January 14, 2010

Making it work in a small space… I recently completed the room of a nine year old girl who needed a bigger bed with a lot of storage under it and a new desk. Eva, who lives with her parents and her brother Ethan has a small room but all for herself.


“This room has to last until she goes to college… “The idea was that Eva could grow in this room and still like it as a teenager. Perhaps in the future the pink pulls may be replaced with something less “girlie” but the rest of the furniture should very well survive the passage of time.

Green materials. We chose a combination of bamboo and formaldehyde free mdf (medium density fiberboard) finished with a non toxic water based paint. Bamboo plywood is a very “green” material, it is hard and it is durable.

Storage and more storage… The platform bed has six drawers, a pull out tray that acts as a night table and a shoe cabinet behind sliding doors at the foot of the bed. Raising the bed from the floor 30” creates the equivalent storage capacity of a large dresser plus some extra shelf space.

Floating cabinet… The desk has a hanging cabinet above it. This split creates a more open and lighter feel for the room. Under the desk top there is a pencil drawer and below it and between the two bottom cabinets there is a 6″ wide shelf where all the wires get plugged.

Second time around… As an anecdote, I had designed and built the furniture for this room six or seven years ago when Ethan and Eva used to share it. www.casakids.com. Back then I had done a loft bed with a desk and a small bed for her. Eva, at such young age is now a repeat client. That feels nice!

sketchesevas-room-floor-planLast but not least… Special thanks to the multi talented Fili Perez who collaborated with me in this project and many others.

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