A ground-floor bedroom, perhaps as part of your household or a ground floor apartment, can be a worthwhile method of adding more sleeping areas to your home, or to renovate and recontextualize a spare room. Of course, there are no special qualities a room must have to serve as a good bedroom, it just needs to be well-ventilated, safe, and fit a bed comfortably.
That said, designing a ground-floor bedroom is often different to planning one on the first floor or above. After all, a bedroom is supposed to be private and comfortable, and if people can easily see into the room where you sleep, change your clothes, pamper yourself for the day, or sneeze and self-pity when you have the flu (we all do it), then it’s not fulfilling its purpose.
That said, you still need for the bedroom to be airy and light, comforting, and somewhere you wish to retire to after a long day. In this post, we’ll discuss that and more.
It can seem difficult to balance privacy and natural light when you have a ground-floor bedroom, but does this have to be the case? Window film can be a nice middle-ground, a compromise that looks great and gives the best of both worlds. Simply apply the frosted glass film (this could use adhesive, but most often it’s a simple water application process), and here you’ll be able to cloud any visibility in or out during the daytime, while still affording you the natural light you wish for. You may give up the chance to look in and out the bottom pane of glass, but at least you’ll have added privacy.
Alternatively, privacy-focused options such as Roman blinds or apartment blinds can work wonders. These can provide a blackout, completed private window shielding when rolled down, but you can also roll these up at particular degrees to allow just as much visibility as you’d like to. Pair these with some netted curtains underneath, and you may have the best of both worlds – decreased visibility or total privacy when you need it, beautiful natural lighting when you don’t. Moreover, this trimming can look much nicer and more professional than false frosted films.
Ventilation & Dehumidifiers
Ground-floor bedrooms may suffer from less natural airflow. If you live in the suburbs, then the natural flow of wind may be impeded by external structures like other buildings or fences, and that might limit the natural fresh air that flows into the building. It’s good to ensure ventilation is cared for, then, with ventilation locks that allow a breeze to come in while still securing the window, and dehumidifiers which can be used during particularly warm, wet seasons to limit the spread of damp and mold. This way, the room can remain as neutral and clean as possible. An air purifier can also help remove toxins using HEPA filtering, allowing for better air quality and more comforting surroundings. Over time, this may give you cause to relax and sleep more easily.
With this advice, you’re sure to design and curate your ground floor bedroom space, in the best possible sense.