You'll need to take into consideration the size of your room when deciding which bed size to purchase. A full/double bed is usually 38-40 inches wide, whereas a queen is around 70 inches and a king just under 80 inches wide. Courtney McLeod recommends leaving at least 30 inches between your bed and the wall, as this will create the illusion of a bigger room even if you are struggling for space. If this isn't possible, put your bed against a wall instead. You'll still be able to access any side or base drawers but will free up more floor space.
Most space saving beds are made of manufactured wood with particleboard and sometimes veneers for a more aesthetically pleasing look. Per Rodney Lawrence, solid wood is more durable and dependable. However, solid wood beds are generally more expensive and therefore not the best option if you are on a budget. Still, a manufactured wood bed can last a long time if you maintain it properly over time. You can do this by dry cleaning it with a cloth instead of using a lot of liquid cleaners. A maintenance lacquer will also offer protection if you apply it straight after your bed arrives.
Most space saving beds have a modern design, as contemporary is the most versatile style and will fit in well with a variety of décor schemes. Moreover, as stated by design expert Hannes Peer, it's important to consider how a bed will fit into a space if you ever decide to redecorate. You may love the look of a bed with tons of character, but an antique style will look out of place if you decide to opt for a contemporary décor scheme in years to come. The same goes for features such as distressing -- though distressing can add depth and texture, it won't match well with smooth, clean-lined furniture.
White and brown are the two most popular colors for space saving beds. Bright white will automatically infuse light into a room, making it an ideal choice for narrow spaces that feel closed-in. On the other hand, brown can add a sophisticated look to a room, though Rayman Boozer says you should avoid dark brown, as this can create a stuffy and old-fashioned look in a small bedroom. If you do go for a darker color like black or brown, opting for light bedding in white or cream can help to prevent the above from happening and also create a more modern vibe.
Though space saving beds are usually on the smaller side so they can maximize the space you do have, David Netto recommends looking out for the following extra features. Underbed drawers or drawers at the foot of a bed can be a great option when it comes to storage, particularly in a child or teenager's bedroom. T-shirts, socks, and other small items can easily be stored out of the way but within reach in these drawers. Shelves and nooks are also handy places to store books and office supplies if you work from home, though you'll need wider shelves for larger objects like a printer.