Less is definitely more when purchasing a bed for a tiny bedroom. However, there are ways to reduce the spatial presence of a bed without having to downsize your mattress. One option is to only use the headboard and forego the footboard. Beds with footboards, such as a sleigh bed, appear enormous when there’s very little floor space. The footboard also creates a hard line visually which interrupts the flow of the room design and makes the space seem smaller.
Try adding drama in place of the headboard by hanging sheer drapes on a small rod at the head of the bed. (Drapes don’t necessarily have to flank windows!) Another option is to skip both the headboard and the footboard and just adorn the head of the bed with a multitude of various pillows. Pillows have inherent lightness about them which will add airiness to the room. Furthermore, both the bed and the space will seem bigger every time you remove the pillows and stow away the ones that are just for decoration.
If you think you’d like to try the frameless method consider taking it one step further by setting the bed on blocks. This may sound a little crazy, but if you use solid structural blocks to ensure the bed is safe, you can store all sorts of large items underneath it. Simply add a beautiful bed skirt to cover them up. You might have to sew one so it’s a custom fit, but that’s a small price to pay for so much extra storage space.
If you love the bed on blocks idea, make it even more creative by anchoring an iron headboard to the wall at the height it would normally be if the bed were standing in its usual place on the floor. The bed skirt will cover the feet and it will look like a floating bed. Last, but not least, if you simply can’t live without an actual bed frame then iron beds are the answer. They offer a see-through effect that shows all that surrounds them and they’re lighter than wood. An iron bed with curved lines will increase the sense of space in the room, while geometrical shapes will do the opposite.
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