One of our favorite perks about living in this new rental house is that the master bedroom has a simple walk-in closet that measures 60”x80”. In case you aren’t already aware, this happens to be the exact dimensions of a queen-sized bed. While in Baja, Andrew and I were exploring the concept of bedroom and redefining our ideas about it. By living in a tiny pop-up trailer for several months, we experienced first-hand what occupying a tiny bedroom was like. Not only was it easy, but we found that we actually preferred it to a large, cavernous space. We had been toying with the idea of a bedroom the size of a standard bed, so when we realized that our closet would fit our queen-sized mattress perfectly, we moved right in.
So far we really love it. Honestly, it’s our favorite bedroom ever. We put up a curtain at the entrance and when we lie down; it feels like a warm and cozy den. Both Andrew and I sleep better when there is little light in a room, so we have been sleeping soundly each night. We are utilizing the shelf up top (which is intended for clothing) as a storage place for books, journals, etc…
We are enjoying our experience in our queen-sized bedroom so much that we plan on incorporating this concept into our dream house that we hope to build in the next 2-3 years. In our own home though, we will expand on the concept and raise the bed up by about 3 feet, build some custom cabinets below for clothing, and make it look less like a closet and more like an itty-bitty bedroom. Of course we will have to deal with egress code issues but we feel confident we can make this work.
Designing bedrooms in our dream house for our kids may prove to be a different challenge. I’m not sure they will appreciate such a small room. For them, the bedroom is a huge part of their social life and a place to retreat for alone time. My hunch is that they will choose a more conventional layout however; I’m not completely giving up on the idea that they will want their own cozy dens someday.
In the meantime, because we are sleeping in our closet, we now have a really large office in what most people would call the master bedroom. This has been fantastic because it has saved us from having to rent an outside office space. This saves us money and allows us to be more productive during our work hours by not having to waste time commuting. The office is bright and sunny and really conducive to working while the bedroom is cozy, warm, and the perfect environment for deep sleep.
It has been comical to see our friends’ reactions to our new discovery. I’ve seen everything from compassionate pity to being told that we are heroic. Either way, it doesn’t matter to me. All I care about is that I love our little, itty-bitty bedroom!
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