A "Bed Box" Is the Detail Your Open-Concept Apartment Is Missing

Photos by Andrew Snow
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For StudioAC, there were multiple challenges in transforming a small Toronto apartment into a functional home. First there was the space — or lack thereof — of only 550 square feet. Second, there was a budget of less than $50,000.

Before the reno, the kitchen dominated the apartment. The team opted to downsize it and focus on creating more room for a bedroom. Or rather, a bedroom-like area that resulted in what they call a "bed box" — an arched structure within the loft just large enough for a double bed that can be sectioned off with a curtain.

To keep costs down, the home lets its industrial bones shine, with simple concrete flooring and exposed piping.

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Budget constraints allowed StudioAC to think outside the box when reimagining the bachelor loft. The team opted to build a separate bedroom space in what used to be the kitchen and dining area.

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The clever use of curtains creates barriers within the home, without putting up additional walls — which would have also added cost.

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Once the focal point of the apartment, the kitchen was reduced in square footage but still makes the most of its space with countertop seating and tall cabinets that increase storage.

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By painting the brick walls white, the team would create a sense of continuity within the apartment, as well as maximize light and openness.

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The "bed box" is just slightly elevated, giving it more definition as a separate space.

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A floor-to-ceiling sheer curtain is used in lieu of a door. The curtain conceals the bedroom while providing a flexible boundary.

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Colors inside the "bed box" are neutral to keep the space from feeling too busy.

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Here's a view from inside the "bed box." The sofa in the living room is from Article, while the rug is IKEA.


Kate Santos

Kate Santos

After interning at Dwell magazine in San Francisco, Kate began writing about arts, design and culture for other national publications. She is based in Los Angeles and San Francisco.