Monday, September 24, 2012

What happens when you take a big bed and squeeze it into a really tiny room

You know my house is pretty tiny, right? According to the Apartment Therapy Small, Cool contest, it fits into the Tiny category. So, it should come as no surprise that we also have a tiny bedroom. What might come as a surprise is that we took said tiny bedroom and stuck big-a** bed frame in it. The thing I'm a little surprised about? It doesn't make the room feel nearly as claustrophobic as I expected it to.


What you see here is the grand total of our bedroom. There is a wall of closets to the left with about two and a half feet of getting-dressed space between them and the bed and that? That is it. And this? Is our new bed. 

Here's another surprise for you: while the scale of the huge-a** bed in our tiny room actually didn't turn out too bad, I don't like the bed frame itself. I like wood when it's stained dark or painted light. Honey-brown kind of makes me cringe. And the square of white on the headboard? Suede. Oatmeal coloured suede. Blech. I'm sure some of you are frowning by now, ready to defend the poor bed frame and, I'll admit: it's a fine bed frame. But it's just not my taste.

So, why do I suddenly have a huge bed frame in my tiny bedroom that I will readily admit a dislike for? Here's the story: a close friend has this roommate who's moving back to Brazil. This roommate owns a whole apartment of good quality (amazing quality) furniture that he doesn't want to take back to his homeland with him. So, what's his plan? Sell it, piece by piece or, preferably, the whole lot all together. For a measly $1000.

That's $1000 for a solid wood bed frame, two matching bedside tables, one matching dresser, two (huge) table lamps, one dining room set, one loveseat, one arm chair, one coffee table, one side table and a media stand.

That's $1000 for probably around $10 000 worth of furniture. At least. So, when said friend told the Husband and three others about the deal, I was more than happy to agree that, yes, we'd be ridiculous not to get in on this. Even if I happened to have completely opposite tastes. 


So, on Friday, the furniture dispersed to two different homes, for storage or use. We took in the bed, the bedside tables, and the lamps. Since our old bed frame was too small for our new mattress, I was excited to have a bed frame again, excited for space to shove our under-the-bed totes, excited for a headboard, as ugly as I may find it. It makes the room feel different, a little more luxurious, a little more pulled together, a little more special. 

Added bonus? The frame has made the bed too tall for Kingsley to jump up. Now, it's a safe place for Pekoe to sleep and there's no more crazy puppy play-fights going on among our sheets.


Have there been any big changes around your bedrooms lately? Anyone else surviving with a super tiny bedroom?

11 comments:

  1. I too love that I can stash all sorts of stuff under my bed(I use plastic totes and store all my out of season clothes)
    Have you already decided what you're going to do to make your new bed more 'you'? Or are you going to live with it a while first while you come up with a plan?

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  2. I have some thoughts! Plans that most certainly involve covering up the suede and perhaps a little paint. Or stain. We'll likely live with it for a while though... see if it grows on me.

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  3. Oh, I wish I could squeeze a bed frame into our bedroom! I hate having the mattress and box spring on the floor! But my husband is against spending money on our bedroom. He says we only need a place to sleep and a place to put our clothes...everything else is a waste. I'm hoping to convince him otherwise soon. I hate our bedroom ;-)

    I'm sure you'll transform your new bed frame into something fabulous! You got a great deal on it!

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  4. Oh, by the way, my 3-year old saw the pictures in this post and said, "It's beau-iful in there!"

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  5. On one hand, I can totally understand your husband's point of view. It really isn't a room that you show off much to guests. But, I think it's important that you love the private rooms in your house too! If you can't convince him to spend much money on it, would he care if you had some fun DIYing it into something beautiful using inexpensive finds at thrift stores and Craigslist? Good luck in your quest to convince him!

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  6. I feel you on the tiny bedroom! Ours is an 11x9, which isn't very generous for a master bedroom (I would settle happily for a 12x12 and feel like it was a palace). I'm not huge on blonde wood myself, but I really love the bones of the new bed frame you got. Lots of potential there if you ever wanted to change it up.

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  7. In place of the oatmeal suede I'll bet you could find a fun patterned fabric to cover it or perhaps rip it off/out & sand and repaint that area with a punch of color (like yellow or sea green or celadon or robins egg blue). It is a rather plain bed, not particularly in keeping with the style you've shown in the rest of your house. I'd love to see that yellow & white stripe in place of the oatmeal suede or something with a retro-modern print or some fun but pastel/light color. Maybe the way it is will grow on you but I suspect you'll be looking at ways to reupholster and/or paint in no time.

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  8. Exactly! I love the shape, I love that it's solid wood. The rest is versatile.

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  9. I've thought of both options! I think covering it would be ideal, but I'm not sure yet if that's going to be easy to accomplish. I need to take a closer look at how it's been made, which I haven't had time for, but hopefully I'll get t4o it this weekend!

    Thanks for your suggestions! I love the idea of painting the area a bright bold colour if I can't salvage the cushion/fabric idea.

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  10. Well your room will look ugly if you will try to squeeze a big bed in a tiny place, there are many types of beds which you can choose according to your room size, metal beds usually don't require much area and are also durable than wooden ones.

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