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Bed Shopping Fun for Small Spaces Too


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When it comes to designing and decorating an interior room, the space available tends toward one of two extremes: large and luxurious, or small and functional. Many residents who cannot afford overly spacious quarters, or simply do not need anything that big, reside in spaces that require the most efficient usage of space. With this consideration in mind, people getting ready to move into a new place can shop for furniture that doubles as storage, or serves another combination of functions. For example, sometimes the footrest opens to reveal storage space, or a bed doubles as a sofa.

Unless one has shopped for a bed recently, they might not be aware of an innovation called an ottoman bed. The ottoman bed takes the function of a storage ottoman, and combines it with that of a bed, by laying a mattress over an empty space for linens and other bedroom accessories instead of a box spring. Ottoman beds are not just purely functional, as they often come with headboards and are available in relaxing shades of textures such as leather, adding comfort and style to any bedroom.

Anyone with kids knows that if there is any room that requires as much storage as can be squeezed into such a tiny space, it is a child’s bedroom; they are also aware that the most important component of a child’s room is their bed. Designing a kid’s room with versatility as well as attention to safety is a great way to start teaching the children early on about the value of a clean and organized room. It also gives parents less of a headache from trying to keep it tidy. Bunk beds are famously conducive to keeping sleeping space neat and adding fun to a child’s room. Best of all, a bunk bed is a great way to sleep multiple children when they are young and have to share a room. Bunk beds are now available with slightly larger bottom beds, so the slightly older and taller child can sleep in a bed that fits them better.

Bunk beds are also available for single children, with the bed on the top, and the bottom space saved for valuable personal space for such items as a studying nook, bookshelves, even a relaxing chair. Of course, beds for young children even come dressed up with tents and draperies to make the whole bed structure look like a race car, princess castle, or boat. Adult beds are much more sober, but still make bedding a small space easy and fun.

About the Author: Alice McKinney is an interior decorator who has worked for six years with couples and families who are just starting out, and loves when she can design a lovely and multi-purpose home around their beds . She sees the growing trend as sloping toward the least costly options available, as well as those that maximize efficiency of space, light, and energy. Alice recommends bunk beds for young kids, and sometimes wishes there were similar options for adults, because they are such effective space-savers.

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