Small spaces and crowds just don't mix, but what do you do when
you're stuck with both? How do you accommodate for everyone and
everything and still have room left over? Where do you put all
of the extra furniture that, otherwise, might not fit?
Well honestly, in a situation in which one to three people are
shoved in a tight space, it's actually very helpful to rely on
loft beds and bunk beds. They can definitely help you make the
most of the tiny quarters you're forced to live in. Thanks to
the varying degree of options in which they accommodate crowds:
futon bunk beds, twin-over-twin, twin-over-full, and the less
frequent twin-over-king and queen make these two choices ideal.
What Do You Do When Three's a Crowd?
Suppose you have three people sharing a small place rather than
your typical two, and you need a space saving option for the
three of you? Well, that's where triple loft beds come in. Loft
beds are great for kids' rooms, dorm rooms and studio apartments
where three people are basically living on top of each other and
need an ideal living and sleeping arrangement that's
Triple loft beds are a way of combining two or three bunk-style
beds into one single loft. They are typically arranged in an "L"
shape (most likely placed in a corner) in which two beds are
arranged up high and the third bed is built below. What also
makes this choice convenient, and a great way to save space, is
the space that the extra beds would have normally occupied is
now free for additional pieces of furniture.
You now have room to organize other things underneath the loft
and to the side of it, such as...
* a desk
* a dresser
* a small couch or futon
* file cabinet
* a refrigerator
Although they are wonderful for adults as well as kids, kids
especially love loft beds, because they are innovative and
climbable. Everyday they'll have the fun task of climbing up and
down to get onto their beds... and we all know how much kids
really love being high up when they get the chance. I remember
feeling the exact same way when I was young.
What Do You Do When You Want it All?
All-in-one loft beds are also an excellent means of saving
space in a studio, dorm or child's room. All-in-one loft beds
combine multiple items that, not always, but typically include
* a set of drawers
* a desk
* couch or futon-like seating
Some will also occasionally include a wardrobe. This is
particularly helpful because you no longer have to disperse all
of these items throughout your room. They're all in one
location, which can save you a tremendous amount of space.
Two most notable space saving features are when a desk or set
of drawers are built into the bed. Since both take up a lot of
space independently on their own, you get to cheat a little and
eliminate the need for a dresser that would've otherwise stolen
a chunk of space in your room. And the desk that might've other
eaten an entire wall up has pretty much given that wall back to
you because it's built into the bed. You'll be able to fit
additional things in a room that might've otherwise proven
What Do You Do When Two Beds are One Too Many?
Bunk beds are the traditional version of a loft bed, with a
bunk on top and a bunk on the bottom. They used to be relatively
common, but as the 80s became a thing of the past, bunk beds
aren't quite as popular as they used to be. Today you'll find
that bunk beds are still available, but they are not nearly as
space-saving as loft beds or triple loft beds, due to the fact
that they only accommodate for sleeping two people but don't
really help you save space with additional furniture.
But that doesn't make them completely useless, right? Maybe all
you really need is a way to fit two beds in a room that might've
otherwise difficult with two separate beds. Well if that's the
case, then you already know bunk beds are great for all tight
spaces. Besides the usual living arrangement in dorms or studio
apartments, they're great for single or two-child households.
With two children, they'll obviously be able to share one room.
But with one child you might find them very useful if your child
tends to have friends stay over frequently and you don't have a
guest room. Idealistically, the second bed can then be used as a
guest bed. And in the meantime your child can just have fun
switching beds whenever (s)he is up for it.
So there's no question that loft beds, all-in-one loft beds,
triple loft beds and bunk beds are all great ways of saving
space in your kids' room, dorms and even studio apartments. The
advantage of combining sleeping and work areas together leaves
more room for other things and eliminates the need of having to
squeeze everything into a small room crammed with too much
Tameka Norris has been living in small spaces
since she was 10 years old. She now runs
http://www.furniture-for-small-spaces.com. It offers nifty tips
and tactics, a Q & A section for people in need of answers,
photos of her own small space trials and projects for the DIYer.