The 2013 This Old House Reader Remodel Contest yielded a few impressive bedroom solutions. Among them this installation in Portland, Oregon, by reader Dawn Shelton. "My sister and I have four kids between us, and we wanted a place for them all in one room. We used 4x4s for the corners, extra kitchen cabinets for the bases, plywood for the platforms, and old spice racks for the bookshelves between the two bottom bunks. The kids love the privacy and the fact that everyone has his or her own reading light," she said.
Crafty kid's room
In Smart Storage Solutions, one reader fits slumber spots for two kids in the space of one with built-in bunk beds. Here, Amagansett, New York, architect Darren J. Helgesen had extra room to work with at the foot of the beds, so in place of a standard ladder he designed a staircase with V-grooves cut into the treads to give little feet traction for climbing; the angled stair wall serves as a handrail. To eliminate