Over the holidays, our family visited Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Jefferson was a great innovator and enjoyed developing new designs that would improve the functionality of his home. One idea that fascinated him was an alcove bed, and when Jefferson redesigned Monticello in 1790, he designed a special alcove bed for his bed chamber. Here is Jefferson’s alcove bed at Monticello:
Jefferson’s bed was different from many alcove beds that are pushed up against a wall. For convenience, Jefferson’s bed was open on both sides. Jefferson liked that his particular design offered access to his office on one side of the bed and his bed chamber on the other.
Alcove beds tend to be cozy-looking nooks; many can be closed off by curtains for privacy. They are also space savers, adding usable square footage to the bedroom.
Here are some modern versions of the alcove bed, inspired by Jefferson’s design:
Alcove beds are a great way to utilize the awkward space in a room with a sloped ceiling as shown in the three photos below:
A few more cozy, space-saving nooks:
Alcove beds add an element of fun to a child’s room. They can have drawers underneath for hidden storage and bookshelves built around the bed. They provide a child with a private and special space that is perfect for dreaming and reading:
Alcove beds work well as doubles in guest rooms, giving visitors privacy and leaving open space in the room for lounging:
These beds are perfect for bunk rooms too:
I think Thomas Jefferson had a wonderful idea, don’t you?