How To: Work the Bed on the Floor Look

How To: Work the Bed on the Floor Look

Laure Joliet
Apr 28, 2009

When we first moved in we didn't have the wherewithal to get the bed frame out of storage and up 2 flights of stairs so we slept on a boxspring and mattress on the floor for a couple of months. We've since brought the frame up, but to be honest, I think it was better before. The room is small and the bed on the floor with a simple white duvet looked modern and clean. And with low nightstands on either side it looked on purpose. I suppose it might have been a bit too this is my first apartment and I can't afford a bed frame but now that we've been seeing lower and lower platform beds and even beds on the floor that look, well stylish, we're jumping on the wagon. So if you can't afford a bed frame (for space or cash reasons) jump below for how to work your bed on the floor without feeling like you're going for broke:

This image exemplifies how to work that bed.

Keep everything low. The painting leaned on the wall, the low side table and the collection of baskets orient the room lower so the bed doesn't look out of place.
Luxurious Bedding. The bold texture on the bedding and the fact that it covers up the edges of the box spring and the mattress definitely hide the possible college aspects of the room. The contrasting textures and comfiness of it take it up a notch.
Big Contrasting Pillows. Larger pillows propped up against the wall substitute having a headboard but still give some bulk to the bed. Since these are darker than the blankets, they pop and add some depth to the bedding, tying it in with the rest of the room.
Keep it casual, But not too casual. Sure things are leaned this way and that, but the spare color palette with an emphasis on comforting textures on the bed and an angular lamp look more finished than a plain whte duvet cover or with stacks of clutter in the corners.
Keep it Clean. You're a lot closer to the floor, so keep it clean, or consider a rug so that the area around the bed is comfier and on an island of soft.

Do you rock the bed on the floor? Have any advice for those that are trying to do it stylishly?

(Image: Magnus Persson)

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