Nov 15, 2011

Sharing a Loft

Whether you’re a nervous mother fretting over her daughter’s first move to the big city, or a fresh face in a new place with a tight budget, you just want assurances that everything’s going to work out O.K. During these times of tight finances, many people looking for a place to stay long-term are resorting to sharing a loft in urban settings rather than splitting two-room places. Trading additional privacy for rent relief, these renters may have to share one large room with another person that doesn’t only serve as general living space, but also doubles as a shared bedroom. In order to make such a situation work, the two people splitting the space need to be creative about how they use the space.

The last thing many young adults want to resort to is feeling like a kid again, and the words ‘bunk beds’ often evoke such childhood reminiscence. Though twin size bunks certainly won’t do for two full-grown adults, two full size beds on the floor are enormous wastes of already limited amounts of space. By stacking beds, roommates can optimize living space while still getting their bed space as well. By building or buy full size bunk beds, the problems of limited bed space and limited floor space are eliminated simultaneously. A full size bunk bed only requires ladder access for one.

Intelligent furniture use is also going to be essential. Use stackable cabinets when possible versus having large trunks or other oversized storage systems, and keep everything organized by storage space so that there is nothing that doesn’t have a home and ends up lying out on the floor unkempt. Chairs are preferable to couches since they are much easier to move around and stack away, though a futon that doubles as a guest bed may serve many versatile purposes as well. The real key is that ‘doubling’ feature. Anything that serves one primary purpose and doubles as something else (dining room table/office desk, for instance) will help you maximize space and utility, without sacrificing anything in particular that you might need.
And when all else fails, you can always rent a storage unit. It will be cheaper over time than paying for the extra square footage in-house, and there are probably many items you don’t need day-to-day anyway.

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