Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Tiniest Spare Room There Ever Was

Do you remember our box room? That very small third bedroom, which was a nursery, then a bedroom, then an office? Well it's changed again. It's now a spare room, but still a kind of office of sorts. It's still small though, that hasn't changed.

We dismantled that lovely big, white desk and put it back in the garage. It will be used again, I am sure. In it's place we squeezed - and I do mean squeezed, we had to move the radiator - a single bed. But not just any single bed, a trundle bed. 

Look, it's like a double decker bed! 



It turns out that the sofa bed downstairs, which all our lovely house guests have always slept on, isn't that comfortable, and once they got wind of our spare third bedroom, hints were dropped about the possibility of putting a bed in this room. It's quite a clever contraption. Even I can manage it. You pull out the bed underneath, lower the legs and behold, you have either two single beds or one huge double bed.

When no-one is staying, the bed is covered over with a throw and, with the addition of a little clip-on lamp, makes a lovely reading spot. I mockingly call it a "day bed" and the kids love sitting up there people watching.


On the other wall, we had a chair (now in the loft) and an old IKEA bookcase. Now we have something here which I am ridiculously excited about, as space saving measures go - a drop down desk from IKEA!! Look, isn't it great?


We use it as a desk, as we still have the filing cabinet and all our paperwork in that room, and it can also be used as a dressing table too, or anything really.


And then, when we have people staying, the bed comes out and is made up (which is actually pretty hard work as it's sooo wide), and the chair is put on the landing and the desk lowered.

And there you have it, a very big bed in a very small room. It works, just, and has so far had very good reviews.


 It did mean that a curtain tie-back was needed though, as the position of the bed means the curtain must be pulled to one side. Really, a blind would be a lot better here now, but a curtain is what we have and so I made the best of it with a striped tie-back. 

The colours are supposed to echo what is in the room, with the mustard, teal, pink and grey. There is something summery about the stripes, they remind me of the beach, of deckchairs.


I don't mind losing our big desk as, to be honest, I never really used it. I still do any sewing or computer work downstairs, at the dining room table, as I always have done and probably always will. It was very handy for photographing things though! Luckily, the new little desk will do, for now.


66 comments:

  1. Very nice! You're really good at making use of the space you have. Like all your rooms, this one came together beautifully.

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  2. Simply lovely!!!! Your style is so fresh and inviting. I'd love to be a guest in your home.

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  3. Lovely. Are you taking bookings? I'll come and visit! xo

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  4. Just gorgeous and ingenious utilisation of space. Love it.

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  5. What a clever use of space !!
    I can imagine your guests being happier now - a "real" bed cannot be compared with a sofabed... (You'll probably have more sleepover-demands now ;-))))
    Cute curtain tie-back !!

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  6. As usual you have brought your deft touch to it- looks beautiful! Jxx

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  7. Love your room. A perfect combination and your impeccable taste makes it look like it came out of a magazine. I'm sure your guest will love it. I'm so glad you had a chance to visit with your family. What a blessing :)

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  8. Very clever, and attractive, Gillian. Thanks for posting! xx

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  9. That's brilliant! and it really looks cosy and inviting. Bravo!
    love Jooles x x x

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  10. Oh, I admire so much your ability to turn the tiniest space into a cozy welcoming area!!! Very well done!

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  11. What a lovely, inviting room. I would certainly love to stay in it! xxx

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  12. How wonderful! What a lovely room to stay in, any visitor would be delighted at the comfort and privacy, not to mention how beautiful this sweet space is.

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  13. You have a fabulous sense of style! This room is darling and I want to stay please??!!?

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  14. The new makeover looks fantasic. Great use of space and I love the crochet tie back.
    Jacqui x

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  15. Really clever. I had a 4ft bed in my box room, but it was never used so I got rid and it is now my sewing room, love it!xx

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  16. looks great! we have a double decker bed in E's room, it is ever so useful although the way our bottom bed's legs spring out terrifies me, they whacked me in the face once.............

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  17. My spare room is so tiny it doesn't exist. Come and style my house for me.

