How to Decorate Behind a Bed Placed in the Corner

Written by kate sheridan
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Placing a bed in a corner of a bedroom creates a number of interesting spaces and angles, including the empty space behind and above the bed. Rather than leaving the area empty and the walls blank, you can design the space to include more light, greenery and an assortment of items that you treasure or that speak to your interests. For a bedroom that's not your own, make use of the space behind the corner bed to decorate with gender-specific or hobby-specific items.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Framed photos
  • Small framed mirror
  • Art prints
  • Silk tree or potted fake plant
  • Twinkle lights
  • Imitation songbird
  • Seasonal decorations
  • Old window frame
  • Eye hooks
  • Decorative chain
  • Imitation ivy
  • Silk flowers
  • Tulle or gauzy material
  • Metallic elastic thread
  • Scissors
  • Floor lamp
  • Bookshelf
  • Miniature rhinestones
  • Fabric butterflies
  • Shells
  • Charms

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    Frame photos and prints in angular shapes, such as diamonds, rectangles and triangles. Hang them in groups of threes and fives to offset the angular corners and bring them into symmetry.

  2. 2

    Place a potted silk tree or imitation tropical plant in the space behind the headboard. Give it personality by adding a string of white or coloured twinkle lights. Perch an ornamental songbird in the tree to add colour. Decorate the tree to match the changing seasons and to celebrate holidays.

  3. 3

    Hang an old wood-framed window by small chains screwed into the ceiling above and behind the bed in the corner. Remove all glass panes first. Decorate the frame with imitation ivy and silk flowers.

  4. 4

    Place a floor lamp with a personalised lampshade behind the bed in the corner. Situate the floor lamp slightly to the side to prevent page glare when you read in the evening before bed. On the wall next to the floor lamp, hang a two-shelf bookshelf. Fill one shelf with your favourite books and a small battery flashlight. Fill the top shelf with your favourite framed photos or a treasured collection.

  5. 5

    Center a small square mirror in the wall space behind and above the corner bed. Around the mirror, create a ceiling-to-headboard framed photo gallery.

  6. 6

    Drape tulle or another semi-sheer, gauzy material in the space behind the bed in a corner. For a girl's room, use metallic elastic thread to attach to the material a collection of fabric butterflies, rhinestones or seashells. For a boy's room, decorate the tulle with miniature action figures or charms depicting his favourite interests or hobbies.

Tips and warnings

  • A bed angled into a corner will often make a room appear smaller than it is. Consider opening the room up a bit by moving your dresser into a closet.
  • To give the illusion of more space, place narrow, long runner rugs next to the bed in the corner.
  • Try to avoid placing your bed in a corner that includes an exterior wall, as they tend to be colder than interior walls.

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