This recent house tour -- Mary Lee's Life in 300 Square Feet -- is a perfect example of carving out a bedroom space even in a small studio. By day this room serves as cozy little living room, complete with a home office. By night, the sofa folds out, the bedding comes out of the storage cubes, and voila -- a bedroom. I rounded up a shopping list of the essential components of Mary's living room, along with a quick guide to why it works...
Clockwise from top left:
- Kristina Comfort Sleeper from American Leather Mary knew that if she was going to use a sofa sleeper on a daily basis, she would need something comfortable. She chose this model from American Leather because it has a memory foam mattress. Plus, American Leather is known for their extra comfortable sleepers.
- Ikat Throw Pillows from Ginette Pearson and EasternHomeDecor By mixing up the patterns of the ikat pillows, Mary has created a lot of visual interest on her solid sofa. At night, with the bed pulled out, they double as back support for reading or watching TV.
- LACK Wall Shelves from IKEA By hanging wall shelves near the sofa, Mary has given herself storage space without losing precious real estate that floor shelving would require. You can also find affordable ikat pillows at major retailers, like World Market.
- Parsons Desk from PB Teen Mary used a simple IKEA sofa table in her space but I like this similar option from PB Teen because the drawer can be used to hide desktop clutter. Either way, the table can serve as a desk for homework. It's also a nice big surface that can be used as a buffet or dining table while entertaining.
- Nailhead Storage Ottoman from Target These storage ottomans are the workhorse of the room. They can be used to store bedding for the sleeper sofa, as extra seating for company and as seating for working at the desk. They also fit snugly beneath the console desk to keep the room feeling open.
- KASSETT Box with Lids from IKEA By lining up a few of covered boxes on the wall shelves, Mary has a place to store items that might otherwise clutter the space.
(Images: 1. Mary Lee's Life in 300 Square Feet. All others: As linked above.)