Backed into a corner, are you?

Cheer up; corners can be a refuge for folks who have no walls for their bed.

Master bedrooms can often be a terrible challenge: too many doors, no floor space, misplaced windows. New solutions are the only answer.

One way to deal with a wall-less bedroom is to float the bed in the middle of the space, and surround it with a headboard and night tables heavy enough to anchor the bed.

A floating bed not only solves the wall problem, but it can give the room a new focal point. A floating bed can be oriented toward a window with a pleasant view, for instance, while often the only headboard wall in a room faces either the closet doors or a bathroom.

In a room I designed for a couple who had just bought their first home, I had to find a place for a queen-sized bed, the only piece of furniture they retained from their old apartment.

The master bedroom had a generous picture window overlooking a pleasant patio. The window was a real plus, but it occupied most of one wall.

The wall space at right angles to the window wall was too small for our needs, because the bathroom door had been placed smack in its center. The other right-angle wall held two large closet doors, and the door to the room effectively eliminated the fourth wall.

The room was too small to float the bed, so I settled for the only solution: the corner between the window and closet, the only logical place for a queen-sized bed.

To make the arrangement work, I designed two triangular blocks with right-angled sides to fit into the corner, the flat side facing into the room to provide a headboard. To keep this from looking too bulky, I made one triangle a bit lower than the other, thereby creating an angular mountain as well as a perfect place for the adjustable bed lamps.

At the foot of the bed, I designed a storage cabinet of the same white, plastic laminate as the triangular wedges. This multi-purpose unit provides a surface for a rotating television set, to be viewed from the bed or from an armchair nearby. The unit also holds books, stereo equipment and two speakers.

The white finish of head and foot "board" contrasts happily with a rich brown carpet. This same brown is repeated in the two major vertical elements: bthe brown linen of the pleated Roman shade covering the window and the lacquered closet doors. The walls stretch the visual dimensions of this cozy, corner-concept room.