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24 June 2007 @ 08:45 pm
Fun with bedroom furniture  
So I'm trying to figure out how to pull the bedroom together. We already have four traditional but not fussy pieces in a cherry finish: a long set of drawers about 36" high, a taller bureau, a night stand, and a headboard. All except the headboard were bought as a set.

From what I've seen of Vaughan's website, they no longer make the exact style of furniture we have. I don't terribly mind. Matching bedroom furniture can be quite nice, but I don't want everything in the room to look the same. I want to add two pieces that coordinate and don't seem out of place.

First off, we need something on the other side of the bed to conveniently hold an alarm clock. (We each have our own.) The bureau is too tall for that. Ogre is happy with a stack of plastic crates, but you can guess how well that goes with my vision of the room. My favorite item seen thus far is an Amish-made storage chest. It lacks the bottom curlicue of our bedroom set, but the beveled panel detail would coordinate well. I'd actually use it to store sheets and blankets and whatnot, so it would be practical. I've seen restored and new wooden steamer trunks that I like the look of, so I also have those to consider.

As for the second item, I don't even know what to get. I don't think we'll need a bunch of extra storage space for clothes, but we might once Ogre gets his laundry backlog organized. It might be cool to have a long bookshelf with doors on the bottom so we could have a place for books and extra clothes if necessary.

And this is where all y'all come in. (Ogre's standard response to these questions is "Whatever you want, honey.") I mocked up the room's arrangement in Inkscape, a free cross-platform SVG editor, and exported the mockup. The bed is green. The reddish pieces are the existing furniture. Everything else is hypothetical: an area rug (large grayish rectangle), the trunk I linked to earlier (brown rectangle), and lamps (yellow circles). The blue rectangles are windows, and I can't put anything in front of the smaller one because the air conditioner is stuck in the wall underneath it. The bottom wall has a wide closet and the door.

I would appreciate any ideas for practical furniture to fill the space on the right wall. Links to specific products aren't necessary (though they would be appreciated). I'm mainly curious about what you would put in that space if it were your room. The space is about 5' long and 1.5' wide. I wouldn't worry too much about the furniture's height. If it looks too short next to the bureau, we can balance the space with wall-mounted artwork or something.

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yuda on June 25th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
When in doubt, use some nice shelves. Given that it's the bedroom, you probably wouldn't want *too many* books on them, but you could put various sculpture type things, flowers, etc.

I'd probably go for a shorter set with art above, rather than tall shelves.
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on July 2nd, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
That sounds just about perfect. I'm picturing a long, low glass-doored console about the height of our lower dresser. It'll look nifty, and the glass will let me display art without any worries about a certain clumsy kitty knocking it on the floor.

Any thoughts on shopping for good transitional shelving that won't break the bank? I'm willing to pay what is needed for quality furniture, but I don't want to spend boatloads of money for details and niceties that won't make much of a difference in the furniture's durability. Basically, I don't want to spend a few hundred dollars and then kick myself the year after when the piece starts looking worn.

I wonder if I'd be best off getting unfinished solid hardwood shelving and staining/sealing it myself. The pieces from the brand I was looking at, Arthur W. Brown, look pretty good in person. (Room Doctor carries them.) They do have a stapled-on plywood backing, but I assume that's typical and not a big deal because the back isn't going to get any wear. I'm also considering Amish-made furniture from reputable websites. (Some purported Amish furniture isn't worthwhile.)
zerielzeriel on June 25th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Concur with previous--I'd get a better-looking version of the living room shelves I have currently in Julia's office--movable shelves above and a cabinet on the bottom for whatever. The version I have has a built-in light for the top two shelves in case you wanna display awesome stuff on it, but it works just as well as a bookshelf for me.