Why do bedrooms have sitting areas; do they lounge in the bedroom? That’s a great question. We do this to relax! I am personally the type of person that has created a sitting area in my bedroom.
Then again, I am also a single woman who does not have to share the space, so I have room to do so. I also don’t have to bargain, style-wise, which is why there are big fluffy paper balls in gold and green in the lounging area, along with a vintage reading lamp. And the best part is my furniture–I have a leather massage recliner that is just big enough for me and small enough it arrived by Amazon delivery box.
I think we have sitting areas in bedrooms for lounging, for sure! Here’s why and how.
Why Have a Bedroom Sitting Area
When it comes to a bedroom sitting area, there is a reason why we have these. “This main bedroom’s inviting seating area consists of an armless loveseat and two rattan lounge chairs under a bay window that provides a spot to read, relax and enjoy the stunning views of the backyard after a long day,” according to HGTV.
While we might not all have the space to include both rattan lounge chairs, plus our bed, we can all at least have an armchair. I do believe all new mothers make room for a rocking chair, so why not do the same for you every day? Grab a chair, at least a small one, and create a corner lounge space in your bedroom. You’ll thank yourself when you do!
A bedroom lounging space and seating area should also have proper lighting and a tabletop surface. This is essential. You have to be able to see the notebook paper when writing or where you dropped the remote control.
I do have a TV in my space, but that’s obviously not the best situation for some of you. TVs are distractions for a lot of people, and not something considered as the best thing to have in the bedroom.
But if you go to a lounge of any kind, such as a trucker lounge at a truck stop or a lounge at a nightclub, there will be a TV or two in there to watch. It’s a thing that you do in a lounge; you watch TV! Therefore, I say, even though it is also your bedroom where you sleep, the bedroom can have a small TV to use when lounging in the bedroom.
Who Lounges in a Bedroom Sitting Area
I do! I know that most people might say they lounge in the living room. That’s great, but what about when you have more than one person in a living room, and they are playing the PlayStation, and you want peace and quiet? Where do you go next? As the pandemic is coming to an end, and hopefully things return to some normalcy, we are all still stuck indoors.
This means using all areas of our home for living purposes. As a result, when there is someone in the living room lounging, the other person in our family, aka myself, will end up lounging in the study room or in my bedroom, or maybe in the dining room. I might even lounge in the bathtub while soaking in a warm bath!
The point is, the bedroom is fast becoming a place to lounge. We are getting access to more affordable home decor ideas and furnishings–such as a small and compact leather massage recliner that still works quite well after a year of use–that will do the trick of helping us relax in our homes. This even means lounging in the bedroom.
Are Sitting Areas for Lounging or Not
While a bed is great for laying down and resting, maybe taking a nap, and certainly for dozing, it is not the best idea to sit and lounge on the top of your bedding. First of all, there is the concern about having the comforter or duvet ripped or stained, so you have to get a coverlet to make a place to sit that is protected against yourself.
Already, that’s an issue. Secondly, it’s not healthy to lounge in bed. Your brain gets all fuzzy thinking it’s time to go to sleep, and then the REM steps in, and maybe you kickstart the melatonin production; who knows. What is happening is you are not lounging as much as you are mentally getting ready to sleep. That’s not the same thing.
To lounge properly in a bedroom, you must have a sitting area. This allows you to rest and lounge in a new location but still in the restful environment of the bedroom. Generally, this is the room that is the coldest, has the least amount of lighting, and most often not a lot of artwork or decorations on the walls. This way you can relax and unwind. That makes the bedroom the best place to do this in most of our homes.
Ways to Use a Sitting Area in a Bedroom
If this isn’t for napping, then what is a sitting area used for in a bedroom? Let me give you some perspective. I like to sit in my $100 leather recliner in light cream in the sitting area of my bedroom.
From here, I kick back, turn on the vibrations of the massage feature, and watch some YouTube or a DVD movie on the television. That is lounging, and lounging in style. I have a small table next to the recliner where I can keep a glass of lemon water or a latte.
I stack the books up there all the time, trying to find something fun to read next. In this lounging space of a sitting area, I also work on logic games and word puzzles like crosswords. It’s a great place for me to go where I can relax some without getting completely zoned out and going to sleep. Sometimes we need just the right amount of relaxation, which is where bedroom sitting areas are the best thing ever.
Sitting vs Seating Area in a Bedroom
Finally, I have to point out that there is a difference in the way this interior home trend is referenced. You might see it called a sitting room or a seating room. The sitting room is somewhere you sit and lounge, while the seating area is a more formal room with upper back chairs that allow people to sit up. I may also be completely wrong about this one; you be the judge! Either way, you will find this phrase of bedrooms and their sitting areas to also be spelled as seating areas.
Yes to Lounging in Bedrooms
These days, we don’t use the bedroom efficiently enough. Only for sleeping and changing clothes, maybe? What a waste of space! At least double it up and turn the corner into a cool and inviting lounge area. There could be a nice armchair and a reading table with a vase of tulips! It is a wonderful idea for anyone who also works from home.