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  18. You're so clever at homemaking, it's a beautiful space and so functional. I have a tiny room like that as well; I've shoehorned the littlest boy in there - a bed, a big desk, a stool and his guitar and it's full. I love the image of the children on the day bed people watching, it's a lovely spot. CJ xx

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  19. How very clever, and I love the colour combo. Mustard and Pink. Who'd have thunk it. Looks great.
    I wish I had the time, energy, inspiration to change all the colourscheme in our house. A domination of chocolate, navy, burgundy and varieties of beige and brown.Nothing so light and airy as this.

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  20. It looks so lovely and so fresh in there. The desk is a fabulous idea, I can see that being used in our house in the not too distant future....

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  21. As they say - the best things come in small packages and that is soooo true with your gorgeous spare room. I love it !
    Have a great week,
    Kate x

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  22. Looks like a great way to use your third bedroom. It's great when you can just change how a room is used - no space is wasted.

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  23. It looks so cosy and great to have a dual purpose room. Now you'll have loads of guests queuing up to stay. Look out of your window and it'll be like when all the nannies turn up to be interviewed in Mary Poppins! x

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  24. It looks a really great use of space and I love the embroidered linen. Sadly in our house a day bed would all too quickly become a cat bed with accompanying layer of tortoiseshell cat hair - sigh; I'm envious. :-)

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  25. That's a great bed Gillian, and wonderful idea too with the drop down desk - you are so organised with everything, you're lovely home is a credit to you, well done! xoJoy

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  26. The room is gorgeous! I like the pink curtain, it adds a nice color to the space, better than a blind! Clever of you to move the radiator and think of a drop-down desk. ~Another Gillian

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  27. Love the drop down desk idea! Where is yours from?

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    1. Hi there, it's from IKEA. Here is the link:

      http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30180504/

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  28. Lovely! The sun shining in is so inviting! Funnily my husband and I was doing the same today with our smallest bedroom. We've needed an extra sleeping place in the house and out went the spacious desk, cleared some bookshelves to serve as 'desk extensions' and I'm so happy about how it looks. I LOVE rearranging furniture to have a more practical house! Love your blog! Thanks for chatting to me about your Happy House, it somehow spills over into my as well, and is very welcome here!

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  29. A lovely space Gillian. I am very struck with the drop down desk. Was it IKEA? And it's nice that the children use it to chill out. Personally can't think of anything better than relaxing on a day bed people watching.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Yes, IKEA. Good old IKEA...it's just twenty minutes away, it's too easy to shop there!

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  30. What a lovely and clever space saving job you've done. And even with the very limited space you've managed to make it look so bright and pretty. This should be in one of those 'space saving ideas' sections in home magazines. x

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  31. Looks great Gillian…we have a similarly teeny room, so that bed and drop down desk (especially!) are now on my shopping list!

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  32. Sooo cosy...can I please come and stay?xx

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  33. I love how you have transformed this room Gillian. Your creativity is really fantastic!

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  34. Another good job done! Wish I'd thought of a drop down desk.

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  35. Excellent! I find what you do with this third bedroom very interesting, as our third bedroom is tiny too. I have it as a half-finished craft room at the moment, but if (hopefully 'when'!) we have kids it's good to see what options we have for that room as time goes by! That drop-down desk is great - I like the little shelf look of it when dropped down. Love the way your tie-back pulls all the colours together - gorgeous!
    Oh, that Ikea chair is amazing - we were so very tempted by it - it looks funky and is also really comfortable!
    Ok, enough ramblings...
    Maria x

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  36. Hi Gillian
    Brilliant ideas
    I just love what you did with the tiny romm ;)and the end it has evrything that a guest may need .
    I love the curtain tie back ,with alll the stripes .
    Have a good week
    xoxo
    Lulu


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  37. Very, very clever Gillian. I think the idea is brilliant. I'll keep all that in mind if we have to downsize really one day. Take care.

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  38. Great! We're looking for a bed like this, funnily enough. Where did yours come from?

