Post # 17
@HappierKate: I was starting to wonder about maybe keeping just one of the guest beds and putting it into a nursey (I would have to move the rooms around for that).I don’t think guests could sleep in the same room as the baby for obvious reasons. I guess I could let them sleep in my room and my husband and I could share the twin, we have done that before, but its a little tight…but maybe thats a good option.
The vanity is because like everything in my house the bathroom is SUPER small. There is a single sink. Under the sink is full of basic bathroom things. There is no room to store make-up. And there is only one bathroom. So getting the vanity gave me someplace to store my makeup and actually put it on wiithout tying up the bathroom.
@Mrs.Camera: I would LOVE to knock out the closets. They are only about the size of a single door. They really serve very little functional purpose and they make for awkward shapes in the room the are opposite from. However is one building code people pay attention to… if it doesn’t have a closet its not classified as a “bedroom” where I live. So if I knock them out I would go from having a three bedroom house to an efficiency. And we want to put the house on the market in a year so we can’t 🙁
@slicey19:The computers are desktops. And we are both geeks and use them every day.
The airmore is like a closet from the Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe. Its taller than 7 feet and its basically our closet. Our closets are too small to be functional.
Also because of space reasons our dresser is super tall, like just over 6 feet, so we can take advantage of vertical space as we are very limited in room size. So I can’t use it to put my makeup on or anything since I have to stand on my tippy toes to even see the top of it.
I am going to play around with the measuring tape and see if I can get the guest room/nursey idea to work. Thanks for the ideas! And if you have any more keep them coming!!!
Post # 18
Have you thought about turning your dining room into the office (get rid of table) and turning your 3rd bedroom into the nursery? Otherwise, i’d get rid of the guest bedroom. It’s definitely a luxury that 1200 sq ft does not allow. I’d also go through your clothes and makeup and be a little ruthless. If you’ve got a closet, dresser, armoire, AND vanity table, you’ve got too much stuff. My husband and I live in a 1000 sq ft two bedroom house and all our clothes fit in the one closet in our master….no dresser. You’d be surprised what closet organizers will do for making more space!
Post # 19
That’s very true, you can make a lot of room in closets and dressers by storing your seasonal clothing; sundresses away in the winter, coats away in the summer.
Post # 20
We live in 1000sq ft with two bedrooms + flex office, I understand your frustration. I would get rid of one computer (sorry you will have to learn to share and take turns, you wont have time to both be playing on the computer at the same time anyways with the new baby) and find a smaller desk for the one computer. A vanity is fine but it should be small, You could then probably move one of your dressers in there for more space in the master. Then keep one guest bed with a mattress stored under it (or else double layer the mattress) for sleeping on the floor in the other room if guests are there and turn the rest of it into a nursery. This should solve you space issue, if not then get rid of the guest beds completely and tell your guests they need to stay in a hotel or get a pull out couch for the living room.
Just some ideas:
For the computer, a nice corner desk:
For your dressing table:
If you had some picture of your place we might be able to help more?
Post # 21
Just dont’ have an overnight guest room, you guys are having a child, they need a nursurey. If you have overnight guest offer them the couch or floor. If they don’t like what you can offer they can get a cheap hotel room for the night. You plan on moving down the line, so its really not that important to accomodate overnight guest since you are now having a child. Make sure when you look for your new house that it has everything you need and the layout of the rooms aren’t strange.
Post # 22
So, we do keep my seasonal clothes in the attic and switch them out. I also have clothes for belly dancing (practice and performance). And clothes for yoga and running and renn faire. Ergh, typing it out it does sound like I have a lot – but I use these weekly, Well not renn faire but those are already in the attic.
I have taken a good number of my clothes to goodwill over the last 6 months. Trying to keep it down to clothes I love and wear.
The closet I don’t count. I have some night gowns hanging in the closet- that’s it. Its too small for a closet organizer- and its also awkward shaped because we lost part of the closet corner to a chimney that goes under the floor to where the heating unit is. Can’t fit anything in there really. Like I said the closets are basically non-functional due to their very very very small size. I think they were added after the house was built so that the bedrooms qualified as bedrooms when that law about the closets came about later.
