Master Bedroom Furniture

Apr 29, 2010 | Linda Merrill

Too often, the master bedroom can become the dumping ground for old cast-off furniture, unsorted laundry, kids' toys and the like. It's no wonder that some people suffer from insomnia. The master bedroom should be an oasis of calm and a true retreat from the hassles of everyday living. Whatever your personal living situation, an adult master bedroom is a must. 

Master bedroom furniture comes in all styles and finishes. Step one is to determine what appeals visually and comfort-wise. Clearly, all bedrooms have beds, so let's start there.

Bed Options for Master Bedrooms

A mark of true luxury, an upholstered headboard sets the stage for a beautiful bedroom design. Headboards may be upholstered in fabric, suede or leather. Surprisingly, they are not as expensive as one might think and could even be a great DIY project if you're handy with wood and tools.

Canopy beds have been around since people started sleeping in beds. They are stylish and warm and create a real cocoon feeling in a room. They can be romantic with lots of draped fabrics or austere "rooms within a room."

Traditional wooden beds with headboard and footboard are the true classics of master bedroom furniture. They are sturdy and practical, whether dressed to the nines, or covered in a simple white down blanket.

Whatever your style preference, choose a high-quality bed with a good mattress. After all, you'll be spending one-third of your time there, so why not do so in comfort?

Bedside Tables

Of course, beds should have nightstands. It's important to have two nightstands flanking the bed, regardless of whether both are used. This is good Feng Shui and good symmetry. You can have a matched set of nightstands, or a complementary pair. It's important, however, that they balance one another well and be of similar dimensions. Choose nightstands at a proper height relative to the bed so that when lying down, you may easily reach over to pick up a book or turn off the light.

A classic nightstand has a drawer or two for storage and perhaps a bottom shelf for stacks of books or magazines. A 30" tall nightstand makes it a perfect complement to today's higher beds and mattresses. Bombay chests are great as nightstands. They are curvy and stylish and usually have lots of additional storage.

One of the easiest nightstands going is just a basic small round table with a decorative skirt. This is a charming addition to a bedroom and provides excellent hidden storage. Even a simple chair might be transformed into a unique little nightstand if the height and over-all scale of the piece works with the size of the bed.

Choosing the Right Dresser

The classic dresser and bureau rounds out the necessary master bedroom furniture pieces. The size of these items truly depends on how much flat fold storage you need. Some master closets -- especially custom closets built by a skilled carpenter -- have so much space and efficient storage options that additional furniture is not actually necessary.

Additional Master Bedroom Furniture

Additional suggestions for master bedroom furnishings include a cozy seating area with lounge chairs or a small sofa which makes a great spot for reading, relaxing or private conversation. The master bedroom should be considered adult space. It's not a work area (pay your bills somewhere else!) or a child's playground. At any budget, you can achieve a comfortable and restful space that provides a great transition from daytime stress to nighttime rejuvenation.

A final tip: the furniture does not have to match, but it's one of the few places left in the home where a matching set still works well. So, whatever your preference, make it your own.

Updated November 20, 2018.

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