Space-Saving Bed Ideas – Effective Beds For Small Rooms


A bedroom with a bed and desk in a room

Sometimes you have a bedroom without enough space, and it’s usually the bed that takes up most of it. Mainly for rooms designed to be more than just sleeping areas (kids’ rooms, for example), this can mean that there’s not a lot of space for the rest of the things – desk, chair, and other paraphernalia – that the room needs to contain. So here are some ideas on beds that maximize your space and allow the room’s space to be used to its full potential. Here are some of the space-saving bed ideas for you. 

The Shelf Headboard:

A large bed sitting in a room

However, the easiest thing you can do to combine sleeping arrangements with space-saving, the headboard that doubles as a shelf can hold books, tissues, lights, and anything else imperative for bedtime. In addition, most beds can handle an appropriately sized shelf-headboard, making it an economical option for people who already have a good bed.

Bunk Beds:

A living room filled with furniture and a large window

The original space-saving solution, the bunk bed! These beds are basically geared towards children who have to share a room or a child who has many sleepovers. Bunk beds are also an option for guest bedrooms and storage of toys and equipment on the top bunk. For children, they can also function as an economical canopy bed with the addition of curtain rods. Take note that it is strongly recommended that children under the age of 6 not be given the top bunk.

Mezzanine/Loft Beds:

At first, these appear to be bunk beds, but they generally lack a second sleeping arrangement on the bottom, leaving space for a chair, desk, or anything else that a person might desire underneath. Some come with elaborate setups that include shelves, steps, and matching furniture. Others are just the bed and a ladder. These are ideal for college dorm rooms and smaller rooms that need to house an active child. The same caveat that applies to the top of bunk beds applies to lofts – no kids under 6.

Murphy Beds:

A Murphy bed will flip up against a wall when it is not in use. This enables the floor space that it would otherwise occupy to serve for other purposes. Murphy beds have come a long way from the cartoon cliches that folded up on hapless characters. Many of them today have exceptionally comfortable mattresses and are easy to take down and put away. In addition, modifications to the Murphy style allow for a desk or other useful feature to “pop out” when the bed is put away.

Sofa Beds:

The first cousin of the futon, the sofa bed mimics an ordinary sofa but turns into a different creature entirely when night falls. A mattress appears out of hiding and folds out to create an ample bed, the width of the original sofa seating space. If it’s space-saving, you’re after, and this is one to consider.

Trundle Beds:

Another time-honored tradition, the trundle bed, is a bed-within-a-bed. One bed is put together normally, but its frame is just a giant drawer holding another bed. Perfect for small spaces and frequent sleepovers. Most trundle beds have mattresses at different heights, but some have pop-out mechanisms that put the trundle mattress at the same height as the main bed.

You can do a lot with a smaller living space if you find the right furniture. Check out some of these options if saving space is important to you.

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