13 Ways to Rethink the Foot of Your Bed

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When designing your bedroom, don't forget to address the foot of the bed. It's up-front-and-center, prime real estate that gives you another opportunity to layer in function, pattern, shape and texture. Don't miss the chance to do more with this seemingly small amount of space.

1. Lucy Call's rustic bench (shown above) is a twist on a classic combo. It packs in tons of stored books that become beautifully sculptural as and beyond just functional objects.

2. At the very least, a bench is extra seating and a convenient way to store extras, like shoes. This bedroom from Home Life, shows it is also great visual transition from the bed to the rest of the room.

3. The base of the bed is a great opportunity to make a strong statement. Take this dramatic white lacquer bench, from Better Homes & Gardens, which pretty much steals the show.

4. You don't have to limit yourself to furniture that's lower than the bed. Johanna & Derek used a taller table versus something shorter and more expected. Yet it still works well as an additional surface.

5. Adding a desk can transform your bedroom into a small-scale office, and do double duty in a tiny amount of space. The room above was designed by Suzanne Kasler.

6. These separate ottomans, in a design by Ashe & Leondro, visually break up the larger expanse of the bed, and can be used in a flexible arrangement as you need them.

7. Ashley Hicks used a dresser he designed herself, which provides welcome storage and a low-profile room divider for this bedroom.

8. A single sofa or loveseat, like this one from Peter Dunham, is a great alternative to the usual stool or bench. This sloped one is a great contrast to all the other right angles in the room.

9. A chaise on the other hand, conveys much more luxury, especially when paired with the canopy bed in this bedroom from Lonny.

10. This bedroom from Nuevo Estilo (via La Dolce Vita) takes it a step further, creating an entire sitting area at the base of the bed.

11. This tiny studio bedroom, from House Beautiful, has an almost necessary slat wall room divider to break up the small space in a more significant way.

12. More than just function, Cara's bedroom chest provides another surface for a small, understated vignette and some art.

13. Alison Westlake's bedroom configuration, which appeared in Chatelaine magazine, reminds us that the foot of the bed doesn't have to be symmetrical. Instead create a vignette that keeps adding to the design of the room.

Re-edited from a post originally published 2.19.15-NT

(Image credits: Lucy Call; Home Life; Better Homes & Gardens; Alexis Buryk; Suzanne Kasler; Ashe & Leondro; Ashley Hicks; Peter Dunham Textile; Lonny; Nuevo Estilo; House Beautiful; Kathryn Bacalis; Chatelaine)