This post is all about how to make a bedroom out of a living room. I will show you step by step how to turn your living room into a really comfortable bedroom for you or your guests (when lockdown eases of course)
When my husband and I first moved into our one-bedroom flat in London, my goal was not just to create as many pockets of storage as possible but also a tomporary bedroom in the event that we had an overnight guest.
Our bed frame had to have storage solutions, I opted for dressers in place of side drawers… you get the picture? I love hosting and I wasn’t going to use the excuse of a small space to put my guests on a blow-up air bed! I have slept on a few in my lifetime and they are so not ideal.
So before we even purchased any of the furniture, I researched ways to make sure any guest we received didn’t feel like they were in our living room (even if they were).
This solution also came in handy when my mother-in-law visited. We were able to quickly turn our living room into a temporary bedroom for her and she was so comfortable she even agreed to stay an extra night!
Here are the things you absolutely must know to make a bedroom out of a living room.
How To Make A Bedroom Out Of A Living Room
Tip #1: Start with a convertible sofa
Don’t be alarmed if you already have a sofa, I share more tips below that will apply to you. However, if you are in the process of shopping for a new space, a sofa bed will give you the flexibility to have a temporary bedroom.
The one I got is from Made.com and it has held up for almost three years at the time of writing this. A sofa bed not only offers you a bed, it also offers storage as I keep everything from sheets to knickknacks for guests.
It also makes for extra space when I am having a movie night and need more space to Netflix and chill (literally, not what you are thinking)
Tip #2: Buy proper bedding
The fact that this is a sofa bed does not mean you should neglect the quality of bedding you use. Make the bed like you would a proper bed because it makes all the difference.
If you’re are not sure where to start, remember to use a mattress pad (this is a must to protect your sheets), fitted sheet, flat sheet, a duvet, 4 pillows, and 2 decorative pillows. Even though this is a sofa bed, adding layers gives it that extra level of coziness.
Tip #3: Create privacy
This is something we currently don’t have because there is simply not enough storage space for it, but if you can, get a privacy screen. Whenever we have had a guest over, they have always used the bathroom to change out of their clothes but if we had a privacy screen, it would honestly make them feel a lot more comfortable.
I found this folding room divider on Amazon which has decent reviews but I honestly cannot speak for its quality as I have never bought from that exact store before.
Tip #4: Consider decor
Don’t get scared. I am not saying to redecorate your entire living room. Adding fresh flowers if you can is such a great way to make a guest feel welcome. I suggest taking your side table over to the edge of the sofa bed, buy some fresh flowers and other things that will make your guest feel like you really thought of them.
Tip #5: Create a box of essentials
What kind of host would you be if you didn’t create a ‘welcome basket’ for your guest? Personally, I consider it really essential to have a basket of essentials on hand just in case your guest left some things at home or is just too shy to ask.
My welcome packet includes things like towels, toiletries, and even snacks. Your guest might be a late-night snacker and depending on your relationship it might be really awkward to walk into your kitchen at midnight.
To make this a lot easier to shop, here is a list of things you need to have on hand to turn a living room into a relaxing bedroom for your overnight guest.
living room to bedroom essentials
Bed and Bedding essentials
To create a nice cozy hotel-like bed, I suggest using crisp white bedding. I know, I know, the video above shows my bedding is bright orange but seriously, crisp white bedding will make the sofa bed feel more elevated.
- Waterproof mattress cover: I like this one because it does the job and doesn’t make that squishy sound you hear from regular mattress covers. If the sofa bed you have is not very soft, use a padded mattress cover instead. You also want to get this to protect your sofa from any spills.
- Fitted sheet
- Flat sheet: You don’t have to use this but it definitely adds some extra comfort
- Throw blanket
You can buy one on Amazon or if you fancy creating yours, here’s a really great video from Cityline that shows you how
Welcome Box Essentials
These are the items I consider an absolute must-have to really make your guests feel comfortable. This is a complete list for both male and female guests. I recommend getting tiny hotel sized. I used to take samples away from hotels pre-lockdown but I have gotten travel sized toiletries on Amazon and Poundland.
- Shower Cap
- Spray deodorant
- Body Wash
- Soap Bar
- Mini Scissors
- Lip balm
- Box of snacks
- Bottled Water
- A new set of panties
- Sanitary towels/tampons
- Bathing sponge
- Handheld Mirror
These are the steps and the essentials you need to turn a living room into a temporary bedroom. I hope these tips help you to put together the most relaxing temporary room or even use the tips to create an oasis in your spare bedroom.
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