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## Paul1977

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# 257050 12-Sep-2019 14:14

We are planning our new house, and the master bedroom will have a tall narrow window on either side of the bed just above where will will have some bedside tables.

What is the standard spacing for these?

For aesthetics we will want the bedside tables to sit directly under they windows. We currently have a queen size bed, but don't want the windows so close that upgrading to a larger bed would block them. But we also don't want our bedside tables too far away from the bed.

Maybe a better question is, how much space between a bed and bedside table is too much?

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## Bung

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# 2316509 12-Sep-2019 14:18

In my case more than 800mm would see the tea cup miss the edge of the table ðŸ˜Š

## chimera

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# 2316510 12-Sep-2019 14:19

400mm is a fairly common width.

I'd look at allowing a good 600mm out from the edges of your bed minimum.  You want a 100mm gap between bed and unit - otherwise tucking the blankets in near the bedside tables is a PITA!

EDIT: This site says 50cm between edge of mattress and unit

https://www.dimensions.guide/collection/bedside-tables-nightstands

## wellygary

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# 2316523 12-Sep-2019 14:33

Paul1977:

We are planning our new house, and the master bedroom will have a tall narrow window on either side of the bed just above where will will have some bedside tables.

What is the standard spacing for these?

For aesthetics we will want the bedside tables to sit directly under they windows. We currently have a queen size bed, but don't want the windows so close that upgrading to a larger bed would block them. But we also don't want our bedside tables too far away from the bed.

Maybe a better question is, how much space between a bed and bedside table is too much?

Base you calculations on a bigger bed than a queen  ( 153cm wide) use either a king ( 168cm) or super king (183cm)

## Paul1977

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# 2316528 12-Sep-2019 14:37

chimera:

400mm is a fairly common width.

I'd look at allowing a good 600mm out from the edges of your bed minimum.  You want a 100mm gap between bed and unit - otherwise tucking the blankets in near the bedside tables is a PITA!

EDIT: This site says 50cm between edge of mattress and unit

https://www.dimensions.guide/collection/bedside-tables-nightstands

You've lost me a bit. Are you saying you'd personally want 600mm, but should definitely go no less than 100mm?

BTW You're link says 5cm (50mm) not 50cm.

## timmmay

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# 2316530 12-Sep-2019 14:45
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I know this isn't helpful, but I'd rather have no windows at all in a bedroom to keep it nice and dark all year round. I'm only ever in our bedroom when it's night time, I don't look out the window, and modern LED lighting is efficient and good quality, so I see no need for windows in bedrooms. Pretty sure my wife would disagree with me.

I would want at most 30cm between the bed and the bedside tables, ideally about 10cm which is what we have. No less than 10cm though otherwise it's difficult to make the bed.

## Paul1977

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# 2316533 12-Sep-2019 14:48

timmmay:

I know this isn't helpful, but I'd rather have no windows at all in a bedroom to keep it nice and dark all year round. I'm only ever in our bedroom when it's night time, I don't look out the window, and modern LED lighting is efficient and good quality, so I see no need for windows in bedrooms. Pretty sure my wife would disagree with me.

You're right, not overly helpful!

I'm on the same page as you, no windows makes sense for a bedroom. But like yours, my better half would strongly disagree.

EDIT: I replied before you added the helpful comment to the end of your post!

## Paul1977

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# 2316539 12-Sep-2019 15:04

The plan currently has 600mm wide windows spaced 2000mm apart.

So for a queen that's 235mm from mattress to window, and for a super king 85mm.

Of course that's the gap to the window, depending on the width of the bedside table (centered under the window) the gap between the table and mattress could be more or less than that. ARRGGHHH!!!

Does anyone know if you want to move a window a few cm left or right after consent has been issued is something you need to go back to the council for?

## elpenguino

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# 2316543 12-Sep-2019 15:11
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Paul1977:

timmmay:

I know this isn't helpful, but I'd rather have no windows at all in a bedroom to keep it nice and dark all year round. I'm only ever in our bedroom when it's night time, I don't look out the window, and modern LED lighting is efficient and good quality, so I see no need for windows in bedrooms. Pretty sure my wife would disagree with me.

