In honor of Small Cool this month, I've put together a list of the best beds for use in small spaces. That means beds that have a minimal footprint, handy storage and/or are easy to take apart and move into a small bedroom.
The Min Bed up top is one I've had for many years. It's a super elegant design and a very good price. It was my first adult bed and now lives in my mother's garage waiting for its next assignment. First debuting in 2003, Luciano Bertoncini's design has been in production and a best seller at DWR for over ten years: "Combining high-quality materials and expert construction with a basic slat platform, the Min provides constant ventilation for your mattress (which is crucial for memory foam). Bed ships flat; simple assembly required. Made in Italy." More choices below...
A classic in the IKEA line, I love the updated version with the higher back, lower price and the four storage drawers underneath. It comes in many colors and veneers, but I prefer this real wood light oak veneer that they claim will age better than a taped or painted veneer.
The traditional Swedish bed puts the legs right under the boxspring, which is about the tightest, most efficient approach you can take. It's also much more stable and solid than those clunky metal boxspring frames we use in this country. IKEA makes both boxsprings and foundations that start at $100, all of which take multiple legs.
- Sustainable Maple Wood Bed Frame - From $522
If you want a wood bed frame equivalent to the Min bed at the very top, this one by Pacific Rim is for you. Made responsibly with sustainable FSC certified solid Pacific Coast Maple in the USA, the frame comes in a number of sizes and styles, from Arts & Crafts to New Wave.
- Modulicious Bed - From $1,499
Designed by those smart guys out in Minnesota, Blu Dot's Modulicious bed is smart, efficient and packs tons of storage underneath with six powder coated steel drawers that can be mixed and chosen in a variety of colors.
Flou, a high end Italian company, makes beautiful modern beds with an innovative storage base that lifts up on hydraulic lifts to maximize storage underneath. This is not cheap, but an amazing solution and one that has been copied. Choose your style and then add it to your storage base. Video below to show you how smooth the operation of this thing is.
This Anderson Ultimate Dresser Bed is an old fave. Made to maximize storage within the single footprint of your bed, I've yet to see anything like it. There are many sizes and numbers of drawers that you can plug into it, but the queen size can take 16 drawers, which is equivalent to three large dressers. PERHAPS not the chicest look, but darn practical.
Designed for CB2 by Diana Lu of Slate Design, the Stowaway has a minimal footprint, no headboard and can float in the middle of a room or slide into a corner with your head at either end: "White oak and plywood frame bunks three built-in drawers per side to stow books, linens, tees. A smart option for small space lodgings, drawers close flush to frame, pull out smooth on casters via integrated handles. Neat platform sleeps sans headboard to float in room."
- Stella Metal Bed Frame - $799
Found this super appealing, super slim bedframe at West Elm and thought to add it to the list. Yes, it has a tall headboard with a lovely little curve in it, but it looks so light and airy it is sure to keep a small room feeling open and uncluttered.
- Brass-finished plated metal.
- Sloped headboard with spindle detailing; dome topped legs.
- Accommodates most standard mattresses.
- Recommended for use without a box spring.
- Alchemy Brass Bed - From $599
A new take from CB2 this shiny brass bed is designed by Barcelona based Mermalada Estudio. It's sleek and shiny and minimal in its own way: "Spare, linear design aligns brass-plated iron rods from head to footboard on a low profile frame."
- Natural Ash Platform Bed - From
Okay, so you can't get this in the US right now, but MUJI's solid wood bed line is awesome. Check out the floating platform with storage underneath and the excellent price.
These things are spendy but amazing. Hastens, a Swedish company, has been making handmade, all natural beds for over 100 years. True to Swedish custom (and similar to IKEA), the boxspring is supported by wooden legs, allowing for minimal footprint and an elegant design. Swedes even prefer, I've been told, not to cover up the blue and white base so you can see a Hastens bed from a mile away. If you can afford these beds you might not live in a small space, OR if you've spent all your money on one of these (you will sleep really well) you may have nothing left so you may be in a small space. Either way, it's worth it.