Home buyers are settling into smaller places in response to soaring property prices. When faced with the dilemma of furnishing a limited space, ingenious home layout is key. Bespoke furniture design is able to make use of every square inch available, and can incorporate storage into every available nook and cranny. Sometimes bespoke furniture can even create a whole extra level within a single story home; loft beds take the single biggest piece in the room and lift it right out of the equation. These three tiny apartment tours show how a lofted bed can leave room for a more spacious lounge, a dedicated home office or a generous closet.
Our first home is a designers flat measuring just 35 square metres, located in Russia, Moscow. As a flat for a young couple, the living and dining zones were designed to be flexible in order to accomodate a social scene. By moving the sofa and extending the neighbouring dining table it’s easy to accommodate up to ten guests. In order to allow this space, a double bed was built into a custom lofted box in one corner of the open plan living area.
Stairs leading up to the wooden sleep box can hold one person standing comfortably at full height, and the steps are also utilised as valuable storage space. A privacy curtain can be drawn across the loft bed if needed. When the curtain is drawn back, the elevated platform has a view over the whole flat and through the windows, making it a cosy place just to relax in as well as to sleep.
Another curtain draws back to reveal the entrance, a closet, wall cupboards and a shoe storage unit.
A bank of cabinets have been built around the television to house all of the couples other belongings. The furniture and lighting in the apartment are by IKEA.
The rustic finish of the bespoke installation appears warm and inviting.
A storage system has been included beneath the sleeping platform, providing further closet space and shelves.
The interior of the boxed loft bed is clad with pine panels, which visually defines the area. A mini storage cubbie is created by extending into the side of the cabinets situated over the top of the closet by the entrance. The bedside nook holds an electrical outlet and a small selection of books.