Monday, July 30, 2007

Story of the couch / bed / guest bed

How do you live in a small apartment, and still have the opportunity of having a bed, a nice big couch, and even the possibility of having friends over. I solved the problem with two normal mattresses . I put legs on the mattresses with hooks to keep it all together during the night. We have the bedlinen in a basket next to the couch/bed. The top mattresses are the thin type, and I have made covers for them, so it is easy to make the bed in the evening.




See diagram of the whole apartment here

The back cushions contains a foam mattress in the size 90 cm. by 90 cm. 9 cm. thick It is folded and hold together with a strap. When we have friend over two of these on the floor makes it out for one bed. The foam sort of makes the mattress stick to the floor so it doesn't slide apart during the night. We make the bed in the extra room, so it is still possible to have a little privacy. It works very well..

31 comments:

Emma ::emmas designblogg:: said...

That is a really clever solution! I've thought of something similar for my livingroom, but with wheels on one bed to make it easier to move around. I sleep in the livingroom, and there isn't really room enough for both a sofa and a bed, at least not if it is to look the least bit nice, so I'm desperate to find some solution that actually works. Where do you put the top mattress when the beds are not in use? And the back pillows that turn into a kids(?) bed is too clever, I would have never thought of that! How do you keep them from sliding apart on the floor?

Kristina said...

LOVE it Mette ;o)

Emma ::emmas designblogg:: said...

Thanks alot for adding the explanation!

Jimin said...

i love how you did your apt. it looks beautiful and great solution for the small place.

Birte said...

Just found your blog. Really nice pictures!

:: melissa :: said...

I love this idea - so clever and simple

rebecca said...

I have just found your blog via kristina - I love this idea - so clever!

irene said...

This is just what we were looking for foor our new apartment. I'm definetly going to copy your great idea! Thank you very much for showing.

Love your blog and your work!

LG said...

I found your blog via Emmas Designblog (which I love). I fell in love with your blog completely and in specific your solution for bed&sofa. I have the same type of livingroom and I have my two beds arranged like yours. I've been thinking about a solution for the back a long time now. With your "simple" solution my problem is solved. You should be proud of yourself - blog perfect, baby cute and great ideas.

Love it!

Patricia said...

I just found your blog via Decor8. You have a beautiful home and you do gorgeous work.

nyttaislandi said...

Hi, just found your blog via Apatment Therapy. I love this solution and would love to copy it in our TV room. The only thing I'm worried about is how comfortable the sofa is. I don't mind a sofa that is mainly there to be pretty, but I know I'll receive loud protest from my husband if I stick a sofa in front of the telly that is anything less than super comfy...

brenda said...

love the idea but I don't understand how you attached the legs to the mattress?
Thanks
Brenda

Janine Johnson said...

I was thinking the same thing..how are the legs attached to the mattress, Mette????
I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE this blog of yours!!!

erika said...

That is so clever! It is something I have dreamed about making myself for years. I am glad it worked out so well for you too. Kudos!

f. pea said...

oh my gosh, this is brilliant!

Joe said...

where can I find step by step directions for this project

Anonymous said...

did anybody find out how to attach the legs???
i love this idea!
email me if you have have directions for this- I would love to get started but don't know how to get the legs on the mattress' or are they on some sort of base?
thanks
andierue@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Géniale...
I only wonder how the construction is.
Wonderful home you've got!
Keep on going!

So Khoven

Zazu said...

You write very well.

Anonymous said...

Love this! I found your blog through Apartment Therapy too. I'm looking at seat/sleep options for a bedroom that will double as an office/dvd viewing room. Only we need less seating and more lounging space so maybe a full size bed made up with big toss pillows will do. Decisions, decisions! Great blog btw.

raaga chic said...

You are a Sheer Genius!! I'm trying to convince my husband that a bed converted into a sofa is so much more economical then splashing out 21grand on a sofa that isn't comfy for a 6' 3"person such as himself. He doesn't think its possible but has given me the green light to do so. How exciting! Thank you! You are inspiring!

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wwwindi said...

Hi -

I want to do this tomorrow to my livingroom and create a moroccan style living room. How did you attach the legs to the mattresses?

I would love to know -
Thanks
WWWindi

Anonymous said...

I love this idea, thank you for posting! I'm like many posts though, how are the legs attached? Just how is it constructed?

Deborah said...

I found your blog thru Apartment Therapy today and I see I am years later finding your awesome solution. Your apartment is so beautiful!! I also need some more detailed instructions if you have time. Did you make your slipcovers also?

VioletCrush said...

I have been thinking of this for a while and wasz googling ideas for how to make the base for the bed. Did anyone ever find that out? It would be great if this information were added to the main blog page. Thanks for sharing.

SYLK & SO said...

I posted on Monday, October 06, 2008 (as So Khoven) and bookmarked your blog because of this idea. It's still on my mind for my new home in the tropics!

Anonymous said...

I don't think Mette used a top mattress - she probably used box mattresses, in which case you don't need a separate top and bottom. It would be relatively easy to attach the legs to the box mattress as the underside of it is a wooden frame.

Krista said...

I LOVE THIS! I am so gonna do this & getting rid of my extremely uncomfortable clik clak

gabricci said...

Absolutely wonderful idea! Thanks, Mettes, for posting this and showing us how to do it. I will be putting it up on my own blog today.

gabricci said...

And, oh, Emma, I love the idea of using wheels on the bed as well. Thanks for that.