It's Totally Okay to Put Your Bed Up Against the Window (& Here's How To Make it Look Awesome)

It's Totally Okay to Put Your Bed Up Against the Window (& Here's How To Make it Look Awesome)

Eleanor Büsing
Mar 23, 2017

Most people will do anything to avoid situating their bed underneath a window. I get it— if there's a view involved, you want to be looking at it from bed, not have it be behind you— but it needn't be such a negative arrangement. Which is lucky, because in smaller homes and awkward rentals, sometimes this layout is unavoidable. Here are several rooms that make a bed and window pairing look not just doable, but desirable.

(Image credit: Style by Emily Henderson)

While a headboard is great, in front of a window it can often block out precious light, especially if there are no other windows in the room. As a great work around, Emily Henderson used an open bedframe in metal (timber would also be good!)— all of the gravitas, none of the sacrifice.

(Image credit: The Decorologist)

In an ideal bed-meets-window situation, this is what we'd all be dealing with: a large window, centrally located in a room. Take your cue from The Decorologist and pop the bed underneath, add some blinds or curtains for style and practicality — bam. Couldn't be simpler (or lovelier).

(Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

Let's say you have a smaller window where your bed needs to go. That can look great, but if you're after a more formal look, use curtains to visually widen the window, extending them to just slightly wider than the bed itself as shown in the above room from Better Homes & Gardens. This gives a solid grounding to the headboard. (Bonus: you can also use this trick to make a just-off-center window look like it's centered over the bed.)

(Image credit: Rethink Design Studio)

Here's another example of using curtains to create a headboard of sorts. The window here—spotted on Rethink Design Studio—is almost certainly off-center, but it looks like it might just be that the curtain isn't fully drawn, don't you think? The luxe fabric, covering the entire wall, lends a glam vibe that makes you forget about the slightly awkward placement.

(Image credit: Refinery 29)

Another way to go about this is to downplay the window. Here's one from Refinery29 that almost disappears into the wall, thanks to the white blind and sheer curtain that add neither color nor excessive volume to the white wall. The small piece of art, coordinating with the cushions and bedside table, almost stands out more.

(Image credit: Entrance Makleri)

When a bed needs to go beside the window, the look is almost always more casual, though to me it has a relaxed charm (my own bedroom is actually set up like this one from Entrance Makleri). If you can make use of the windowsill as a bedside table of sorts, it almost becomes a feature.

(Image credit: SF Girl By Bay)

Or, you can go extra-neutral on everything else and make the window itself the feature. This soaring one almost featured on SF Girl by Bay and styled by Jenny J Norris looks like a piece of abstract art, and the low-rise, headboard-less bed and minimal furnishings don't fight with it. This works especially well with a killer view from said window — treat it like a painting.

Have you had to deal with this tricky bedroom layout before? How did you make it work?

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