Post # 1
After 3+ years of living in our house, I really should decorate one of the spare bedrooms. I would like to turn one into a guestroom, but I have no idea how I’m suppose to afford furnishing a room! Ideally I’d like to have a bed (full at a minimum, but no larger than queen), nightstand or table, and maybe a larger dresser or table. It seems like Ikea has the best deals on bedframes, but I was wondering if any Bees got a good deal anywhere else. I’m really wary about getting a bed off Craigslist or somewhere like that, so that’s not an option for me.
Post # 3
for a guest bedroom that is not gonna be used all the time, i’d definitely go the ikea route.
Post # 4
Ikea can add up too! Do you have any friends or family that might be changing their furniture? It never hurts to ask! I found good deals at yardsales (not a mattress that I wouldnt buy used!) But I got some cool cabinets/dressers. for another one of our spare rooms I had a family member give us a day bed with a trundle to use and our other room we bought a cheap futon from Target I think and turned it into a mini den/guestroom. Also, I always check the clearance items, got most of my bedding for the guest rooms and pillows for pretty cheap!
Post # 5
For me , the first thing is to identify how I will use the room, both now and in the future.
Will this end up being a child’s room? Maybe a day bed with a trundle would give more long term value.
Do I want to use this room for an office, crafts etc when we don’t have guests? Perhaps a hide-a bed or fold down sofa would give more efficient use of space.
If it wil only be used for guests, then a full size mattress and box spring will likely be the first choice.
I have purposely not discussed a murphy bed as you said affordability is a factor.
You don’t really even need a traditional wooden bed frame. You can get an expanding metal frame that fits any size box spring, then just get or make a headboard. These are very inexpensive.
There are loads of ideas on Pinterest for DIY headboards.
Post # 6
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We have bought furniture from Overstock.com a few times now and have always had a good experience. Just make sure to read the reviews!
Post # 7
I’ve found good deals at Target for nightstands and dressers. If you need a mattress, check Groupon and Livingsocial for deals on mattress stores. In my area, there is always a deal going on for a mattress chain. Last year, we bought a $50 Groupon for $250 off at Mattress Firm and used it during a big sale. We ended up getting a mid-quality Simmons set and frame delivered to our house for about $350. Our Sam’s Club also has good deals on mattresses and bed frames.
Post # 8
I’d check out Sears for beds. You just missed the 4th of July sales, but Labor Day isn’t too far away. If you open or use your Sears card, you’ll get extra discounts or special financing.
Post # 9
@julies1949: I’m thinking this might be the best option. I just saw bedframes at Costco for $40 which seemed ridiculously cheap. I made the headboard for our master bedroom bed, so I’m sure I can do it for a smaller bed too!
@bleusteel: Thanks for the tip on the Groupon – I will keep checking for deals on mattresses!
Post # 10
A bed frame and DIY headboard is definitely a great inexpensive option! Buying used furniture from friends/family is always a great deal though! You could also look for things like nightstands at thrift stores, yard sales, etc.
We did an entire bedroom in IKEA stuff three years ago in our old apartment, and I liked it so much that we kept it all just the same when we moved into our old house. The Hemnes collection is really sturdy.
ETA: we bought a desk for that room at Wal-Mart, of all places! I get compliments on it all the time and always laugh when people ask me where they can get one like it! So that might be a good options for nightstands, etc.
Post # 11
Definitely get a queen. A full sized bed is basically like torture if you are a couple – queen is really the minimum size for 2 people to be ok sleeping!
We have this bed frame in our guest bedroom with a bed skirt, and it is rodoculously stable – no creaking or warping in the last 7 months at all!
Post # 12
@crayfish: I disagree, FI and I love our full and agree that we never want anything bigger. We like that it basically forced us to cuddle all night 🙂
Post # 13
@TattedNYBride: Same here! DH and I have been sleeping in a full for 5 years! We definitely don’t mind it.
Post # 14
Meh, I agree with @crayfish: that a queen is the way to go. We’re both tall (6’0 and 6’1), so whenever we go to someone’s house and sleep in a full, we’re miserable trying to find space for our collective limbs!
As for good deals, I’d skip an Ikea bed and just get a nice iron bed frame from Amazon–cheaper than Ikea, super quick delivery, they’re nice and very sturdy to sleep on (we’ve got one in our master: http://www.amazon.co.uk/ALDERLY-BLACK-METAL-SPRUNG-SLATTED/dp/B0054YW366/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1373707150&sr=8-8&keywords=Iron+bed+frames+king+size), and you can gt any standard-size mattress you want (as opposed to continental-sized ones). Plus, they go with everything and lend a nice airy quality to the room.
Mind you, having said that, we’ve got the Ikea Hemnes daybed in our guest room. Great for a smaller space because it looks like a sofa until you pull it out, and then suddenly you’ve got a queen size bed. All our guests say ti’s very comfortable, and you have bonus storage in drawers underneath. Mattresses and sheets didn’t end up being super cheap, though, so watch out for that.
Post # 15
@catnip: I always see frames at goodwill. I bought my mattress at Walmart and now that its a guest bed everyone comments on how comfortable it is. It is a spring and memoryfoam hybrid. I think it was about $300 (queen size)
Post # 16
Secondhand mattresses are usually not a great idea, I agree, but you might make an exception if you can find an estate sale or moving sale. Often an older couple that is moving, downsizing to a smaller home, etc., will have a guest bedroom set that is good quality, barely used, and a great deal.