Magazine article Sunset

Wake Up Your Bedroom: Make the Space Start Working for You with These Design-Savvy Solutions

Magazine article Sunset

Wake Up Your Bedroom: Make the Space Start Working for You with These Design-Savvy Solutions

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Something borrowed

Architectural details can become furniture. A mantelpiece, for instance, can provide structure for a fabric-covered foam headboard. If over-the-top is your style, go almost all the way to the ceiling with a salvaged pocket door (right) and by-the-foot crown molding. (And you'll have room for sconces.) Best for: those with a sense of occasion--and history.

Creating boundaries

Take a leaf from the Murphy bed book: Frame your bed with custom cubbies, forming in the process a headboard in reverse. This mix of open and closed storage lets you display what you want while stashing the rest. Painting the headboard zone in a neutral color keeps the whole thing from being overwhelming. Best for: the mildly OCD, who will keep the open shelves nice and neat.

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What lies within

When space is tight, it pays to look for storage in unusual places--say, between the studs, as San Francisco architect John Lum did here. The boxy shelves are set in a wall that divides this bedroom from a windowed entryway; resin panels let light filter from there into the darker bedroom. …

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