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Modern trundle bed for studio apartments

April 28, 2009

I have never lived in a studio apartment and in fact, I hope to never live in a studio apartment. I don’t think I’d do very well having so little personal space; however many people in big cities can and do get creative with their tiny spaces. This article from the NYT offers a why-didn’t-someone-think-of-it-years-ago solution to the problem of where to put your bed in a tiny studio. Other than covering it with pillows and calling it a “couch”, the bed is a waste of valuable floor space during all the hours you’re not sleeping in it.

Architects Yen Ha and Michi Yanagishita built a platform the width of the studio (about 18 or 24 inches off the ground) that a bed on a low to the ground wheeled frame can slide right under during the daytime, leaving you with the same amount of floor space you would have without a bed at all. Assuming your ceilings are a reasonable height, losing 18 inches isn’t a big deal, and the raised platform area can help define a living or dining area in a tiny space. It’s sort of the reverse of building a loft, only when bedtime comes you don’t have to climb an awkward ladder and deal with a 30 inch ceiling above your claustrophobic sleeping pod bed. Just push the couch out of the way (perhaps putting it on wheels would also be useful) and slide the bed out. The article also features other neat solutions for a tiny space, like a kitchen and separate office area that unfold from what are essentially closets, but I think the trundle bed is the most ingenious part of the design.

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