How to Choose Bedroom Furniture

Create a suite oasis when you furnish your bedroom with smart choices. Here's how.

By Jan Soults Walker

Outfitting your bedroom for long-lasting comfort begins with evaluating your needs and using these considerations to help you select the perfect furnishings.

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Decide first whether you want a queen- or king-size bed for your master bedroom, depending on available space and comfort needs; then select the frame and mattress. If you're tall, you may want the extra length offered by a California queen or California king bed.

Frames. Make sure the frame you choose offers sturdy construction to support the mattress (and box spring, if needed) as well as the weight of the people using the bed. Think about what the bed height will be once the mattress is in place. Depending on your mobility, a low, platform-style bed (which forgoes the box spring) or a high, tester style may make it difficult to get in and out of bed. As you shop, look for a frame style that suits your tastes, whether it's a four-poster, sleek platform, or traditional design.

. There are more types of mattresses on today's market than ever before. You'll find models ranging from traditional innerspring construction to gel to memory foam to air- or water-filled bladders—or hybrids of one or more of these. And do you want that with or without a pillowtop? Check labels and warranties, and always stretch out on the mattress in the store before you buy it. Even better: Select a mattress from a retailer who will allow you to try it out at home for one to three months, and then if you don't find it comfortable, return it without penalty.

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Think about what you need to organize your bedroom and clear clutter. If you have a large walk-in closet, you probably need more drawers. If your space features a small closet, then you'll also require space for hanging clothing.

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Dressers. Check out the construction of dresser drawers before you buy. Look for smooth, solid-wood drawers that are sealed or finished to discourage warping. Drawer corners should be square with the drawer sides and front, and secured with dovetail joints. Grooves in the sides and front should hold the drawer bottom—not glue and screws or nails. Open and close all the drawers to make sure they operate smoothly on one or more rails. Also, select a chest of drawers with a variety of drawer depths to handle everything from belts, socks, scarves, and jewelry in shallow drawers to bulky jeans and sweaters in deep drawers. If wall space is limited, select a narrow model that stacks drawers high, as opposed to a low dresser that stretches wide and positions drawers side-by-side.

. These freestanding cabinets offer almost unlimited configurations that include some combination of drawers, hanging space, and open shelves. Think about how you really want an armoire to function and choose accordingly. You can also use an armoire to hide the television as well as DVDs, books and magazines, and clothing.
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Multi-functional pieces. Some furnishings offer more than one use. For example, choose an armoire that stores clothing but also hides a foldaway desk and space for your computer. Perhaps you could use a bench at the foot of the bed that also offers storage beneath the seat.

Side tables
. Select a side table for each side of the bed and ensure that there's enough table surface to hold a lamp and a beverage. A side table with a drawer and even a cabinet below makes it easy to keep reading materials, eyeglasses, a flashlight, cell phone, tablet, and more within easy reach.

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