By Calandra Fotini. Bedroom. Sunday, October 01st 2017, 11:00:21 AM.
Carving out a soothing space like the one shown here, with its white linens, simple lighting and book collection, will not only provide guests with comfort, but the bed placement will give them a bit of privacy – even if bunking with others is required. Even the most narrow spaces can house guests. By placing a bed under the window in this hallway with a lamp, table and parson's chair on the opposite wall, guests will have everything they need close at hand. If you have a deep closet available in your home office, why not tuck a mattress inside? Removing the closet doors and adding pretty bedding that coordinates with the room's decor will make the space feel intentional. Ever since the first Harry Potter book was published, the idea of a room under the stairs has been intriguing to both children and adults. Just imagine how happy your littlest houseguests will be when they discover where they'll be sleeping. Creating a sleeping nook with curtains is a great idea if the nook is in an often‐used part of your home. If guests need more privacy, they can simply close the drapes. If your home already has a daybed, this spot can work for guests too. Dens are great for overnight guests. This windowed pocket door may not provide all of the necessary privacy, but the drapery rod and panels are a great quick fix.
Interior designer Letitia Holloway of Myers Designs and Debbie Wiener, owner of Designing Solutions, are well versed in this transformation and the complications that come with it. If you're thinking of turning your basement into an extra bedroom, their tips and tricks can help. Insulate. The last thing you want is a noisy – and chilly – bedroom. "Spend a little extra and add good insulation to the walls,” says Wiener. "One good night's sleep and you'll know you spent your money wisely.” Create emergency escape routes. Before beginning construction, check your local building codes to learn what your basement's escape requirements are. The necessary routes can also enhance the room. "Installing large upper windows not only enhances the view but provides a great escape route,” says Holloway. Look for the charm. Save money by leaving beams exposed or the ceiling unfinished – it will give your new cozy bedroom a feeling of distinction. Add visual height. Unfinished ceilings can also help add height to a space, especially when painted a dark color. "Paint the ceiling dark and finish the rest of the room off as you would normally,” says Holloway. "This type of ceiling works with a variety of aesthetics, and the unfinished effect makes it feel higher than a drop or drywall style would.” Benjamin Moore's Baby Seal Black is one of Holloway's go‐to paint colors. Configure your layout wisely. Place the bed against an interior wall in the room. "Exterior walls change temperature, meaning your bed will be cold in the winter and possibly through summer if your basement is below grade,” says Wiener.
I never had a headboard until I made my own. A few years ago I followed Real Simple's step‐by‐step instructions (reproduced here) and in one day created my very own custom‐made, special‐to‐me piece of furniture (or is it an accessory?) using a staple gun, some cut‐to‐order plywood, foam, batting, and a fabric scrap I picked up at my favorite upholstery shop. If I were more patient, I could have added upholstery nails for added glam. A headboard can really make the room. It's like a piece of jewelry for your bed and depending on what you do with it, it can also be a piece of art. All you need to make a grid of small covered panels is plywood, a staple gun, some batting and some good picture hangers. Her spectacular homemade headboard shows that choosing the right fabric makes all the difference. This was made in much the same way I made mine (plywood, staple gun, foam, batting and that stunning fabric), but with a fancier cut on the plywood. If that seems daunting just keep in mind that this would look amazing as a big rectangle too. Here's her very helpful how‐to. A trifold room screen – minus one panel – set on its side and painted. Voilà. An ornate wooden room screen makes a perfect, exotic headboard. A salvaged garden trellis give this pale room its shabby chic cherry on top. As with anything that has peeling paint, spray a piece like this with a sealant to keep potentially toxic flakes at bay before using it in your bedroom. This is a freight elevator door turned on its side (notice the "Danger" stencil). Consider going muted and simple on the headboard and a little wild on the wall. Here what's behind the headboard is just as important as the headboard itself.