The podium in the interior of apartments and private houses is becoming more common. Modern design finds for this design a lot of functional and aesthetic applications, here are the main ones:
- zoning and adjustment of proportions of the room;
- a place to store a variety of things;
- place to sleep and rest;
- a place for receiving guests;
- way to hide communication.
For a studio apartment, the most acute problem is zoning, when in one room it is necessary to divide places for different types of activities. So, for example, the kitchen zone raised to the podium will be separated from the living room. Such a podium should be low so as not to reduce the height of the ceilings, and differ in the type and color of the floor covering. The design of the zones may also vary, the high-tech style is suitable for the kitchen, because smooth, glossy surfaces are combined with modern appliances and are convenient for cleaning, and the living room is softer modern or art deco.
When in the studio a place for receiving guests is located in the kitchen, the podium will be useful for separating working and sleeping areas. The podium will raise to another level a study with a computer desk and bookshelves, a pull-out bed will be placed inside, and storage boxes in the steps. This is a practical solution for small apartments where every meter of free space is expensive.
In the one-room apartment for a family with a child on the podium can accommodate a play area for the baby. Sheltered with soft carpet, with storage space for toys inside, the podium will become a magical corner. The design of the wall decor in combination with the podium cover will create a princess castle, a magical forest or an underwater kingdom inside the room. For a schoolchild child, a training place can be equipped on the podium, and a pull-out bed inside. Such designs can easily compensate for the absence of a children's room in the apartment.
If it is necessary to combine the functions of a bedroom and a living room in a one-room apartment, the podium can replace a bed and a sofa. Oriental design with an abundance of multi-colored pillows will be comfortable for receiving guests and for sleeping. Built-in drawer eliminates the need to buy a chest of drawers or wardrobe.
When the sofa for the reception of guests is the sleeping place of the owners, it will be logical to select the workplace as a podium. With the elongated shape of the room it will harmoniously divide it with a podium in half, then the built-in bed will fit inside. In a room close to the square, it is better to install a narrow podium, the width of the desk, but as high as possible, so far as the height of the ceilings allows, then a convenient storage system can fit inside.
The need to fill the bed in the morning in a one-room apartment is obvious. But until the family has acquired a larger living space, the bed built into the podium will solve this problem.
In the spacious living room, which is used only by its main purpose, a low podium in the television area will help to hide the wires. The built-in light on the perimeter of the podium will create an atmosphere of a cinema. And it is necessary to equip this area with a curtain, and the podium will become a stage for home theater productions.
For a children's room in which several children live, the podium will be a rationalization solution to the problem of placing sleeping, play and training places. A bunk bed can cause controversy, who will sleep on top, and who - from below. Creating a podium with two pull-out beds at the bottom and two training places at the top will solve the problem in a wide room.
Bedrooms with a podium
A podium for a bedroom can be a cost-effective solution; you don’t have to buy a bed and bedside tables with it. If you put a high mattress a little smaller than the podium, the free space around the edges will play the role of a bedside table.
What is important to know when installing the podium
- To keep the podium safe, do not place it in passages or in the center of the room.
- Concrete podium - the most durable, but because of the large weight it can damage the overlap. Only suitable for first floors of private houses.
- A massive wooden podium may also be too heavy for overlapping, it is worthwhile to calculate in advance.
- When the podium is set to hide communications, it is important to have access to them.
- When choosing a place for the podium with a pull-out bed, you need to choose one where a regular bed would look logical.
- The podium is a durable construction. When installing it in a nursery, you should take into account the fact that children grow quickly.
- Do not save on the quality of materials for the podium. Robust construction will last a long time and replace some other types of furniture.
- In apartments with low ceilings, you need to calculate the height of the podium so that you can get up to full height.
- If the podium shape is curved, the frame should be the same.
- Do not forget about sound insulation, which will reduce the booming sound when walking on the podium.