Is There Such a Thing as Space-Saving Kids Furniture?
Editors Note: This is a guest post by furniture specialist Tony Zovko.
There are many reasons why people live in small apartments. Perhaps they work in one of the most populous cities like New York City and the smaller apartment is all they can afford. They’re probably grateful for it because cities like New York have some of the most expensive average rent costs in the United States. Living in smaller apartments is not easy and you are limited with the types of furnishings that you can actually place in your cozy space. This is true especially if you have kids. It’s also not easy to create a roomy, unfettered look which gives the illusion of much larger space but it can be done, even with kids’ furniture. The following are a few ideas and tips which can make the most of your kids’ room space without reducing any traffic patterns in the apartment.
While other categories of home furnishings may be blurry at this moment, the kids’ furniture sector is still enduring. Indeed, a clear picture is appearing, if not quite rising, of respectable sales of youth furnishings at a time when words such as “bleak” and “gloomy” have become a part of the daily vernacular in this sliding economy and for a perfect reason. The styles of today’s space-saving kids’ furniture, whether bunk beds with storage units, student lofts, or captain’s beds, are as diverse as the items they keep.
The ideal way to create more room in a small kids’ bedroom in a small apartment is to go vertical. Of all the kids’ furniture pieces people buy, bunk beds undoubtedly give consumers the most bang for their buck. A bunk bed is basically 2 beds stacked up on top of each other. Today’s bunk beds go even further as far as functionality and storage space are concerned. Under-bed accessories, particularly trundles and storage drawer which simply slide under the bunk bed, offer consumers a relatively easy and inexpensive way to add storage or additional sleep space to the room. Trundles are additional beds. So, in essence if you add a trundle to a bunk bed, you really have three beds in the space of one bed. Trundle beds are perfect for those mandatory sleepovers and storage drawers are ideal for storing extra blankets, sheets, toys or any other miscellaneous clutter out of sight and hidden inside.
Then there are student lofts. Student lofts are the holy grail of multifunctional kids’ furniture pieces. They simply exude multifunctionality. A child needs a desk to write their homework on, or to place a desktop computer, or a laptop. A desk hutch placed on top of the desk would be a great addition to store items like books, pens, paper, pencils, etc. A child also needs storage space for their clothing like a dresser or a chest. If you try to place all those pieces of furniture in addition to a bed in a room in a small apartment, it usually will not fit and if it does, there won’t be much space to maneuver through the room. A student loft offers optimum flexibility that promises to span the years from a child to older teen. Student lofts are truly marvels of ingenuity. A typical student loft not only accommodates a bed on the very top, it also incorporates a desk, storage drawers, and shelving. Most student lofts accommodate an additional bottom bed or it can be eliminated, leaving space for storage or a play area. And this genius piece of furniture has a footprint of one twin bed, except it goes vertical. Not only do you gain space with a student loft but you also save money since you don’t need to purchase all those individual pieces which one student loft replaces.
These multifunctional furniture pieces demonstrate that space-challenged consumers in smaller apartments can have stylish, efficient furniture for their little ones. Bunk beds with under-bed accessories and student lofts exceed customers’ expectations in terms of features and use. Whether you’re looking to fill a room in your small apartment with kids’ furniture in New York or anywhere else, go for multifunctional pieces which offer unmatched versatility.
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