Living and sleeping in a small space requires thoughtful planning and organization. One of the main things to plan out is where you will place your bed. A bed can often take up a large portion of livable space, so lofting is a great idea to consider. Lofting your bed can open up the space if it is already limited, or it can make a smaller sized room look and feel a lot bigger. When you think of lofting your bed, you may think back to your college dorm or your beloved bunk beds from your childhood, but lofting your bed in your adult life can take on a whole new meaning. Here are some great ideas of the best way to maximize your small space, while still keeping it cozy and classy. 1.The Closet Loft: If you have ceilings that are high enough, you can loft your bed above your closet. This can be an existing closet or a structure that you build to fit your clothing, books, and various other items. 2. The Cabinet Loft: Similar to the idea of the closet loft, but usually the cabinet loft sits a bit lower. This is a great option if you are looking to maximize storage space but not sacrifice comfort, in that your bed is still at a manageable level that you don’t need to climb up a full ladder. 3. The Pull down/retractable Loft: This is similar to the concept of a murphy bed. Check out the Espace Loggia mobile bed which is a piece of furniture which actually has a retractable bed. During the day, you can move it up to the ceiling to make space for conventional items like a couch or reading chair, and in the evening you can flip a switch to bring it down for sleeping. It is fabulous and we wish we had one of these in our apartment! 4. The Cabin Loft: Enclose your loft in a cabin-like structure to make it feel cozy and intimate. If you have guests over, you won’t even have to worry about making your bed! While we love the idea of lofting the bed to open up smaller spaces, we can’t forget about the downsides of doing so. For one, it can be a pain to get up into the bed, especially if you are coming home late or have a tendency to have to get up to use the restroom in the middle of the night. It can also be a bit difficult to make the bed. We totally agree with this point, and are currently researching some tips on how to make it easier to make your bed when its lofted. In the meantime, we hope you consider some of our tips above, and strongly recommend the option to loft!