My name is Lisa and I'm a crafty girl with wanderlust working as an engineer by day. My blog chronicles projects in my home as well as pictures and stories from my travels.




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Rearranging the Master Bedroom

After I moved back to the US from living in Japan I set up my bedroom with my bed between the windows. I liked the setup so I never changed much in the intervening years.

When Frank and I got married and he moved in things needed to change. While my full size bed was fine for my life as a single lady Frank is a foot taller than me and there was no way it was going to work anymore. Since we also needed more storage space for Frank's clothing I set about looking for a king size bed frame with storage drawers.

I spent a little while hunting around for something just right. Some frames had drawers only on the sides or only on the ends but I wanted both. I also wanted something that would coordinate well with the antique dressers I inherited from my great grandmother.

Finally I found the Abbott Storage Bed at Art Van. It had a classic style with six deep drawers plus the mahogany stain was just the right color.

Purchasing the king size bed necessitated rearranging the layout of the room. The full size bed had barely fit between the two windows at the front of the house and the king bed looked quite awkward in that spot. After a combination of sketching a few things out and moving things around I came up with a new room layout that I liked.

I started by putting the new king bed centered under one of the windows which opened up the other side of the room. Although I like the night stands that I have, they get in the way of opening the drawers closest to the headboard so at some point I would like to replace them with something wall mounted.

At the foot of the bed I put my one of my great-grandmother's dressers. I plan to remove the mirror from the dresser (it is simply screwed on with brace plates in the back) and mount the TV to the wall in the future.

On the other side of the room I centered Frank's great-grandmother's desk (a new addition to the room) under a window. I angled the second of my great-grandmother's dressers into the corner of the room since it looked too cramped flat against the wall. I love that we have furniture from both my great-grandmother as well as Frank's in our bedroom.

With the furniture layout worked out for the room I have a bunch of small things that I want to do to pull together the room:

- Hang new blinds and curtains
- Hang some art on the walls
- Get an area rug
- Remove the mirror on the dresser and mount the TV on the wall
- Build shelf night stands 

So far Frank and I have loved our new bed and the storage has been a wonderful addition to our room. I'm excited to get the room all organized and finished.

Reader Comments (8)

Wow that looks great! I really like the colors and designs of your pillows. Perhaps you could make the draperies to match those.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkathy f

Beautiful pieces of furniture & some with a rich history. Like the crisp neat look of the bed.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

That's a beautiful bed! An Art Van store recently opened up near my work and I stopped in last Friday at lunch to check it out. They had a wide variety of styles and prices seemed pretty decent.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHilary

Kathy- Thank you! I have a special affinity for the brown and white pillow cover in the front because it is handmade and I bought it from a cool market in Laos. I picked up some grey and white curtains that match the grey pillow for a steal from West Elm which I will post pictures of later this week.

Mary-Lou- Thank you! It is special to have furniture from our great-grandmothers in our room.

Hilary- Thank you! That is cool that an Art Van opened near you. This was the first piece of furniture that I bought there but so far we are happy with it.

May 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterLisa

My wife and I need a new bed for our master bedroom. We also need some extra storage space for our things. Are your drawers under the bed cosmetic or actually usable? If they are, this could be a great bed to serve our needs.

April 14, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbryan flake

Bryan- The drawers are actually functional. They are quite deep and provide a ton of storage.

June 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterLisa

Beautiful Decor Your home and Nice Article it's very informative content and very attractive furniture kept up..........

January 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBailey Steward

I don't know what it is but definitely going to post my link here....
TWin XL Bed in a Bag

February 6, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMayra Carlson

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