Over the last few years, we have explored different ways of taking advantage of small spaces in residential architecture. From efficient furniture to kitchens with transformable systems to adapting essential household appliances, architects have begun looking for effective ways of optimizing scarce floor space or making spaces more flexible in multifunctional and mixed-use typologies. The bed, as an indispensable element, is an essential consideration in these experiments. Its functions can be fulfilled without completely losing the valuable space it occupies, and the bedroom experience can be enriched with careful thought. How can we reinvent and take advantage of the opportunities of the traditional bed? Attach storage to existing beds or incorporate predesigned options Beds with integrated storage exist on the market, but users can also design and attach custom furniture to an existing bed. The most important consideration in this process is to measure accurately—not only the total area and height occupied by the bed, but also the dimensions of the objects you plan to store. An effective chest of drawers could be between 50 and 60 cm deep with a minimum height close to 20 cm. With higher beds, it is possible to add 2 or more drawers, one on top of the other. Designers can also play with different sizes, materials, and colors, especially if the drawers are exposed. For mobile drawers, designers can use castor wheels or sliding systems. Lighter and easier solutions can also be created; for example, a low metal rack with wheels for storing books, magazines, or shoes.
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