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Bedroom Furniture Buying Guide

by Pam Silvia

The past few years have been historic. As you’ve reflected on where you’ve been and where you want to be, have you given much thought to a bedroom makeover?

It is said that interior design can impact our daily productivity. And given that your bedroom is where you start and end each day, now is a great opportunity to give your sanctuary a much-needed refresh. (We personally think it’s also about time you retire your antiquated dresser and scuffed-up headboard.)

We know that furniture shopping can be overwhelming. To assist you in your journey, our experts at Colder’s have whipped up checklists for your and your children’s bedrooms. From sleigh beds to vanity tables, our bedroom furniture buying guide has got it all.

At a Glance:

Bedroom Design Styles

Master Bedroom Furniture

Kid's Bedroom Furniture

The Do’s & Don’ts of Bedroom Furniture Shopping

How to Measure for Bedroom Furniture

closeup of bed and knightstand

Bedroom Design Styles

There are many different bedroom design styles to choose from. Some people prefer a more traditional style with wood furniture and bedding, while others might prefer a more modern look with sleek lines and metallic accents. No matter what your preference is, there is a style out there that will fit your needs.

If you're not sure which style is right for you, take a look at some of the most popular designs. Traditional bedrooms typically have wood furniture, like a bed frame, dresser, and nightstands. The walls are often painted in neutral colors like beige or tan, and the bedding is usually made from natural materials like cotton or wool.

Modern bedrooms are often done in black, white, or gray, with metallic accents. The furniture is typically sleek and modern, with few curves or ornamentation. The bedding is often simple and geometric, and the walls are often adorned with minimalist art.

If you can't decide between two styles, or if you want a bedroom that's a little bit of both, you can mix and match elements from different styles. For example, you could have a traditional bed frame with a modern headboard, or a sleek dresser with wood accents. Or you could choose a wallpaper pattern that has both traditional and modern elements. As long as you stick to one overall style, your bedroom will look cohesive and well-designed.

No matter what style you choose, make sure that the furniture and accessories are all compatible. For example, if you have a modern bedroom, don't buy a traditional dresser or nightstand. And if you have a traditional bedroom, don't buy a modern bed frame. You'll be much happier with your bedroom design if everything matches.

When it comes to bedroom design, there are no rules. Do what makes you happy, and you'll be sure to love your new bedroom.

Bedroom design infographic

>>Check Out Our Bedroom Decorating Guide<<

Master Bedroom Furniture Checklist

You don’t have to be Chip and Joanna Gaines to beautifully re-furnish your master bedroom. With just a little guidance, you can discover what furniture pieces and styles will capture the aesthetic you crave.

When it comes to bedroom furniture, there are a few things to consider. You'll want furniture that is comfortable and stylish, as well as functional. A good bed is essential, as is a dresser or chest of drawers. You may also want a nightstand, a headboard, and a television stand.

When choosing furniture, it's important to consider your needs and budget. Bedroom furniture can be expensive, so you'll want to make sure you choose pieces that are both affordable and useful. If you have a small bedroom, you may want to choose a bed with storage drawers or a headboard that doubles as storage. If you have a large bedroom, you may want to consider a king-size bed or a dresser with lots of storage space.

No matter what your needs, there is sure to be a piece of bedroom furniture that fits your lifestyle and budget. So take your time and shop around until you find the perfect pieces for your bedroom. You'll be glad you did!

Choosing the Right Bed

Bed Frames & Headboards

You can literally take your beauty sleep to new heights with a stylish bed frame. Not only do bed frames hoist up your mattress for undisturbed rest, but they can also establish a focal point in your bedroom—so you better make this selection count. Maybe you haven’t paid much mind to this, but there are many styles of headboards and structures to choose from.

When looking to buy a bed frame, it's important to consider a few key factors. The size of the bedframe is one of the most important considerations - you'll want to make sure that the frame is big enough to support the mattress and box spring. You'll also want to think about the style of the frame, and whether it will match the look of your bedroom. Finally, you'll want to consider the price and whether you can afford the frame you're looking for.

