Six ‘common’ bedroom layout mistakes to ‘avoid’ making – ‘makes the room crowded’


Sizing and placement of items in the bedroom are essential factors to consider when arranging furniture and creating a beautiful living space. The wardrobe experts at Instrument have highlighted some “common mistakes” people make that are limiting the potential of the bedroom. This included too much clutter and covering plug socks.

1. Cluttering around the bed

The experts said: “The bed should be the focal point of the room, so cluttering the space around it can draw the focus away. 

“Keep items minimal around the bed, including bedside tables, instead of having two try and opt for one.”

Clutter should also be kept off of the bed to ensure the room looks tidy and the bed is fit for purpose.

2. Wardrobe next to the door

If you have a freestanding wardrobe, the experts recommended placing it away from the door if possible. According to the wardrobe experts, this “makes the room crowded”.

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Instead, wardrobes should be tucked into corners where possible. The experts said: “Consider built-in storage if you’re thinking about investing in your bedroom space, as this can be tailored to help make the room layout more appealing.”

3. Covering plug sockets

From a practical standpoint, the professionals said covering plug sockets can become a nuisance because furniture will have to be constantly moved in order to get to them.

Using extension leads can help to avoid this but this can look untidy. However, some bedroom spaces have no other options but if it can be avoided, it is recommended to do so.

4. Placing the bed next to the wall

Instrument experts explained: “It can be tempting to push the bed right next to the wall to create a cosy nook, however, this makes a room feel cramped. Try to keep the bed central as it is the focal point of the bedroom.”

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If the room is a box room or small double, this may not be able to be avoided.

5. Not prioritising the view

Regardless of whether there is a view out of the window or not, the experts recommended keeping the window space free from clutter and not blocking it in any way.

Blocking any view can “make the room appear smaller” and block any natural light in. 

The experts added: “Keep taller furniture pieces and bed frames away from the window to avoid this.”

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6. Making the TV the focal point

The experts noted: “Unfortunately, many televisions are not aesthetically pleasing and shouldn’t be made the main focus of the room. 

“Avoid placing the TV in front of the bed, otherwise, this creates competition between the two.

If possible try removing the TV from the bedroom, as it will make the space feel cosier.”

A spokesperson for Instrument said: “The layout of your bedroom is not only important for the way it looks and functions, but it is essential if you’re tight on space.

“We’re trying to encourage people to make the most out of their space as possible.

“Bedrooms can often become crowded with unnecessary and oversized items and furniture. 

Just by making a few simple changes, it is easy to unlock space in your home that you didn’t even know you had.

“This also goes for any room in the house, not just the bedroom.”


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