Where's the Bed in This Kitchen?

Better Homes & Gardens

I'm a sucker for unusual solutions to space challenges. And this one made a shortcut to the top of my list of successful outside-the-box space ideas: a guest bed in the kitchen.

Before you get all worked up about why this is a bad idea, hear the premise behind it — homeowners Clark Dikeman and Pam Schulz, winners of the Better Homes & Gardens "Best Addition" prize, didn't have the budget or space to stash a guest elsewhere in their California cottage. However this spot isn't reserved for any old guest.

When designing their eco-minded kitchen addition, Clark and Pam were mindful that they're not getting any younger. So they incorporated elements that would support their "aging in place". The fold-down guest bed in the kitchen is intended for a potential overnight caregiver if/when that time should come. When you hire an overnight caregiver they're going to be waking up to help you so no conflicts about needing to use the kitchen while the caregiver is still sleeping!

As a former geriatric social worker I regularly witnessed the heartache of countless elders who had to leave their house because it just wasn't designed to support "aging in place". So kudos to Clark and Pam for not only a fun kitchen addition, but for their brilliant long-term thinking! That's sustainability.

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