Good Questions: Ideas for this Spare Room?

Good Questions: Ideas for this Spare Room?

Aaron Able
Jun 2, 2009
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Greetings from London! I desperately need help with a spare bedroom that is sometimes a guest bedroom. I rent a split-level flat in the south bank. The reason I love this place is because it has so much natural light, with a big window and a skylight just on top of the bedroom. Since the living room has such a nice light, I already have everything covered there (a place to watch TV, read, work, to receive friends and have a dinner party), so it's not like I really NEED the extra space in the gloomy dark part of the flat...

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The extra space is extremely handy when I have guests, but when I don't it is kind of a dead area... And because of the strange solution I came up about the guest bed, anything that I put in there has either
to fit somewhere else in the flat (there's some space, but not a lot) or fold away.

Here's the Deal: The shape and size of it is so weird that I couldn't even get a proper double guest bed (or sofa bed, it had to be double) to really fit in, so my solution ended up being buying a small double mattress
and just placing it on the wall with velcro when is not being used (I haven't received the mattress yet, but when I do I will make sure to take some pictures to send your way, I'm positive is gonna look great
and I'm very happy with the solution!)

I don't mind covering the glass block window, but I need good access to the built in closet. The place is rented so that means no holes in the walls unless the idea is completely brilliant. I have considered making it into a pseudo-photo-studio but I wasn't sure how to do it. Besides photography I don't have any other "space demanding" hobbies, everything I like doing I rather do in the shiny living room!
So ANY idea (and style) is welcomed, I just want to put that space to some use!

I love the mattress-velcroed-to-the-wall solution! I'm sure the readers have tons of ideas for the rest of hte space — go to it!

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