Creative Ways To Use The Space At The End Of The Bed

January 14, 2016

In looking back over last year’s posts, I realized that I didn’t dwell on small space solutions very much, or at least not as much as in prior years. For this, I am most humbly sorry, since I know so many of you are the denizens of blasted small spaces who are just trying to solve that puzzle once and for all.

Take this post as a token, then, of what I’m not really sure, but of something–of whatever you need it to be a token of. That there was one of my best.

Most every home in the advanced nations of the world contains a bonafide bed, and regardless of how large or small the surrounding space, there will be some at the end of said sleeping surface. And if your home is slight on square footage, that space, and how you do or do not make use of it, can become increasingly significant.

Rather than squander the space by doing nothing at all with it, or opt for the typical design route of adding a bench, stool, or small sofa (which seems always to offer another surface when, don’t you have one happening in that vicinity already? And doesn’t the added surface-that-doesn’t-requiring-clearing-in-order-to-sleep tempt you to just slovenly shove clothing and things atop it that’s a rhetorical question it does I see it all the time), the major blog-brainwave coming your way is: do something with it.

That notion is fairly more common in children’s rooms, where toy baskets, boxes, or hampers sit so sensically at the end of a bed, as in this pink parade by Shirley Meisels:

Having a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment with these creative ways to use the space at the end of the bed.

And in this charming space (by Susanna Salk via Apartment Therapy):

Having a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment with these creative ways to use the space at the end of the bed.

And here (Design by The Zhush, photography by Annie Schlecter for HGTV Magazine):

Having a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment with these creative ways to use the space at the end of the bed.

But wait; here comes Cassandra Lavalle/ The Emerald Studio to prove the concept equally as applicable in adulthood.

Having a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment with these creative ways to use the space at the end of the bed.

A fatty, mac-daddy trunk placed at the end of the bed can provide all the style that a bench, stool, or sofa might, with all of the storage the aforeblogged seats might not.

Here comes an alternate iteration via Lonny:

Having a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment with these creative ways to use the space at the end of the bed.

And one more, which is listed as a trunk, though it appears to me more of a chest, at the very least (Photography by William Waldron via Elle Decor):

Having a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment with these creative ways to use the space at the end of the bed.

If you prefer a more streamlined bench, at least consider opting for one with some storage capacity built in. This example, (Photography by Armelle Habib, Styling by Julia Green via Home Life), is styled demurely and as such offers a mere suggestion of what the bench might look like in real life: filled to capacity with shoes.

Having a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment with these creative ways to use the space at the end of the bed.

Designer Ashley Hicks says, “Yeah, well I’ll see your dingle-dangly bench and raise you a full-blown dresser I designed myself!” (Calm down Ashley!) (?)

Having a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment with these creative ways to use the space at the end of the bed.

That’s right, he parked a full-on dresser at the end of that bed and it looks not the slightest bit kooky in such positioning to me, anyway.

Nor does it here (Photography by Kristofer Johnsson, Styling by Saša Antic, home of Gorjan Lauseger, via My Scandinavian Home):

Having a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment with these creative ways to use the space at the end of the bed.

Nor here! (via Inspire My Home.)

Having a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment with these creative ways to use the space at the end of the bed.

That one above is perhaps the most effective illustration of the concept, in that it’s used in an actual small, loft-style space. Personally, I don’t hate it. I even think it serves to ground the placement of the bed in a way. Yay? Nay?

Moving along (and wrapping up), I give you the well-loved-around-here concept: the end of the bed desk. This one (Design by Nick Olsen, photography by Bjorn Wallander via House Beautiful) is perfectly scaled:

Having a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment with these creative ways to use the space at the end of the bed.

And this one (Parrish Chilcoat & Joe Lucas design via House Beautiful) is equally as smart:

Having a "why didn't I think of that?!" moment with these creative ways to use the space at the end of the bed.

There you have it.

Use that space! Do whatever you want! Be merry-January! Dance in the fields of petals and–

k bye.

 

4 Comments

  1. Deb on January 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    The end of bed dressers are great. Just found your blog today. Love it.

    • Annie on January 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Deb! Hope you’ll find the blog useful and inspiring! xx

    • Annie on January 27, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Hey, thanks Deb!

  2. […] about the potential existing behind your door, brainstormed the possible applications for the end-of-the-bed, and, like, a whole of other topics and posts that I’m currently too tired to retrieve and […]

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  1. Deb on January 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    The end of bed dressers are great. Just found your blog today. Love it.

    • Annie on January 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Deb! Hope you’ll find the blog useful and inspiring! xx

    • Annie on January 27, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Hey, thanks Deb!

  2. […] about the potential existing behind your door, brainstormed the possible applications for the end-of-the-bed, and, like, a whole of other topics and posts that I’m currently too tired to retrieve and […]

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