Strange Spots to Place Your Bed (And How to Make Them Work)

Strange Spots to Place Your Bed (And How to Make Them Work)

Dabney Frake
Jun 14, 2015

When it comes to bedroom layouts, the first thing you have to figure out is where to put the bed. It’s arguably the main element in the room— not to mention the largest — so it makes good sense to start there. Sometimes the room will automatically dictate where the bed must go. Other times you have to get clever and put it somewhere unexpected that still makes the most of the size and shape of the space you have.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

Against a Fireplace

This spare bedroom in the home of Jane Cameron, seen on Design Sponge, doubles as an office. The mantel acts as a headboard for the single bed.

(Image credit: Fabric Paper Glue)

Under Eaves

You don’t need a lot of head room when you’re lying in bed, so make use of a lower slanted ceiling in an upstairs bedroom. Fabric Paper Glue made this custom headboard so it fit perfectly underneath. You can also stash stuff behind and it won’t be seen.

(Image credit: Marion House Book)

Tucked Into Bay Windows

You can save a little bit of space by inserting the head of a bed into the bumped-out space created by bay windows, as in Emma's room from the Marion House Book.

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In A Corner

Pushing the bed into one corner of the room is unexpected, which you can see in this Spanish style home from Design Sponge. The mirrors and curtains behind the bed create a visually pleasant symmetry.

(Image credit: Ollie & Seb's Haus)

Off Center

Ollie and Seb's House had a really small room and wound up positioning a bed off-center and hanging over into space in front of the window. They countered any awkwardness by paying extra attention to art and accessories. Here the plant helps balance out that wall's entire composition.

Centered In Front of A Window

If you are short of space, and you have no other option, it’s perfectly fine to place your bed in front of a window. This one from the White House Daylesford Australia works because there’s no headboard to block the view.

Framed by Wide Curtains

With wider curtained windows framing the bed, Kathryn and David's bed set up become one big and bold visual focal point.

(Image credit: Stephanie Strickland)

In A Closet

If you need space more than you need storage, empty out the closet and stick your bed in there. Lauren in San Francisco created her own cozy, private cocoon by doing just that.

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