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Clever Loft Bedroom

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loft-bedroom-interior-design-ideaFinding clever ways of using the space we already occupy more efficiently is always a challenge. The first hurdle is identify the need which is quickly followed by thinking outside the box and coming up with a good solution. Sometimes it helps to see what other people are doing to meet their growing needs in small spaces.

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  1. Yes, a clever and attractive use of space. The problem with lofts involves a lack of awareness of the aging of the populace. At 60, crawling up a ladder (shaky sense of balance) and an inability to crawl on arthritic hands and knees means the loft bedroom no longer interests. Devices requiring lifting, pulling or pushing also lack luster. Some of us require ready access to AC power for CPAP machines or other respiratory aids. Further, as we age, some experience the need to rise multiple times overnight to use a bathroom. Short of the Tempur-pedic mattress our partners do NOT wish to be bounced from their slumber by urgent scrambles to the bathroom and return (repeat three or four times a night).

    When one shuffles off this mortal coil, lowering of our corpse down the ladder to the living floor will result in a significant increase in back injuries for mortuary employees, don’t you think? It’s not like two men strapping grandma into a stairchair and bumping her downstairs, is it?

    Food for thought or aging nightmare — lofts pose problems for old phartoids like me.

  2. wil, as someone who at 42 is handicapped, severely limited and suffers great pain -yet able to look at this place and see solutions and ways to make it work, to see ideas of customizing …it’s hard to bear when every loft post has someone crying lack of awareness for the aging populace, because aging is not a nightmare and there are many I know in their 70s who would be appalled at your sweeping terms as to their abilities.

    The basic Tortoiseshell has no loft, it has a bed that folds down. You can get a couch that slides easily to a bed. There is upper storage these days that gently and safely descends at a light pull. There are many, many designs that don’t have a loft & I’m sorry but they aren’t all going to be designed for you- or me.

    But I can see ways to customize even this to work for me even though I am unable to crawl on my hands and knees, and even though I can’t walk without assistance (with great pain), nor can I stand for any length of time, nor this, nor that -and on and on. I just hit the wall when you assume that there’s no ready access to AC power… when you finish insisting none of it can work for you (without even seeing the blueprints and dimensions), maybe you can clear your mind and see what you can have.

    To all the young readers out there and those in your 50′s up: aging/disability doesn’t have to be a nightmare, and to exercise, to stretch, to eat in a way that respects your body and even focusing on it’s joints in your diet and with supplements. In addition- short of severe situations, no reason most can’t creatively have a place like this.

    … Aging Nightmare? There’s no problem with lofts, and there’s no lack of awareness. They’re just not for you. And I’m not going to sit in a wheelchair awaiting the day my handicap is total and forever, and I suggest you not put your bedroll (or anyone else’s) on the grave so soon either.

    • Hi Cranky… I do have some loft-less house designs in the works.

      I believe other tiny house builders/designers do to because we’ve not only heard this message loud and clear but we experience some of the things you describe ourselves. I think you’ll continue to see lofts because many people can make use of them for uses other than sleeping, but I agree, they are not for everyone.

  3. Michael- PLEASE note, I was pointing out to wil above me that you do have loft-less plans, as do many others: I certainly wasn’t complaining about the designs, I was (yeah: too cranky) about the uber-negative post above mine. As someone who has been told ‘chin-up, could be worse’ so many times in spite of what made this body of mine so wrecked, it rubs me the wrong way when I see normally aging people borrowing trouble and/or refusing to see that while the perfect home may never fall in your lap, you can come at them with a creative mind and be positive.

    I’ve been following you and about 20 other small home blogs -minimum 20- seemingly forever, usually as Knifemouth /LB but wanted to come out as young, handicapped, etc, and after going from Mike’s passive solar that he is going to have for sale (no loft) to here… I grow weary of everyone decrying lofts, not seeing creative solutions -when there are so many, or dismissing the place above (a favorite of mine- especially as it’s in Paris, I believe).

    For wil to somehow not see that the non-loft homes are out there: Mike’s Irish, Jay’s Lusby even has a downstair’s bedroom, Tortioseshell’s Box Turtle has no loft but a Murphy instead. -off the top of my head- It’s just very frustrating- especially as so many people I know in their 60′s and 70′s are nimble and strong & would be very offended: it’s wholesale negation of great loft plans that can be a huge aspect that dissuades people in their 40′s and 50′s from heading toward these new kinds of homes. It plays into their fears, and that isn’t what life is about.

    I usually don’t post angry, but …when you add up the home’s cost, the financially ability to tow it around when needed, a safe place to put it and relax that no one is going to chase you off? Odds are, I’ll still be saving for my dream when I pass away. But I will still be trying, darn it- not listing out ‘reason after reason about why this can’t possibly work and how it’s so ageist in design’ …

    Michael, I really hope you’ll re-read the posts above and realize that I was not coming down on your head like a bag of bricks. I have so much respect and appreciation for the work you do.

    So yes, I’m in pain and wil’s post made me pop a cork. Which I’ve never done, and in tone- I am regretful – but in message to wil and those like wil, I have no regrets about my message.

    That you didn’t catch my point & even to whom it was aimed at really proves that cranky and negative posts really don’t get across, do they? That’s a very good lesson indeed.

    Sorry to go grumpy on your fine blog, and I really hope you have time to re-read the timeline above as I am very bummed that you think that I was hammering the negative on here, one of my most favorite blogs…

  4. Oh no worries! I didn’t read any negativity into your comment… I think it’s an excellent point… and just wanted you to know that many of us are also working on solutions for that.

    I also really REALLY appreciate direct comments from readers because they help steer trends and give everyone a better idea of what people need/want and are thinking.

    :-)

  5. Hahahaha… as a married woman in my late 20′s the first problem that springs to mind is trying to crawl up and down out of that loft pregnant! yeah, right… or crawling up and down out of it 3 or 4 times a night to nurse…

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