Clarendon RoadModern Bedroom, London
This bedroom had a window seat with a shallow bookshelf built in to utilise all space efficiently. There is also hidden additional storage inside the bed itself.
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Make it multi-purposeThis clever window storage, beautifully designed by Sigmar, performs several functions.The central section features storage disguised beneath bench seating, while on the right there’s open shelving and on the left, a wardrobe. Having the open shelving visible from the seat but not the bed is a nice touch, as the view from the pillow will be an uncluttered look out of the window.Tell us… Which of these designs would work in your own bedroom? Share your thoughts – and your own discreet storage photos – in the Comments.
Replacement carpet in adjacent roomsCarpet can sometimes be damaged in adjoining rooms to those where the work is taking place. If you’re moving internal walls around, carpet may have to be cut, for example, or if you have lots of people walking though a hallway to get to the room where work is being done, carpet can get damaged and need professionally cleaning or replacing. Laying down carpet protector film can help, but dirt has a way of finding its way around even the best protection, so keep this in mind when budgeting for cleaning costs at the end of the work.
Shelve itRather than constructing a seat that goes all the way along the wall, you could use the extra space for storage. Here, the designers have built up the sides of the window seat to form a cosy alcove. On the right is a wardrobe, and on the left are open shelves.
Warm up a minimal schemeThe design of this bedroom is cool and contemporary, with smooth grey surfaces and slick straight edges. To add a softer feel, the designers have chosen a sisal carpet. It gives a natural touch to the modern room and provides a soft, warm surface underfoot.
Slot in shelvingOpen storage can work as well as closed cupboards in a window seat design. Bookshelves don’t require much depth to fit paperbacks, but, at a right angle to the window, can accommodate a decent number of volumes on shelves whose widths match the depth of the seat. In this small room, sticking to the same recessive colour for seat, storage and walls gives the illusion of extra space.
Turn up the contrastWool’s not the only natural fibre that can be fitted wall to wall. Plant fibres like this one make an appealing contrast to the smooth elements and straight lines of this bedroom. They still feel soft underfoot, so they’re kind to bare feet, and their natural variation is an alternative to a block of colour.Make sure you check a natural’s suitable for the area where you intend to lay it before investing. Some only work in low traffic areas, and others can be slippery laid on stairs.