From guests to grandkids, if you’ve ever wondered whether semi-regular visits really warrant a permanent stake in your valuable floor plan, you are not alone. Instead of trading your guilt for one of your intentional home spaces, consider the possibility of a makeshift bedroom with beds designed to save space.
A Blissful Cocoon
Many spaces have unrealized nook-worthy potential, begging to be brought to life with a tucked-away sleep structure—otherwise known as an alcove bed. These hidey holes sit within small, enclosable areas with three walls, freeing your main floor space with less square footage held captive. Although requiring more preliminary thought, their efficient payoff is what sweet dreams are made of.
According to Susie Wieland of Wieland Studio, alcove beds are perfectly suited for small rooms, so long as the bed doesn’t project directly into a window on an adjoining wall. Along with locating the perfect spot for the enveloping effect, Wieland encourages other thoughtful considerations such as bed platform size. “Make sure the bed platform is a few inches wider and longer than the mattress size being used,” she says, warning against the annoyance of hard-to-tuck blankets (we’ll thank her later).
Perhaps the most impactful design element of an alcove bed, is the opening—typically called the surround— to the alcove. This feature is the perfect opportunity to put your stamp of aesthetic appeal on the project. The options are endless, ranging anywhere from “a simple square opening, to an arched top or elaborate ogee curve,” explains Wieland.