Darlene McCrone

Darlene McCrone

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MALM table from IKEA ($ 69)

Bed desk, well this one might be too big.on of those tables/tray thingies for the living room that are u shaped to slide under the sofa would be great for the bed

Homeowners of this 1924 Brookstone flat were looking to open up their main living space to help make their place feel bigger. By removing the existing wall that divided the kitchen and dining room, a large open floor plan was created. The open shelving in the kitchen provides ample storage and really shows off the homeowners dishes. Mimicking that same feeling, an existing closet was turned into an office with open shelving above a new desk.

an existing closet was turned into an office with open shelving above a new desk.

Since the main living space has to function as both a bedroom and a family room, Krastev and Nikolova make do without a couch. When the family watches TV or reads, they cozy up on the bed or sit on the built-in bench, which also serves as a dining and play area. “When in a limited space, you have to really think: What do we do in this room, what do we need?” says Krastev. “Do we really need a coffee table?” In their case, the answer was no.

“When in a limited space, you have to really think: What do we do in this room, what do we need?” says Krastev. “Do we really need a coffee table?” In their case, the answer was no. Photo by: David Allee

Hidden Assets: Take advantage of square footage -- the light-filled alcoves are often the perfect spot to squeeze in a desk. Two 1 x 4s painted white and mounted on shelving brackets create a handy work zone in this second-story cubby. Built-in benches boost the cozy quotient and allow the space to double as a dining table for two.

I like this 'side-ways' desk and bench idea - little different take on the dormer desk. Could do shelving above the desk this way with a nice mirror or painting (or pinboard) above the bench.