I live in Los Angeles and have 2 teens that still live under my roof. I really like the area we live in. It’s convenient but it’s also EXPENSIVE. At some point I recognized that my kids needed privacy but I just couldn’t justify moving from our rent controlled apartment into a bigger place. So, I started looking up ways to use the space I have more wisely.
I live in an older building. My entire apartment is about 1250 sq. ft. The square footage in the bedrooms of older buildings, tends to be larger. So I will start out by saying this layout worked great because I was able to split the large (approximately 10′ x 18′) master bedroom space.
This is what I started with. A loft bed from ikea that I modified to attach to a bookacase. This set up worked when my son was tiny but he grew too tall for the loft and his bed ended up on the floor.
I am an AVID recycler so this project brought me so much joy. I was able to recycle almost everything. I hired a brilliant carpenter (Joe) to help me reconfigure the loft pieces and bookcase into a new wall.
I bought some folding shoji screens online for about $80. Flipped on their side and placed on the bookcase base, they were the perfect solution for allowing light to shine through and still offering privacy.
I painted everything black. Including the plumbing fixtures I used to attach the curtain rod to the Queen side. I think her side is lovely. On this side is a queen sized bed (with a frame that I found curbside, had repainted and paired with a brand new matress and box spring), a side chair, a dresser and a night table.
His side is also pretty cool, with a twin sized bed, drawers that slide under his bed and some bean bag type pillows. The screens were positioned so that there would be a ledge on his side. This makes a cool place for him to place his art work and other curated pieces.
As you can see, the rooms feel completely different in style. Both kids love their space and I am happy to have squeezed out more for my money! A 3 bedroom in my complex would cost another $700 per month. This conversion cost about $800. Do the math on the cost savings in a year, not to mention the cost of actually moving… Ugh!
By the way, I am not planning on going anywhere until my kids graduate but…This project resulted in a total of 6 screws in the walls of my apartment. This is an easy fix if and when the time comes to move.
This is a different type of post for me but I just wanted to share something practical and creative. Have you done anything like this? How did it turn out? Share your pics with me on Facebook or Instagram. I’d love to see your work!