The entire bedroom is a DIY project, but no one can ever tell. Because of it's small size, we were able to secure the walls and doors without harming the ceiling or floor (a must when you're "renovating" a rental). By building our own bedroom we were also able to add a little interest (cut outs/double doors/a dining room) to our very dull and square studio – while paying a lot less than the cost of a decent Murphy Bed. Now we can open the doors, sit in bed and watch boats on the bay... or shut the doors and almost forget we live in a studio. We also love our good knockoffs and garage sale mid-century finds.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
Put your giant TV on a swivel arm – ours is on an extra long, collapsible wall mount that cost less than $20. Now it reaches every room and we don't feel bad about mounting it in unconventional locations. Use the same stuff two ways – in our place, the "sofa" is actually two chairs; the arco lamp doubles as a side table; and the kitchen cabinets work as bookshelves and wardrobes too. Floating shelves to the rescue – some people are tired of them, but these bad boys really do make the skinniest bars, desks, entertainment centers and credenzas in the world... and they don't look bad doing it. Screw a cheapo LACK shelf into a wall stud, paint it to match your world, and watch it disappear while handling any job you throw at it. Love them.