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Long Bedroom Blues

by Andrew
(Ferntree Gully, Vic, Australia)

Current Master Bedroom

Current Master Bedroom

Current Master Bedroom Bedroom with Walk-in Robe

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 doors.

See attached pic.

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 balcony.

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

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Long, narrow rooms with multiple doors and windows are definitely a challenge. They're also loaded with opportunity for charm and ambiance, particularly since you have spectacular views. I've posted a solution for you at Long Bedroom Blues Solution. Hope the suggestions help and best of luck on your project!







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Oct 16, 2015
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by: Feddena

Pretty awesome to read this:)

Jul 18, 2012
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Ensuite/Bathrooms
by: Alex

Andrew - I would be happy to take a look at your ensuite. Let me know what problem you're having with it, your "wish-list", and a sketch with dimensions. Photo, too, if you'd like.

Jul 18, 2012
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Wow. Alex you're a star !
by: Andrew

The second 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??)

Jul 17, 2012
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Long Bedroom Blues Solution
by: Alex

Andrew, your solution is posted at Long Bedroom Blues Solution. Best of luck on your project!

Jul 16, 2012
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I Have a Plan for You
by: Alex

Andrew - I drew the dimensions you provided and have a couple of suggestions for you that will provide you with a nice closet and won't block your view. I'm pressed with appointments today, but hope to have the drawings posted sometime Wednesday.

Jul 16, 2012
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Cant always get what we want
by: Anonymous

After standing in the bedroom with a measuring tape and plans, it's good to see the REAL size of things.

So unfortunately we came to the decision we'll have to use the top left corner for a standard wardrobe, and have the window 2/3, and the remaining third be a solid wall where the wardrobe will be. At least we can the length and can have the wardrobe quite long.

We'd probably put the bed on the opposite wall to make the path from the door to balcony straight forward.

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