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Better than sticking the kid in the actual dresser drawer

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 03:19 AM
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by Jules ( last modified Nov 28, 2011



compact junior bed with storage

Materials: Malm chest of drawers (2), Sniglar bed (1), Ivar side unit (2). Also a Pax wardrobe.

We're a family of five living in a small, two-bedroom flat. The two teenage girls share a room, and Junior Muppetface Bananas, age 4½, sleeps in the "master bedroom" (ha) with us. When he was a baby he slept in our bed, then he got his own, and the room which is about ten metres square got more and more cramped.

And then he needed a bigger bed (his, while not a crib, was crib-sized). What were we to do? We needed to be able to open the door to the room, after all! Ikea assures us every year that the company caters for those of us with limited space - well, we all know that ain't true. The options are actually very limited and unimaginative. (Also, in Sweden they still operate in a 1980s dream world where we all live in big flats or houses and a standard double bed is, indeed, 180 cm wide. That's minimum then. They don't offer any bed frames here for a bed that is 140 cm wide except the Malm, and that adds on so much on the sides that you don't save any space in the end at all!)

After ranting for a good while I submitted to the necessity of hacking. I also made my husband submit. We're both really un-handy people so I tried to come up with a solution that involved as little building as possible. The enclosed photos aren't great, but they show the important bits. (The room is actually so small it's hard to step back and get everything in the frame!)

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