Last week, we looked at the transformation of a teeny-tiny kitchen in a New York City apartment. But the kitchen wasn’t the only change made to this Gramercy Park-area studio. Sleeping four people in a studio apartment might seem like an impossible task — but homeowners Frans and Dalal, who wanted a little privacy for their sleeping space, as well as a little room for overnight guests, made it happen.
Previously, the studio was a single space, with a wall of windows on one side. The position of the kitchen and bathroom (on the right in the photo above) created a little nook at the back of the apartment. Frans and Dalal saw that this nook would make a perfect sleeping area, but were reluctant to wall it off from the rest of the apartment, which would significantly constrict the space (and make for a very dark bedroom). There was also the little issue of how to get from the front door to the living room, since their new sleeping nook also functioned as a hallway.
The solution? A clever wall of sliding panels, which hides the bedroom from view when privacy is desired and opens to make it part of the living room the rest of the time. Even with the wall closed, the frosted panels allow light in. In the bedroom, a built-in bed with flanking nightstands saves space, as does the sliding door to the new master closet.
In the remainder of the space, the couple’s contractors fitted a wall of built-ins, which includes a wardrobe and a fold-down bed for overnight guests. The newly remodeled bathroom has two doors, one from the sleeping nook/hallway, and another one from the living room. The second door, in the living room, is revealed when the sliding panels are opened, so if Frans and Delal have overnight guests, both they and their guests can access the bathroom, even with the sleeping nook closed off from the rest of the space.
Built-ins like this might be beyond the reach of the average apartment dweller — but they are proof that, with a little ingenuity, a little space can be made to accommodate a lot of people — and look good doing it.
Frans and Dalal found their contractor on Sweeten, a free service matching homeowners with local general contractors. You can read more about the project, see more photos, and find sources on the Sweeten blog.