9 Great Bunk Beds

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July 2, 2013
Bunk beds are a double design whammy when it comes to kids' rooms: They encourage imaginative play and save space in one fell swoop. Read Full Article
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  In this lakeside prefab in New Jersey by Resolution: 4 Architecture, the resident's 10-year-old son Blake had one primary design requirement: bunk beds. Specifically, he wanted “two sets of single bunks, one on each side, with a bridge over the top.” TheVenetian-style arched bridge connecting the two beds exceeded her expectations: “I was expecting a flat platform, but our builder decided to take Blake’s request (to connect them) and made him his very own Bridge of Sighs.” Read the whole story here.  Photo by: Mark MahaneyCourtesy of: photograph by Mark Mahaney,all rights reserved

    In this lakeside prefab in New Jersey by Resolution: 4 Architecture, the resident's 10-year-old son Blake had one primary design requirement: bunk beds. Specifically, he wanted “two sets of single bunks, one on each side, with a bridge over the top.” TheVenetian-style arched bridge connecting the two beds exceeded her expectations: “I was expecting a flat platform, but our builder decided to take Blake’s request (to connect them) and made him his very own Bridge of Sighs.” Read the whole story here.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

    Courtesy of: photograph by Mark Mahaney,all rights reserved

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  The Los Angeles home that architect Ray Kappe built for his family in 1967 sports a refined example of the built-in kids' bed, in the old room of his son Finn. No room is without a natural light source, whether from skylights, mitered corner windows, or clerestories, as shown here. Read the whole story here.  Photo by: João Canziani

    The Los Angeles home that architect Ray Kappe built for his family in 1967 sports a refined example of the built-in kids' bed, in the old room of his son Finn. No room is without a natural light source, whether from skylights, mitered corner windows, or clerestories, as shown here. Read the whole story here.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  For a nine-year-old who loves pirates and science fiction, Jonah Finger thinks of his family’s apartment as make-believe come true. His parents, Michael Finger and Joanne Kennedy, completed the renovation of their 640-square-foot walk-up in Manhattan’s East Village in May of 2008, complete with secret compartments under the floor to fill with toys and his own Murphy bed hiding in the wall behind his dad’s desk (shown here). All it takes is gentle downward pressure to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime. Read the whole story here. 

    For a nine-year-old who loves pirates and science fiction, Jonah Finger thinks of his family’s apartment as make-believe come true. His parents, Michael Finger and Joanne Kennedy, completed the renovation of their 640-square-foot walk-up in Manhattan’s East Village in May of 2008, complete with secret compartments under the floor to fill with toys and his own Murphy bed hiding in the wall behind his dad’s desk (shown here). All it takes is gentle downward pressure to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime. Read the whole story here. 

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  A baby's arrival is cause for celebration—and for many, it's also a time to confront limited living space. For one Parisian couple, living in a cramped but loved apartment in the 10th arrondissement with a four-year-old, a new baby on the way, and one tiny bedroom to work with, a space-saving solution was needed badly. Enter h2o architectes, who decided the smartest way to approach the problem was to subdivide the older child's room in two, making separate places for both children to sleep and play.The beauty of the design is that there's no one way to use the space; the architects let the children determine how to use the different elements of the room. For additional storage, the floor of the partition (shown here beneath the pink stool) easily opens to reveal additional storage space below. Read the whole story here.

    A baby's arrival is cause for celebration—and for many, it's also a time to confront limited living space. For one Parisian couple, living in a cramped but loved apartment in the 10th arrondissement with a four-year-old, a new baby on the way, and one tiny bedroom to work with, a space-saving solution was needed badly. Enter h2o architectes, who decided the smartest way to approach the problem was to subdivide the older child's room in two, making separate places for both children to sleep and play.The beauty of the design is that there's no one way to use the space; the architects let the children determine how to use the different elements of the room. For additional storage, the floor of the partition (shown here beneath the pink stool) easily opens to reveal additional storage space below. Read the whole story here.

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  In another project by H2o Architectes, this one a renovated 1970s chalet in the French Alps, the architects freed up space by building a birch plywood unit so that beds, shelves, and a sofa appear to be built right into the wall. Read the whole story here.  Courtesy of: Julien Attard

    In another project by H2o Architectes, this one a renovated 1970s chalet in the French Alps, the architects freed up space by building a birch plywood unit so that beds, shelves, and a sofa appear to be built right into the wall. Read the whole story here.

    Courtesy of: Julien Attard

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  "Rather than trying to fit the furniture into the apartment, we decided to fit the apartment into the furniture," says architect Antoine Santiard. "However absurd this may seem, it immediately alleviated all the constraints linked to laying out tight spaces." The wool curtain dividing the space was made by a local company called Arpin. The custom track is by G-Rail.   Courtesy of: Julien Attard

    "Rather than trying to fit the furniture into the apartment, we decided to fit the apartment into the furniture," says architect Antoine Santiard. "However absurd this may seem, it immediately alleviated all the constraints linked to laying out tight spaces." The wool curtain dividing the space was made by a local company called Arpin. The custom track is by G-Rail. 

    Courtesy of: Julien Attard

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  When Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova had their second child, they saw two options: Go broke buying a bigger apartment in New York City, or renovate their existing 620-square-foot home. For now, their two children Kimi and Darin happily share a room and bunk bed. Kimi’s clothes are stored on low shelves in the built-in closet, so he can dress himself, and the children’s toys are stored within easy reach in open drawers. Read the whole story here.  Photo by: David Allee

    When Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova had their second child, they saw two options: Go broke buying a bigger apartment in New York City, or renovate their existing 620-square-foot home. For now, their two children Kimi and Darin happily share a room and bunk bed. Kimi’s clothes are stored on low shelves in the built-in closet, so he can dress himself, and the children’s toys are stored within easy reach in open drawers. Read the whole story here.

    Photo by: David Allee

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  Only a set of sliding doors separates the kids’ room from the master bedroom in a Toronto, Ontario, home. When the time is right, there's a track inlaid in the ceiling for a four-panel bifold wall to divide the space into two private rooms for the children. Read the whole story here.  Photo by: Juliana Sohn

    Only a set of sliding doors separates the kids’ room from the master bedroom in a Toronto, Ontario, home. When the time is right, there's a track inlaid in the ceiling for a four-panel bifold wall to divide the space into two private rooms for the children. Read the whole story here.

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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  The house Michael O’Sullivan designed and built for himself, partner Melissa Schollum, and their three young children in Auckland, New Zealand, has just two bedrooms and is a modest 1,200 square feet. In the kids’ room, Seamus climbs the bunk beds he shares with his siblings. Read the whole story here.  Photo by: Patrick Reynolds

    The house Michael O’Sullivan designed and built for himself, partner Melissa Schollum, and their three young children in Auckland, New Zealand, has just two bedrooms and is a modest 1,200 square feet. In the kids’ room, Seamus climbs the bunk beds he shares with his siblings. Read the whole story here.

    Photo by: Patrick Reynolds

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