Alex Coppock

The layout of space: the bedrooms

by 28th Sep, 2018

Image of light and airy bedroom with angled ceilingImage of light and airy bedroom with angled ceiling

The layout of your interior spaces will impose a routine on everyone who lives there so it is important to ensure the routine you create is life giving, easy and beneficial.

Every home and every person’s routine is different but we find there are some set routines that we find resonate with most people and which can be used to start thinking about the plan of the house.

In this series of eight articles, we’ll take a look at some of the spaces in the home, their relationship to each other and what their design needs to consider.

In this fifth article we look at bedrooms.

The final destination of almost everyone’s day is a bedroom. It is of course also the start of everyone’s day. Therefore, the way the bedrooms relate to the living spaces and the entrance can fundamentally change the character of a house.

In many British houses bedrooms are typically located on upper floors whereas in other parts of the world, where there is more space, single level houses are far more popular. However they are arranged, there is often a different character to bedroom and bathroom spaces as they are considered personal and private spaces compared to kitchens and living areas, which are very much part of the public areas of the house. In Middle Eastern architecture, the floors are divided between public and private areas, rather than between living and sleeping areas.

It is often useful to think about how intimate and private you want your own sleeping areas to be compared to how much access that gives guests. In some single level houses, people have to walk down the hall past the bedrooms before accessing the kitchen and living areas, which some people find uncomfortable.