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Where to Put a Bed in a Room with Windows

By: Katie Barton |

Having a bedroom with natural light is a great thing – it can help you feel more awake in the morning and give you the best light source for getting ready.

But what happens when windows take up too much space in the bedroom? They make bed placement a real challenge.

If you’re unsure where to put your bed, follow these guidelines for better placement.

Tips for Placing a Bed in a Room with Windows

Since all rooms are different sizes with different window placements, it’s hard to tell you exactly where to place your bed.

But, there are a few rules that will help.

Put Your Headboard on a Blank Wall

1. Put Your Headboard on a Blank Wall

If you have a blank wall in your bedroom, it might be one of the best placements for your bed. With this position, you don’t have to worry about your headboard hitting a window in an awkward place.

You can try this out and see how it fits. If it doesn’t look right try a different position. 

Try Not to Block Windows or Doors

Wherever you put your bed, make sure not to block door access. Your door should easily open and shut without catching the corner of your bed.

Sometimes there is no other option than to put your bed against a window. But, even then, you need to make sure that the window is accessible in cases of emergency.

Create a Focal Point By Placing Your Bed Between Two Windows

2. Create a Focal Point by Placing Your Bed Between Two Windows

If you have two windows on the same wall and enough space to add your bed in between, this is a great option.

While this method is not “feng shui,” it does create a beautiful focal point. And if you’re worried about the natural light waking you each morning, you can use blinds and blackout curtains to filter it out.

Put Your Bed Where You Like It

The biggest tip of all for bed placement? Put your bed where you feel most comfortable.

Every house is unique, making it hard to follow a set of rules. So instead, play around with placement and choose the one you like the best. After all, this is the room where you will be sleeping – not anyone else.

Place Your Bed Perpendicular to the Windows

3. Place Your Bed Perpendicular to the Windows

In a bedroom full of windows, it’s hard to escape the morning sun rays. So, rather than placing your bed facing the window, put it perpendicularly. 

You can use window treatments to block out light if you’d like, or go minimal and let the morning sunlight work as your alarm clock.

How to Place Your Bed Against a Window: Tips to Make it Look Good

Placing a headboard against a window is not the end of the world. When done right, it looks great.

And sometimes it’s the only option. (But even if it’s not your only option, it’s still not a bad one.)

Here are some tips for the best placement.

Create a Focal Point with Your Window Treatments

4. Create a Focal Point with Your Window Treatments scaled

If you have a large window or a set of double windows, create a focal point to make your bed look grounded.

Put a curtain rod over the window and extend it about six inches on either side of the bed. Then hang one curtain panel on each side to work as a frame. If you need to block out light, add shades or blinds to the window.

Use the Right Headboard

A tall, solid headboard will block a lot of window and natural light. To remedy this, use an open metal or wood frame that lets light filter in.

Add Art Around the Window

5. Add Art Around the Window

There’s no better way to make your bed placement look intentional than adding art around the window. When you do this, the window blends in and looks like a decor piece.

How to Place the Side of Your Bed Against a Window

6. How to Place the Side of Your Bed Against a Window

In one of my kid’s bedrooms, there are three windows and little option for bed placement. So, we have the side of the bed against one of the windows.

If you need to place a bed against a side of a window, here are some tips:

Place a cordless blind or shade on the window – You don’t want to get wrapped up in a cord when you’re sleeping. This is especially important if you’re placing a kid’s bed next to a window.

If you’re using curtains, don’t push the bed tightly on them – If you have long curtains on the window, make sure you don’t pin them to the wall with your bed. Again, it’s better to opt for blinds or shades instead of curtains with this setup.

Be wary of this placement in a second-story kids’ room – If you want to use this placement for a kids’ space on the second floor, take necessary precautions. Having the bed pushed up to a window allows easy access. Avoid this arrangement for small or daring kids. 

How to Feng Shui Your Bed Placement

Feng shui is a set of design guidelines to create a natural balance in a home. The feng shui principle believes the bed is the most essential piece of furniture in your home since you spend the most time in it.

 If you believe in feng shui, knowing the bedroom rules may help you pick your ideal placement.

Keep in mind that if you live in a small place, these probably won’t work. (And that’s perfectly OKAY.)

But if you want to give it a try, here’s how to feng shui your bed placement:

  • Place your bed so that you can see the door but aren’t directly in line with it – your feet shouldn’t be hanging toward a door.
  • Put your headboard against a blank wall.
  • Keep space on both sides of the bed.
  • Don’t put your bed on a wall shared with a toilet.

Final Thoughts

If you have a bedroom with many windows, finding the perfect bed placement can be tricky. While these ideas can guide you, ultimately, you need to pick the spot you like the best.

If your only options are against a window, try farming your bed with curtains or adding decor around the window for an intentional look. And remember, you can easily filter out harsh sunlight by using a good set of blinds or shades.