6 ways to rethink the foot of your bed

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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When updating or designing your bedroom, don't neglect the space at the foot of your bed! An often overlooked area, we fail to recognise the potential it has—with some homeowners forgetting all together that it's even there! The foot of the bed is perfect not only for decoration and accessories, but it is also great for the purpose of functionality and storage, too. Today on homify, we have 6 stellar examples and inspirational ideas for you to decorate the end of your bed. From sleek and modern to classic and understated, there is something here to suit even the fussiest of home decorators. Let's dive in and take a look..

1. Classic chaise lounge

Walters Residence - Grand Design: classic Bedroom by JodIe Cooper Design
JodIe Cooper Design

Walters Residence—Grand Design

JodIe Cooper Design

A chaise lounge at the end of a bed is a timeless and classic way to decorate this unused space. Whether it is used to rest your clothes, lay upon or simply as a decorative item, you can be sure that it will never date or go out of fashion. There are of course, a myriad of different styles available. From classic to ultra modern, you can find a chaise and bed combination that will suit your needs—you are only limited by the bounds of your imagination! In the pictured example, the bedhead and chaise fabric complement each other perfectly, showing the unity and balance between these two pieces. 

2. Storage savvy

Townfoot : modern Bedroom by GLM Ltd.
GLM Ltd.

Townfoot

GLM Ltd.

If you're limited for space, but still want to feature a little something at the end of your bed, why not make it a usable storage area? Perfect for books, intimate items or even holiday trinkets, you can make every part of your bedroom functional and practical. In essence, make every tiny centimetre or metre count! The white of the shelf at the end of this bed complements the overall colour scheme, yet is a delightful contrast to the warm and chocolate-like tones of the bed and headboard. It just goes to show that matching tone for tone or material for material is not necessary to create a bedroom that looks uniform and even. 

3. Hotel luxury at home

Harrod's Court: modern Bedroom by Anna Casa
Anna Casa

Harrod's Court

Anna Casa

The best thing about staying in a hotel when you are on holiday is the plasma TV that is mounted to the wall at the foot of the bed. It makes relaxing and chilling out that much better! In this instance, there is enough space between the end of the bed and the wall, so the designer has opted to create a narrow passage with an elongated storage unit and wall mounted TV. Here, you can not only watch your favourite series or new release movies from the comfort of your own bed, but you also have a clever place to store clothes, family photographs and even add additional decorative features like lamps and flowers. 

4. A elegant trunk

Once upon a time, the big wooden trunk at the end of the bed was a household staple. Used to store linens and seasonal bedding, it seemed like a reasonable idea to place these necessities within arms reach. Nowadays, since closets and cupboards are relativity easy to come by, we no longer need to store such items so close, and can instead relegate what we don't need at the present moment to a linen closet or built in robe. However, we can still stick to the same traditional style, yet use the same trunk for a totally different purpose. In this image, a contemporary grey bed still harnesses a little bit of history, blending this wooden top and white trunk to great effect within this cosy and inviting bedroom.

5. Pouffe perfection

Photography for Kingshall Estates / Vastu Interiors - House in Northwood, London: modern Bedroom by Adelina Iliev Photography
Adelina Iliev Photography

Photography for Kingshall Estates / Vastu Interiors—House in Northwood, London

Adelina Iliev Photography

A pouffe is a signature designer item in homes today, so it seems no surprise that there would come a point that it would make its way into our bedrooms. Instead of a chaise or armchair, it can too, be used as a wonderful decorative and functional element for the foot of your bed. Plush and elegant, this pouffe fits the luxurious theme of this bedroom perfectly, employing the same tones and colour scheme seen throughout. Whether you use it to rest a pot of tea, to put on your shoes or even to lay your expensive gowns down after a long evening, you can be sure that a pouffe will remain a favourite and prized element in your bedroom space.

6. Modern love seat

Prestige Silver Springs, Chennai: modern Bedroom by Morph Design Company
Morph Design Company

Prestige Silver Springs, Chennai

Morph Design Company

If your bedroom is large enough to be doubled up as a sleeping and relaxing area, a love seat or 2-seater lounge is a great addition to the end of your bed! When we're up and about during the day, we don't want to lay in bed and mess up the effort we've put into making it for a sit down of 15 minutes or so. Hence why a small couch is so useful—you can chill out without the worry of spoiling any of your hard work tucking in the sheets and puffing up the pillows. Our mothers always taught us that beds are only for sleeping—so the reading of books, a quick surf on the laptop and eating should be done elsewhere. A compact and modern lounge like so provides the perfection opportunity to create an excellent distinction between two areas.

Thirsty for more bedroom decorating ideas? Check out the following ideabooks for more inspiration:

8 bedroom style ideas

Picking a side table for your bedroom 

What have you put at the foot of your bed? Or what would you like to see featured there? Let us know in the comments section below.
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