Guest Nook

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

Sheets: Target

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:

Alexa's Bed

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

And finally,

Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage

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  1. I remember when my kids moved to their big kid bed-what a milestone!

    I love your guest area too-great idea!

    Best wishes and happy week,

  2. Very cute! Dropping by from BNOTP.


  3. Brilliant! What a great space saver.

  4. That has to be the fastest guest room transformation in history! LOL
    It looks lovely and you can't beat the costs!
    sweet pickles and chocolate

  5. Because I live in a little house, I can totally appreciate the need for one of these!! You did a lovely job making your family/guests feel welcome!
    Victoria @ DesignTies

  6. What a nice little guest room you made! And what a great idea to use it for your little one- it's perfect with it being lower to the floor!

  7. Great guest room!
    Thanks for the tip about the bed.


  8. What a great way to transform that room into a guest room. I may have to get a couple of those for the grand kids when they get older.

  9. Ingenious. This looks so pretty and for not a lot of $$$. I'm sure she loved it and I love that you can fold it up and put it away when not using it.

  10. What a great idea! Happy NTT. Be blessed. Cindy

  11. Wow I love the quilts! They are gorgeous! That color combo is fabulous! So happy your little one enjoyed it too! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing at the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  12. Great way to transform the room for guests...happy NTT!


  13. greetings!

    this is my first visit. i love your makeover. i think that owl bedding from target is just the cutest.

    your guests will love their cozy nook.


  14. SO Cute is your BLOG, love the fold out bed- we so need one- 3 kids-someone is always sleeping over- or snoring for that matter. Turned out very Cute..

  15. I just wanted to thank everyone for such lovely comments!!! xoxo, Katie

  16. This is so cute! What a great guest room!


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