1. Raise the board

Clever bedroom dividers.
Clever bedroom dividers.

In this clever built-in treatment, a divider wall that houses living room comforts is actually the bed’s “footboard,” complete with a bonus storage surface up top.

2. Rest stop

Daybed with storage.
Daybed with storage.

Charming and efficient, a daybed – especially one with storage – makes a hangout pad where a bunch can pile on to watch TV. Cleared of toss cushions, the space becomes an instant guest room.

3. Top shelf

Closet storage.
Closet storage.

Sloping attic walls make it tricky to install closets, so this floor-to-ceiling solution provides much-needed storage while creating a bedroom zone that doesn’t cut off air flow in this often-hot space.

4. Private lives

Bed with curtains.
Bed with curtains.

Studio dwellers take note: When a guest stays over, that bedroom door you don’t have can be recreated with a dividing curtain hung from the ceiling or the rails of a four poster bed.

5. Harbor a stowaway

Bed with interesting storage for small bedrooms.
Bed with interesting storage for small bedrooms.

Why eat up floor space with something you’re not even awake to use? Murphy beds now come with interesting storage built in and around, and some flip up to become an integrated sofa or desk.

Form a bed nook

Form a bed nook.
Form a bed nook.
  1. Create Your “Wall”
    The space wizards at Ikea are responsible for this genius take on a “headboard,” whose back side is actually a customized walk-in closet made from side-by-side units from their Pax line.
  2. Fashion the Nook
    More Pax cabinets, set back-to-back with the closet units, flank the bed to offer additional hidden and open storage, as well as a surface on which to mount bedside lights.
  3. Soften the Surroundings
    Stretch fabric across the backs of the closet units to recreate the look of wallpaper, only with a softer touch that doubles as an upholstered headboard.
  4. Hook it Up
    Affix hooks to wall and cupboard units so there are lots of places to deposit clothes at the start and end of the day.

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