Planning bedrooms starts with learning standard bed sizes, which one you prefer and which one will work in your plan. Other bedroom furniture comes in all kinds of sizes. Once you determine your room and bed dimensions, you can make good decisions about dressers, chests, benches, chairs, nightstands and so on.
With this much space, you will have an entry point and a circulation route, and perhaps a dressing or sitting area. Next to the bed you need the “slipper rest,” my term for the area used for disengaging feet from the earth and entering the subliminal plane.
Keep your entry and circulation 30 to 36 inches in width. Dimensions for dressing and sitting areas all depend on your needs and available space. The areas do not have to be as spacious as shown, but you could allow a circular area in front of the furniture that’s 36 inches in diameter at minimum. Allow a 30-inch-diameter space for your slipper rest.
1. Standard, or Eastern, king-size bed: 76 inches wide and 80 inches long
2. California king: 72 inches wide and 84 inches long
For any bed size you can find furniture that stretches the total dimensions with extended footboards and built-in nightstands. Carefully consider purchases of larger furniture. You may need to move to another house in the future, and large pieces might be difficult to fit in another space.
All beds dominate a room, but the king-size bed especially demands aesthetic attention. Notice above that the colors of the furniture and bedding nicely blend into the overall color scheme. Darker colors on the nightstands, dresser and artwork emphasize those elements.
The bench in this room is about 60 inches wide and 16 inches deep, with a height of about 15 inches. Grouped upholstered cubes in the previous photo make a flexible bench that can be broken up and moved around the room to be used as footstools.