Low-Profile Furniture

Today's furniture is getting down. From platform beds to low sofas, home decor hits a new low.

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Designer Lori Gayman thinks low furniture signifies the very sleek, modern look that many people want. Furniture that's lower to the ground makes a room seem larger.

Today's furniture is getting down. From platform beds to low sofas, home decor hits a new low:

  • Designer Lori Gayman explains that many sofa seats today are only 15 inches off the ground, instead of the traditional 18 inches, and platform beds are going as low as 11 inches. This low furniture can actually make your room look larger because it makes the ceiling appear higher.

    This platform bed is 11 inches high (most start at 16) and the mattress sinks down into it so it's level with the sides.
    Low furniture can go in any room and mix with any style.
    It's preferable to keep the scale of low-profile furniture the same.

  • It's preferable to keep the scale of low-profile furniture the same. Mixing high and low within a seating group could mean trouble, but in the rest of the room, it's great to have different levels for more interest.

  • A standard sofa seat height is about 18 inches and higher, while a low-profile seat height is anything under 18 inches (often 15).

  • Lower furniture means that you will have to lower your artwork a few inches to lessen the gap between the furniture and the piece.

    floral and green velvet floor cushion (Fontchorn 26x26 410250925006) (Pierre Deux)
    velvet floor pillows with buttons, tufted velvet floor pillow (Urban Outfitters)
    silk floor pillow (Pompanoosuc Mills)
    geometric ultrasuede floor pillow (West Elm)

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