Our bed is usually the biggest piece of furniture we own. If you live in a small apartment, this can be a problem, or perhaps you need to have a guest bed and simply don’t have the room for one. A good solution is to get a Murphy bed. The more elaborate ones require complicated and costly installation, but now there are Murphy beds that fold up into a cabinet. These save space and look quite attractive.
Queen Murphy bed cabinet:
Queen Murphy bed cabinet pictured: Arason Enterprises Creden-ZzZ Queen Acacia Cabinet Bed by Creden-ZzZ
A low bed, depending on the bed frame itself, can have a very cool and modern look. In general, low beds are platform beds, which are the kind that contemporary designers seem to favor. There is a sort of mid-century retro look to them, while still looking very current in design. Combined with matching night tables and a long, low dresser, the effect can be quite striking. If you do opt for a platform bed, remember that these do not have box-springs. Make sure that you can sleep comfortably on a mattress that is placed directly on a flat platform.
I love the look of this bed – now if I only had the space:
The low king size bed pictured above is the Fujian Modern Platform Bed + 2 Night Stands King (Espresso) by Matisse
The effect a low bed can make is probably most striking in a large room, because its low height accentuates the feeling of spaciousness. Low beds can also work very well in small rooms, since they can help the room feel less cluttered. The bed being low, it is not as imposing as a taller bed. Some of these bed frames come with night tables integrated in their design. Others with headboards that offer storage space.
A platform bed frame has a look that no other bed frame has: it is sleek, modern, and usually low to the ground. When combined with the right bedroom set, and covered with appropriate bedding, it can look stunning. Because of the modern look these beds have, you may want to avoid busy patterns when it comes to bedding. Simple one-color sheets and comforters should fit in well with the contemporary look, enhancing it rather than clashing with it.
Look at this example – this is my dream bed:
California king platform bed frame pictured: Broome Bed – Cal King White Leather by Modloft
Low furniture tends to work very well in large, sparsely furnished rooms.