For this series on Loft Design, we’ve been discussing how to get the best use of your space by creating zones. Let’s wrap up this series with this final discussion on how to create a guest bedroom that doubles as additional living space.
Many homes have dual-purpose guest bedrooms, and it can be difficult for guests to feel comfortable and maintain their privacy. This is a common problem in one bedroom lofts, where the same openness loft residents crave can leave overnight guests feeling exposed. The best way to approach this challenge is to define the space clearly, and to create a private temporary guest bedroom just for them.
In the photo above of Kimball Starr’s award winning San Francisco loft design, you can see two areas that intersect: a dining space and a living area. Plenty of room for circulation has been left between them, as well as access to the wall storage and display shelves. However, the real magic is behind those frosted glass panels as they slide in multiple directions to create either a partial wall, or completely enclose the area behind them.
Above you can see the slipper chairs have been moved, and the wall bed also known as a Murphy bed, is pulled down and dressed with silky luxurious linens. Artwork is hung on the wall behind to finish it off nicely, and an accent light operable from the guest bed doubles as a reading light. You probably didn’t even notice the closed Murphy bed in the first photo!
In this final view, you can see the translucent sliding glass doors, which were stacked previously. They slide effortlessly closed to create a temporary private guest room which allows light to pass through, so your guests gain privacy without losing light. It’s an elegant contemporary solution for maximizing living space while simultaneously providing guest bedroom space in an open floor plan.
Kimball Starr Interior Design is a San Francisco award winning loft designer that provides contemporary interior design for home and commercial interiors.