1. Up & down
Designed by architect Jeb Thornburg, twin beds max out a corner with space to stow things above and be – low. Additional storage over the windows and on an Ikea shelf makes a place for everything.
2. Play zone
At one end of a shared bedroom, bins of all sizes make it easy for kids to grab toys and put them away. The addition of a pint-sized desk makes room for creative pursuits.
3. Teen dream
Lounges are a hot item for teens these days, but with no space to spare, it’s time to send them to their room. Mine available vertical space to carve out sleeping and storage spots, and free up floor space to make room for beanbags or a sofa.
4. Ship shape
We all know a ship’s design is all about efficiency, and this arrangement plays it up to make a fun kids’ space that has room for visiting friends and family. Note the porthole “window” between bottom bunks that helps thwart claustrophobia.
5. Best toys storage solution
Anyone who’s ever stepped on a stray piece of Lego will love this solution that architect Tim Wybenga devised to corral the modular bricks and more in his son’s room.
- Attach together several Ikea storage-bin shelving units.
- Give the unit a built-in look by adding a base trim and then attaching a particle board substrate along the top.
- Top the particle board with several thin 12×12-inch Lego base plates using concrete cement.