Loft beds are not only fun to set up (that is…if you’re not afraid of heights!), but they’re also great for maximizing the square footage of your home. Whether you live in a studio apartment, are furnishing a guest bedroom, or want to create a kid-friendly hideaway, a loft bed can work in a variety of spaces. With this extra piece, you can create anything from a home office to a living space with a loveseat. If you need expert advice on how to bring your dream loft bed to life, we’ve got designer-approved ideas, from simple additions like lush curtains to exploring elements integrated. And if you live in a real loft or plan to build one yourself, we have plenty of ideas for those layouts, too.
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Whether you’re using the space under a loft bed as a desk or a play area for the kids, consider hanging curtains to close off the space. Not only will they add softness to the room, but they will hide any clutter. Blush pinks in this bedroom designed by Heidi Callier brighten the mood and provide a pop of color.
In the four-story loft of designer Natalie Chong’s townhouse in Toronto’s West End, walls of glass separate the guest bedroom from the rest of the house while letting in natural light.
If you don’t want to go up too high with your loft bed and want more stability, make it a built-in. In this bedroom by designer Vern Yip, a small ladder leads to a durable landing and a cozy bed. A nearby armchair and side table make a great place to read.
If you have a large loft space, like this bedroom from Maltsev Design, consider adding an elegant iron railing and sconces. The railing, of course, will keep you from stepping off the edge. Sconces are a sturdier choice than a table or floor lamp that could potentially be knocked over the railing.
A built-in staircase, desk and lockers make this loft bed in a room designed by Nicole Hollis functional and ideal for different age groups.
Designer Stephanie Housley’s Wyoming cabin is full of wonderful features, including this incredible wooden staircase with a railing that exists along the edge of the loft space it leads to.
Highlight a spiral staircase
Ditch a simple staircase or ladder for a fun spiral. If your loft space comes with a spiral staircase that leads to the bedroom, accent it with a vintage post like HGTV star Alison Victoria did in her new Atlanta loft. She hung white curtains for privacy.
Try an Arched Canopy Bed
For an elegant yet soft touch to a modern loft space, invest in an arched canopy bed like this in a bedroom designed by Leanne Ford. Large black and white artwork and a potted plant add character.
Instead of placing your bed above the loft, use it as storage space. If the ceiling is high enough, consider using it as an office, writing room, or art studio. In a child’s room, you can turn it into a raised fort like Hao Design did in this room.
Anyone leaning towards a minimalist aesthetic should consider a sparse color palette. Here, the white bedding and the bookcase above the bed blend into the white walls for a hushed and cozy atmosphere. Brown wooden beams and a balustrade warm it up.
Give a wooden loft bed a soft touch with upholstered panels on either side, like this one available from West Elm. It also has a built-in desk and dresser, making it easy to give your bedroom a cohesive look.
For a moderate rise, consider a chunky bed with storage drawers underneath, like the one in this home by Fitzhugh Karol and Lyndsay Caleo of The Brooklyn Home Company. Use a screen and/or console table to divide your living and sleeping areas if you’re in a studio apartment.
Place the bed in front of a window
With your loft bed in front of a high or tall window, you can wake up to refreshing natural light and fall asleep to a night sky full of stars. In this small sleeping area designed by Leanne Ford, striped linens match the beige painted walls for a soothing atmosphere.
If your loft space is comfortable and you don’t like the instability of a freestanding ladder, install a more permanent version. That way, you won’t have to worry about the ladder tipping over when you’re not on it (and when you are!) or putting it away when not in use.
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