Hiding what's under the bed
- The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/25/2009

Back in the day, I'd hide anything I didn't like under my bed: orange-flavored Flintstone vitamins, homework returned with too much red ink, dirty laundry ... the list goes on.

I've grown up since then. But having just moved to a new home, I find myself eyeing the area once again: It's the only part of the floor that isn't covered with boxes and clothes.

Some designs make particularly good use of this too-often wasted space. One example is Blu Dot's Modulicious bed (bluedot.com), which turned 10 this year. Along its sides are six drawers, their powder-coated steel facades available in seven different colors, including slate, ivory and robin's egg blue. The queen Modulicious bed is $1,999, if ordered in maple or graphite-colored oak, and $2,249 in walnut. A three-drawer twin bed is also available, starting at $1,299.

At the lower end of the price range is the Mandal bed by Ikea. At $329 for a full- and $349 for a queen-size mattress, the bed is made of lacquered pine and comes with four, dark-stained drawers that pull out from its base. For those who've been vanquished by complicated Ikea build-it kits, I have good news and bad news: The bed slats and midbeam are included, but you'll need to assemble it all yourself. (Good luck.)

Of course, if you'll consider a happy medium, there's the $799 Harmonica bed from CB2 (cb2.com), its rich acacia veneer encasing white lacquer sliding doors for storage beneath.

So many choices - and because every inch of space counts, maybe you should sleep on it.

$1,999 Blu Dot Modulicious bed  

$799 CB2 Harmonica bed