Small-Space Solution for Students/Anyone Who Can Deal with a Small Bed
This was my room set-up for the first year and a half that I lived in Toronto. Straight up, beds can get expensive, and I had more important things to spend my money on (like frames and liquor). This was another Ikea buy for under $200 - the frame was $89 and the mattress was $99. My room was a decent size, but it felt huge when I used it in this daybed/lounging area kind of way. Not only did I sleep here, but I ate here, watched movies here, did my homework here, and socialized here at parties. I loved my room this way, and then I went and got a bigger bed and I could never get it right again.
Lesson learned: when you’re renting, be realistic about furniture size and function of a room. If there’s not a ton of space, make sure you have areas and spaces that can serve a few functions and look good doing it. Here’s another really great idea.
This certainly isn’t the best solution for a couple, but if you’re single and looking, having this size bed will make it less obvious if you invite someone into the boudoir since it’s kind of set up like a place to socialize. It will also provide an excuse to be really close once you get them under the covers. (I don’t know, did I just cross boundaries? Did I go too far?)
Alternatively, if you’re in a situation where you have a spare room that needs to serve as an office area and a guest bedroom, this set-up would work well too since it’s just another place to hang out by day, and an extra bed for a friend or a family member by night.