By Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Friday, September 22nd 2017, 05:35:42 AM.
Unlike in a kitchen, a living area or a den, private papers and materials stay private in a bedroom, and distractions tend to be fewer. The trick, of course, is to create an office that doesn't disrupt a bedroom's restful feel or take up more than its share of space. These homeowners and design pros have managed to come up with a happy middle ground. Take a look at how they made it work. A desk takes the place of a nightstand in this bedroom, yet it blends in so smoothly that it doesn't immediately read as a work area. Keeping the finish and style consistent with the bed helps to integrate the two visually, and the large piece of artwork mounted above takes some of the focus off the computer. This setup takes a similar tack. Trimming out the bulletin board with molding helps it to feel like a thoughtful part of the design rather than an incidental. Bedrooms are often designed so that windows flank the most natural spot to orient the bed, which can make furniture placement tricky. If yours is the same way, choose a low desk that won't obscure the sunlight and the views. The key to this bedroom office: the glam mirrored desk, which blends into the space because of its reflectivity. Although it's perfectly functional, stylish accents mask its workhorse side. The key to this bedroom office: the glam mirrored desk, which blends into the space because of its reflectivity. Although it's perfectly functional, stylish accents mask its workhorse side. If wall space is limited, go vertical. Custom or prefab shelves, which you can paint the same color as the walls, maximize every inch.
Trundle Beds Double Down on Style. I've always been partial to trundle beds. My childhood bedroom had a white iron daybed with a pop‐up trundle underneath, and friends who slept over thought it was the coolest thing to have a "secret" bed that pulled out at a moment's notice. Originally designed as a sleeping pad for servants who remained by the family's side during the night, trundles have evolved into a time‐honored solution for maximizing overnight quarters without taking up undue space. This trundle expands the functionality and spices up the design of a spare, slim guestroom/office. The desk seems as though it would be more useful for storing nighttime reading than for doing actual work – you'd have to sit cross‐legged to type or write. Trundles don't always have to be concealed beneath a bedskirt or behind a drawer front. In this cheery, eclectic bedroom, the bright green of the bed frame is carried to the trundle box beneath, left on display for another jolt of color. Here's another trundle right in the open. I like seeing the tiny hint of royal blue to break up all of the wood. What makes better use of space than bunk beds? Bunk beds with a pullout mattress underneath. This technique works especially well in vacation houses or for families who have relatives and friends visit frequently. Trundles beneath these twin beds double the room's sleeping capacity from two to four – a pretty nifty trick. Alternatively, you could use the trundles for storage. Sleek and elegant, this trundle blends so smoothly with the striated wood frame of the daybed that the handles are the only giveaway it's there at all. A trundle on rails pulls out and slides in smoothly, and it's guaranteed to stay in place. What a great idea!
Vintage suitcases are the perfect nightstand alternative – they are readily available and full of charm. In my bedroom, my husband's nightstand is four stacked suitcases we've collected over the years. You could easily place a single suitcase on top of a stool, like in the image shown here, and have an equally lovely vignette. Most of us have extra chairs lying around, and if you don't, they are an easy find on Craigslist or at thrift stores and make perfect, casual nightstands. Old trunks make great nightstands because of the instant character they bring to a space, and they're a nice, big storage option for those of us with smaller spaces. Painted to match a room's decor, a lovely drop‐leaf table becomes a spacious nightstand. An adjustable‐height vintage stool like this one is a nice alternative to the traditional nightstand. You can raise or lower the stool to work perfectly in its new function and even have a little room to store books underneath.