Monday, November 19, 2012

Room of Doom

Oh Hey...did you guys know we had a third bedroom?

I know, shocker.

The third bedroom has been dubbed "the room of doom" as it became the dumping ground for everything we didn't feel like dealing with when we moved in. Open a box, "I dunno. Doom it." Next thing you know, this happens;

With 15-20 people coming to my house this weekend, we thought it's better to be safe than sorry and to get this set up as a temporary guest room.

As you know, we already have a beautiful guest suite, but we had the room and the means to make another, so why the hell not.

When we moved in, we made an oath to ourselves not to do anything to this room until we have kids. This room will be a perfect nursery as it's actually two rooms.

BAM. Had ya thinking there was a weird cavey room for a minute there.

This room has a small bedroom in front with closet, and then a doorway way leads to the room you saw above.

 I suppose it's supposed to be a giant storage closet as this house doesn't have a linen or coat closet, but we think it'll make an awesome attached playroom/library. We may even have the whole thing designed already, but alas, there is no bun in this oven, nor are any adoption papers in so as for now we were only going to work with what we had.

Why design a room twice, ya know?

Thus, the name of the game was clean up, organization, and creation of the totally collapsible guest bedroom.

What did I just say?

We've been rocking the collapsible guest room for years. We began utilizing it when I started doing my jewelry business and needed a home office. I wanted a big and spacious office, but we couldn't sacrifice a whole room and have nowhere to put a guest. Thus, this system of being able to throw up or take down a guest room in ten minutes was created.

The thing that has to happen for this to work is for you to design beautiful office/whatever room and buy bedding that coordinates. Leave room on the floor to assemble the bed if needed. When this was in my Jewelry studio I had my necklaces hung up on the wall high enough that I could assemble the bed in front of it, but if the bed was down I could easily walk up and grab pieces that I needed to ship.

So, here is my secret for an oddly comfortable and totally collapsible guest bed. (We've been rocking this guest bed for about 1.5 years and have never had to replace anything.)

Step One- Buy the cheapest and simplest IKEA twin bed frame you can find. As you can see from that one leaning up against the wall, our is super thin and has four removable legs that simply twist on.

Step Two- Buy a $10 air mattress from Wal-Mart. Over inflate and put on bed frame.

I have a girlfriend who has slept on this 4 nights a months for over a year and she said it was comparable to a real bed (and she is a bigger girl. Big Girl Tested. What, What!) I think the trick to this is that because the bed frame has it up off the floor it stays warm and inflated, and it doesn't give you that awful deflated taco feeling in the middle of the night.

So after cleaning for HOURS, we threw it up, and put in a bookshelf to house our printer and all of our "Best-Aunt-and-Uncle-EVER" Toys (AKA legos, old cell phones, vintage McDonald's toys) to call it a day.

We still have a long way to go on the "doomy" side of the room, but that will be slowly hacked away at throughout the week.

Seamus PhotoBomb.
At least someone can sleep in there now, so that's a plus. This was also completely free, using things we already had. But I must and will press onward to finish it. For now, it will stay a mini guest room and we'll turn the play room into a music room. Then, someday, stars permitting, it will be an adorable baby's room. :)

How was everyone else's weekend?


  1. Haha, we have one of those. I've taken to just throwing things in our room of doom with the lights off so I have plausible deniability about how bad it is!

    I love the RoD, though. All that wood and the angled ceilings? Awesome.

    1. Ha Thanks. The...leaf wallpaper really adds something "special" doesn't it? My only issue with it is that all the brown makes the room SO dark. It will be getting lightened up a lot when the time comes.

  2. ooh, that's going to be super fun kid room! Our old house had a bizarre oversized closet in one of the bedrooms, was a playroom for awhile and eventually we actually used it for a tiny bedroom when Milo wanted his own space. Collapsible guest room is totally the way to go. I find myself resenting all those people who don't come visit us enough when we have a big ol' bed for them taking up so much room. Which is not really fair of me....

    1. I completely agree. Especially when Kids are involved. Why sacrifice a whole room and make kids share space for a room that gets used 4 times a year? The only reason I can justify having a real guest room is that my best friend stays with us at least 3 days a month. Plus, there's 2 of us in a 3 bedroom house, it only makes sense NOW to have one (but that's why we do everything so cheap, so when we have to take it down it's not heartbreaking)

  3. I think that's a HUGE difference- our guest room was a doom room for a quite a while, nothing like company coming to scare you into cleaning :)

  4. I'm glad I know I have a big comfy big-girl-tested bed waiting for me when I come to visit. I would KILL for an attic room. Such a charming space.

  5. Oh my gosh - what a gorgeous space!!! I love all the wood - it's so warm and cozy, and has that wonderful old school attic feel that I love. I really hope you are able to find a way to incorporate it into your future design without too much (if any) painting of the walls. :-)

    1. Hi Lizanne- As of now our plans are to do something to it- whitewash maybe? If it was real planks of wood we'd be more excited about keeping it, but all it is is unfinished beadboard. We think the guy who flipped the house before us slapped it up in a lot of the rooms to cover settling in the walls. Unfinished beadboard. Who knew that was a design move? ;)


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