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Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by Tonibell, 25th Feb, 2016.

  1. Tonibell

    Tonibell Well-Known Member

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    Doing a reno on the PPOR to create two separate teenager living areas.

    Each of the areas are about 3 metres by 10 metres and will be their bedroom, study and TV area.
    There will also be a shared kitchenette between them. The ceiling is rack from about 2.7 to 2.2.

    Looking at ways to best utilize the space - especially as they are quite narrow.

    I came across the "hidden" beds where the desk converts into the bed - they say you can leave a cup of coffee on the desk and it just swivels and the bed and then back out without moving.

    Does anyone have experience with this type of furniture ? It would make a big difference to the room layout if it work well.

    Any other suggestions for better utilizing space (already using the old sofa bed for visitors) ?
     
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    Great idea.
    About Us - buy folding desk bed kids beds study bed
    Mechanics appear to be sound as gravity and swiveling mechanism should keep the table parallel at all time.
    Would be ideal for fitting properties rented out by rooms or airbnbs.
    Prices appear to be on the higher side but given the (desk) space saving (sqm/dollar), should make it worthwhile.
    Look forward to some pictures.
     
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    moridog Well-Known Member

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    I love the site, amazing stuff, the company is in Canada, so i guess the prices are in US dollars, plus shipping, anyone had any experience with any local places making the same double duty, space saving type furniture, haven't had much luck on Google. Thanks!
     
  5. wylie

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    If you google "murphy beds australia" you will get some hits.
     
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    Thanks Wylie, will do.
     
  7. Westminster

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    3 x 10 is a pretty decent area for all that - I would give the kids a decent bed as teenagers are not known for putting anything away so a murphy bed is likely to just remain out.

    I would build around the bed though - this might be something like a bookcase and or something like a wardrobe. A QS bed is 1.5m I think so there would be 750mm on each side of the bed which could be a 600m wardrobe cupboard on each side

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    Creating a bed nook like this can also help zone the room
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    Sooo that would take care of the 3 x 3 space then you have 7 x 10 for study and living zone. I would use a giant Expedit to zone off the area and create some separation. I don't think expedit is made anymore but there is a new range that does the same.

    Put that between the bed section and the living section

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    Slightly raised bed platform allows the next 'zone' to butt up against it without feeling weird

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    That's not a bad idea.
    I would like a raised up Queen or King with steps around it.
     
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    In that photo they really should be able to turn the computer monitor around to watch movies etc instead of having that tv on the wall but maybe it was done before all these streaming of shows became popular.
     
  12. Azazel

    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    Surely they had downloadbay back then though.
     
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    i have one of these in an apartment. they're not bad - and warranty after service is good too. the owner of hidden bed from NZ came by to fix it up when he was in melbourne recently.

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  14. Azazel

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    Pretty fancy looking desk when the bed is up, looks like a drafting table from the future.
     
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    This was an interesting comment.

    When we asked their thoughts it was the same as this - I want a proper bed.

    They did not like the idea of folding it away as they want to use it ad-hoc to either flop on or as temporary storage.

    There are still a lot of decisions in fitting out the space (one is actually 8 x 2.7) but we can put it off a few weeks as this space needs to be used for general living while the rest of the house is being done.

    Ceilings coming down tomorrow !

    Thanks for your input everyone.
     
  16. Azazel

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    Similar to a convertible lounge/bed.
    If it's being used as a bed, it usually stays as a bed during the day.
     
  17. Lizzie

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    I too was thinking a 10x3m space was big enough for something permanent. "Bedroom" section would take up 3x3 with wardrobes, beds, besides etc ... which leave 7x3 for living/study ... heaps of room.

    Can get beds with drawers under as standard now, for more storage.
     
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    Go and raid Ikea - they have several rooms the size of bedsits/studio apartments.

    There's also Intersofa? on Victoria Rd Drummoyne who have the fold out beds etc.
     
  19. Azazel

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    They're a good space saving idea.
    A bit neater than just pushing stuff under there.