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A reddit user on /r/designmyroom posted a plea for help for his tiny rented bedroom. He wanted a full size bed, desk and chest of drawers in a space that was, frankly the size of a bed on its own. He had access to a shared kitchen & bathroom, plus a wardrobe cupboard in the hallway. Our designer Kim spotted the cry for help and spent an hour whipping up this design as a freebie:
The design calls for built in furniture, a fold-up bed (AKA Murphy bed) and a foldaway desk. The design would require the help of a skilled carpenter, but the results would be a very liveable tiny room. She suggested a mural style wall, plus a ‘window’ style picture behind the bed. The rest of the interior should be light, bright colours or mirror to give the best feeling of space. Every single inch of this room is useable with trunk storage, drawers and desk/office storage space. Built in furniture to a custom design really can transform unusable space into something special. She also suggests to add a lot of different flush-fit light fittings as, having no windows, the room needs to be lit creatively, without adding bulk.
Linhs Salon is an example of where a designer can squeeze the most out of a company’s small budget. Linh and her husband Chris couldn’t afford a full interior makeover; but their dated slat wall and cold unwelcoming interior needed something to turn it around. They also needed a solution to turn an upstairs storage and dumping ground into a useable space which squeezed in two treatment areas.
Downstairs, we covered over the slat wall with a simple forest wall photo mural. We also encouraged Linh to cover the salon in an abundance of plants. These simple changes made the salon suddenly warm and inviting.
Upstairs had the biggest change – we created two treatment areas using ceiling mounted curtain tracks with soft, double thickness, full room height curtains and also used more wall photo murals for a false wall. The new, smaller, storage area was organised with some racks.
Have a look at these before, during and after photos: