Rethinking the Master Bedroom
For some time now, it’s been the norm in new construction to include an enormous master suite in the plans. Is it a blessing, or is it just overboard? The answer is, there is no cookie cutter answer — it depends on you. Zeroing in on what you personally want and need from your master bedroom can help you build the just-right space (or tweak the one you have). These tips can help.
Go big if … you want room for dressing. A spacious master suite is ideal if you want room for a large dresser, a full-length mirror and a bench to sit on while you put on shoes. This is what master suites are made for, so if you’re a clotheshorse and have an ample budget, a big bedroom may be just what you need.
Go smaller if … you want a cozy sleeping nook. If you prefer to use your bedroom only for sleeping, it may be superfluous to have any more space than you need to comfortably fit your bed and nightstand. A small but well-appointed bedroom can actually be more restful than a larger space that invites the spread of clutter.
Go up if … you want more floor space. If you like the idea of a cozy sleeping nook, want to really maximize space and don’t mind climbing, consider a sleeping loft. Accessed by a ladder or staircase, a sleeping loft can be big enough for a traditional bed frame or just fit a mattress, depending on the height of your ceiling. The real benefit comes from what you can put underneath the loft — an office, a guest room, a den or anything else you can dream up.
Go small (but with built-ins) if … you love to read in bed. A modest-size master bedroom can feel luxurious if it is outfitted with the right details. Consider built-in bookshelves and storage cabinets to store your favorite tomes at hand. Wall-mounted sconces provide clear lighting for reading in bed, without the need for bedside tables.
Go big if … you want a private getaway. If you share your home with kids or housemates, having a room that’s just for you can be essential to your well-being. Don’t waste the space in a big master bedroom; put it to work — include a mini living room with a comfy armchair, a TV or space in which to practice an instrument or do crafts.
Go smaller if … you want indoor-outdoor flow. Instead of spending to expand your master bedroom, consider putting some of that money toward beefing up what’s right outside the door. Sliding glass or French doors leading from the bedroom to a deck or garden can really boost the pleasure factor.
Go big if … you crave lots of extra floor space. Love practicing yoga at home? Want a quiet space in which to meditate? Need somewhere to put your workout gear? A big bedroom with plenty of open floor space could be just the ticket.
Go small if … you would rather use the square footage in another room. Instead of immediately thinking of adding on, look at your home’s floor plan as a puzzle — could you steal a little space from an oversize master to make more room for something else you really need? A good pro can help you come up with smart space solutions that make the most of your home’s existing footprint.