No 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…