12.27.2009

Christmas Crush: Flexible furniture plan for extra guests

When you live in a city like New Orleans, especially if you live close to the route of a major Mardi Gras parade, you tend to get guests. Lots of guests. Lots of guests at the same time. While I love having a houseful of people to feed and entertain, it can sometimes be a challange to find a bed for all in a smallish home. One thing I did do was use a furniture plan that was popular in the 1950s (I first saw it used in the bedroom of a couple of career gals in "That Touch of Mink"). I placed two twin beds in a corner to use as an ad hoc sectional in our upstairs den/tv room--(I don't think its quite grand enough to quailify as a media room--if I had more room, I'd place a large square table in the corner to serve both beds. I then dressed them as a large divan with lots of cushions and pillows. Of course, our den is decked out in a high Victorian Orientalist fantasy theme with lots of stenciling and jewel tones, but the same idea could be adopted to a wide variety of styles. Using the sleek simple frames from west elm or ikea and a bunkie board instead of a bos spring could easily take this look to a contemporary style.
With the cushions and an ottoman used as cocktail table (the burlap on the sides hides the evidence of my cat George's unhappiness) and the curtains drawn, it's a perfect and cozy place to lounge around and watch a movie.


Our staff on quaility control duty.
But when it's needed to serve as a bedroom, within 15 minutes, it can be arranged into a room for two, with floor cushions serving as headboards.

The end table is large enough to service both beds as a nightstand.
This arrangement offers a ton of flexibilty and would be great for a kid's room, or a small apartment. For a more tailored look, you could order a custom slipcover or a mattress cover. These are available on line. Even with mattresses, frames, and covers, it would still cost less and be more comfortable than most sleeper sectionals.

8 comments:

laurelstreet said...

A great look - but dangerous. I would have difficulty leaving!

Maria Killam said...

Yes I second that! So cozy, my favourite kind of space!

Riviera Boardwalk said...

As a teenager I did the same thing. My grandmother bought me what we called 2 Hollywood beds and I did not have the table between them but put them up aqainst one another and when I had a friend sleep over she had her own bed. Otherwise unfortunately you could not see the top of the extra bed because I threw every imaginable on top of it. I don't know what kept my mom from evicting me! Thanks for sharing. nancy

Maria Killam said...

I agree with you (on the comment you just posted) her interiors are starting to look more like museums and her style is unique and fab!

Chic Provence said...

Love this post and it reminded me of what I went through to get enough beds for this Christmastime, too...although I don't have the two twin beds, this is charming setup!

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