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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!