Sometimes, the architecture of a room is such that the whole room cannot be utilized completely with a conventional design. It’s often when confronted with such challenges that the designers go for alcove beds and nooks as a creative solution. A small recessed area with three walls can turn into a simple sleeping or resting place. Alcove beds are a fun and space-saving solution to the problem of space in small living quarters like the townhouses or apartments. Designers often turn a quiet corner or recessed area in the room into alcove beds or reading nooks. These beds look charming when decorated properly and can also make you feel warm and secure.
There are many creative ways to place a bed in a room. Some options are closet beds, corner beds, window beds, bunk beds or small nook beds. You should definitely try the alcove beds if any small area in your room is normally left empty. If properly used, these beds can uplift the mood of the room. they can transform a small, shabby place into a well-organized unit which is as stylish as the rest of the room. Not only that, they can also provide some extra space in the room for storage or other uses. Some beds can have storage options incorporated in them while others can become lofted beds with storage area underneath them. Let us take a look at some of the most wonderful and creative alcove bed design ideas for small spaces.
Attic Built-In Alcove Beds
Cozy and Compact Built-in Attic Beds By Hus & Hem
The most common use of alcove beds is to turn the attic into a bedroom. The corners in an attic are mostly not suitable for any kind of storage or furnishings. Hence, to utilize these corners and have space for the rest of the room, place an alcove bed in the corner. You will find that it is surprisingly cozy and warm. You can decorate or design this space as per your taste.
Natural Recessed Alcove In A Room
Stone Walls and Pendant Light Nook By Onekinddesign
Formed of lava rocks, this transitional alcove design is a perfect example of compact and cozy alcove beds. The unique rock walls and the parquet style flooring make the place look old. But the pendant light and the bed gives it a modern look. The end result is a space that is warm as well as inviting.
Stone Archway Alcove Beds
Greek Style Stone Archway Bedroom Nook by Yatzer
This Greek Style Alcove Bedroom is stunning in its simplicity and beauty. The natural stone arch in the room is very cleverly used as a bedroom with an installed fan and wall-mounted lamps for lighting. This frees the rest of the room for adding any other decor or storage elements. The arch of the alcove keeps out much of the natural light but the white walls balance this lack of light nicely.
Alcove Bed Under The Stairs
Alcove Beds Under The Stairs via Pinterest
This alcove under the stairs makes really good use of the area under the stairs which would otherwise go waste. A wall lamp is cleverly installed on the wall that is under the stairs as it is the darkest area. A small side table stands beside the bed for storage. The bed also allows more storage under it which is an added plus.
Rustic Farmhouse Style Alcove Beds
Rustic Farmhouse Style Nook Bed via Smartspace Interiors
This small alcove has a rather rustic charm. It is also simple and functional. The large wooden corners and wooden bed gives the place a farmhouse look. The area under the bed is kept open and used as a storage shelf. The open shelves on the side walls make it really easy to sit back and relax with a good book. Also, the antique wall sconce adds to the farmhouse look.
Circular Alcove Bed
Circular Alcove Bed via Pinterest
This circular alcove separates the bedroom from the rest of the room quite effectively. The large and comfortable alcove bed fits perfectly in the circular room. Separating the bedroom in an alcove clears the rest of the room for any other storage or decoration. The huge ceiling and large windows keep the place from feeling small or dark.
Closet turned Into Alcove Bedroom
Matching Wallpapers and Curtains via Pinterest | Photo by Nicholas Haslem
This little alcove was a closet before it was made into a bedroom. The place is roomy as well as warm. The wallpaper used inside matches the curtains and the upholstery of the room. This gives the whole place an old victorian look. The moldings on the alcove entrance walls also add to this look. Additionally, the wall sconce provides nighttime lighting options. Since the closet has a cozy bed, the bedroom does not need another big bed. You can utilize this free space for other furnishings or decor.
Transitional Closet Bedroom
Beacon Hill Condominium by Frank Shirley Architects | Photo by Greg Premru
This closet has also been turned into a bedroom nook. Opening the closet and pushing the bed up against the closet wall leaves some space free. This allows for more room to move around the room. It also allows for more storage space under the bed. The muted colors make the place look calm and serene.
Corner Alcove Beds
Inspiration Home by Christopher Architecture and Interiors
This wonderful design is the perfect setting for an alcove bed. The small alcove in the room is nicely lit by windows. A bedside lamp and ceiling light also provide enough light for night time. The rest of the room works as a sitting area which is rather separate from the alcove bed. This makes the room look spacious and larger than it really is.
Colorful Attic Bed
Colorful Attic Bed in Leech Lake 1 by Lands End Development
This attic alcove bed is snug and comfortable. Built into the attic wall in solid wood, this colorful bed is cheery and well-lit. Having the bed pushed to the attic walls makes the rest of the small room feel much bigger and spacious. It also leaves space for room decoration like the area rugs or the rocking chair shown in the picture.
