Home Design Tips

If the available space is restricted, then make use of the Height of the room. Wall cupboards or shelves will keep things off the floor and can create room for a surprising number of belongings, so avoiding clutter. A raised platform can provide an extra living, playing or sleeping space, as well as adding an interesting feature to a room.

The idea of using the height of a room for adding bunks into childrens’ rooms can be extended to building an adult bed on a platform, with cupboards fitted underneath. Various forms of storage can be used under the bed. If it’s a double bed, pull-out storage will be more easily accessible. The higher the platform for the bed, the more scope for imaginative storage there will be underneath, and the space could also be used to house a desk.

Obviously, a very tall bed is only suitable for older children and there should always be a sturdy rail to prevent the child from falling out of bed. A balcony or narrow mezzanine floor can provide a separate area for cooking and eating in large, tall rooms, with a separate workspace or room for a bed. This is especially useful in a loft or warehouse conversion, where the difference in height can act as a psychological barrier between what goes on elsewhere in the room.

Lofts and warehouses provide great opportunities for open-plan living. People unaccustomed to large rooms may find so much open space awe-inspiring at first. However, the largest rooms can be effectively divided by large pieces of furniture. Enormous sofas or seating units, which form an L shape can be backed by large, freestanding storage pieces, which also provide some privacy and mark out areas designated for different activities: quiet relaxation, desk work and snooker, for example. In these huge spaces, you can wall off a comparatively tiny area for the essential privacy of bathroom and bedroom.