fresh bunch of eucalyptus.

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