January 10, 2013

Guest Bed Options

In my 2013 home goals post, I mentioned that our guest bedroom is where I store all of my extra artwork, mirrors, furniture, accessories, etc. but I kind of feel like that's a waste of a room. I'd like to turn the room into an actual guest bedroom but the problem is, we never have guests stay the night. That's not to say that we won't in the future, but would it be weird (or a waste of space) to have a room set up as a guest bedroom when we don't have any guests?

Anyway, I've been thinking about getting a bed for the room for those potential future guests and for those nights when my boyfriend is snoring so loudly that I can't sleep in the same room as him. Please tell me I'm not the only one...

The room is tiny:

I'd like to fit a queen size bed in there if possible since they're only 6" wider and 5" longer than a full size bed and tend to sleep two people more comfortably.

Here's what I'm thinking:

Guest Bed #1
Julian Bed // World Market

[ Image via World Market ]

I'm in love with this bed. I almost bought it over the holidays but then I talked myself out of it because I was afraid it'd be too big for the room. That being said, I love the shape of the headboard and that the wood is a little distressed. It's currently on sale for $399 which isn't too bad!

Guest Bed #2
Lubi Daybed // CB2

[ Image via CB2 ]

CB2's Lubi daybed would solve a lot of the space issues I'm having since it's nice and compact. It's also very versatile since it transforms from a twin bed to a queen bed by simply unstacking the cushions! The only problem is it's $899. Yeah. I like it, but I don't know if I like it that much haha

Guest Bed #3
Hemnes // IKEA

[ Image via IKEA ]

As much as I'm trying to de-IKEA my home, you really can't beat their prices! I guess there's two versions of the Hemnes bed but I like the one pictured above because it looks a little less complicated than the other one. It's also only $199 which, like I said, can't be beat!

Guest Bed #4
Either/Or Convertible Sofa // Urban Outfitters

[ Image via Urban Outfitters ]

I love the mid-century modern vibe and the tufted cushions/arms of the either/or sofa. If you push both of the back cushions down, the sofa converts into a twin size bed. It's a little more than I'd like to spend at $649 but I could almost justify the cost since you're getting a sofa and a bed in one piece of furniture!

I don't know if any of those are winners but they're my top choices as of now. I've been checking Craigslist for a possible bed but haven't found anything. There's always the option of DIYing a bed but I don't know if I'd feel comfortable doing that. I can build other things but those don't actually have to hold a human's weight haha

Which bed would you choose?

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  1. Hi! Our guest bedroom is 10'2 x 11"7, so I know exactly what you're talking about. Oh and the layout of the room is eerily similar!

    We have a queen bed in there without a problem. For the window wall, I used a clear glass desk as the nightstand & am still looking for the right thing for on the other side of the bed. We have a bifold closet door, so I need something narrow. We also fit a small loveseat in the corner (under where your window is) because we didn't want to leave it on the patio in the winter. With the loveseat the room is a bit full, but you can still easily move around & without the loveseat the room has tons of space (at least for a guest room! I stash all my extra stuff under the bed & in the closest!

    I vote for the Hemnes frame, because its so classic & then you can just add whatever mattress you can afford to the bed, oh and you can't beat the price. I also don't think its shouts "ikea" too loudly.

    If you want, you can see some of our guestroom in this post

    Good luck picking a bed!

  2. My vote is for the Urban Outfitters option... might be more $ but like you said you are also getting a sofa out of the deal AND not having to buy a mattress which you are not factoring into the above bed prices.

    That way you can use the room in other ways when guests are not around... maybe as a craftroom/office.

  3. Guest rooms are so tricky! I like having one for when people DO come, but I hate that so much floor space is taken up by a bed that no one uses most of the time. So I'd go with a sleeper sofa. Even though that's not what we did!

  4. Sarah - That's good to know! For our room, I was thinking about putting the bed in there along with two nightstands, a chair and a dresser if I can fit it. The Hemnes frame is great and you're right, it doesn't look very "IKEA". I'm hoping to check it out in person next month!

    Julie - Yeah, not having to buy a mattress would be awesome! :)

  5. Gretchen - I feel the same way! I don't want to get a bed and have the room be unused since we never have guests stay the night but I'd feel bad for those times when we do and I'm stuck standing there pointing at our couch haha

  6. I like #2 and #4 but probably because it isn't going to be a frequently used room. Then you'd have plenty of space to set up your decorating stash too! I was thinking a twin daybed!

    P.S. We built our simple bed frame and it is still going strong 7 months later (and two of us sleep on it every night).

  7. I love, love, love the bed from World Market. I would go with that one...hands down!

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  9. Personally I wouldn't buy a normal bed. We've moved all over the country and VERY few people actually come visit except our parents. Get something dual-purposed OR buy a cheap mattress set and a plain bed-frame for them...the bed frame costs less than $100. Then find some DIY project for something to look like a headboard. There's TONS of different ideas there.

  10. Based on looks alone I would go with the world market bed! It is so pretty!

  11. The Johnny convertable sofa and the Midcentury sofa are on sale on Urban Outfitters' website. They're both under $300, and would be great if you're still considering a stylish sofa bed option.

  12. #1 is my favorite! That headboard... ahhh... so pretty!

    Kelly @ View Along the Way


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