Thomas Jefferson's Alcove Bed

As a kid visiting my grandma in Virginia, I saw just about every Jeffersonian landmark in the area. She lived down the road from Poplar Forest, Jefferson's summer home, and I developed an early appreciation for the third president's sense of style. At both Poplar Forest and Monticello, one of the most memorable design features (and a great small space solution) is the alcove bed...

A self-taught architect, Jefferson designed his own homes, and included the necessary dimensions for alcove beds in the plans. Placing the bed in the center of the room, flanked by two supports, opened up the floor plan and allowed light and air to flow through both the bedroom and dressing room. For more examples of Jefferson's style, visit the Monticello photo gallery.

Photo: Jefferson's Bedchamber at Monticello