Help with a Second Story Loft Room

tatuggle

Our two story condo has a second story loft room that I need help making safe for my grandkids. I have attached two pictures. One shows what the loft opening looks like from the dining room/living room area. The second one was taken inside the loft room. We are considering just closing up the opening. However, I am concerned as there are no windows in the loft room. The room has bunk beds in it and I am afraid my grandkids might launch themselves over. Fortunately so far only toys have gone through the opening.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!

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Sandybean

These spaces aren't normally meant to be used as a bedroom. I wouldn't leave a kid alone in there for a minute. I'm not sure anyone would want to sleep in there if you closed up the space with no windows. Is it possible to add a window? Maybe someone will have an idea but I can't think of anything you could put there that wouldn't look strange.

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bichonbabe

Where I live a room cannot be considered a bedroom unless it has a window for emergency egress.

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czegan

Can make that whole portion of the wall a feature, perhaps that looks like a slat wall partition? A nice way of adding barriers without just putting bars in the window space

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anjiz

You can put in a decorative metal screen, endless patterns and configurations available. That’ll allow for airflow and as long as it is attached to the studs, will keep the kids safe!

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tatuggle

A window can’t be added because it is an interior room. The idea of making the wall a feature is interesting. I’m not sure what a slat wall would look like?

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tatuggle

The room cannot be considered a bedroom as it doesn’t have two methods for egress. We aren’t required to have a window. This is a vacation condo and all the owners use the loft area for sleeping. I’m just worried about safety.

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tatuggle

The metal screens are a great idea. What type of business would I look for to purchase?

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bichonbabe

If you’re worried about safety, then no one should be sleeping in a windowless room.

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erinsean

From your picture it looks like you have a black stair railing in the lower room. Can you put the same thing up in the loft opening....would be closed enough that a child could not wiggle through, Not sure about small toys, though...lol

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Patricia Colwell Consulting

Bad place for kids to sleep and IMO best used for a reading space and shoot the architect that designed it . IMO the view of a top bunk is not something I want to see from my LR.

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