Published at Thursday, April 27th, 2017 - 06:04:11 AM. Sofa Bed. By tommy.
Getting Creative! How to Make Your Own Twin Sofa Bed Do you live in a small dorm or studio apartment? If you do, you are probably familiar with the difficulties of trying to combine style with functionality. This may be a particular problem when you want to add a little pizzazz to the central piece of furniture in your dorm, studio or efficiency apartment. However, just because you have limited space doesnt mean you cant add style. In fact, this is where you could allow your creativity to shine through. With some imagination and forethought, you could have a living space that is perfect for both day and night. This could be accomplished by turning your twin bed into a sofa. In the evening, you could switch your sofa back into a twin bed. The Pros and Cons of Turning Your Twin Bed into a Sofa To begin, you would need a twin platform bed, mates bed or any twin bed that doesnt have a headboard or post. It is important to note, that due to their width, a full, queen or king size bed would not convert nicely into a couch. This would not give the look or feel that youd want (not to mention, it would look quite silly). The obvious advantage of turning your twin bed into a sofa would be that you already have the primary element for this design--a twin bed. This equals savings, as you would only need to purchase a few odds and ends to convert your bed into a lovely sofa for daytime living. Another pro would be that unlike a futon, you would not need to perform additional steps to make your twin bed into a sofa. All that is necessary would be adding additional pillows against the back of the bed to give it the look of a sofa. One disadvantage of converting your bed into a couch would be that this idea wouldnt be suitable if you share your space with someone else. For example, if you live in a dorm this might make it difficult. However, there are chances this still could work if your roommate uses a hide-away bed that saves on space. It all really just depends on the situation. If you decide to go with this idea, one last thing... You may find the biggest con to be the height of your bed in comparison to daybeds, futons and sofas. Platform beds are substantially lower compared to daybeds. So, keep that in mind when considering this option, and if the difference in height doesnt bother you, then using it as a sofa would not be a problem. If you can afford to spend some extra money but still find you dont like the height-issues that come with platform beds, this could be easily remedied by boosting the height of your bed with an extra mattress or box spring. Another option would be to purchase inexpensive bed lifts or risers. They could add an additional 1 to 10 inches or more to the height of your bed. Yet, a word of warning, risers only work if your bed has legs. If not, you would need to add height by using an extra mattress or box spring. Lesson 101: Turning your Twin Bed into a Sofa with Style To turn your twin bed into a sofa, you would simply place it width-wise against a wall (like a daybed). Next, you could add height by using bed risers or an extra box spring or mattress. That is the basics, now onto the creative and fun aspect of switching your twin bed into a sofa and vice versa. This section will reveal how you could add a personal touch and make your twin sofa bed uniquely your own. Use appropriate bedding How could you make your bed most resemble a sofa? The answer is simple, use appropriate bedding. This could be accomplished by purchasing a bed skirt or a bedding set. This would allow you to cover the legs of your bed and would give it the look of a sofa with upholstered flaps. If you use bed risers, make sure to have them in place first before buying the bedding. That way, you could take measurements to ensure that the bedding is long enough to cover the legs once the risers are in place. Use pillows Pillows are ideal for creating a faux backing to your bed and faux arms. Pillows could be switched around to accommodate a sofa and a bed. For evening, you could place the pillows at the head of the bed for sleeping. And during the day you could place the pillows in the back for support, comfort and look and feel. As for the arms, you could place bolsters on each side of the bed to fool the eyes into believing your sofa isnt armless. Create your own upholstered backing If using pillows exclusively for backing doesnt appeal to you, another option would be to create an upholstered backing for your sofa bed. This may sound as if it would put a dent in your pocketbook, but upholstered backing could be made inexpensively without compromising on style or showroom appeal. The main supplies you would need to make an upholstered backing are... plywood upholstery foam and fabric Keep in mind, it is also important to take measurements before starting on this project to determine the height that you desire for your headboard. What makes this project so affordable is that if you do not possess the tools needed to size the plywood, you could take it to a local hardware store and have them cut it for you at a fraction of the cost. Once youre ready to get started, there are various tutorials on the Internet that could assist you in creating a headboard. A nice one worth mentioning is Make Your Own Upholstered Headboard. It should help you along quite nice and give you a few other ideas on decorative style in the process. Once youre finished, youll find that the upholstered headboard lends an element of class to your space. Creating your own one-of-a-kind headboard will add a sense of accomplishment. It will also be perfectly suited to your taste and style, and as a bonus you can bet youll get plenty of compliments from your friends in the process.
How to Find a Cheap Sofa Bed A sofa bed is a useful piece of furniture for any household that wants to have sleeping space for guests, but doesnt have a guest room. However, we all know that a poor quality sofa bed, no matter how little it costs, is a bad buy. After all, just about everyones slept on one that was thin, lumpy, had steel bars in uncomfortable places, or was otherwise unpleasant. How do you find a cheap sofa bed that wont feel cheap when you have guests over? Heres a look at some tips. First, know what youre going to use the sofa for the most. You see most makers of sofa beds focus either on comfortable sleeping or comfortable sitting. Its rare to find someone wholl consider both. So decide if youll mostly use this as a sofa, or if youll mostly use it as a bed. Be realistic - sofa beds are never the very best at being either type of furniture. Have a good idea of what youre willing to pay before you head out shopping, too. A decent sofa is going to be at least six hundred dollars at the cheapest. Sofa beds under five hundred might look cheap, but theyre not really worth it in the long run. Its usually a better idea to wait for a more expensive sofa bed to go on sale than it is to settle for one thats going to be lumpy and uncomfortable. Decide which type of sofa bed you want, too. Theres the traditional pullout model, a folding futon, and a davenport. All are considered "sofa-beds" and all of them have their own unique characteristics and quirks. Do a little research in advance so you know what to rule our right away. Add in the cost of a mattress pad and fitted sheet for most sofa beds, since you dont want to stain the material. Futons with separate covers are easy to clean, but upholstered sofa beds can be tricky to remove stains from. When you go to the store, make sure you can get the sales person to open and close the product in front of you. Try it yourself, too. If you cant do this, be suspicious. This cheap sofa bed might not really be a bargain. No one wants to use a sofa bed that wont operate smoothly. Likewise, if the sales rep wont let you lie on the sofa bed for more than a few seconds, its probably because they dont want to learn whats wrong with the mattress. Spend a little time on the bed to make sure its comfortable. Try moving it and lifting it, too - especially if youll need to move it around at home. Measure the mattress to make sure its a "real" full, queen, or twin; so that you know your sheets will fit correctly. Never bargain hunt on a price-only basis. A good cheap sofa bed will be one thats got all the features you need, is comfortable, and easy to manipulate. Anything else is really just an expensive nuisance. Take the time to learn what youre likely to get for a given price, and then look for bargains in that range. After all, if your furniture looks too good to be true, it probably is. Shop smart to get a great bargain on a new sofa bed for your guests.
Any content, trademark’s, or other material that might be found on the PaletteCase.com website that is not PaletteCase.com’s property remains the copyright of its respective owner/s. In no way does PaletteCase.com claim ownership or responsibility for such items, and you should seek legal consent for any use of such materials from its owner.