A compact teen bedroom comes to life
Teen’s expectations can be demanding. My teen client didn’t disappoint as she itemised her impressive wish list of ‘must haves’ for the make over of her tiny 2.4 x 3.1m bedroom.
“I need a study space, lots of books shelves, some way of displaying my achievement certificates, ribbons and precious things, as well as a comfortable bed, plus walk in robe with loads of storage and hanging space. It’s my space – I want a private place to sit, read and dream.”
Up to the challenge, clever design and visualisation was required as I squeezed every last centimetre out of the space to tick off her entire wish list. She totally put her own stamp on her room, spending time with me to curate her cushion collection which determined the final colour and material palette for the room.
Significant visual and physical change was achieved by removing a pokey wardrobe and built in up high bunk bed. The room was opened up to the original ceiling height, then a 0.5 x 2.9m tall storage module installed to define a practical wardrobe and storage area within the bedroom.
One side of the module creates a dividing wall for the study space, while the other side provides ample storage with a combination of open shelves and draws.
The padded return corner bed head, capped with a timber display shelf, creates a supported place to sit and curl up with a good book. Three large 1m deep draws beneath the bed provide easy access storage.
A study desk with a thin under draw, built in lighting and pinboard was nestled in between the bed end and wardrobe, with the bed end doubling as the desk return and a book case. Timber book shelves above the desk help keep everything in place.
The room was rewired with lots of USB power points for charging and staying connected, while an elegant wall section, complete with peg and pinboards and a customised picture rail, enables a flexible display and hanging space.
What a joy it was to create this space. It looks and feels great, there’s a place for everything and everything has its place. My teen client now has her integrated space with her personal creativity and personality shining through.
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