Hampshire HouseTraditional Bedroom, London
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An unmade bedShipshape and tidy is the order of the day if a bedroom is going to be shown to visitors. Make sure bed linen is clean and crisp, tuck in edges, smooth down duvets and plump up pillows.Eiderdowns, throws and cushions are all good ways to ensure a bed feels ‘made’, but take care not to overdo it, as you run the risk of making a room feel cluttered and chaotic. If in doubt, go for calm and neat, and choose crisp, white linen, neatly ironed. Then resist the temptation to lie down on the bed until every visitor has left!
Double up…How to sleep four little people comfortably into one room? This is how. The design of these corner bunks is not only clever in its space-maxing abilities, but also in its simple and tasteful looks (courtesy of a classy neutral paint colour and unfussy joinery). While this might all be a little too sophisticated for a day-to-day child’s room (unless you have a pint-sized minimalist in the making living with you), it’s a perfect spare bedroom for sleepovers with little friends or cousins. A final note on the lighting: also very clever, it’s suitably slimline for its compact context, has been tucked away in a corner that wouldn’t be used to rest a head against, and the bendy nature of the design makes it handily flexible.
Keep sight lines clearWarm minimalism is an intrinsically simple style, but is anything but austere – perfect if you like to keep things simple but cosy. In this guest bedroom, the use of soft colour, clever built-in furniture and natural-fibre flooring result in a clean-lined but also welcoming space.
Bunk bed essentialsOff-the-peg bunk beds are designed to fit in a standard room height of 2.4m. As a rule of thumb, you’ll need to allow a minimum of 60cm clearance between the top of the upper mattress and the ceiling, more if the occupant of the top bunk is tall.The height of the top bunk will typically be a maximum of 180cm above the floor.
Evict the monsters from under the bedStorage boxes and bags fit well beneath a bed, but if you really want to maximise the space, it’s best to get some proper drawers fitted. Ask a joiner to fix your drawers on casters or suspend them from runner mechanisms to reduce scratches on the floor. Don’t forget to make sure you have enough floor space alongside your drawers to pull them out to their full extent.