Loft Update–the Daybed

loft daybed


It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything from my loft update, but I have a few favorite things I’ve been saving.  These are simple and very inexpensive projects.  The internet is abounding with so many fantastic DIY projects, but they can feel overwhelming sometimes if you don’t own the right tools or supplies or live far from great shopping areas.  This update consisted of a bed I already owned and a trip to Ikea.

You could get the same result by repurposing a bed you already own, purchasing one at a thrift store, or borrowing from family or friends.  The bedding could be purchased on-line or just moved from another room in your house.  Even adding a new pillow or throw can be a simple, but rewarding update.  The best changes are usually the simplest.

This update in the loft involved turning a small section in the room into a guest bed/reading nook/tv watching area. We have an official guest bedroom, but this Christmas we were expecting extra guests so we set up an area in the loft that would work as a bed for a guest as well as a cozy spot to read or watch tv.  The budget for this area was extremely tight because it was Christmas time, so we used a bed frame and mattress we already owned and dressed it up with a few items from the Ikea “as is’ section.  The only new purchases were sheets and pillows.  I wanted to keep the big things neutral so I was lucky to dig this gray gingham comforter and the floral shams from the “as is” bin.  The turquoise throw was a steal for $2 and the green velvet sham added the perfect festive touch.  I thought I would just leave it there for the holidays, but it looks so fresh in the room and the velvet adds just a touch of elegance.

Future plans for this area include adding some kind of frame, I’m thinking I might use some weathered pallets (I just happen to have several in my back yard), and some bigger pillows along the back to give it more of a sofa feel.  It will work perfectly for the future library I’m planning for this area…I’m hoping to at least add shelves and all of our books this summer.  This is definitely a room that is constantly evolving.

If you’re interested, here are a few posts about some of the other changes I’ve made in the loft:  DIY Ceiling Fan Update, DIY Art Update, DIY Graphic Desk Update.