Sunday, September 18, 2011

Changes to the office/spare bedroom

Have you heard of the Winchester Mystery House? Rob and I toured it a few years ago when we visited my sister-in-law in California. The house is a tourist attraction with an interesting story. To quote wikipedia, "According to popular belief, [the owner, Sarah Winchester] thought the house was haunted by the ghosts of the people who fell victim to Winchester rifles, and that only continuous construction would appease them." Therefore Sarah kept the house under construction for more than 38 years. She just kept starting new projects. Consequently the house has some goofy features, like staircases that go nowhere, doors that open into walls, and so on.

I'm starting to think our home office/spare bedroom suffers from a similar phenomenon. It seems to constantly undergo changes and redesigns. In the 2+ years we've lived here, this room has had more transformations than any other room in our house.We can't seem to finish this room because we keep changing our mind. Here's an older post that shows many previous renditions of the room, for background.

And here's the most recent change.

We removed our old Ikea Malm bed and replaced it with the Ikea Hemnes daybed/trundle bed.

We scored a great deal on this piece on craigslist (where else?). We'd been planning on buying this bed for a while. We like it because it it has so many functions:

  • It provides seating in the office. Sometimes we watch movies in this room on the computer (which sits opposite the bed). It's a pretty comfy movie movie zone now.
  • It can sleep 2 people when we have guests. The bottom drawers pull out, and you then have a king-size bed platform. We still need to get a 2nd twin mattress in order to do this, and the two mattresses would be stacked when the bed is in twin-size mode.
  • It has built-in storage since the three drawers pull out. I'm currently using them to store our extra bed linens and blankets.
  • Some day (waaaaay off in the future), when we decide to start a family, it will be a good piece of furniture for a child's room. It even matches a lot of other glossy white furniture pieces we already own.
We also like that it's got a smaller foot print, so the office seems more open now.

Before (old Malm bed):

After (new Hemnes bed):

So much more room!
Note: I took the chair out for the photos because it was in the way.

For now, we picked up a blue patterned twin size sheet at Target and just threw in some pillows that we already had. It looks alright for now, I think.

You might notice the haphazard and unbalanced art work in this room. That's because the art is covering small holes or areas of the wall that need to some putty and plaster. We haven't painted this room yet, so we are just covering the imperfections for now. But we have plans to paint, putty, and I've already started on some new art work.

It's coming together.

More office/spare bedroom plans coming soon.


Mikalah September 18, 2011 at 6:52 PM  

I love that bed! It does open up the space a lot, and it's almost like having a couch with extra storage underneath. Don't you just adore craigslist? =)

Debbie September 18, 2011 at 7:28 PM  

I love the bed! I've been trying to figure out a way to put a bed AND a to watch netflixs in our tiny office/guest room. Something like that would be perfect!

It really did open up your room. The white makes it go together so much better than the darkness of the cover on the other bed.

Sarah (Mrs. Ruffled Flats) September 18, 2011 at 10:07 PM  

Wow it looks awesome! So much lighter and more spacious. What a big difference! I never would have guessed that the drawers are actually functional. What an awesome piece of furniture!

Katie @ September 19, 2011 at 7:10 AM  

What a difference! So much more space! That was a great decision.

kelly@tearinguphouses September 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM  

balances the desk much better!

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