modern kids by Marie Burgos Design

Space Saver: Rotate the Bed

Try putting the long side of the bed against the wall for a more flexible furniture arrangement

by: Shawn Gauthier

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Trying to create more room in your bedroom? Or perhaps you’re working with a long, narrow space? Instead of placing your bed with the head against the wall, consider placing it lengthwise. In some instances, this means pushing it into a nook, in others, it means positioning it along the center of the wall and leaving the head of the bed without any boundary. There are several options for this layout, and each can benefit your space in its own way.

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contemporary kids by Michael Fullen Design Group

by Michael Fullen Design Group

Consider placing your bed lengthwise along the center of the wall, leaving the head of the bed open. In this space, a lengthwise position proves a better complement to the three horizontal windows. Naturally, always consider the present architecture: It’s likely to dictate the best positioning for furniture.

modern kids by Marie Burgos Design

by Marie Burgos Design

In this shot, the bed is accompanied by a keyboard and desk in a somewhat small room; leaving space on both ends of the bed helps it to feel less cramped and opens room near the closet.

contemporary kids by Shoshana Gosselin

by Shoshana Gosselin

In this space, a lengthwise bed with the head and foot open provides room for extra storage.

traditional bedroom by Chambers + Chambers Architects

by Chambers + Chambers Architects

Consider the view in your room. Will positioning your bed lengthwise maximize it? This designer could have easily placed the head of the bed against the window, but this layout allows the view to be enjoyed from the bed.

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by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Here’s another example where the view is maximized by a lengthwise placement. If you’re considering a renovation, built-in storage around the bed will create a hiding place for everything.

traditional bedroom by Z3 Diseño

by Z3 Diseño

Trying to fit two beds into one room but can’t make it work? It’s possible that placing them lengthwise will provide the solution. A dresser in the middle creates a slight separation in addition to storage.

contemporary kids by Alder and Tweed

by Alder and Tweed

Often, placing a bed lengthwise allows you to make best use of the rest of the space. This room manages to sleep four and double as a living room.

by HUISSTYLING

A lengthwise bed is great for a kid's room since it likely doubles as a play area. Sneak storage beneath the bed via drawers or even portable bins to keep things properly stowed.

by Lauren Liess Interiors

Daybeds, by design, are generally placed lengthwise against a wall. They’re another great option for kids' rooms, as they keep the space open and are a good transition bed after the crib.

modern bedroom by Roger Hirsch Architect

by Roger Hirsch Architect

Lofts and studios can be especially tricky when trying to fit in all types of furniture in an organized fashion. This designer successfully created a bedroom in this tight space using the lengthwise bed trick, in this case, in a drop-down bed.

traditional kids by GDC Construction

When going lengthwise, you can create room for multiple beds, including a crib! It's the perfect layout to create the ultimate bunkhouse.