At the end of a busy day, our bedroom becomes our oasis of peace. That is why it is essential to choose the right furniture that we will place in it. Prices do not always equal comfort, but you will need to invest some money in a few basic pieces.
Every bedroom needs a bed, a bedside table, a wardrobe, a dressing table, and a chair.
Whether you add more pieces of furniture or are a fan of minimalism is up to you. What is important is that you are as comfortable as you can be in your own space.
We have tried to rank them in order of importance, leaving you to make your own choice when you equip your own bedroom.
Find out what might be the best option for you, think about colors, bed frames, and closets, as well as fabrics and pillows. They all play a role in your comfort.
What Does a Bedroom Need?
A bedroom is a place where you can relax and renew your energy. Its interior should provide a relaxed atmosphere and an impression of peace of mind. It is essential for health because we need to recover from stress and daily efforts.
Whether we arrange it by the rules of feng shui or simply according to our wishes, it is necessary to choose items that will help us feel comfortable in it.
This will be helped by choosing colors in light pastel shades of light blue, purple, pink, or green.
These colors should also include fabrics such as curtains, bedding, bedspreads, and decorative pillows.
Once, bedrooms were richly decorated with decorative curtains, furniture, carpets, and various ornaments. Recently bedrooms are decorated with less furniture and in a simpler style.
Whatever your choice will be, when decorating a bedroom, there are still some items that should find a place in it.
The most important item of the bedroom is definitely the bed so make sure you choose it carefully. Let it be big enough, whether you sleep alone or with a partner so that you can feel comfortable and relaxed.
The bed is often taken for granted, like many other things, after all. But this piece of furniture has a fascinating history.
It has been one of the most important pieces in any home for centuries and has even served as a status symbol. Only the richest could afford to sleep on them.
For example, during the Tudor reign in the 15th century, the nobility showed off their wealth and power through their huge, ornate beds. On the other hand, the poorer could only dream of the beds – they didn’t even have their private bedrooms.
But let’s go back a little further in history…
As early as the Neolithic era, our ancestors, 10,000 to 3,500 BC, built primitive sleeping beds whose sole purpose was to protect against drafts, dirt, and pests.
The first beds most likely consisted of a pile of leaves, grass, or perhaps straw with animal skins over them.
In ancient Egypt, 3,400 BC, beds were more than just a place to sleep. The beds were used as a place to eat and socialize. Beds found in ancient Egyptian tombs were considered an important part of the afterlife.
While King Tutankhamun slept in a bed made of ebony and gold, ordinary people slept on piles of palm leaves in the corners of the house.
The Romans (200 BC) were the first to enjoy luxury beds truly. Their beds were often decorated with gold, silver, or bronze, and their mattresses were stuffed with reeds, hay, wool, or feathers.
That the ancient Romans were fascinating people is also proved by the fact that they had several types of beds, depending on the purpose:
- lectus cubicularis, or chamber bed, for sleeping
- lectus genialis, the marriage bed
- lectus discubitorius, or table bed, on which they ate
- lectus lucubratorius, for studying and finally
- lectus funebris, or emortualis, on which the dead were carried to the pyre.
In the early Middle Ages, commoners and peasants mostly slept on the floor on beds made of leather-covered leaves, while the nobility enjoyed expensive beds.
As the nobles still had richer beds, let’s say that in the 12th century, they started sleeping on luxuriously carved wooden beds. In the 14th century, they started to pay more attention to materials like silk and velvet.
One interesting thing – it has been said that Louis XIV had as many as 413 beds. A little too many, even for a king!
In the 16th and 17th centuries, a typical bed has a mattress filled with straw or wool, and feather bedding also appears. Of course, we are still talking about the rich. In the 18th century, iron and steel structures replaced wooden bed frames.
Mattresses are mostly filled with straw and covered with quality linen or cotton sheets. In 1871, the German Heinrich Westphal invented the first spring mattress. As it happens, he did not get rich from his invention and died in poverty.
In the 20th century, more precisely in 1906, factory production of mattresses began in Toronto, Canada, according to the patent of the American inventor James Marshall. Then the first foam mattresses appeared.
Finally, today in the 21st Century, consumers have an unlimited choice of beds and mattresses, and it isn’t easy to decide when buying. That is why, as we said at the beginning, we take this so important piece of furniture for granted.
We won’t be mistaken if we say – after the dog, the bed is man’s second-best four-legged friend.
After the bed, the second most important piece of furniture in your bedroom is the bedside table.
Whether it’s for holding a table lamp, a glass of water, your favorite book, an alarm clock, or a cell phone, they are indispensable items that won’t force you to get up during the night.
Bedside tables are available in different styles and are usually matched with beds and other bedroom furniture, and it is up to you to choose the one that suits you best.
If you want to provide space for some smaller items that could be lost, choose one that contains additional drawers.
If you prefer open bedside tables, which create the impression of large storage space, or those with adjustable shelves, choose them instead.
Whether it is a stand-alone classic wardrobe or built-in, it is important to meet functional and aesthetic criteria. It is a well-known fact that we always have more things than storage space, so it is important to arrange the wardrobe’s interior to be used to the maximum and functional.
The advantage of built-in cabinets over classic ones is the height from the floor to the ceiling and the width made to measure, enabling maximum space use.
Besides, there is no difference in the height of the cabinet and the ceiling, so accumulating dust and depositing visible things on the cabinet is solved.
The choice of wardrobe fronts is important for the overall impression of the space. When choosing them, one should consider other elements and colors in the interior to create harmony.
For smaller rooms, fronts with mirrors are recommended. This way, you will visually enlarge the room and solve the problem of placing mirrors.
This item can be exquisite and discreet in space, and its biggest advantage is that they make the space tidy.
Combining shelves, drawers, and places to hang clothes will allow you to customize everything to your wishes and needs.
Although this piece of furniture is not considered obligatory, even more unnecessary, it should still be considered due to its functionality and design.
This is a very feminine item, so it is most commonly used in typical women’s bedrooms, couples’, or girls’ bedrooms.
It is perfect to have one place to put your favorite cosmetics, sit and put on make-up or do your evening cosmetic rituals.
Dressing tables come in a variant with a mirror or additional drawers, shelves, and special lighting. They differ only in the type of material from which they are made: wooden, glass, or metal.
Although they are usually equipped with their own lighting, it is best to place them by the window. In that case, you can use natural light for makeup during sunny days.
If the size of your room allows it, a nice and functional solution will be an armchair or a chair on which, instead of a bed, you will sit every morning to put on socks.
This solution is all the better if it is a wonderful and attractive piece of furniture that will contribute to the final look of your room.
If you’re a gamer or work from home, consider investing in a comfy computer chair that will make your bedroom even more modern and functional.
Computer work or gaming often occurs in the bedroom, as bedrooms are not just for sleeping anymore.
These are the 5 items that every bedroom should be equipped with. Bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping and serve multi-purpose for the home or apartment owner.
Do you think every bedroom should be equipped with something different? Let us know in the comments below.