Minimalist Alcove Beds
Minimalist Alcove Bed via Homedit.com
This Scandinavian design alcove bed is rather simple and minimalist. A simple bedspread in soft grey goes well with the other elements in the room decor. The neutral colors make the room look soft and spacious. The alcove also looks like a part of the wall and takes no extra space at all. The rest of the room is free for other designs or decor. A small wall-mounted TV provides entertainment options within the alcove itself. It also affords privacy from others while being in the same room.
Alcove Bed With Storage Below
This bohemian style alcove bed is a space-saving alternative to the traditional bed. The alcove has a raised ceiling which makes it possible to raise the bed to a higher level. A small ladder provides access to the raised bed. You can use the free space below as you like. As in the above picture, you can install an open shelf for keeping books and make the space into a reading corner or a sitting area.
Round Bedroom Nook
Rounded Alcove Bed with Circular Canopy via Ritely.com
This stunning alcove bed area is as comfortable as it is beautiful. Located near a large window, this rounded alcove space gets plenty of light. Hence, curtains are used to cover the entire area and separate it from the room for privacy while also keeping the lights out. The placement of the alcove ensures it becomes a part of the round wall going around the room. Not only does this design look absolutely stunning but it also saves a lot of space in the room.
Rustic Alcove Bed Design
Rustic Style Alcove Bed Design via Ritely.com
Unlike the previous alcove beds, this bed is not a recessed corner of the room but is in fact built as a small wooden chamber in the room. The design of this bed also includes a raised platform bed, a small ladder to access the bed, a door and a window in the bed cabin for privacy and ventilation, and under bed storage shelves. Moreover, the weathered design of the wood and the pattern on the doors give it a rustic appeal. Similarly, a small canopy over the bed gives a whimsical look to the simple setting.
Innovative Alcove Bed Placement
Innovative Alcove Bed Placement At The Monticelli Where Jefferson Died by History.org
This alcove bed space is one of the most innovative bed placements that has been seen to date. Instead of some recessed alcove in the room, the bed sprawls across the open space between two rooms. The space connecting the study room to the bedroom is large enough for the bed to fit in. Now, this place normally goes to waste but the designers came up with this brilliant idea to utilize the extra space and free up some space in the bedroom for other furnishings. Also, an antique wall lamp and a beautiful pink bedspread lifts the mood of this small place and makes it look inviting and fun.
Kids Room Ocean Nook Bed
Ocean Themed Alcove beds For Kids via Mammamia.com
This spectacular alcove design is perfect for a little girl to have some nighttime adventures in her sleep! The beautiful alcove design along with the amazing wall art in the nook makes it look like a cabin in a ship on the ocean. The blue bedspread and the star-shaped pillows also add to the oceanic appeal of the place. It is a fun and cheerful place for children to sleep. The alcove bed also sports under bed storage and side shelves for keeping storybooks or toys. This is a good solution for small space bed placement problems.
Small Space Elevated Alcove Beds
Elevated Alcove Beds via Apartment Therapy
This tiny white-themed house sports an alcove bed which is elevated high enough to accommodate the kitchen and bathroom area below it. The white bed linens go rather well with the white theme of the house and make the bed area look larger and cozier. This is a wonderful example of stylish as well as innovative interior designs of today.
Compact Alcove Beds For Kids
White Bear Lake Home by Tea2 Architects
This small alcove bed is a picture of warmth and comfort. The warm colors of the natural wood, the curved details, and the small window make this small space look charming and inviting. Moreover, its compact form saves space in the home, while details such as built-in bookcases and drawers below provide functional storage. All in all, it looks like a fun place full of life and character.
Tree House Style Alcove Bed
Tree House Alcove Beds via Magnolia.com
This alcove bed installed for kids in the room is designed like a tree house. The design of the house would definitely appeal to the whims of kids all over the world. The double bed is also comfortable and compact. Additionally, a white ladder is placed for easy access to the upper level. The bed linens are in soft colors to match the natural look of the tree house.
Alcove Beds With Play Area For Kids
Play area for kids above the alcove beds by Ruetemple via Dezeen.com
This unique alcove bed design is suitable for the whole family. The bed occupies the corner area of the master bedroom. A play area created above the bed allows the parents to safely monitor the kids while they play. The raised play area has a net covering to prevent falling down and is accessible by a set of stairs. Indeed the designers utilized the high ceiling space of the alcove very creatively!
Bohemian Style Double Alcove Beds
Bohemian Style Double Alcove Beds via Pinterest.com
This double bed is placed perfectly in an alcove so as to utilize the rest of the small room for other things. Instead of placing a single bed in the alcove, place bunk beds to accommodate two people. In Places Like Very Small Apartments, this type of bed placements can also save a lot of space. Interestingly, these beds can even become the show stealers in the room if decorated creatively as shown in the picture above. Hanging draperies, tasseled ropes, and multicolored curtains can uplift the look of not only the alcove but the entire room.