Before & After: From Futon to Fun & Functional Guest Bed

published Apr 23, 2015
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(Image credit: Kristi @ Chatfield Court)

Kristi’s guest bedroom is a walk-through room, so a regular bed just doesn’t work. But neither was this plain futon, so she decided to build something more functional.

(Image credit: Kristi @ Chatfield Court)

So stylish, and we love that it’s on casters! From Kristi:

Our guest bedroom is a small room, and a walk through from the kitchen to the back of the house, so a traditional full-sized bed wouldn’t work. We had a plain old futon in there, that we bought when we lived in Florida, but it just didn’t work in the room and it was so hard to put up and down. So when we redid the room we decided that we would make a bed. My original plan was to build a single sized bed, but after considering what my girls would sleep on if they ever brought their significant others home, a single bed just wouldn’t be practical, so we made it full size using the futon mattress (which is actually a really good and really comfortable mattress).

After looking at all the options for wood, we decided to use MDF (medium density fiberboard) to keep costs down. At around $35 for each sheet, we bought 4, it was cheaper than using real wood and because I was going to paint it, real wood would have just been a waste.

I decided on a simple design, just a platform bed with some storage underneath and wheels so I could easily move it. We built 2 boxes that would be joined together so that it would be easier to take it in the house and put it together.

Once it was in and put together, I filled all the holes and seams, primed and then painted the bed. We added some final touches with baskets for storage and some pillows for color. Now we are ready for guests.

For more photos and details, check out Kristi’s blog, Chatfield Court.

Thank you Kristi!