by Geraldine Grandidier, founder of Tidy Books.
Like lots of people, I’m currently working from home with my husband. And like many we’ve had to rearrange our house so we can both have our own space to work uninterrupted – though I don’t mind if he pokes his head around the door with a cup of tea from time to time (hint to Matthew!).
A recent survey by John Lewis found that in the past six months almost a third of people have turned one room of their house into a home office. And that’s exactly what we did, with the help of a hammer and some bunk bed storage.
In fact, we didn’t just re-purpose a room – we created a brand new one by knocking through the wall of our daughter’s bedroom. Matthew was delighted with his bright and airy new workspace. But at first Adele wasn’t impressed with the little box room she ended up with. She might be away at uni, but she still wanted a nice bedroom to come home to.
Bunk bed shelf to the rescue
With a bit of clever thinking, we made the best use of the smaller space. We installed an elevated bed with a clothes rail underneath and bought some bean bags so she could hang out in her room with friends. We also added a Tidy Books Bunk Bed Buddy wall shelf , which Adele is familiar with as she had one in her bedroom at our old house. She may be too grown up to use the bunk bed shelf for housing her teddies now, but it’s perfect for keeping her books and bedtime drink close by.
I’m pleased to report that once Adele saw what we’d done with her room she was happy. The space may be a lot smaller now but it’s comfy and cosy and she still has all her things with her.
Not everyone has wielded a hammer to knock down walls. But as the pandemic goes on, more and more people are transforming their house so they can work from home. John Lewis has seen a 60% increase in the sale of bunk beds as parents take back one of their kid’s bedrooms to use as an office.
I’m sure, like in our family, the arrangement took a bit of getting used to. But as we found, if you get creative with bunk bed storage and other storage solutions there’s no reason why the new space can’t be just as good as – if not better – than before.
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Geraldine is Tidy Books’ founder, designer and CEO, as well as mum to Adele and Emile. She started Tidy Books in her violin workshop because she couldn’t find a good bookcase for her kids. Now her Tidy Books bookcases and storage designs are encouraging independence and a love of reading in kids all over the world.
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