Magazine article Sunset

Shove the Bed Away from the Wall and Let the Headboard Go to Work

Magazine article Sunset

Shove the Bed Away from the Wall and Let the Headboard Go to Work

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Pushing the bed against the wall isn't necessarily the best way to make more space in a bedroom. Here you see four beds that sit out in the middle of the room, each with space-making headboard dividers. Whether wall, closet, or part of the furniture, these dividers give each room a more spacious feeling, while providing storage and work space and establishing traffic patterns.

Above, Miriam and Chris Cressman designed a 6-foot-wide, 2-foot-deep, 42-inch-tall headboard-dresser for their Seattle bedroom. The lower two rows of drawers are 22 inches deep, the upper rows are 16 inches deep, leaving room for the 7-inch-deep niche.

The niche is like a command center for the bedroom, with wiring for several appliances. The headboard-dresser and bed pedestal are made from red oak plywood. The top counter is plate glass over chair caning, easy to maintain but light-colored and visually interesting.

At left, wanting to keep their loft free of furniture and clutter, architects Julie Eizenberg and Hank Koning of Santa Monica, California, added a raised platform with built-in drawers and a walk-around divider that serves as both headboard and closet. Three open plywood boxes separate the sleeping area from the closet space; because the divider doesn't extend to the ceiling or walls, the loft remains open and airy.

At upper left on opposite page, an 8-foot-square wall unit angles across a corner to create a storage and make-up area in Portola Valley, California. Gypsum board covers a stud-framed wall. …

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