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It doesn’t matter if you live alone, with others, in a house, an apartment, or some other kind of establishment — once you enter your mid-twenties, you should have a bedroom that reflects your responsibility as a mature adult. Gone are the days of hand-me-down sofas in your college apartment and using a piece of plywood balanced on a mini fridge and a trashcan as a desk. You are in adult bedroom territory now, and here is what you need to make sure you’re meeting the requirements.
Your Bed Isn’t Pushed Up Against A Wall
It’s pretty much understood that the basic qualification of an adult bedroom is having a queen bed or larger, so I didn’t even feel the need to include that as a qualifier. If you’re still sleeping in a twin after college, you may as well buy on of those loft beds with a desk underneath and embrace the fact that you will never be mature or have someone spend the night with you. However, it’s important to point out, this aforementioned bed cannot be pushed up against the wall. It must be accessible from both sides.
This is Design 101, and as much as you may think the daybed look is cool, any interior decorator will disagree with you. Bed centered in the room, or bust.
You Have Double Night Stands
Along the same lines, both open sides of the bed need to have some kind of surface to the immediate left or right. Typically, this is small tables known as night stands, but you can actually slide on this one with a similar product as a place holder and still have an adult bedroom. A dresser or an ottoman with a tray works. Basically, something you could have a lamp, a drink of water, or your phone resting on.
Some of you think that just one nightstand will cut it, but that is complete obtuse thinking. You need both sides covered for the balanced visual effect. Plus, if two people are in the bed, you can easily stay on your respective sides if you need to reach for something.
There Is Real Art On The Walls
No, free hanging posters don’t count. This is framed photos and art, interesting pieces like metal works, mirrors, or shadow boxes. Instead of just slapping a University pennant on your dorm bulletin board, adult bedroom art is thought out. Perhaps you took the time to measure out a gallery wall, or you bought movie prints off Etsy to frame. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming, but you must have something that adds a little pizzazz to the walls.
You Have At Least Three Throw Pillows
Scour your local Marshall’s Home Goods or Target and pick up some fun throws if you don’t have any. While you typically think of throw pillows as relegated to the couch, your bed also needs some decorative loving. In general, men seem to grasp this concept less. Just having two standard-size pillows lying flat at the head of your bed is a complete disqualifier from adult bedroom status. There are diagrams explaining how to order pillows on the bed. I recommend four standard pillows with matching solid pillowcases, two medium-size throw pillows, and one smaller throw that is centered on the bed.
The more pillows you have, the higher you climb on the success ladder. Bonus points if you switch them out seasonally.
You Use A Hamper, Not A Laundry Basket
This is what catches a lot of people. It’s purely aesthetic, but an adult bedroom must have a hamper (typically wicker) and it can be in the bedroom, but also in the closet or bathroom. I know it saves a step by just leaving a plastic laundry basket out to throw directly into, but that is not true adult bedroom living. It feels like extra work, but it is necessary to keep your dirty clothes away from the public eye.
Please note, you are on the next level if you have separate hampers for darks and lights.
You Still Have A “Shit Chair” (But It’s Fancy)
I’ve come to realize that you never outgrow the chair that you throw anything and everything onto. However, the style of chair does have to evolve with what stage of life you are at. Adult bedrooms don’t have an old office chair or lonely dining room chair sitting out of place covered in dirty laundry. You need a piece of furniture that is cohesive with the design of the room. Most likely it is fabric and has arms. At some point, you can add one of your throw pillows to it only to ultimately cover the entire thing with dry cleaning, bags, or anything else that came home with you or is heading out the door the next day.
I advise you to go over this list and check where you are falling short. Your bedroom should be an oasis of comfort foremost, but its secondary function is to show off how put together you can actually be. Hit up Amazon today and buy lamp shades, make your bed and tidy your room tomorrow morning. It’s just one more way to show the world that you can actually function on your own. .