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Jumpstart Your Day: This Hotel Room is the Ultimate Home and Office Goal

Take a peek inside the 24sqm Zoku loft


When you enter a hotel room, what do you usually see? The space is often dominated by a huge bed, side tables, a dresser, and cabinets that take up one wall. It's already a plus if the room has a table where you can squeeze in some work. But what if your hotel offers a special room that looks like home—complete with kitchen, living and dining areas, a tiny home office, and a hidden loft, too? If we're asked to stay in this room for a night, we probably won't leave!

The Zoku Loft, a 24sqm unit, showcases how you can maximize space. Designed by Dutch design company Concrete, it's a living and working space hybrid hotel room that lets you be a hardworking businessman during the day and a satisfied homeowner at night. This is an ideal peg for homeowners who own studio-type condominium units.

The room features a large dining table as the highlight of the room, instead of the usual big bed. It’s perfect not just for eating, but for working and quick meetings, too.

Idea to Steal: When sprucing up the dining area, choose comfortable chairs to pair with your table. If you live in a studio unit, chances are, it will also serve as a work and study area. It pays to have a comfy chair so that you will feel relaxed even if you have tons of deadlines to meet.

A compact kitchen features an electric stove, microwave, coffee maker, fridge, dishwasher and dryer, and sink. It has even has ample space for storing condiments, pots, pans, and your dining plates and glasses. You can totally steal this look by choosing the right-sized appliances for your cooking space.

READ: 3 Awesome Kitchen Must-Haves We Wish We Had

An alcove desk, more storage areas, and a bathroom with a stand-up shower can be hidden by sliding panels from visitors or clients, but the hidden highlights in this room are the retractable steps that lead to the screened off bedroom loft.

The sleeping area features a king-size fluffy bed, with more storage spaces, and a television—a fitting reward after a long day.

Translate this smart space into your own home by having a custom-built retractable stairway, so it does not take too much room when not in use. If you like more privacy than what the wooden screens have to offer, hang solid-colored curtains on your screen wall to completely hide your sleeping space from view.

RL Tip: While white walls are mainstays in minimalist spaces, adding a black accent wall behind the bed can give the area more depth and drama.

With Zoku, HotelsAhead, a company that develops hotel concepts, hopes to create a new category in the hotel industry. To learn more about the project, visit the Zoku website.

Source and photos: Living in a shoebox.

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