Is It Bad to Put Your Bed in A Corner? (Sometimes..)

Beds are traditionally placed at the center of the room along the wall partly because we all like to make the bed the focal point of the bedroom.

However, in a tiny bedroom, a centrally placed bed barely arrests your attention. It can be a bold statement in a large bedroom.

Hence, Is It Bad to Put Your Bed in A Corner?

Not at all, though it isn’t the easiest arrangement to pull off especially in a large bedroom. However, with a fistful of designer tips (later in this section), you can put your bed in one corner of the room and still avoid turning the space into an eyesore.

For now, let’s look at a few situations where a bed in a corner may not be in the cards for some homeowners:

1. You Are Strict with Your Feng Shui

If you are one of those homeowners that take Feng Shui very seriously, there’s no chance in hell you’d place your bed in a corner just like that.

Feng Shui is clear – while asleep, the body uses energy to revamp itself. This energy doesn’t just emerge from the thin air.

It must flow into the room from outside through the windows and doors.

Placing your bed in a corner interferes with the smooth flow of energy.

According to the principles of Feng Shui, this energy flow should never be interrupted, or else you’ll lose the help your body desperately needs. So, in this case, a bed in the corner is unimaginable.

2. You’re Married or in an Intimate Relationship

Please imagine being married and sharing a cornered bed with your spouse. No one wants to be confined between walls.

Communication and openness are some of the ingredients that add a taste to any romantic relationship/marriage.

Therefore, it only makes sense you center your bed along the wall and avoid cornering your significant other.

Basically, a cornered bed means you often sleep alone while a middle bed implies umm….

You often sleep with a person you don’t want to crawl over your body to the other side of the bed.

3. Your Bedroom Is Rectangular

Whether you should place your bed in a corner can depend on the shape of the room.

Square bedrooms function better with a centrally placed bed along the wall. A rectangular bedroom, on another hand, works better with a cornered bed.

It probably has something to do with the way cornered beds tend to make a bedroom look a little smaller than it actually is.

4. You’ve Successfully Resisted the Psychological Temptation

Perfect bed positioning is a bit trickier than simply having to choose between the corner and the center of the wall. Many people place their beds in the corner by default.

No one knows why, but psychologists reckon that we always want to sleep as far away from the door as possible while ensuring we can see the door from our sleeping point.

The best position to achieve this is the corner of your room though it can depend on the position of the door and bedroom furniture.

So What Are the Tips and Trips for Placing a Bed in A Corner?

As mentioned earlier, this is not the easiest bedroom organization to pull off.

Fortunately, we have a few tips that can help you avoid turning the room into an unsightly mess.

1. Ground Your Bed

Legged beds in corners often appear like they are floating, so it would be great if you grounded the bed instead.

But how do you make it the focal of the room from the corner?

You can count on your old curtains or sheets.

Get one and drape it down the ceiling at the rear of your bed. Alternately, you can install an attractive folding screen at the rear of the bed.

This way, you will highlight the bed and make it the center of attention no matter how big your bedroom is.

It must not be a screen or curtain/sheet – pretty any other large item can do the trick. Just make sure you don’t overdo it.

2. Accessorize Your Bed

There are better accessories than nightstands.

In fact, a bed placed in a corner doesn’t have a lot of space on the sides to accommodate nightstands.

Rather than go for regular large nightstands, opt for smaller and slender varieties that won’t overpower your bed.

Remember that your bed must be the focal point of the bedroom, so there’s no need for large nightstands.

If you dislike nightstands, you can install low-lying, easily reachable shelves that can accommodate any other accessories of your liking.

Even better, instead of a nightstand, you can opt for a small chest for your valuables.

3. Light It Up

A bed placed in the corner of the bedroom may render the region behind it unusable. There’s a trick around such a situation – you can choose to dress the region and brighten it up.

Dressing the corner is perhaps the surest way to bring life to the rarely used area.

If you plan to spend more time in your cornered bed reading or working on your laptop, you can add upward-facing lights to brighten the area.

Besides upward-facing lights, you can install floor lamps, wall sconces, or more flexible torch lamps.

Add more life and texture to your corner by adding a sizeable plant or piece of art you love looking at.

4. Keep It Functional

As you plan to place your bed in the corner of your bedroom, bear in mind that you will need some clearance around it to move or make the bed.

The wall-bed clearance can depend on your needs and the kind of accessory you plan to place close to the bed, but 24 inches sounds about enough.

If your bedroom is spacious enough, think about leaving a clearance anywhere between 36 – 40 inches between cabinets or dressers and your bed.

This space permits you to access the doors and drawers more easily.


So, is it bad to put your bed in a corner?

Not at all, though it isn’t the easiest arrangement to pull off especially in a large bedroom.

However, most Americans prefer centrally placed beds. Anyone in a relationship or marriage would prefer a centrally placed bed to cornered bed.