Before & After: Small City Bedroom To Custom Lofted Bed & Desk

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In small rooms it just makes sense to "go up" and optimize your vertical space. Faced with the challenge of making better use of a tiny bedroom (7' x 12') in Manhattan, architect Benjamin Marcus conceived a lofted bed structure with stairs and desk and storage below.

Benjamin tells us more about this project:

The room has two points of entry on opposite long walls, making it a very tight space. To make room for a full-sized loft-bed, desk and storage where before there was only a twin-sized, we removed a shallow closet which provided an extra 6 inches for the steps.

Above, we moved the ceiling-mounted light away from the center, added an L-shaped wall-mounted shelf - and reused existing crown molding to wrap the edge to better integrate it. We added a new wall-mounted light, and provided a new, frameless mirror over the bureau, and repainted with bold colors, breaking up the wall with bands of color, to emphasize the horizontal. The desk-top has a duplex outlet beneath one shelf. And the bed-frame has a removable corner to allow for easier tucking-in of sheets.

The construction was done by S.M. Construction Inc., New York.

Thank you Benjamin! Readers, you can see of Benjamin's work at Benjamin Marcus and more detailed photos of this project on his Facebook page.

(Image credits: B R Marcus)