December 6, 2012

At the Foot of the Bed

Every year around this time we have to figure out a way to fit not only a tree but some extra family members into our very small living room.  A few years ago, we ended up moving the chest that we had under one of our windows to the end of our bed in our master bedroom to store it for the holiday season.  But after the season ended, we were so smitten with the new placement of the chest that we have kept it at the foot of our bed ever since.

Having a piece at the foot of your bed is a great way to add function and style to what can sometimes be a tight space.  Because the piece can go right up next to another piece of large furniture, it alleviates some of the leeway hassles other furniture sometimes runs into.  Simply speaking…if you tried to fit an occasional chair into the room below, you’d end up sitting on a bedside table, but the addition of the chest at the foot of the bed has increased the seating capacity (not to mention storage capacity) by two.

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And while there are no shortage of gorgeous bench options that one can use for this quick design update…

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…you can also always revert to the classic book case.  These next few examples are such great visuals of how the added piece grounds the rooms while also adding oodles of function.

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Along those same lines, this interesting set was originally a pair of big-box, standard drawers.  But by adding a graphic element and some contrasting legs, the pieces truly add to the room.

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Lastly, I had to include this sweet idea, also an easy DIY project.  I actually know a few people with stacks of vintage suitcases and I can never figure out how they access them easily.  With this application, you can still get a lot out of the function of the suitcases while continuing to enjoy their timeless appeal.

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What’s at the foot of your bed?

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