The Shack: Our Little Poconos Getaway and A Teen Boy’s Bedroom. Designing with a Floor Plan (Post #33)

Today I’d like to start sharing my plans for the decor in my son’s bedroom at The Shack. Last week we started the demolition and wallpaper removal and my husband got the whole room prepped, primed, and ready for paint. So, now we need to determine a cohesive plan for the space, then get it painted.  First up:  the floor plan.

The Shack Upstairs Bedroom with Lavender Walls and Border 2

BEFORE: The view upon entering this upstairs bedroom is of the window wall. The room is painted a pale lavender color with a purple floral wallpaper border. It has the same cheap old shell molding used for casing and baseboards, which gives the room a tired and dated feel. There’s also a mottled Berber style carpet in the room, which we will be happy to remove!

The first thing I need to do in designing this space is get the furniture layout right.  In any home decor project, the placement of key furnishings is super important, along with planning the traffic flow.  This is not a large room, by any means, and like many small bedrooms, there are some unique issues:

  • It’s only 11’4″ wide by 13’8″ long.
  • There’s a baseboard heater to contend with, on the window wall across from the door.
  • And the closet door is on the same wall as the entry door, creating a wall that’s mostly unusable for furniture placement.
The Shack Upstairs Bedroom with Lavender Walls and Border

If you turn around and look in the opposite direction, the entry door comes into view at the right and the closet is seen to the left. That means we’re pretty limited with where we can place furniture in this room.

I have quite a few furniture pieces I want to work into the floor plan for Grady’s room. I already have a really cute and small-ish Victorian desk that I want to use.  It has the vintage rustic charm that I keep trying to inject into the decor at The Shack.

Chair for Teen Boy's Bedroom at The Shack

Here’s a detail view of the cute Victorian desk I’m going to use in Grady’s bedroom at The Shack. It’s just the right size and will look great with our Vintage Mountain House decor.

Of course, we’ll need a bed.  We’ll use a Queen sized bed in this room.   I found a very affordable bed with black iron and wood elements that I bought a while back for Grady.  So I’m going to work it into the design plan of the space.

Bed Wayfair Dorel Living

This simple, masculine bed will work great for our teen boy’s bedroom at The Shack.

It looks like Grady’s bed has been discontinued or is out of stock everywhere now, but there are similar versions online.  I found this Laurel Foundry Modern Bed on Wayfair, if you’re looking for something similar:

Laurel Foundry Modern Bed for a Teen Boy’s Bedroom

The only other things we need are the little items every bedroom must have, like some bed-side tables for lamps, books, drinks, etc., and some storage for clothes and things…a dresser or a chest perhaps.  So with these things in mind, I started working out the furniture layout.

Grady's Floor Plan Furnished

After shuffling all the furniture around, here’s the floor plan we ended up settling with. Normally, I like for the bed to be across from you as you enter the room, but in this case, putting the bed in front of the window would have occupied the majority of the floor space and left no room for other furniture.


I’m sure you noticed the huge black recliner in the corner of the above floor plan.  There’s a whole story behind that. But I’ll have to wait and give you the details about Grady’s cool new (and much needed) reclining chair next time.  Meanwhile, I’ve included it in the floor plans, since it occupies so much space and definitely affects the furniture placement.

Grady's Floor Plan Furnished Alternate at The Shack

As you can see in this alternate floor plan…placing the bed in front of the window leaves no room for the other furniture I’d like to use in the space (most importantly the giant recliner) and makes the room far less functional. Designing floor plans is really like a puzzle. You have to figure out what your needs are for the room and figure out the best fit within your space.

Thanks for joining me today, for this latest installment on our renovations at The Shack. Getting the floor plans just right, before you renovate a space is very important.  I teach about this process in my interior design classes at Temple University.  One of the best things you can do when renovating or designing any room is to create a plan for your space, then stick with it!

There’s still a lot more to share with you, so I hope you’ll stick around as I post the before and afters in our little Poconos mountain house. Until then, make sure to like Robinson Interiors on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, and DO stay tuned for future updates on The Shack!

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