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Shove the bed away from the wall and let the headboard go to work.

Pushing the bed against the wall isn't necessarily the best way to make more space in a bedroom. Here you see four beds that sit out in the middle of the room, each with space-making headboard dividers. Whether wall, closet, or part of the furniture, these dividers give each room a more spacious feeling, while providing storage and work space and establishing traffic patterns.

Above, Miriam and Chris Cressman designed a 6-foot-wide, 2-foot-deep, 42-inch-tall headboard-dresser for their Seattle bedroom. The lower two rows of drawers are 22 inches deep, the upper rows are 16 inches deep, leaving room for the 7-inch-deep niche.

The niche is like a command center for the bedroom, with wiring for several appliances. The headboard-dresser and bed pedestal are made from red oak plywood. The top counter is plate glass over chair caning, easy to maintain but light-colored and visually interesting.

At left, wanting to keep their loft free of furniture and clutter, architects Julie Eizenberg and Hank Koning of Santa Monica, California, added a raised platform with built-in drawers and a walk-around divider that serves as both headboard and closet. Three open plywood boxes separate the sleeping area from the closet space; because the divider doesn't extend to the ceiling or walls, the loft remains open and airy.

At upper left on opposite page, an 8-foot-square wall unit angles across a corner to create a storage and make-up area in Portola Valley, California. Gypsum board covers a stud-framed wall. The rounded corner edge at the alcove entry was made with 1-inch PVC pipe blended with gypsum board joint compound. The indented panel above the bed bolster is backed with a pane of smoked mirror.

The angled ends of the 2-foot-deep unit make a trapezoid shape. Its depth is enough for hanging clothes and for storage shelves.

At left, on Bainbridge Island, Washington, a 7-foot-long, 42-inch-tall headboard stands 4 feet off the back wall. It defines a bedroom alcove and makes a corridor to the bath.

Thanks to the half-wall, the room has an enclosed, cozy feel from the bed. A full wall would have darkened the hall area, as the corridor and closets get light from windows just beyond the foot of the bed.

A band of cherry caps the painted birch plywood wall. Cabinetmaker Russell Schlosser designed and built the unit with architect James Cutler.

At right, a U-shaped half-wall divides this recently added master bedroom wing into office and sleeping areas. Since the addition measures 15 by 22 feet, dividing it into two separate rooms would have made each space seem cramped.

The 63-inch-high wall separates the function of each space, masks the furnishings, and serves as a headboard. The 99-inch-wide structure is flanked by two 17-inch-long wings around the desk.

Since there are no windows at the office end, it's daylighted by two openable skylights that can vent built-up heat. Architect Scott Mitchell of Menlo Park, California, designed the remodel.
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