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Space-saving design for children's bedrooms

Bedrooms for young children not only need to offer a comfortable place to sleep, but also to play, as well as accommodate the growing needs of a school-going child that needs to study. With careful design and planning built-in and modular furniture meets the demands for sleep, play and study, and also provides plenty of space for storage.

In the other half a fitted desk and storage shelf section off a study nook that also has its own drawers and shelves for books and stationery.





Designing and assembling built in and modular furniture for children's bedrooms is a reasonably simple process. The most important part of the process is measuring up so that everything fits in the space.

A simple frame bed consisting of base (900 x 1900mm), sides (200 x 1900mm), head and footboard (450 x 932mm) are assembled in that order. The height of the frame bed allows a 250mm space underneath for a pullout or trundle bed.

Using this design as a starting point you can add mobile pullout drawers, or incorporate built in drawers simply by adding the framework under the bed.

This combined bedroom and playroom might look large, but it's the slimline storage fitting to walls and above the bed that have allowed for more storage without taking up floor space.

In a smaller bedroom it's important to make use of every bit of spare space. This bedroom doesn't give the impression of being cramped, yet houses a bunk bed that features a pullout bed in the base, a built in window seat that incorporates storage drawers and a desk area for study.

Modular furniture is the ideal solution for small bedrooms. Units that can be stacked or moved around allow you to create a perfect space for any young child.

Rather than buying standard bunk beds, a custom bed on two levels can be designed and built to provide a lower and upper sleeping area, with plenty of additional space for storage - all without taking up more room than a standard single bed.

For children aged 6 and upwards, incorporating an element of play allows a bedroom to serve a dual purpose; as a playroom and bedroom. In the bedroom above the loft bed is fitted with a safety rail, while the lower level serves as a closet / dressing room and play area.

Where a shared bedroom is short on space, a custom bed arrangement, such as the one shown above, is ideal. Built on two levels, the bottom bed incorporates a pullout bed for when friends sleepover, while the top bed is mounted on large, deep pullout storage drawers. This type of arrangement leaves space for a desk for study and floor space for play.

As soon as a child reaches school age, a space needs to be set aside for study if you want to establish good habits for the future. Create an organised corner that offers a desk, comfortable seating, and storage drawers and shelves for books and stationery.

Built in closets and cupboards are a great way to keep a child's bedroom organised. Making use of floor-to-ceiling area means that valuable space is put to good use. In the bedroom featured above, wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling storage allows for clothing, bed linen, toys and accessories to be neatly contained on one wall, leaving the room clutter-free with plenty of space for play.

Built-in furniture in this bedroom below allows for a bed to fit snugly into a corner. A small window recess serves as a light-filled study area, while the room still has plenty of space to move around and play.

Built in and modular furniture doesn't have to be a difficult process if you plan to do-it-yourself. Take accurate measurements, have everything cut to size at your local Builders and then assemble and finish.