Bed Time: 11 Imaginative Places to Sleep
By Jill Harness
Creative beds aren't just for kids. People of all ages can enjoy a little imagination in the design of their sleeping chambers.
1. A Cuddly Page-Turner
If you love books and down comforters, Yusuke Suzuki’s Play Bed might just be the greatest bed ever. When the kids aren’t napping, they can flip the page and use all the fun cloth settings to create their own fantastic tales.
2. A Bookcase Bed
Karen Babel designed this bed as a perfect way to get the most use out of a limited amount of space. The bed is held up against the wall using a few cleverly designed bookshelves and when it’s needed, it can just be removed and pushed together to create a mattress. It might not be the most convenient way to put away a daily sleeper, but it would be great for visitors.
3. An Illuminated Sleeper
Even the coolest beds still tend to look rather boring once the lights are off. Philippe Boulet’s Poesy bed challenges that concept by giving the bed its own gorgeous lighting system that can change colors and intensity as needed. The result is a beautiful bed that can cast your romantic moods in the perfect light and wake you up with your favorite shade of sunrise.
4. A Rocking Frame
Water beds are a great way to fall asleep rocking on the waves of an imaginary ocean, but you’re in serious trouble if they spring a leak. For something a lot less dangerous, why not try a Private Cloud rocking bed?
5. A Tasty Treat
Kayla Kromer understands just how much Americans love burgers. We don’t just want to shove them in our faces—we want to crawl into our fast food favorites before dozing off to dream about milkshakes and French fries. While this would ordinarily be a rather greasy and stinky ordeal, Kromer’s cheeseburger bed allows us to relax under a lettuce sheet without any mess or fuss.
6. A Geeky Fantasy
Fast food isn’t Kayla Kromer’s only passion. She also enjoys great sci-fi films—or at least those that involve a certain Princess and her magical brother fighting off their corrupted father. For those who dream of gold bikinis, this Milennium Falcon bed is just the thing to set you off into your (dream) space.
7. A Nesting Space
Merav Eitan and Gaston Zahr created A Giant Birdsnest for Breeding New Ideas as part of the Green Garden Exhibition. What better way to get back to nature than to let your kids sleep like baby birds do? Of course, regurgitating their food for them is something best left up to the avian professionals.
8. A Queenly Coach
Here's one for every little girl who dreams of being a princess. PoshTots sells this fantasy coach bed at a price that only true princesses can afford—a staggering $47,000.
9. A Dreamy Playhouse
The Sweet Dream Bed is another option. It's cheaper, clocking in at anywhere from $5,000-$40,000, and instead of just getting a bed, your little princess also gets a gorgeous playhouse and an indoor slide.
10. An Igloo of Books
If you looked at those last two beds and asked yourself, “why are kiddos the only ones to get playhouses?,” Point Architects from Tokyo have you covered. The Uroko House is an adult’s playhouse adorned with some of the thinker’s favorite toys—books!
11. A Twisted Dreamspace
While this Roller Coaster Bed might not be the most comfortable thing on this list, it’s certainly the closest to a bed you might actually envision in your sleep. Cuban artists Los Carpinteros created the pieces to explore the limitations of our current interior design. To be fair, though, it’s probably easier to sleep in this bed than it is to find sheets for it.
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While these beds are fairly expensive and rare, it is possible to carve or paint fun designs on your bed frame. Are any of you sleeping on beds that are anything but normal?