Space-Saving Idea: Built-In Beds

We often tout bunkbeds as a small-space solution for a shared room, but what if your wall height doesn't allow for bunks? Built-ins are a great idea, as evidenced here. Being closer to the wall, they free up precious floor space, and the underbed storage can be used for everything from clothes to toys. (To get a better sense of just how effective this storage is, click through to see this room in action.)

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This room belongs to two of Kristine Lempriere's three children. Kristine has her own children's clothing label, Townmouse, as well as running a blog, and her eye for design is evident in this room. Says Kristine:

The built in beds freed up the floor space for Lego play. The bookshelf between the two beds also gave a measure of privacy. One child can be reading with the light on, while the other can be sleeping. Built-in pigeon holes above the beds give them a place to store their treasures.

The drawers under the beds are wonderful storage. Three are used for clothing, and one is enough to provide a space for a quick cleanup – when you just want to scoop up every car, building block or action man on the floor and get it out of sight.

Having a well-designed bedroom that the children enjoy spending time in has been well worth the energy spent on getting it right. It means all the toys aren’t dragged into the family spaces and left lying around the living room.

Thanks for the inspiration, Kristine!

Photos: Kristine Lempriere