Beds Under Windows: Three Things to Consider

When designing a bedroom, your bed is undoubtedly the most important element. Sometimes it’s obvious where the bed should be placed, but other times you have to consider the room’s features and other furniture you will be adding to the space. Where to put a bed in comparison to the location of a window is a much-discussed interior design question. Placing beds under windows might be frowned upon, but sometimes it’s necessary. To get it right, here are three things to consider.



#1: Natural light and views

If you have a room with a view, you may be tempted to wake up facing it every morning. However, if your window faces East towards the sunrise, placing the bed facing it or right underneath it could be counterproductive. You may find your sleeping pattern disrupted in the summer with early sunrises and resort to keeping the curtains closed for longer to block the light. Instead, place your bed to the side of the window where you can turn away from the light.

If your bedroom windows face another direction, design your room around the windows to enjoy your view and natural light.



#2: Temperature and air quality

It may be frowned upon, but sometimes climate creates solid reasons for putting your bed under the window. For example, in a less-than-expansive bedroom, it’s better to block a window than a radiator. Covering the radiator will limit its efficiency, lowering temperatures and raising heating bills.

In warm climates, placing the bed under the window can encourage air flow and allow your body heat to escape at night. If you have windows that can open at the top, take advantage of this feature to create better air circulation and help to cool the room with natural convection currents.

In a colder climate like Colorado where we have colder winters, having your bed under the window is not recommended, especially if your windows let in a lot of cold air. This cold air throughout the night is not good for your health or sleep patterns.



#3: Design dilemmas

It’s not uncommon for windows to disturb the symmetry of a room. In these instances, a bed is a fantastic design tool. Placing the bed on the opposite side to the window will add an extra focal point and create a more open, balanced space.

However, when the window is in the middle of the room or both available walls have a window, you’re faced with a challenge. Placing a bed underneath can block light, make it tougher to open and close the windows, or make the window look very small. Nonetheless, there are instances when you can effectively place a bed under the window. A low bed frame ensures that the view and light are not blocked. If you have more than one window, it is okay to partially block one window. Matching dimensions to the size and shape of the window frame will restore symmetry and balance, but if your bed is wide and dwarfs the window, add some tall and wide curtains to make the window look larger.

Choosing the right furniture for the room can also make a big difference. For example, selecting the ideal bedside tables can blend the form of the bed with the window frame, and choosing matching dressers and bookshelves will tie everything together. So when it comes to bed placement, don’t consider it in isolation. Map out the room as a whole, and you’ll find harmony in your space.


Placing beds under windows might be bad Feng Shui, but if your space calls for it, don’t be afraid to try it out. Bed placement isn’t permanent!


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