Poster beds, sleigh beds, and canopy beds are all evocative of a romantic time. If you can imagine a modern royal’s chambers, you’re most likely visualizing one of these styles. Tall columns, winged silhouettes, and bed curtains—regality never goes out of style.

Or if you’re looking for something more modern, you might find charm in panel beds (including upholstered versions) and metal beds, as these are more style-neutral, complementing most interior design trends, from industrial to modern farmhouse and mid-century modern to Old Hollywood glam.

And in the spirit of keeping clutter in check and maximizing a small bedroom, a bookcase bed will replace the need for a nightstand, giving you a place to put down your nighttime reading material and items like catchall trays, eyeglasses, and phone charging stations.

>>Check Out Our Guide for Decorating a Small Bedroom<<

Shopping for Bedroom Storage

Dressers & Chest of Drawers

Proving that form and function aren’t mutually exclusive, a dresser or chest of drawers can keep your clothes organized (and your clutter hidden) while reflecting your personal style.

When it comes to discerning the difference between both furniture pieces, it all lies in the fact that a chest of drawers only contains drawers and no mirror up top. By contrast, a dresser has more nuanced compartments (such as designated drawers for folded clothes and undergarments), and it normally has an attached mirror.

Your selection of storage vessel should primarily depend on your needs. Is your closet large enough to accommodate your (and your partner’s) entire wardrobe? If your space can afford it, a dresser or chest of drawers can alleviate some of the burden off your closet floor.

A Bedroom Dresser

Selecting Bedroom Tables

Nightstands & Vanity Tables

If you’re like most people, then you prefer to have a nightstand within an arm’s reach to keep a bedside lamp, smart devices, and other essentials close by. Many options come with drawers to stow away clutter, and some models come with exposed shelves so you can showcase potted plants and treasured knickknacks.

And if your bathroom rivals most freeways for The Most Morning Traffic Award, you can avoid hogging the sink with a vanity table. Some models come with a mirror and accompanying bench, but if you feel like really treating yourself, there are options with generous storage for cosmetics, moisturizers, perfumes, and hairstyling tools—hey, morning routines are important.

Bonus: Bedroom Collections

Depending on who you are, the most intimidating prospect of buying new bedroom furniture may not even be the shopping list but the design aspect—not everyone feels they have an “eye” for coordinating textures, patterns, colors, and materials in a room.

Luckily, our catalog also has complete furniture sets for bedrooms. From mere two-piece sets to full six-piece sets, our varied and expansive inventory appeals to minimalists and maximalists alike. Most importantly, you can rest assured these cohesive collections will have you catching ZZZs in style. Bedroom sets are an easy way to get the coordinated look you want without spending endless amounts of time shopping for individual pieces.

>>Discover 5 Romantic Bedroom Ideas You’ll Fall in Love With<<

A bedroom set

Kids’ Bedroom Furniture Checklist

Now that we’ve wrapped the master bedroom, it’s onto the kiddos’ rooms! When you really think about it, a child’s bedroom is many rooms in one: a canvas for imaginary worlds, a makeshift classroom, an artist’s studio—a place of escape as well as rest.

Seeing that bedrooms are the backdrop of future childhood memories, we think it’s paramount that you take extra consideration of your selection of kids’ bedroom furniture.

Choosing the Right Kids’ Beds

Bed Frames, Bunk Beds, & Loft Beds

Of course, one of the first questions we ask you is, how many kids to how many bedrooms?

Depending on how fast your kids are growing and the size of your space, you may opt into a space-saving solution with a bunk bed or a loft bed. Whereas a bunk bed takes up less floor space and cradles two little ones to sleep, a loft bed can hoist up one mattress while performing double duty as another functional piece of furniture: a desk, storage vessel, a clubhouse, and more.

And yes, poster, sleigh, canopy, panel, metal, and bookcase youth options are also available.

A CHild's bed in a child's room

Shopping for Kids’ Bedroom Storage

Dressers & Chest of Drawers

Having children means endless piles of clothes, whether they’re garments they are quickly outgrowing or uniforms for school, sports, and other recreational activities—or even onesies and bibs Mommy is holding onto for sentimental value.

A kids’ dresser will harbor every clothing item, from socks to jerseys and PJs to superhero capes, while a kids’ chest of drawers (or toy trunk) can also keep plush animals, building blocks, and craft supplies out of sight and out of mind.

