Alcove Beds Are The Architectural Womb We Never Want to Leave

Alcove Beds Are The Architectural Womb We Never Want to Leave

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 20, 2017
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What's more exciting than a well-dressed bed? How about a well-dressed bed tucked into a cozy nook? You might have to do a little more work to make up the bed, but there's no denying the appeal of these tucked-away sleeping spaces, on a cold winter night or any time of the year.

The Wall Street Journal recently explored the merits (and hassles) of the alcove bed, diving into its history and breaking down whether this "architectural womb" was blissful or downright annoying. I side in the camp of "blissful" because who wouldn't want to nestle into this sleeping cocoon?

Above: This attic nook from Dwell manages to be both cozy and lofty at the same time, and that mint-green shade (cleverly echoed in the art that hangs over the bed) is just so restful.

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Two for the price of one: sweet little neighboring bed nooks in a room spotted on Houzz.

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This nook from Est Living, suitable for lounging or sleeping, comes surrounded by windows and supported by books.

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Imagine how calm and restful and cozy you'd feel waking up in this beautifully detailed nook, part of a bedroom designed by architect John B. Murray.

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Some might regard the tiny bed alcove in this San Francisco studio as an inconveniently small bedroom, but I prefer to think of it as the sweetest, coziest little spot to tuck in for the night.

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This bed nook from BHG can also double as a couch during the day.

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From a Swedish cottage spotted on My Scandinavian Home, I would imagine that a little sleeping nook feels especially nice during a cold Nordic winter.

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From Alvhem, this little spot is another cozy alcove 'bedroom' in a studio apartment. The wallpaper adds a little peek of pattern.

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Curtains covering a sleeping nook (like this one from Entrance) give it a dreamy, romantic feel — and make it almost as good as a separate bedroom.

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I cannot imagine a better place to go to bed — or wake up — than the little attic bed nook in Erin's Austin home. (You just might have to watch your head a little in the morning.)

What do you think? Are alcove beds total winners or complete nuisances? Chime in down in the comments!

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