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Room to Play: The Ultimate Urban Bunk Room by Workstead

Kids' Bedroom With Custom Built-In Bunkbeds Cherry Plywood Workstead design, Matthew Williams Photo

Most kids’ rooms are stopgap affairs: basic-at-best overrun by toys and stuffed animals. After all, childhood is brief. Or is it? The parents of the siblings who occupy this compact suite in a 1905 NYC building (a converted sewing factory) decided it was worth investing in quarters their kids, now ages three and five, can share for years to come.

A while back, the team at Workstead had overhauled the family’s living room and master bedroom. When the couple had their second child, they called back the firm to upgrade the 450-square-foot kids’ bedroom and bath. The mandate: ample storage, a desk to grow into, and room to play.

Photography by Matthew Williams, courtesy of Workstead.

Kids' Bedroom With Custom Built-In Bunkbeds Cherry Plywood Workstead design, Matthew Williams Photo
Above: “Our concept was to put the kids in the closet,” says Nadine Lynch, Workstead’s project designer. Translation: They turned what had been a walk-in closet into a built-in bunkbed complete with cupboards and drawers.

Cherry plywood was selected to work with the existing wooden elements including the door and frame with a fluted glass transom.

Kids' Bedroom With Custom Built-In Bunkbeds Cherry Plywood Workstead design, Matthew Williams Photo
Above: For privacy, the beds have curtains of Rebecca Atwood printed linen.
Stairs With Built-in Storage Drawers, Cherry Plywood Workstead design, Matthew Williams Photo
Above: In addition to storage under and next to the beds, the steps to the top bunk contain drawers with child-friendly cutouts. Note the exposed plywood edges: “since there’s so much wood in the space, the edges make it feel more casual and playful,” says Lynch.
Cherry Plywood Kids' Wardrobe, Workstead Design, Matthew Williams Photo
Above: Along the window wall, a built-in desk turns a corner, where it becomes an armoire. All of the millwork was done by Brooklyn-based master carpenter Markus Bartenschlager (see The Artful Shoebox Apartment, Workstead Edition).

The lighting is both playful and classic: that’s the Studioilse W084t2 Task Light on the desk and the bunks have olive Jielde Wall Sconces.

Router Pulls In A Cherry Plywood Kids' Wardrobe, Workstead Design, Matthew Williams Photo
Above: The doors are detailed with “pill-shaped” router pulls. See a range of options at Remodeling 101: Cutout Cabinet Pulls.

Cherry Plywood Kids' Desk And Cabinet, Workstead Design, Matthew Williams Photo
Above: The desk is fitted with a range of storage, including toy bins. The pair of bentwood  Pagholz Chairs are from the sixties and were sourced from Kinder Modern.
The wood-framed windows and (cord-free) wood blinds were in place. The wall shelves are cherry plywood suspended by Etsy seller Vaughan Designs’ Steel Sling Brackets ($46.83 each, plus shipping from Australia).

Workstead Design Kids' White-Tiled Bathroom Remodel, Matthew Williams Photo
Above: An architect was here. The formerly cramped bathroom—”the plumbing was oversized and outdated; our clients wanted to make it all easy for kids to use”—is now a seamless gridwork of two-by-four white tiles: Earthenware Elements Field Tile in Winter Chill from Ann Sacks with off-white grout.

“We decided to go with no cut tiles, which means every tile had to be meticulously laid out to fit perfectly within the layout,” Lynch tells us. “We moved the sink to line up with the tub, which allowed for deeper storage for the medicine cabinet and toiletry drawers below.” A trio of niches on the tub wall also provide valuable storage.

Workstead Design Bathroom Wall-Hung Towel And Laundry Drying Rack, Matthew Williams Photo
Above: A custom towel and drying rack hangs on a wall. Requested as a solution for tight quarters, it folds out to offer more rods for layering with laundry.
Workstead Design Bathroom Built-In Storage Cabinet, Mathew Williams Photo
Above: An anteroom outside the bath is now a linen and utility closet. The tall cabinet is fitted to hold the broom, mop, and vacuum. On the immediate other side stands the bunkbed cupboard.

Before

Workstead Kid's Suite Existing Conditions Floor Plan
Above: Prior to renovation, in addition to being gloomy, both rooms offered little in the way of floor space. The bedroom was taken up by a bed, a crib, and an explosion of Legos.

After

Workstead Kids' Suite Floor Plan
Above: Custom cabinetry and a reorganized and updated bathroom completely transform the suite.

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