A Built In Reading Nook or Loft Bed Idea

In one of our previous newly constructed homes in Northern Minnesota we decided to finish the basement to give us more usable space. The basement would include a family room, bedroom, bathroom and large playroom area for the children. When constructing the walls I pointed out to my husband I wanted to use the under-the-stairs area for a small 'house' or 'castle' for our kids. Our youngest daughter was about 3 or 4 years old at the time and carving out a castle shaped door and putting a small castle window in one of the side walls gave us a great little space for the kids to play that otherwise would have been walled up and wasted.

That little castle is what I thought of when I saw this photo in this months edition of Coastal Living newsletter that I am signed up for and is emailed to me. I saw the loft area and immediately loved it - it's something I wanted as a child but never was lucky enough to have.

This particular loft area is a bunk bed style but with cushions and pillows in the family room or living room to make a great 'reading space'. What about in your own home? Do you have a wall with space on the inside that could be a built in 'nook'? Or borrowing from my childhood dream bedroom, a wall that could have these two area's built in to make a built in bunk bed? These would be perfect for a small room where a bed takes up too much of the space.

A little bit of cutting, a few pieces of wood, some drywall and paint and you have an affordable addition to your home without spending a lot of money.
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