Room for Two: a shared bedroom of 5 1/2 sq. meters (or 58 sq. ft.)


junior bed perpendicular

It’s not uncommon these days for families in Amsterdam to live…shall we say…efficiently. In other words: very small. We are one of them. Our small home of 65 square meters (700 square feet) has two bedrooms – one for the adults, and one for the children. How to manage with a growing family? Creativity is key!

Our children’s bedroom is just over 3 meters (3 yards) by 1.8 meters (about 5 feet). Here you can see how we placed my daughter’s junior-sized bed (1.5 meters long rather than the standard 2 meters) perpendicular under my son’s bed. “Closet space” was created by adding a wooden pole underneath the foot of his bed and boxes were bolted to the wall (see second photo) to create shelving.


junior bed under standard bed

Each child has their own personal bookshelf space (my son’s is more recent and can be seen in the second photo). These boxes were all great finds! I found my daughters shelves at a Queen’s Day sale. The boxes were already pink, so they’ve just stayed that way. My son’s shelf is a wine box that I got for free at our local wine shop. A quick paint job, and there you go!

Recently, my strongly opinionated 3-year-old daughter decided that she’d prefer to sleep fully under my son’s bed. While it wouldn’t be my personal preference, it certainly does help with space!

Any other low-budget, space saving ideas you’d like to share? Please do!


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