Back to Basics: Beds on the Floor

Back to Basics: Beds on the Floor

Leah Moss
Jan 12, 2010

It's been nearly a year since we ditched our bed frame for a more minimalist mattress on the floor. Yes, at first it was a temporary solution while we searched for the perfect bed, but we've grown to like its low visual profile, pure (noiseless) comfort, and understated appeal. Still there's something — bad feng shui? — that that makes us question it as a long term move. Here are a few examples where boards and box-frames have been abandoned for the the simpler solution. Collegiate poverty or zen-den chic? You tell us...

I think British stylist, Twig Hutchinson, could make a paper bag look glamourous, so it comes as no surprise that she's managed to make this simple mattress (above) feel ultra elegant.

My original inspiration to go spare came from the calm home of artist, Alexander Vethers, featured in New York Spaces last summer. He found the mattress better suited to his small bedroom than his old bulky bedframe.

I want to dive right into this comfortable bed from stylist, Atlanta Bartlett. Its simplicity is complimented by the calm, rustic furnishings surrounding it.

We love the simple elegance reigning through Marcel Marongiu's Paris apartment, and his bedroom is certainly no exception. The only thing that we question is the height of the nightstands.

Like Alexander Vethers, we thought a standard bed frame would be too bulky for our modest sized room. However, we did create a headboard to give it a more established feel.

Another Twig Hutchinson bed on the floor. Unlike the others, this one is more about the free-spirited, gypsy-wagon vibe, than minimalist calm.

And last but not least, Finnian's Montessori bedroom featured on Ohdeedoh a couple weeks ago. Rather than cribs, many parents following the Montessori method use a mattress on the floor.

Too basic or just your style?

(Images: 1 & 6: Twig Hutchinson, 2: New York Spaces, 3: Atlanta Bartlett, 4: Marie Claire Maison via Apartment Therapy, 5: Leah Moss, 7: Ohdeedoh)

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