We have worked on a lot of rooms in this house and, with each project, it feels more and more like “us” and less like someone else’s house.  One glaring exception to that is our master bedroom.  Pretty much everything about it needs to be addressed.

The master bedroom

2007 – Right after we moved in.

There is a lot we could easily do to make the room so much nicer and I honestly don’t know why we’ve waited so long.  It’s just one of those things that I think we got used to and it just started to blend into the background – although given the carpet, that’s hard to believe, I know.  We knew it was icky and we’ve talked about how easy it would be to update, but I guess it has just never been a priority.

Anyway, last week, we finally made some changes – we re-arranged the furniture!  I’d like to take credit for the idea to shuffle everything around, but really, we did it for safety.  We had 6 trees cut down in the back yard (pictures coming as soon as everything isn’t under a foot of snow – it was a crazy weekend in the Midwest!) and, before they left, one of the tree guys pointed out a very large, very rotten hackberry tree growing in the ravine and leaning slightly toward the house.

The deadly hackberry tree.

The deadly hackberry tree.

He labeled it a very dangerous tree and said he hoped no one slept in that corner of our house … which, of course, is where our bed was.  We’d never paid much attention to the tree before, but it is in really bad shape (the rot is on the other side).  So, until we can get someone out to take it down, we rearranged our bedroom furniture to be on the safe side.  Not the most normal reason for rearranging furniture, I know.

We originally said the new furniture arrangement would just be temporary until the tree could be taken down, but the change has turned out to be really good.  The room makes so much more sense this way!

Like a good blogger, I neglected to take any pictures before we started moving things around, but, to give you an idea of the layout, here’s what it looked like right after we painted (in 2008).

From 2009.

2008 – After wallpaper removal & fresh paint.

Since then, we’ve had a few more furniture pieces make their way into the bedroom as we bought new for elsewhere in the house – a green couch, a way too small night stand, a console table, etc.  Basically, it had become a dumping ground for furniture that was one step away from leaving our house.

So, when we decided to re-arrange, our goals were to get the bed out of the area that used to be the sleeping porch and to keep it so we could still see the TV from bed. (Gotta have priorities.)  Bonus points if the TV could also be watched from the couch.  (Again, priorities.)  After thinking through a few different options, we wound up moving the bed, mismatched night stands, and a tall dresser with the TV into the first room and made more of a sitting room area out of the old sleeping porch space.


Looking into the bedroom from the doorway.


With this arrangement, we had to block a window with the bed.  We worried about that initially, but the bed just won’t fit anywhere in the room without blocking either a window or the thermostat … and we picked window.  It’s only been a week and this already feels normal to me.  I think if we hang some curtains on that window, it will feel even less strange.  The TV sits on top of the tall dresser opposite the bed.


Dresser, TV, and toys with wheels. (All totally normal for the master bedroom, right?)


The old sleeping porch area then became more of a sitting room, with the couch, coffee table, low dresser, and elliptical.  It feels so fancy to talk about our bedroom having a sitting area.  Ha!


Looking into the sleeping porch / sitting room.




Although we (clearly) have a ways to go to fix up the bedroom, the furniture placement makes a whole lot more sense now.  It actually feels like a bedroom with attached sitting room.  It feels like we had a plan and thought about where the furniture should go instead of just putting stuff where there was room (which was what had happened before).

Looking into the bedroom from the sitting room area.

Looking into the bedroom from the sitting room area.

We love how the bed is so much closer to the master bathroom.  And how the bed and night stand is what you see when you peek into the room while coming up the stairs (rather than looking at a portion of our furniture graveyard).

And, bonus, with the TV where it is, it can actually be seen and sort of watched from the couch.  It needs to be swiveled a little, but it is totally do-able, especially if it’s just on in the background while we play on laptops or iPads.

Obviously, there are still a bunch of things we would ideally change.  We’d actually like to try the TV on a lower piece of furniture – maybe on the lower dresser or a TV stand.  And we need to find an alternate home for all of Haley’s “toys with wheels”.  There’s also this odd corner in the “sitting room” area where we need to install some wall outlets for cable/CAt5 … and then we obviously need to furnish it a little better – maybe the tall dresser could move here if we figure out something different for the TV.


This corner desperately needs some cable management … and different furniture!

And then, of course, there’s carpet, paint, light fixtures, bedding, curtains, night stands that match, pictures for the walls, etc.  But, one thing at a time – and we think the re-arranging the furniture was a good “one thing” to start with.  It has definitely made us think about how to make this a more functional space.

What do you think?  Ever put something somewhere when you moved in and never given another thought to whether that was how it really should be?  Or are we the only ones who still have green floral carpet and mismatched hand-me-down bedroom furniture seven years later?  Please say no.

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