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    1. It came from a lovely local shop here in Leeds called Bedside Manor. We've used them a few times now, I'd really recommend them.

      http://www.bedsidemanoronline.com/

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  39. I love what you did with that room! We live in a tiny appartment with tiny rooms and I always find it amazing what you can make of small rooms! You just need a little imagination and creativity! :)

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  40. I'm so glad we are not the only ones with the smallest bedroom ever :D my poor daughter has to use it :( and I'm always looking at ways to improve it. Thank you for sharing :D

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  41. Great job, you really utilized the small room well while maintaining a lovely look :-)

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  42. I am always gobsmacked at how well you just get on with things. Our smallest room which is a similar size is filled with so much junk (and 4 book shelves) that I can barely get through the door. I have been wanting to make it into something else for ages and then..... bang ......you have changed yours twice in a really short time. I totally take my hat off to you!

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    1. Well, we did most of the sorting back in the winter. There wasn't so much to do this time. I think this makes me look more industrious that I really am!

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  43. Such a great use of space, I love the drop down desk, but I love your yellow radio more!

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  44. You've created another lovely space. I like the drop down desk too!

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  45. What a lovely, workable space you have created. I love the bed and I know your visitors will love having their own space.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  46. Gillian, I think you have should market yourself as an interior designer for those of us that live in "humbler" homes! I love the drop down desk, it is just what we need but hadn't seen this one as I have been using the search term "desk" rather than table. IKEA, Edmonton here I come -eek! Alisa

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  47. The truckle bed (for that is what they used to be called) is great, ditto the fold-down desk, but best of al I love that pink curtain. Is it actually a curtain or is it a bed sheet turned into a curtain (which would be a brilliant idea) ... the material is so soft and light, just right for a summer bedroom.
    Margaret P

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    1. I thought they were called truckle beds too, and that I'd just dreamt it! Everyone seems to call them trundle beds now, no idea why. The curtain is a huge, one size fits all, pre-made pink linen curtain set I bought from IKEA. I agree, the pink is lovely for softening the light in that room as it's south facing.

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  48. It may be small, but you have made really good use of the space you have. I love it! Small rooms are just so cozy and inviting to me.

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  49. I have wanted to get a trundle bed for a long time. I love the look of yours. Very inspiring.
    I was also inspired by the crocheted washcloth and soap teacher gifts in your previous post! I'll have to try to get some of those ready for the Christmas holidays.

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  50. How very clever - and it looks so lovely too!

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  51. Excellent space saving bed and desk. I bet it's a very snug and comfortable place to stay.
    I like furniture which can be adaptable.
    Lisa x

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  52. This is a great idea, I really like the bed, it looks like a lovely guest room. Love the colour of your Roberts radio and the colours in the tie back.

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  53. This is wonderful! Beautiful execution with your lovely, fresh style intact. Love that fold-down desk! Your guests are never going to want to leave. :)

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  54. Very clever! We need something like this for our spare room, which also doubles as a study. It will take a double bed but that is as often used as a single and something like this would free up a lot of floor space.

    The room looks so pretty :)

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  55. What a great transformation! The room
    is absolutely inviting and beautiful.

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  56. It's gorgeous! I love your colour scheme and how you have tied it all together with lots of pretty touches.
    Marianne x

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  57. What clever little inventions!!!! It actually makes the room look like a fairly normal size, double bed or single with a desk!!!! Very nice!!!!
    Love
    AMarie xxx

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  58. Clever use of space! That fold down desk is so sensible!

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  59. You've done a fabulous job in there! I love the tie-back...it goes so well with the room and really highlights the curtain. BigR is in our third bedroom and is adamant she doesn't want to swap to the bigger room as she doesn't want any of our stuff in it! We're looking at 'solutions' for her to have a bigger bed and still be able to keep her clothes and a few toys in there! You've really made it a welcoming space for guests :)

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  60. Where did your trundle bed come from? Trying to find one where the pulled out mattress can then be elevated is hard. Haven't figured out the right key-word search!

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  61. Hi Zee. Yes, it took us ages too. This one came from a lovely local shop here in Leeds called Bedside Manor. We've used them a few times now, I'd really recommend them. (http://www.bedsidemanoronline.com/)
    But I know that John Lewis sell them too. I think we used "pull out beds" and "trundle beds" in the searches.

    Gillian x

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