Create an Instant Alcove-Style Bedroom with Curtains

There’s something wintry and Scandinavian about curtained beds (curtains were traditionally used to keep out drafts). The sense of enclosure is similar to an alcove. Here are four favorites from the editors of Remodelista.

Above: The loft of New York architect Elizabeth Roberts, originally seen on SF Girl by Bay. Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

Above: Curtains on either side of a bed add a sense of enclosure when a room is too large; various white drapes and curtains can been seen on Remodelista‘s Walls, Windows & Floors.

Above: A corner bedroom, originally seen on My Scandinavian Retreat. See Remodelista‘s Room Gallery of white bedrooms for similar looks.

For his New York apartment, stylist Scott Newkirk created a division between the living room and the bedroom using dramatic floor-to-ceiling curtains made from burlap. “They create a sense of intimacy and add texture and color to the space.” To recreate the look, visit Steal This Look: Scott Newkirk Bedroom.


aj E.
aj E.3 years ago

wish i had the problem of rooms that are too large.

Terry V.
Terry V.4 years ago

who has a bedroom that large?

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

our room is kind of small... but id love to have a curtain around the bed. the cat would be less amused im sure

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson4 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Nils Lunde
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natalie n.
natalie n.4 years ago

thanks for more creative ideas.

Heidi R.
Past Member 4 years ago

Very comfortable looking.

Janet L.
Janet L.4 years ago

Correction: love those wide-paneled wood floors.

Janet L.
Janet L.4 years ago

I love wide those paneled wood floors.