Creative Ways To Use The Space At The End Of The Bed
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:
And in this charming space (by Susanna Salk via Apartment Therapy):
But wait; here comes Cassandra Lavalle/ The Emerald Studio to prove the concept equally as applicable in adulthood.
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:
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):
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.
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!) (?)
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):
Nor here! (via Inspire My Home.)
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:
And this one (Parrish Chilcoat & Joe Lucas design via House Beautiful) is equally as smart:
There you have it.
Use that space! Do whatever you want! Be merry-January! Dance in the fields of petals and–
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