Selecting Kids’ Bedroom Tables

Nightstands & Desks

Like you, your kiddo will likely appreciate a table surface or two for setting down their coloring book or as a place to hold their dinosaur-shaped lamp. As far as parents are concerned, youth tables are places for organized chaos—which is better than unorganized chaos.

As is the case with master bedroom nightstands, kids’ nightstands can stow away items in drawers or keep essential items within view, thanks to exposed shelves.

And regardless of age, all children can benefit from a designated workspace, whether they’re working on multiplication tables or a fingerprinting masterpiece. What’s more, a youth desk and accompanying chair will ensure they keep busy while you’re hustling around the house or desire five minutes’ peace.

a child's nightstand

Bonus: Kids’ Bedroom Sets

If you’d like to rein in your décor, a kids’ bedroom furniture set can do wonders for creating a cohesive space. To your kiddo’s delight, you can even perpetuate a theme, whether they’re dreaming of a farmhouse-style horse stable or a plucky pirate’s retreat.

>>Check Out 4 Kids Bedroom Sets Your Children Will Love<<

The Do’s & Don’ts of Bedroom Furniture Shopping

When shopping for bedroom furniture, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are some do's and don'ts:


1. Shop around and compare prices. There is no need to buy the most expensive set of furniture out there.

2. Consider your needs and preferences. What type of bed do you want? What type of furniture would look best in your room?

3. Choose quality pieces. You don't want to have to replace your furniture every few years.

4. Be practical. Bedroom furniture should be comfortable and functional.


1. Buy cheap, low-quality furniture. It will just end up costing you more in the long run.

2. Rush your decision. Take your time and make sure you're making the best choice for your needs.

3. Overload your room with furniture. You want to be able to move around comfortably, not feel cramped.

4. Forget about storage. Bedroom furniture should include some storage space, whether it's a dresser, nightstand, or closet.

Making the right choices when shopping for bedroom furniture can make all the difference in the look and feel of your room. Keep these tips in mind, and you're sure to find the perfect pieces for your needs.

How to Measure for Bedroom Furniture

Measuring for bedroom furniture can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips to make it a little easier:

-Measure the length and width of the room to get an idea of the size of furniture you can fit.

-Decide what kind of furniture you want (bed, dresser, etc).

-Measure the height of the room to make sure you can fit the furniture you want.

-Think about the style of furniture you want and find measurements for that online or in store.

-Once you have measurements, compare them to the dimensions of the furniture to make sure it will fit.

-If it doesn't quite fit, consider altering the dimensions of the furniture or finding a different piece.

Measuring for bedroom furniture can be a daunting task, but with these tips it can be a little easier. By measuring the length and width of the room, you can get an idea of the size of furniture you can fit. You should also measure the height of the room to make sure the furniture you want will fit. Once you have measurements, compare them to the dimensions of the furniture to make sure it will fit. If it doesn't quite fit, consider altering the dimensions of the furniture or finding a different piece. With these tips, you can measure for bedroom furniture like a pro!

Why Trust Colder’s? 

Since 1942, we at Colder's pride ourselves on offering value, selection, and service. Serving Southeastern Wisconsin with four showrooms that stock quality name-brand furniture, appliances, and mattresses, Colder’s is sure to house exactly what you are looking for. And if you can't find it on our floors, chances are, we can order it for you. As a local, family-owned company, we are always doing our best to provide the highest value at the lowest cost to everyone who walks through our doors.

Colder’s is committed not only to continuously offering can’t-miss sales but also to working with each customer, making sure that you take advantage of every possible markdown — that’s our best price guarantee.

Shop Bedroom Furniture at Colder’s 

Don’t put off happiness — and shop bedroom furniture online for unbeatable prices at Colder’s. Our friendly experts are always happy to help you with bedroom furniture, whether you call us at 414-476-1574 or use our online chat feature. Better yet, stop by one our Colder’s locations in West Allis, Oak Creek, Delafield, and Grafton, Wisconsin to touch, see, feel, and experience home products that fulfill your dreams. Visit us today!

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