Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sleeping Solutions for Loft Living and Studio Dwellers

sleeping loft with work space under
How cool is loft living?  I've lived in my loft space now for almost 6 years.  The ambiance of living in an 1800's industrial mill building has never been more satisfying for the unique and unconventional lifestyle seeker.

My vision was made a reality when I found myself on my own, not wanting the responsibility of the large home, yard maintenance, repair bills and a yearning for a simpler way of living for my already busy lifestyle. Needing the convenience of public transportation to the city of Boston as well as the Interstate nearby were large factors in my decision.  Lowell would be my next home.  In addition, how fitting was it to be able to build out a space in the American History Textile Museum being that I am in the field of designing, sewing and creating with fabrics and textiles every day.

Although planning out my space was easy for me, some struggle with the openness of loft or studio living. Small living spaces have their challenges.  Making use of the high ceiling space for sleeping lofts is one way to achieve success in maximizing your new living area.  Let's face it, if you're moving to a unique loft or studio, the bedroom is not going to be the focus in this space.  Building out a suspended sleeping loft where a mattress can be used doesn't have to be complicated.  The space under the raised bed area can be used for built-in closet space, a desk area for a home office or even a TV viewing area with smaller furniture.
loft living  platform sleeping loft

sleeping loft with closet space under

Framing out a brace on all side walls will give support for the sleeping loft platform.  Many ideas for lower support can be used depending on your style preference. Old architectural salvage columns or steel iron beams for the industrial looking loft will add character to your space.  Adding a stairway could be a bit challenging if ample floor space is not available.  Smaller sets of stairs can be built using custom ordered stair stringers or open stairs with a cable railing system for a lighter more contemporary feel.  Another space saving idea for a stairway to the sleeping loft would be a telescopic attic stair system. This system folds up and stores neatly into the ceiling or opening into the sleeping platform.  Making the stairway disappear and allowing for better use of the floor space.
telescoping attic stair system
open stairs with cable rail system
Sleeping spaces are just that in a unique living space.  Making the most of your living space is where your creativity comes into play.  Utilizing the space under the sleeping loft is of major importance.  Set up a home office or work space area with a desk, chair, and a small filing cabinet for that cozy work at home environment. This space can also be used for storage. A closet system can easily be created with shelving for bins as well as a clothes hanging system.

When downsizing or moving into a studio space there is no need to take everything from past homes. Most furnishings will be too large for the newer more compact living space.  Have a creative vision and make use of wall and ceiling space.  Remember less is more.

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