Sleep­ing so­lu­tion

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Interiors -

Built-in bunk beds can turn a dull bed­room into a place the chil­dren will want to spend time.

On a long wall the beds can be cus­tom-de­signed to fill it in its en­tirety but it can work out ex­pen­sive. Pic­tured is a much sim­pler so­lu­tion. A par­ti­tion frames two mat­tresses set end to end on a low plinth to aer­ate them with shelv­ing on high for the kids’ read­ing ma­te­rial.

The back wall and ceil­ing have been painted in a rosy blush pink from Ben­jamin Moore’s Aura col­lec­tion which costs ¤104 per gal­lon at MRCB. Its eggshell fin­ish will be hard­wear­ing enough to with­stand most pil­low fight shenani­gans. Ben­jam­in­; The Land of Nod at Crate & Bar­rel has a breadth of stock on of­fer that is un­par­al­leled in any other spe­cial­ist store for kids. Its tents and teepee se­lec­tion, in­cludes Con­stel­la­tions (above) about ¤117, but also of­fers a mod­ernist Palm Springs-in­spired play­house that most mid- cen­tury-lov­ing adults would adore to call their own, ¤153, ex de­liv­ery, and a Je­taire VW-in­spired camper style, about ¤180, ex de­liv­ery, that might just sat­isfy any crav­ings to go off en famille. There is a rocket-shaped one, about ¤135, a Dr Liv­ing­stone-in­spired ex­plorer’s tent, about ¤144, a sky­scraper, about ¤46, and even a Gear­head garage play­house, about ¤136. Adding bat­tery-op­er­ated lights to un­lit logs in bed­room fire­places is a lovely styling touch that’s easy to repli­cate. Land­

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