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Bedroom Furniture Buying Guide

Last Updated: June 8, 2023

Choosing new bedroom furniture can be confusing and overwhelming when faced with so many options and styles currently available. the furniture experts at Gardner White are here to help with this handy Bedroom Furniture Buying Guide. For all the information that you need to consider, please read on:

5-piece upholstered wood sleigh bedroom set
Bigger space allows for bigger furniture as evidenced by this sleigh bed set.

Size and Space

Renewal Reclaimed Wood Bed, Dresser, and Nightstand

Measure your bedroom space carefully to determine the dimensions you have available for furniture. Consider the size of the bed, dressers, nightstands, and any other pieces you plan to include. Ensure that the furniture you choose fits well and leaves enough space for movement and other activities.

Beds tend to take up the most space so it’s very important to know what size bed you need. A king mattress measures 76″ X 80″ while a queen is only 60″ X 80″. If you are limited in space, this size difference can be crucial. Also, if you have a closet already, you might be able to forgo a dresser or chest of drawers.

Style and Theme

Estate metal bed frame, headboard, and footboard in black

Decide on the overall style and theme you want for your bedroom. Consider factors such as your personal taste, existing décor, and the ambiance you wish to create. Whether you prefer modern, traditional, rustic, minimalist, or eclectic styles, choose furniture that complements and enhances the desired aesthetic.

This can also affect the type of material that you choose has much to do with style. Metal headboards offer a very different aesthetic than solid wood. Fortunately, there are nearly limitless options when it comes to the materials used in bedroom furniture construction.

Quality and Durability

Cabin 5-Piece Bedroom Set from Daniel's Amish

Look for well-made furniture that will withstand daily use. Check the construction, materials, and finishes of the pieces you are considering. Solid wood furniture tends to be more durable than particleboard or MDF. Consider the quality of the hardware, such as drawer slides and handles, as these can affect the longevity and functionality of the furniture.

Amish furniture, which is handmade with solid wood, is one of the best choices for durable bedroom furniture. These craftsmen also rarely, if ever, use mechanical means to build their furniture and instead rely on age-old joinery techniques.

Storage and Functionality

Solid wood storage bed with matching nightstand, dresser, and chest of drawers in light brown

Evaluate your storage needs and prioritize furniture pieces that offer adequate storage options. Dressers, wardrobes, and nightstands with drawers or shelves can help keep your bedroom organized. Additionally, consider functionality features like built-in charging stations, adjustable bed frames, or hidden storage compartments, depending on your preferences.

Modern furniture pieces have begun to feature modern amenities like USB ports, 110V three-prong electrical plugs, and surge protectors. Our heavy reliance on technology pushed for reforms in bedroom furniture to meet the demands of our digital age.


The bed is a crucial component of your bedroom, so prioritize comfort when selecting a mattress, bed frame, and bedding. Test out different mattresses to find one that suits your sleeping preferences. Also, consider ergonomics when choosing chairs, seating, or study areas if you plan to use your bedroom for activities beyond sleeping.

The Washington Post once wrote about popular bedroom furniture for remote workers who use their bedrooms as offices in this article. Those of us still fortunate enough to be able to work from home need to consider ergonomic furniture for our home offices. Working from our beds is not the best option for body support.


Lyssa 5-Piece Bedroom Set in Ivory

Determine your budget before shopping for bedroom furniture to help narrow down your options. Furniture prices can vary significantly, so understanding your budget range will guide your choices. Balance cost with quality and prioritize the essential pieces first.

The good news is that most furniture retailers offer financing that allows you to choose from more options. If you plan to finance your furniture purchase, be sure to know what kind of monthly payment you can afford as well.

Shop Brands You Trust

A woman in bed under the covers sleeping

If you are comfortable with a specific brand of furniture, then consider shopping for them again when you’re looking for new bedroom furniture. If a brand you’ve purchased has worked out well for you, chances are excellent that it will meet your needs once again.

Most furniture companies have been in business for many decades so it’s highly likely that you’ll be able to find new pieces for your bedroom. Plus, the furniture market as a whole is always evolving and improving so you can be assured that you’ll find the best furniture pieces available.

Additional Bedroom Furniture Pieces

A bedroom featuring alternative furniture pieces like a bench, a bookshelf, a desk and chair, and a wall mirror.

Bedroom furniture does not end at beds, dressers, nightstands, and chests. There are other essential pieces of furniture needed to completely furnish your bedroom the way you need it to be and in your chosen style. Here’s a list of items that you should consider beyond the traditional furniture pieces:

Need More Help?

You can contact one of Gardner White’s experts at (248) 481-2208, chat with one online, or visit one of our local Michigan stores.