Monday, 10 November 2014

Floating bed

We have a small two bed flat. Space is valuable and more importantly, how those spaces are designed becomes crucial to the functioning of a small but happy space. My son turned two at the end of the summer and i decided it was well overdue for him to move from my bedroom and into one of his own. As we only have one other bedroom...he had to go in with his sister. She was a little bit put out by the idea and as her room cannot fit two beds, we really had to think this one out. My first idea was a bunk bed but we didn't want to cut out light from the only window. Second.... im more than fussy about furniture and didn't like anything on the market that was suitable for our space. Then I had an idea for a floating bed that went over the doorway. Everyone said I was mad, that it was too high and that it would be impossible to make. Well yes, I decided it was a bit beyond my own skill set, so I found a talented man who could do it for me. I had designed the overall shape and height etc but my wonderful carpenter brought it to life. Here is the new room, redecorated, now fitting two beds spaciously inside what was a small one bed room. I am delighted with the results and so glad I persevered with the idea and didn't let anyone persuade me out of it. The kids love their new room and have been happily co-habiting for a few months. I highly recommend this idea for small spaces, it really will change the way you see your flat.

I bought a scaffold ladder instead of having a smaller one made, as i wanted to create a stong vertical within the space. As the floating bed brings the height of the room down, i wanted to visually extend it upward again. This really has worked within the room. People comment on how the room has hardly been changed and how amazing it is that we havent lost any floor space. Its true, it is pretty amazing! Im still undecided about wether i am going to finish the wood though. I do like the nude finish but it will obviously stain over time, so its something i need to consider.

I also chose a slatted base to give a lightweight appearance. I thought a solid piece of wood may appear a bit oppressive and too heavy. Slats also enable the air to circulate but i didnt want to see the bottom of the mattress, or sheets falling through as you walk underneath it. To solve this i bought a nice heavy weight canvas and stapled it on top of the slats, where the matress sits. It has a nice simple texture and keeps the visual clean and clear.

The ladder goes right up to the ceiling.

A few visuals you may notice from previous posts...lots of things i made here. I love bright colours on a white background. 

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