Partition wall serves as headboard, storage space, and screen Essay

Centered between two side walls of this remodeled master bedroom is a
room-dividing partition. On one side it serves as a headboard with a
12-inch-deep display shelf. On the other side of the 16-inch-deep by
109-inch-wide unit are low storage compartments for linens.

Framed with 2-by-4s and covered with gypsum board, the unit creates
a hallway to separate the bedroom from a bath. But only its ends reach
the ceiling: the center portion drops 16 inches below the ceiling to let
the hall and bedroom share light.

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To keep the bedroom side uncluttered, owners Evelyne and David
Lennette of Alameda, California, had a queen-size platform bed frame
built. Six 13-1/2-inch-high drawers pull out from underneath the
mattress. The bed butts against the headboard so pillow tops are level
with the 36-inch-high shelf. (For easy cleaning, the front face and the
shelf are covered with plastic laminate.)

Architect Hiro Morimoto of Emeryville, California, designed the


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