Long Bedroom Blues Solution
Some of the most charming rooms start out as "ugly ducklings." Oddly shaped rooms and wierd spaces can challenge us to think in new ways. Focus on what you most want in your room, then let the creativity bubble up and surprise you.
Andrew from Ferntree Gully, Vic, Australia writes:
We are renovating the bedroom /ensuite & bathroom. Just coming up
with a design is hard work. I can really appreciate the work designers
do now. We have plenty of space in the master bedroom, but it's
hard to fit anything in due to the shape, and position of windows and
Door is located at the end of a
hallway (bottom right on pic). At the left side of the bedroom we have a
great view we want to make the most of. Currently there is a door +
window using half the space, but we are thinking about opening it up and
have a sliding door / window across the whole wall with access to the
We have a door to the ensuite in top right of the pic, so we can't really put a walk in / wardrobe there, and if it went on the other side it would partially block the view. If the only option is to have a wardrobe on the left, we'll just have to go with a smaller sliding door / window.
In an ideal world, we would have a walk in wardrobe on the way to the ensuite. My concern with that is it'll be the first thing you walk into when you enter the room, and depending on how close to the bedroom it comes, it may be difficult getting furniture in.
I've tried to draw some options that I thought of. Not really drawn to scale. I do like the idea of having drawers behind the bed, as we can cut into the other side to use as a ledge, as there's no room for side tables. If space permits, I'll have a chair in the corner where the window is to sit and enjoy the view.
Please let me know of any suggestions. - Andrew
Since you're adding closets to your long, narrow, master bedroom, you have the perfect opportunity to "re-contour" the shape of the room to more "perfect" proportions in line with the "golden mean."
We rarely get everything we want, exactly the way we want it. But that doesn't require giving up on our dream. There is always a solution:
When you get a feeling of "excitement," you've found the right solution. And remember, the basic structure of the room is just the beginning, it's the "skeleton" on which you hang, color, fabric, furnishings, finishes, light, art and accessories. Done well, it will amaze you. It will be more than just a bedroom with a view, it will be a haven, a pleasure, a positive force in how you start and end each day.
Before adding walls and hammering nails, get a visual of your plan. Homestyler is a free online tool that allows you to do just that. I've used it to generate the following images. Using the dimensions on your sketch, Andrew, this is how your idea with the dresser behind the bed might look.
Keeping your top priorities in mind:
Thank you for submitting your question, Andrew. I hope you got some good ideas.
Jul 18, 2012 - Andrew writes:
Wow. Alex you're a star !
The option you presented looks amazing. It looks very open. My wife was very excited when she saw the design. Not only have you come up with a solution that we both agree on, we are very excited about it.
I think we will definitely be going for this one. Thank you so much Alex. You're very talented. (Do you do ensuites / bathrooms too??)
Andrew, I'd be happy to take a look at your ensuite. Tell me about your problem, include your wish-list, a floor plan with measurements, and a photo, if you'd like. - Alex
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