Design on Another Level: Platform Furniture, Raised Rooms and Other Ideas & Inspiration

Design on Another Level: Platform Furniture, Raised Rooms and Other Ideas & Inspiration

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Adrienne Breaux
Nov 1, 2014

Think just because you've got a single story you have to keep all your decor flat on the ground? Adding built steps, platforms and levels in your home adds instant interest, and the idea is easier to implement than you think. Whether you need a way to set a different are of the house apart, need extra storage or just want an exciting new look, these rooms will inspire level ideas.

And while it might seem like you need a lot of money or space to create additional levels in your home, the opposite is true: Affordable materials and creative ideas can give you a unique-looking space with extra storage.

Pictured above: This project by Clare Cousins Architects via YellowTrace is proof an affordable material can function and look great when it comes to creating a small space on another level.

The room spotted on decoist shows that an extra level can make a room multi-functional; this space is a bedroom and features pull out surfaces for working, too.

(Image credit: Singapore Home & Decor)

A plain area gets a modern design boost in this room spotted on Singapore Home & Decor.

Platform furniture like purchased and DIY platform sofas are a little less dramatic than creating another level you can walk on, but no less interesting for a space. They create an encompassing nook that feels like another room, without being completely separate from the rest of the home. This sofa spotted on SFgirlbybay.

(Image credit: My Paradissi )

Deep, ample drawers underneath a plywood bed platform make this studio ultra usable. Idea seen on My Paradissi.

(Image credit: Stadshem, via Anita Sienudzi)

You don't have to build everything from scratch; this bed platform shows you can create levels with IKEA. → IKEA DIY Ideas: 6 Ways to Make Your Own Platform Bed (with Storage!).

(Image credit: David)

This DIY platform for a bed creates plenty of book storage in the bedroom. → Look! DIY Platform Bed With Storage.

This house tour featured a gorgeous and rustic purchased platform bed with plenty of under-mattress storage.

Silvana didn't let a small floor plan or a standard ceiling height get in the way of creating multiple levels to make the space more functional and add more storage. → Silvana's Innovative Interior.

(Image credit: BoligLIV)

Another example of using the level idea with furniture. Making a larger platform than needed for a mattress or a sofa cushion creates the illusion of a step or extra table surface and makes a room feel more interesting. This example spotted in BoligLIV.

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