This Sleepover-Ready Canopy Bed Converts Into a Fort
Oeuf’s highly anticipated furniture drop does not disappoint.
Published Apr 11, 2023 10:00 AM
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Oeuf, a Brooklyn-based, French-inspired design studio, is behind some of our favorite kid-friendly pieces—it is responsible for the convertible crib you can spot in Christene Barberich’s nursery and the bear-shaped chair in Studio AF founder Ariella Fried’s playroom, for instance. We’ve been waiting nearly six years for a new furniture drop from the brand, and today we’re officially getting a first look at the adorable Perch Nest.
The Perch Nest is a part of the same line as the Perch bunk bed, which cofounders Sophie Demenge and Michael Ryan first dreamed up for their son in 2013. The Nest’s design is in response to other parents’ biggest ask of the earlier iteration: a shorter height.
“Even though it’s lower than most bunk beds on the market, it still felt a bit high,” Demenge shares of the feedback they received on the Perch. “But we didn’t want to just make a smaller Perch.” Instead, the duo desired to put kids in charge of their own sleeping quarters by designing a piece that could double as a sanctuary and place of play. “Kids really don’t have agency over how their day is going, and that’s something I think a lot about. Even at school, you go from one class to another; there’s a lack of choice,” she adds.
The Perch Nest’s convertible frame means it can stick around from the toddler to tween years. Right-side-up, it functions as a lofted bed for the 6-and-older crowd. At just over 4 feet tall, this style can dual as a bunk with a matching trundle or free up space for toys. (Plus “it’s really nice to be able to kiss your kid on the forehead without a ladder,” Demenge points out.) Flipped over, it can be used as a low-profile canopy that’s also compatible with the Perch pull-out trundle; you can find the custom-made mattress here. (While the Perch Nest accommodates any twin mattress with an 8-inch depth or less, the trundle is a trickier fit). “Every configuration allows for sleepovers,” Demenge explains of the Perch Nest.
Like all of Oeuf’s furniture, the Perch Nest is crafted by artisans in Latvia with FSC-certified, responsibly harvested wood and Greenguard Gold–certified materials. Demenge and Ryan also plan to introduce customizable linen curtains that attach to the built-in cable on the frame later this summer. Until then, Demenge notes that blankets, sheets, and pillowcases do the trick for a cozy-cabin feel or fort. When asked for more styling advice, she mentions that the bed should be viewed instead as a blank canvas. “The beauty with kids is that the sky’s the limit,” she counters. “Give them the space and kind of tiptoe out of the room. Let them do their magic.”