You're right, not overly helpful!

I'm on the same page as you, no windows makes sense for a bedroom.

if there's a window in front of you you can check the weather is good.

good weather = get up

bad weather = netflix :-)

On a serious note, which way does the wall behind the bed face? if it's south then it's going to be a heat loser and not much of a light gainer.

And what happens if future you or a future owner wants to put the bed in another position? Are you going to be limited by windows ?

## PolicyGuy

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# 2316544 12-Sep-2019 15:15
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How about going for a single wide, shallow ("letter-box") window some height above the bed head?
That way the bed size won't be critical, but you will still get light in from that end of the room.

I had that arrangement in one house, and never opened the curtains on that window even once in fifteen years. I think they got opened to vacuum the windowsill and clean the glass very occasionally, but not by me ;-)

## Paul1977

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# 2316546 12-Sep-2019 15:19

elpenguino:

if there's a window in front of you you can check the weather is good.

good weather = get up

bad weather = netflix :-)

On a serious note, which way does the wall behind the bed face? if it's south then it's going to be a heat loser and not much of a light gainer.

And what happens if future you or a future owner wants to put the bed in another position? Are you going to be limited by windows ?

The windows primary purpose is the aesthetics of having them. I don't think not having them would even be considered by my better half.

Realistically there's only one way you'd orientate the bed in the room, and I'm not overly concerned about future needs.

## Paul1977

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# 2316549 12-Sep-2019 15:24

PolicyGuy:

How about going for a single wide, shallow ("letter-box") window some height above the bed head?
That way the bed size won't be critical, but you will still get light in from that end of the room.

I had that arrangement in one house, and never opened the curtains on that window even once in fifteen years. I think they got opened to vacuum the windowsill and clean the glass very occasionally, but not by me ;-)

I quite like the letter box windows, but the other half prefers the ones on either side. So I'd say we'll get the ones on either side!

## timmmay

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# 2316567 12-Sep-2019 16:04

elpenguino:

if there's a window in front of you you can check the weather is good.

good weather = get up

bad weather = netflix :-)

You clearly don't have young children!

## PolicyGuy

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# 2316568 12-Sep-2019 16:08

Paul1977:

PolicyGuy:

How about going for a single wide, shallow ("letter-box") window some height above the bed head?
That way the bed size won't be critical, but you will still get light in from that end of the room.

I had that arrangement in one house, and never opened the curtains on that window even once in fifteen years. I think they got opened to vacuum the windowsill and clean the glass very occasionally, but not by me ;-)

I quite like the letter box windows, but the other half prefers the ones on either side. So I'd say we'll get the ones on either side!

Then maybe put them sufficiently wide apart that they obviously don't line up with the bedside tables, no matter if you or a future owner have a double, queen, king, California king, or even a pair of king singles with a cabinet between them.

## elpenguino

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# 2316570 12-Sep-2019 16:10

timmmay:

elpenguino:

if there's a window in front of you you can check the weather is good.

good weather = get up

bad weather = netflix :-)

You clearly don't have young children!

oh no, I stayed in bed a few too many times and paid (pay) the price !

But from a young age I taught them how to operate Kodi.....

## Paul1977

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# 2316578 12-Sep-2019 16:23

PolicyGuy:

Then maybe put them sufficiently wide apart that they obviously don't line up with the bedside tables, no matter if you or a future owner have a double, queen, king, California king, or even a pair of king singles with a cabinet between them.

That's a good idea, but you've grossly over estimated the size of the bedroom which is 3.5m x 3.5m.

The current 2m spacing is too narrow for a californa king, but should be OK for a queen, king, or super king. Hopefully not too wide a space for the queen.

The bedroom isn't massive at 3.5m x 3.5m, so realistically I can't imagine we'd ever put a california king in there any way.

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