Two beautiful built-in beds made the most of this small attic bedroom space

Built-in beds small attic bedroom space (1935)
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This cute and creative 1930s attic bedroom made the most of its space by incorporating custom-built canopy beds that fit perfectly under the eaves on each side.

Decorated in 1935, the room’s decorative theme was not of just one era, but was a combination of formal and informal, country style and early modern. 

Although there was only a small amount of space available, the arrangement of furniture — with one side of the room mirroring the other — maximized both the available sleeping space and its aesthetic impact.

One thing that really made this room so special was the attention to detail — particularly the hand-painted green and red leaf and rose garland pattern that appeared on the base, sides, and top of the room’s two single beds.

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On the central wall space, between the two sleeping areas, there were 18 coordinating flower designs that used the same color scheme. A simple painted grid separated the graphics, which also accented the straight lines of the built-in beds.

In that middle space, a diminutive fireplace with a mini brick hearth was flanked on both sides by matching bedside tables, lamps, and decor.

Another inspired touch in this bedroom was the use of two round, high-backed upholstered slipper chairs that sat on either side of the fireplace. Matching the bedspread’s color and style, these cornflower blue chairs were tucked next to the coordinating canopy curtains, creating a cozy seating area for two.

This charming and timeless decor would be just as welcome in a home today, even though it was created during the Great Depression.

In keeping with the demands of the time, this bedroom made use of “found” space in an attic, used a creative design to minimize the amounts of materials needed, incorporated low-cost furnishings from elsewhere in the home, and benefited from a skilled hand using a paintbrush (and perhaps a stencil pattern) to give the whole new area a stylish flair.

The simple beige linoleum flooring was given a decorative boost with the help of inset stripes of cool blue, coral and chartreuse.

Built-in beds small attic bedroom space (1935)
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