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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Would it be weird to use a twin sized sleigh bed as a couch? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Would it be weird to use a twin sized sleigh bed as a couch?
I can't find any examples of sleigh beds used in living rooms
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Date: 2/21/13 12:09 PM

Would it be weird to use a twin size sleigh bed as a couch?

I'm really tired of my old furniture, but can't find anything I like in the stores. We have a solid wood twin size sleigh bed in the attic that I think would make a great couch. Just attach some plywood for a back, add padding and cushions. Easy peasy, right?

The problem is that it is in pieces and weighs a ton and it's not something I can drag downstairs and put together myself. I thought if I could show Mr. Wonderful a picture of a living room using a sleigh bed as a couch he might be more motivated to help. Unfortunately, no matter how many variations of terms I use, I keep coming up blank.

You would think that in the 10+ years shabby chic, flea market and cottage decorating have been raging someone would have posted a pic, but I'm not finding one. The internet has many, many examples of sleigh beds in bedrooms as beds, but not so much for use as couch, day bed, sofa or anything non-sleep related in a living room.

It makes perfect sense to me, but the fact that I am having a problem finding a single pic, blog post or decorating article has me wondering if I am just getting a little desperate. (Slight exaggeration, there was one pic on Houzz, but it was so different from our sleigh bed that I doubted that my very non-visual husband could extrapolate how it would look in our living room.)

Am I off my rocker? Would it look like I plunked a bed right in the middle of the living room or could I pass it off as a quaint sofa?

I've reached the point where I hate walking into my living room so any input is appreciated.

Thanks!

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Date: 2/21/13 12:24 PM

People use daybeds in their living room.

I don't see this as much different.

pic of daybed

pic 2
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Date: 2/21/13 1:26 PM


It sure might work.. you won't know till you sit it in the space and eye gauge it..
Its your house .. do what you want..
Look under benches.. I have seen loads of pics of these made into benches.. which is what you are more or less doing..

Wait till DH is out of the house.. then go bribe a neighborhood teenager to move it for you.. I have found often if I want something done I will wait till its time to fix dinner.. then go pretend to be busy trying to move it myself..etc.. When they ask about dinner.. just tell them as soon as you are done.....doing whatever.......

Wish you had posted a pic of your bed.. is that possible. . I myself have converted beds people thru out on the curb as benches for the yard.. so its doable.. that much I do know..

You might also drop how wonderful that couch would be to take a nap on.. sigh..

Me.. I would paint it out.. Lighten it up.. throw on lots and lots of pillows and a throw and take a nap myself.. . Painting it would make it look custom and less like a bed IMHO....

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Date: 2/21/13 1:29 PM


fABULOUS PICS.. I was posting same time as you.. I envision the OPs bed to look most like your number two..

AND.. I gotta add this.. if you have a dog.. they can't pee on the skirt of a daybed couch as there normally is no skirt..

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Date: 2/21/13 4:06 PM

Oh, man: a bed in the living room! I'd never leave the house.

You could definately make this work. Cover the mattress with a tight, tailored upholstery fabric. And there's plenty of room for lots of decorative pillows.

You're gonna have fun!

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Date: 2/21/13 4:28 PM

It's a great idea! Mr. Wonderful should be easily convinced if you can demonstrate to him the cost of a new well constructed sofa.

Try taping off the space with painter's tape. If that works you may be able to pick up some appliance boxes or use your dining chairs to get a visual on the space that will be consumed by the new 'sofa'.

Consider hanging an upholstered piece of plywood on the wall as the back rather than altering the bed. If you would like the seating to be less deep you could hang an upholstered box on the wall as the sofa back.

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Date: 2/21/13 4:52 PM

Just think of all the Victorian "fainting couches" used in LR's.
But think of different things to use for the back than plywood--look online for re-purpose ideas like a fence section, pipe rails, lattice work, old door-anything goes these days and guests will think you clever. We have a beat-up coffee table H. made from a salvaged Mexican farm door, just by adding plumbing pipe legs--wood knots and chains and knobs still on, get lots of compliments on it.

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Date: 2/21/13 8:39 PM

I love the "couch" in pic2! I wish I had seen something like that when I went shopping, it would be a good match for one of my end tables.

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Date: 2/21/13 9:51 PM

No teens in our neighborhood so I can't bribe anyone. I have one or two neighbors that I could ask, but one of them has been acting kind of weird since I asked him to stop taking a shortcut through our backyard, but that is a whole other tale.

You're right about painting it. It was unfinished when we originally bought it and I stained it and painted a moose on the panels. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but we moved and our new house (okay, we've lived here for twelve years, but you get the idea) has more of a cottage/garden theme.

I don't have any pics of the bed, but here's the kitchen.


The living room has a similar palette so I could definitely see painting the bed cream and using something durable in a light denim color to cover the mattress and butch it up. I'm not really a fru fru person, but once I painted the tree mural in the dining area I kind of boxed myself into a pastel decor for the rest of the house. (Sorry, no pics of the tree. I pulled the kitchen pic off my cooking blog, but don't have anything else on the laptop.)

Okay, I'm convinced. With or without help I'm going to crawl under the eaves and retrieve the pieces. I may not be able to paint it until spring, but I can drag it downstairs and see if my clamps are big enough to hold the pieces in place while I put it together. Who needs help when you have clamps and power tools? Not sure what I'll do if it's too big for the living room, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there.

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Date: 2/21/13 10:11 PM

You always make me laugh...we don't have a dog but I was thinking about getting a puppy or a new cat and one of the things I kept thinking was that new furniture and new pets don't mix.

Great suggestion about hanging the plywood on the wall! The only problem is that it needs to go in front of a picture window. Actually, someone shot out the window a couple years ago, so it might be worth considering hanging padded plywood in front of it...

@Jadamoo00 I work from home, so technically I never leave anyway. Kind of funny even though I have the whole house to myself all day long, I almost never leave my office and I have to use a timer to remind myself to get up and stretch once in a while. Of course it's different in the summer when I move out onto the porch. A ceiling fan, wicker lounge chair and my laptop. It doesn't get any better.

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