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Beds in Small Places

Beds In Small Places - small pinNo room at the Inn?

…..Probably more than you think.

We don’t always need extra beds, but it sure is nice to have them when you need them.  I don’t mind at all sleeping on an air mattress when we visit someone, but I’m not that comfortable having someone do that at my house.

Did you know that a twin bed is only 38 inches wide? And do you know that a person only needs 24 inches of walking space between pieces of furniture?  So, if you have 76 inches for the bed space plus 24 inches of walking space you could put two twin beds in a space no wider than 8.5 feet!  And if you happen to have a long narrow space you could put them end to end.  Twins are 75 inches long.  Add a little for a common headboard and you’ve got a very cute room configuration in a very small space.  Think about placing the twin beds together with barely enough room in the middle to make the beds leaving the walking space around the outside.  So cute, and a little different.

Trundle beds are another great bedroom space saver.  I LOVE trundles.  My kids had one for years.  In fact we had a bunk bed and another trundle in a small bedroom.  It seemed to be plenty of room for the 3 (usually ended up being 4) of them.  Even the ones assigned to the bunk bed usually ended up sleeping on the trundle.  They looked like a litter of kittens every morning.  I love those memories.

For the adult guests, don’t worry about having extra queens or kings for heaven’s sakes.  Not necessary.  My husband and I sleep very comfortably and cozy on twin size beds (1 per person of course J) when we’re visiting friends or relatives. In fact, at my house, the most comfortable and coveted bed in the house is a twin size bed in our out-of-the-house-now son’s bedroom, pictured below.  It’s truly the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept on.   The full size beds are very nice for one adult.  Perfect for two little kids.  And to me, the comfort of the bed is a lot more important than the size.  I like to spend a little extra and equip my guest beds with wonderful linens and pillows.

And, of course, there are always the wonderful Murphy beds, but we’ve discussed those before.  And don’t forget the fold out sofa-bed.  Be sure to try the mattress before you buy though.  Some are good, others are pretty bad.  If you go the sofa-bed route consider a nice tri-fold dressing screen your guests can use for even a little privacy.  I know your thoughtfulness will be much appreciated.

I also think small spaces are some of the most fun to decorate, don’t you?  Your buck can go a long way in a small room.

Here is my son’s bedroom~



And some other really great beds in small places…

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Great Places for Murphy Bed Spaces

Great Uses for Murphy Bed Spaces

Murphy……funny name for a bed!

Do you sometimes wish you had another bedroom when guests visit from out of town?  Well, a Murphy bed might be your solution. A friend of mine had one installed in her sewing room.  The style she chose was one with shelves on the side to accommodate some of her still needed space for her sewing and quilting materials.  It is GORGEOUS!

Some are built so when the bed is up there is a fold out desk to add some work space.  Some are complete wall units with clothing cabinets on each side (or one side~ these little darlings are very custom).  Murphy beds are great ideas for a bedroom for a college student that needs some office space, too.  They are as elaborate or as simple as you choose, come in all colors and wood choices.  Styles are contemporary, country, French country, craftsman, traditional, on and on.  They are built for the end of the bed to pull down, BUT they are also made so that the side of the bed pulls down saving even more space.  This engineering idea is a great one and accommodates a variety of needs. And when aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws come to visit, you won’t have to throw out the old air mattress in the middle of the living room. Very nice!

Hey!  Maybe you already have a guest room that you hardly ever use!  Get a Murphy bed and turn that unused space into an office or hobby room!  Fabulous!

And name your next dog Murphy! HA!