Possibly one of the greatest bonuses to the new house we moved into this summer is the 5th bedroom. I quickly claimed this spot as mine and it’s now my office and craft room as well as the spare bedroom. That’s a lot of jobs for one room, but adding a Murphy bed made it not only super functional but stylish as well.
Building our own Murphy bed just wasn’t on this DIY girl’s heart, that is way more than the hubs and I were willing to attempt, so I looked around online and tried to find something suitable to fit my vision. I had one store that specializes in Murphy beds come out and they did an awesome 3-D plan with tons of ideas but the price tag that came with it was WAY TO HIGH for this budget loving lady. That’s when I got my budget goggles on and figured it out myself!
I found a local man that specializes in Murphy beds, picked one from his website and he had it built and delivered in less than two weeks (versus a six week lead time from the big company) at less than half the cost of the big box company. It is a breeze to open and close, plus I was able to add this cool fold out desk that I use as extra work space, then it tucks away when company comes.
Next I went to IKEA (a favorite of mine) and figured out how to maximize my storage in this room by building around the Murphy bed. I actually had the bed builder leave the bed in raw wood and color matched paint to the IKEA bookshelves and painted the bed myself. I wanted it to match and look seamless, and it does! The builder came back and installed the bed after I painted it (with my Wagner sprayer of course). I went with the Billy Bookcase from IKEA and picked a combo of glass and closed front doors to make the bookshelves cabinets.
The extra awesome thing about this set up is that it is movable! The entire unit can go to another room or house if we need it to versus having a built in unit that stays with the house. Again, budget saver.
I even got this duvet cover (Bjornloka) at IKEA, it’s the perfect neutral addition to the room. I found these great sheets at Walmart and love the combo they make. BONUS – they both were a budget friendly buy. Clearly Oliver agrees they are a cozy find…
While I was at IKEA I found the perfect desk set up for me. I have a combo of drawers and file cabinets (Alex combo) with a gorgeous butcher block top (Gerton). The pieces are movable and interchangeable so if I ever want to reconfigure it will be a cinch.
The desk area looks a lot like my old laundry room/craft room. I like to surround myself with supplies, trinkets and memorabilia that speaks to me. Some may think it is cluttered, but it is perfection to me!
Another item I got for the office from IKEA is a rolling kitchen island (called the Stenstorp). I liked it because it moves easily, is extremely sturdy and provides a good amount of extra storage. I move it around to work on and do many Facebook lives from this surface.
Another space saving thing I did was utilize a small strip of wall space for a TV. I don’t watch much TV , but my parents do when they visit. I made use of a small strip of wall space by using the Trones shoe storage mounted to the wall. The small TV sits on top of the storage box perfectly and the pull out drawer boxes hold the TV remote in one and the kitty litter scoop in another (because no one wants to look at that thing!)
Now I am really being open with you guys – here is what the inside of the craft closet looks like!!! Yikes – and it is pretty organized! I added tons of shelving for optimal storage. I got this storage at Walmart because the dimensions they had available worked out better for my space.
Well friend – that is my space and I am loving it! I am so grateful to have a room to sprawl out in and to house friends and family. Hope you got some good ideas to make the most of your space as well!
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