I must admit, I have been avoiding posting this for quite some time as the room is very narrow and near impossible to photograph. In fact, I’ll be posting more about space planning and decorating a narrow space in coming weeks because it’s so common for those of us living in brownstones.
One of our “must have” features when finding our new(est) home this past Fall was a second bedroom. The term “bedroom” is used very loosely here in rentals as the vast majority of second bedrooms are essentially large closets. Some fit small beds, others are best suited for storage. Given the amount of out of town visitors we have, we knew that we wanted to have a large enough room to fit some sort of bed, albeit not a large one. We also needed storage. In fact, storage was the main draw for an extra bedroom – an additional closet, an extra dresser and a room to toss some junk.
We gave my husband this closet as he goes to work around 5am so it’s easier for him to get ready in another room so that he can have the lights on and space needed without waking up me (or the pup). Reluctantly, I’ve let him utilize this space as somewhat of a storage locker also. What can I say, the man loves outdoor activities?! At least the surfboards, snowboards, hiking gear and bikes are out of the way!
All in all, I would say we made this space work pretty well. We opted for a trundle bed with storage which has been a lifesaver. It sits daily as a twin daybed but opens up into a king size bed for visitors. Also, the three drawers basically store all of our spare linens which is really wonderful. Another feature I really like about this room is the built-in bookshelves. They are multipurpose as they serve for display and storage. It’s not big, but it is cozy, functional and our guests love it!