JL: This would do the trick in a hall where you need somewhere to toss your keys. It would also look cute between twin beds in a kids' room or guest room—the height is just right. And I adore that Tiffany blue color. AN: I love that you can order this online with a choice of so many colors. And the metal is nice and solid. You don't feel like it's going to fall apart. $269; roomandboard.com - ELLEDecor.com
Charmed Life - An evocative spot to start and end the day. Circa 1880 Reproduction Framed Academic Drawing from Mecox Gardens. Marble lamp and table underneath, Mecox Gardens. Contour Side Tables by Bower
Drop down beds, I have always loved the idea of these. Maybe extending the depth, adding a bookcase to the back and sides and leaving the bed facing the wall until it was needed would be more effective/practical for real world living?