Can furniture nooks be the answer in a space-starved home?

To turn a one-bedroom apartment into a home for a family of five, architect Pierre-Louis Gerlier created beds in a bookcase for the three children. The beehive-nook furniture was inspired by Japanese capsule hotels, boats and the Breton tradition of “plafond-lit” or wardrobe-beds.

Beginning with a small attic apartment atop an apartment building in Paris’ Montmartre, Gerlier removed most hallways in the dwelling to create more space. He then created the parents’ bedroom hidden behind a bookshelf in the living room; the room’s ‘secret’ door becoming a part of the shelving. Gerlier also moved the kitchen into one hallway, leaving it open save for a set of sliding glass doors.

But the real space-saver became the bookshelf-bed unit that includes the kids’ three bed(room)s, complete with individual lights and shelves for toys or books. The furniture also includes plenty of storage for clothes and playthings, as well as pull-out drawers that can serve as trundle beds for sleepover guests.

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