Master bedrooms, in newer homes especially, are generally generously sized. There’s room for more than just a bed and dresser. Even if you put a large armoire on the wall across from your bed (to hold a TV usually), there’s still that no-man’s land of space between the foot of the bed and the armoire or wall.
Bedroom Furnishing Ideas
There are SO many options to finish the foot of your bed – as usual you’re limited mostly by your imagination or willingness to try something new. To get you started in thinking about changing things up a bit, here are some standard and not-so-standard ideas.
A bench is the easiest, most classic way to finish a bed look. There are benches in every style and price point imaginable. Make sure the scale is appropriate to your bed (read my article about scale here). If you’ve got a king sized bed, don’t put a puny 3′ long footstool/bench at the end of the bed…..too small!
If the bench is too small for the width of the bed, double up. These two X ottomans are a great finish for the end of this bed. (Interesting color combo isn’t it – are you daring enough to make this pairing with teal?)
Furniture at the end of the Bed
A loveseat makes a great option if you have the space. It’s a cozy place get away from it all and put your feet up or snuggle with your honey while watching TV.
A storage chest for extra pillows or blankets is an excellent use of space and can give the bedroom some personality. A bench/bookshelf is also a good dual function piece that could provide much needed storage but in a stylish way.
If you’re lucky enough (or unlucky, depending on how you see it) to have room for a little sitting area, punch it up with this modern color combination.
The height of this mattress makes the size of this desk feel appropriate to the space. You’d have to be a really tidy worker or the bedroom would quickly lose its retreat appeal.
Foot of the Bed Empty?
Does this mean there HAS to be something at the foot of the bed? Absolutely not! If space or budget is tight, it’s certainly okay to leave an open area. If you want a clean, clear, open feeling, leave the foot of the bed unadorned.
Sometimes simple is better.
What NOT To Do
Here are a couple of less successful options…….
The scale is all wrong here, don’t you agree?
What’s in Your Bedroom?
I happen to have a bench at the foot of my bed that serves a couple of purposes. It holds the comforter when I kick it off in the summer; I sit on it to put on socks; the cat sleeps on it (a very important function). Tell me how you dress the end of your bed by leaving a comment below. Or are you facing a bedroom dilemma and can’t quite figure out what should go in your bedroom? Write and ask that as well….. We look forward to hearing from you.