We have one dresser and the airmor and we share both.
I don’t think having a vanity is too much. I have no where else to store or put makeup on. Its not huge, not particularly small, more medium sized. Its from the 1950s and it has mother of pearl inlay- so no I don’t want to replace it with something smaller. Its beautiful! And I got a really good deal on it.
I like the idea of the corner desk. Tough because of our odd shaped walls corners are somewhat limited. As is any wall space due to large openings for walk ways, windows in the center of walls or some awkward thing with a closet making a wall poke out.
On the guest room- my family lives 7 hours away. No one is in town. My Aunt offered to drive down and stay with us for 2 or 3 months to help with the baby when it comes. Neither one of us had younger brothers or sisters. Honestly we don’t know how to change a diaper. I really want her there, not just to help me with cooking and cleaning, but to show us how to do all that baby stuff. Yes we are reading books but I feel better with my Aunt coming to help out. She has a bad back and she is tall so I really can’t ask her to sleep on a couch for 2-3 months. I also know i get grumpy when I am tripping all over guest stuff so its been nice having a guest room to contain it all. The couch due to the way the stupid house is layed out is right in a walk way. Its all very frustrating!
Post # 23
@crayfish:We do use our dinning room. Its the only room with a table for eating. I may be willing to do away with our living room. Its just a sitting room right now. There is ONE wall with usuable space (two walls lost to large walk ways, the third wall has a window the covers the whole space. So one wall usuable- ONLY wall in the house big enough for a bookshelf. Our ONLY bookshelf. So I would have to put all the books in the attic and then maybe I could use that wall for a desk. We have talked about storing away our books. Its just sad to have a house without books that are easily accessiable. But that could be an option. Get rid of the bookshelf- move the computers into there. I *think* we could keep the couch. We already planned on moving the tv out of the office and into the living room- its awkward but possible I think (lack of wall space being the problem).
This forum has definetly given me some ideas to play around with!
Post # 24
@HappierKate: I could maybe get rid of my couch and move a twin bed in there and use it as a day bed… maybe. Thanks for the idea!
Post # 25
You could put a guest room in your attic but it will cost you. Bedrooms have to have adequate ventilation. Is there power up there? Some attics, especially in old homes, don’t even have electricity run through them. My Brother-In-Law & SIL live in a house with a finished attic. When they bought the place, they had every intention of using it as a “man cave” but it can only be tolerated for a few months out of the year since there’s no heat or AC. If you expect people to sleep up there, it needs both.
As for the stairs, a pull down staircase is a safety hazard if it’s going to be accessed on a regular basis. Could you imagine navigating that in the middle of the night when you have to pee? It’ll never work. You could add a spiral staircase but those are expensive and I imagine they require more than just going out and buying one. I’d talk to a contractor before making any decisions.
Post # 26
That is totally lame about the closets! I know someone here who has 2 bedrooms, no closets (they bought the home as a 1 bedroom and restructured the dining area into a bedroom, but both only have wardrobes). So, here’s what I think having read all the replies: Turn the guest room into a guest room/nursery by getting rid of the two twin beds and buying this bed from Ikea (if there is one near you.). It is pretty fab. If you can, rearrange the stuff in the master bedroom to fit a bassinet, pack & play, co sleeper, etc. so that your Aunt isn’t disturbed by the baby every night (and you don’t have to get up). By the time you are feeling capable of taking care of baby and Aunt leaves in 2-3 months, your baby will transition from your room to the crib in the nursery. My other suggestion would be shelves. I saw a great example where a couple built a shelf ~18 inches from the ceiling to store boxes with extra clothing, or pretty stuff that they wanted to show off, or books, etc. But of course now I can’t find the photos. Or you can do a sofa bed, but let’s be honest, most of them are not comfortable for more than a few nights at a time 🙁