My favourite book as a child was, without doubt, "A Little Princess" by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Possibly because of my love for this story I was rather enchanted by the idea of an attic bedroom with a bed under the eaves.
So when we came to renovate our house 5 years ago I was excited about what we could do with the boys' bedroom. Because we were building on the boundary of our property and putting a garage under their bedroom, we had height restrictions. This meant the ceiling had to be sloped.
Some fun creative solutions were in order.
I collected a file of ideas sourced from magazines. The English mags had many good examples of attic rooms, as the Londoners are good at making use of all available space in their old houses.
I particularly loved the built in beds.
I also loved the idea of the boys having their own private space within a shared bedroom. A private little nook that was theirs only.
I wanted them to have their own shelves for treasures.
I loved the little pigeon holes above these beds for their books and toys.
An inviting reading space was on the wish list to encourage a passion for books.
These last two images show what we ended up with. I got my window seat for quiet reads (above). The bench the cushions sit on is actually the space the garage roller door goes up into. We were very tight for space vertically so we had to make use of every spare inch.
You can see the pigeon hole idea above Max's bed. The two beds are separated by bookshelves so they each get their private space. One can be reading with the bed-light on, while the other sleeps in peace. You may not be able to make it out, but the ceiling is sloped above their beds. The central bookcase is divided into thirds vertically. The first third has shelves facing into the room, the middle section has shelves facing the first bed, and the third section has shelves facing the other bed.
I hope you enjoy all these photos. I still love looking at all the clippings that inspired our renovation.