A captain's bed is a specialized type of platform bed which integrates storage into the structure of the platform. This style of bed is very popular in homes with limited space, and it may be integrated into various interior design schemes. Numerous companies make captain's beds, and it is also possible to make one from scratch to meet specific requirements, or to use a modular kit to build a captain's bed from various elements which all fit together.
As the name implies, the inspiration for the captain's bed design comes from the beds used on board ships. On a ship, all space is precious, and a standalone bed would be highly impractical. Raising a bed on a platform and including shelving or drawers for storage under the bed makes the bed more practical for the space. Classically, beds were designed as built-ins on ships, for more stability and safety, and to maximize available space.
In a residence, a captain's bed may be a built-in, or a standalone bed. Built-ins provide less flexibility when it comes to room arrangements, but they can be highly stable, and may be more suitable for some kinds of design. For example, in a studio, it may be nice to have a built-in in an alcove which can be closed off for privacy. In a larger home, a standalone piece of furniture which can be moved may be more suitable, allowing people to arrange a bedroom to taste.
The design of shelving and drawers under a captain's bed can vary. Some feature roll-out storage, storage compartments which surround the whole platform, bins, or shelving, while others stick to basic drawers. Some models may have illuminated storage to make it easier to see, and storage can also be built into the headboard and footboard; in the case of a built-in, shelving and storage can wholly enclose the bed. A variant on the basic captain's bed can include a trundle which slides under the bed when not in use.
This type of bed happens to be especially solid and sturdy, in addition to being practical. This can be an advantage for heavier people who may not feel wholly secure in frame beds, and for a bed used in an earthquake-prone area. The ability to modify the design for custom needs can allow people to add features like a shoe bin for shoe storage, or a concealed safe for valuables.