When done thoughtlessly, a mattress on the floor will look like it belongs in a college dorm room. But, when executed well a platform bed can be inviting and cozy. While I love a high bed with a large statement headboard, I've totally jumped on the bandwagon with platform beds.
Low beds can air on the side of a more modern, minimalist aesthetic, but can also work well in more rustic settings. See the images below for examples of low bed I love.
Like the image below? Here are a few tips for how to work your bed on the floor without giving off the vibe that you can't afford a bed frame:
1. Keep everything low. A low bed will shorten the scale of the room. Lean your artwork against the wall, bring in low side tables, add a collection of baskets. All of these things orient the room lower so the bed doesn't look out of place.
2. Splurge on the bedding. Keep your bed looking luxurious by choosing bedding that is high quality, both in terms of material and looks. Whether you go with a white duvet or a bold pattern, make sure that the bedding covers the edges of the box spring and the mattress.
3. Tidy up. The bed is a lot closer to floor and the dust bunnies that would typically gather under your bed will need somewhere to go. So, keep it clean. Vacuum regularly and consider bringing in a rug to increase the comfy factor.
4. Keep it casual. With everything oriented lower to the ground, the look of the room will naturally be more casual. You can emphasize this by playing on a more neutral color palette and by mixing soft fabrics.
5. Create a pillow headboard. Whether you have a headboard or not, propping large pillows will add some bulk to your bed. Try pillows that have contrasting color to your bedspread. If you have a lighter bedspread then bring in pillows in a darker fabric. This will make your pillows pop and add some depth to the bed.