One of the few things that our home is missing is a place for guests to stay the night. We started out having my SIL, Aunt Dana, and my MIL, The Nana, sleep in Big Kid’s room. Which worked…..OK. He does have a queen sized bed. But then Big Kid would sleep in the playroom, and be up at 6am because it is not the most comfortable rest in there with no shades to keep the light out. Plus, the air mattress is squeaky. And I did not feel good about having them stay in a space whose major decorating theme is Batman.
We don’t really have space in the study to set up a guest bedroom, and sofa beds that will fit two comfortably are almost a thousand dollars (Holy Moly!). So I was pretty relieved to stumble across this:
Ikea Sylling Foldout Bed, $100. I ordered it quick because Aunt Dana was due to arrive for a visit that weekend. With a little help from Target and TJ Maxx, I turned this space:
Into a Guest Nook:
Quilt: TJ Maxx
I have to tell you, these Target sheets are so soft! 350 count and the whole set was $18.99. They are nicer than the sheets on our bed!
Confession: The side table is our safe with some left over plaid material draped on top. With such a low bed, I could not use a traditional bedside table.
My one piece of advice if you decide to buy one of these: invest in a nice mattress pad. As you can probably guess, the mattress that came with the bed is mondo flimsy. I have an egg mattress and a pillow topper on this, and my SIL told me this morning that it was very comfortable. Yay!
We also found another fabulous use for this bed. We were thinking about transitioning Little Kid out of her crib and into a big girl bed, but did not know if she was ready yet and were hesitant to bust out our full sized mattress and box springs and lug them upstairs. So we set up the bed in her room for a one week trial run:
She loved it! We did not hear a peep out of her the first night. Little Kid is enjoying her freedom a little too much though. She likes to pull out everything in her room when she is supposed to be sleeping. *sigh* In fact, I think I hear her right now dragging something across the floor.
This bed is also extremely portable. It folds very thin, so when Aunt Dana heads home this evening, I will just strip the bed, fold it up and carry it down the hallway to the attic and the room will once again be a study. You just don’t get any easier than that! We are going to take it with us when we travel to Memphis in May.
I am entering my room transformation in the weekly blog parties and will be adding the links as they open up. First up:
The Sunday Showcase @ Under The Table And Dreaming
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Talented Tuesday @ My Frugal Family
Nifty Thrift Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
DIY Day @ A Soft Place To Land
Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ A Silly Little Sparrow
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
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