written by: Brad Mee

(Featured image: Home by McEwan Custom Homes)

Who says beds have to back to walls? From what I am seeing, certainly not today’s innovative designers. They’re floating beds in rooms with sensational results. Check these out, they may inspire you to liberate your bed as well.

Traditionally defined rooms and conventional furniture arrangements continue to give way to alternatives that make using spaces more comfortable and stylish. Take the master suite, for example. The bed predictably placed against a wall and flanked by matching night stands is no longer the only option. These days, many designers and style-savvy homeowners are liberating beds from walls and using them as dividers to separate sleeping quarters from the closets and/or master bathrooms in suites.

(photo by Scot Zimmerman)

Home by Ezra Lee Design + Build

Placing the bed in the center of this room creates space to add a chic wall of that doubles as a headboard for the bed. As this room proves, modern homes love floating beds because the dividing wall provides a palette for bold design treatments and stylish lighting. Moving the bed into the middle of this space also places it closer to views framed by windows at the end of the room.

Home by McEwan Custom Homes

The wall—part storage and part screen— behind this bed separates the sleeping area of the suite without cutting off light, views and comfortable flow between spaces. While floating a bed in a small room can be tricky, it works magic in larger bedrooms where sitting areas can feel overly spacious and uncomfortable. A floating bed can refine the areas of a large room, making the sleeping and sitting areas more compatibly sized. What’s more, the wall behind the bed often eliminates the need for conventional furnishings—nightstands, dressers and lamps. Most of the storage and lighting is built into the dividing wall.

Photo by Scot Zimmerman

Design by Steve and Kathy Stanton

Even in a somewhat narrow room, bed-floating is a solid option. In a Park City home, built-in storage and open shelves double as a headboard for a queen-sized bed. A single night stand is built into one side of this dividing wall making smart use of limited space.

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Brad Mee
Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.