To those with a creative spirit, an empty space is a canvas begging to be beautified. To the oldest child of parents with large extended families, it is also a rare luxury.
It started during my first or second year of college. “We’re saving this for you, for when you have your own place,” was a common refrain at all family gatherings. I moved into my first apartment before my third year of school and there was very little I needed to buy.
From that point on, I’ve suffered an abundance of furnishing riches. It’s appreciated, don’t get me wrong. And yet, sometimes it’s a bit of a burden to feel sentimental attachments to so many different possessions that may or may not suit my current aesthetic (or even function properly).
A few years ago, my cousin decided to move back to the Pacific Northwest after a few years of living in the Northeast. I told him he was welcome to live with me until he got on his feet.
My guest room was, at the time, furnished with a rickety old mahogany bedroom set with a 4-post bed. It had huge sentimental value and was utterly impractical. I planned to sell it but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. My cousin moving in was a perfect motivator, and in short order, the set was sold and the guest room was empty.
My cousin moved to town and set up a beautiful bedroom for himself, and then he left to go hang out with a woman he knew and never came back.
For the past two years he’s been keeping his things here, but for all intents and purposes, living with a girlfriend. He’s only stayed the night in his own bed five or so times.
Thus, I asked him recently if he would please put his stuff in storage if he and his girlfriend aren’t yet ready to blend households.
He agreed. Last weekend, he rented a trailer and moved out. The guestroom is now empty.
For the first time in my life, I have an empty room that I can fill however I please.
Time is of the essence, though. My mother is coming to visit and will be here the weekend after Thanksgiving (the weekend after next).
My goal is to spend less than $1,000 and to have the room ready for guests before my mother arrives.
Let the games begin.
My vision is a space with additional seating for when I throw parties, but also a space that is comfortable and lovely when I have guests in from out of town.
A sofa bed is an obvious choice. Except, the room isn’t big enough for one with a queen-size bed and finding a sofa bed with a full-size bed and a small footprint is not easy. Why do all sofa beds seem to have such wide, cushioned arms?
It took a while to find one with dimensions that would work. I’m glad I started the search long before my cousin moved his things out.
Thus, on the very same day the guestroom was vacated, I was able to place my order online for the Evan Convertible Sleeper. Shipping was free and delivery was quick. It’s a solid piece of furniture and I’m quite pleased with it.
As soon as the couch was delivered and assembled, I started putting together an idea board to aid in my search for other items. I pasted images into a Google Slides file and created a combination of items I found satisfying.
The other tricky item to find was a collapsible coffee table. It is amazing there are so few of these available. Surely, I’m not the only person who doesn’t know where to put a coffee table when a sofa bed is pulled out.
There are a few out there, but only one that I liked the looks of. It is the Ricketts Line Zen Coffee Table with Tray Top that you see pictured above. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as though it will be available much longer. The usual price is around $200, but it’s currently at a closeout price of $75.
- The background color on the image is the current wall color; it’s Behr Light Drizzle.
- Couch: Evan Convertible Sleeper, $652.43.
- Coffee table: Ricketts Line Zen Coffee Table with Tray Top, $75.99.
- Area rug: Bontang Navy/Gray Area Rug, $94.99.
- Wall decor: ‘Vintage Coastal’ 4 Piece Painting Print Set on Canvas, $83.99.
Grand total: $907.40
Not too shabby!
The bedding rounded out the rest of the budget and I came in just under my $1,000 limit.
It is the first room I’ve ever been able to furnish top to bottom. Even the flooring and wall color are my doing.
I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
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