Married to the Empire

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Guest Room Re-do

We've lived in this house for 9 years now. When we first moved in, we had guests coming within a month, so I did up my guest room in a hurry. I wish I hadn't because if I'd given myself time to think about it, I wouldn't have put a queen-sized bed in there. It just ate up the tiny room.

It didn't seem to matter where we placed the bed. It was just always too big for the space.

Last week, we gave the bed away. We rarely have overnight guests (the last was in December 2006), so it made sense.

My parents had a super-nice futon (I realize that does sound like an oxymoron, but it really is super nice!) that they wanted to get rid of. I had a guest room that needed to be refilled. You can see where this is going.

They brought the futon over on Sunday night. Doesn't it make the space seem so much bigger? Between the old guest bed and Steven's stormtrooper-armor bag, I couldn't even walk into that room before. Now there's plenty of room, and if we have overnight guests, they'll still have a place to sleep.

The futon actually has a very nice cover on it, but I put the quilt from the old bed over it for this very reason:

I knew the cats would waste no time in finding the new bed. It's so much easier to whip off a quilt to toss in the washer to get rid of all the cat hair than to wrestle a futon cover off and on again.


*carrie* said...

Anne Marie,

We have to make the same decision. Our guest room is very similar, so we're discussing our options. Because all of our family lives far away, we frequently host overnight guests, so need to take that into account.

ann said...

The futon is a great idea! I slept on one at my sister-in-law's house, it was comfy!

Ewokgirl said...

Carrie, my other option was to get a twin-sized daybed with a trundle. I figured married couples could just push the two beds together. This wound up being the free solution, though, so that's why we went the futon route.

If we had frequent overnight guests, I doubt we would have gotten rid of the bed.

Ann, I'm glad to hear that you've had a positive futon experience! You hear so many snarky comments about futons, so I was a little nervous about doing this, but we so rarely have overnight guests.