Bunk rooms climb the social ladder – Lowell Sun


The bunk bed, born two centuries ago as a measure of austerity, lives in a certain splendor. For country houses, luxury hotels and yachts, architects and designers thematize and decorate the basic components of the pillars, balustrades and ladders with wood, bright colors, playful cutouts and loaf of bread. spice.

When it comes to rooms with custom bunk beds, “there’s always an element of whimsy,” said Kara Miller, an interior designer based in Jupiter, Fla., Who has carved filigree bunk beds diagonally across the board. basis of the Chinese Chippendale precedents. When customers start planning for new homes, “up front,” she said, bedroom windows, doors and closets are set to leave cubic feet available for bunk beds.

“You can let your imagination run wild with them,” she added.

The trend has been partly attributed to COVID-19. As a withdrawal from the company may be necessary, some owners want to be prepared to hide in a cheerful and comforting place that can accommodate groups of people not necessarily willing to share mattresses. Liz Caan, an interior designer in Newton, Mass., Said her bunk room customers said, in effect, “We want to be able to sleep a billion people.”

Bunk beds by Kara Miller.Credit… Carmel Brantley

The owners report that rooms with bunk beds free up floor space while generating a sense of camaraderie, and that the openings between the rooms allow communication and climbing.

“My grandchildren love getting in and out of these portholes,” said Margaret Condit, whose Maryland oceanfront home designed by Purple Cherry Architects has caramel-colored trim on the portholes of her white bunk beds. .

“Everyone says they want to sleep in this room,” she said.

Nostalgia also helps motivate new stacked commissions. David Williams, a marketing and investment manager based in Annapolis, Md., Grew up and attended college sleeping in bunk beds. Purple Cherry Architects designed double bedrooms with bunk beds for one of their homes, each with a U of six stacked beds topped with clapboard siding and painted off-white. He described the sets as “definitely a fun thing and a great creator of space”. For his grandchildren and the following generations, he added: “I hope these bunks will be a part of their history, as it is for me.

The shape of the furniture, however, is not as historic as it seems. Natalie Larson, an expert on bedding history in Williamsburg, Va., Said there were records of bunk beds installed in the early 19th century in prison rooms, railroad cars and military barracks. . Stacked chambers have also been used in submarines, military ships, schools, summer camps, concentration camps, and bomb shelters. Combining archaeological evidence, wills and inventories, among other sources, Larson said she found virtually no evidence that bunk beds were used for residential or hospitality purposes until the 20th century. Homeowners have long preferred lower, more portable beds, which could be taken apart or moved to multipurpose rooms and sold in times of trouble. And hotel or tavern owners would just share mattresses with their guests.

As the popularity of the bunk bed room increases, a few complicating factors have arisen. Changing bedding requires strength and agility when maneuvering around tight turns and atop ladders.

“It’s exhausting trying to figure out how to make these beds,” Williams said.

Children should be supervised to avoid injury from jumps or falls from the bunks. Aging knees and hips, among other parts of the body, can be ill-suited for spending the night on upper floors.

A reporter recently decided to see how well his limbs and sense of balance, after nearly six decades of wear and tear, would tolerate the dorm experience. At the Arlo SoHo hotel in Manhattan, she climbed along walnut-colored bed frames connected by black ladders and columns of pipes. Her joints didn’t protest, and from an upper bunk she enjoyed a sense of superiority, with a bird’s-eye view of old industrial buildings.

Cordell Nelson, the hotel’s general manager, remembered as he was showing her around the building. He said, “I always wanted a bunk bed when I was a kid.”

This article originally appeared in https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/02/style/bunk-beds.html The New York Times.


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