Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Norway’s Small Space Royalty

We recently ran across Norwegian company “Ett rom til” (One More Room) on one of our favorite design sites, Living in a Shoebox. They showed off one of the firm’s projects that placed a spare bedroom in an apartment’s entryway (pictured above). But checking out Ett rom til’s website revealed a whole universe of ingenious space-saving designs. The company are masters of chopping up small spaces and giving them tons of functionality. They have several wall bed designs, but their main tool is the loft: in living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and, as mentioned, hallways. Take a look. 

ett rom til-kids-swing ett rom til-kitchen-loft ett rom til-studio ett rom til-murphyett rom til-desk ett rom til-girls-room ett rom til-loft

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  • I prefer Murphy beds over lofts, but with lofts I don’t understand why everyone puts the bed up high. Wouldn’t it be preferable to put the bed down low (like a burrow to sleep in) and loft the main space about 4 feet above the bed? There are so many benefits:

    – the room feels more open
    – it’s a smaller staircase
    – safer to climb
    – putting a stairway partially in front of a bed is preferable to in front of higher-traffic space.

    • iank
      • Exactly! Same functions, but the steps occupy half the space.

    • Susan S.

      I agree with this! Also, bathroom runs groggy and middle-of-the-night with ladders = danger. The other thing I’ve never understood is, how exactly does one change a bottom sheet in a loft where you can’t stand up and that doesn’t have perimeter space? You can’t easily lift a mattress corner while you’re kneeling on the mattress. Seems like an extreme hassle. In short, love your idea!

      • Pontifikate

        I wish people would think of designing for older persons. My loftbed days are way behind me. I don’t want to die by falling from one on a bathroom visit.