We designed this custom hack for a small loft in the historical district of Florence.
The loft is about 26 square meters (280 sq. ft). In order to save space we created a central core. It has a nook for the dining table, flanked by STUVA closets on both sides. It functions as bedboard and bedside table next to the queen bed. It works elegantly as a room divider splitting living and sleeping area, without hemming either in.
To create the core, we used OSB (Oriented Strand Board, a cheap & chic material) to make a boxed structure and the dining table. From this, we joined together all the other elements. See the diagram below for how it all came together.
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As you can see through our structure, this layout allows you to have a single TV screen you can view either from the living or the sleeping area.
We completed our design by exposing some old brick work in order to create a nice contrast between our IKEA hack and the historical environment.
You can customise this hack by changing the type of the wood and finding other ways to link with the different elements.
To complete the studio, we added in an IKEA kitchen. It’s small but it has everything the residents need to cook a meal.