Jan 14, 2011

Secret Beds

This is my second look at some ideas on how to arrange small spaces for my friend, Angela's possible new Hong Kong digs. It seems to me that a big part of living in cramped quarters is trying to carve out a little space for yourself, so that when your guests come over you don't feel like they have the whole run of the place but so that they're also not so cramped.

Curtains clearly seem to be one of the easiest ways to hide your bed. And if you have an architectural detail that helps with that, so much the better.
A little less obvious, but possibly more time consuming (and probably requiring a hammer, some wire, and some of those screw with little hooks on them) is hanging art as a little improptu wall. Doesn't this look super modern and fresh?

Shelving is also a commonly used solution to break up two walls. The woman in the apartment below, made a custom thin shelf to turn the little dining area into a bedroom. I know that a murphy bed is a little beyond your basic DIY, but I just thought the beautiful wood (fake) on the example below was proof that murphy beds can actually be hidden and can even look classy. Okay this last one is probably also beyond the reach of a lot of basic DIY-ers but it was so clever, I had to include it. Basically the bed is set off from the rest of the room by a large screen on which he can project films to watch either from his bed or from the couch. Despite how sophisticated this is, it got me thinking that actually an old projection screen could make a great room divide. via. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

1 comment:

  1. I have just tried to comment on this several times, but the internet in my crappy hostel keeps going out- also the word verification appears to be in Cantonese... hopefully this time will work. I really dig the curtains and think that might be possible. The hanging-art-as-walls thing is awesome. And i will definitely be employing some creative shelving. Wish me luck on my apartment search; i'm taking tomorrow off work to find one, as i had no luck this weekend. I will go forth with your style ideas in mind! And i'll send photos when i do find a new box... i mean apartment... to live in.


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