Good Monday, all! We hope your weekend was busy and happy. Aside from the success of the Puppy Love fundraiser, we also managed to squeeze in three (super fun!) days with good friends. That is to say, three days of two friends that slept in this tiny home with us and the kids. But, as you can imagine, two “bedrooms” in 675 square feet doesn’t exactly add up to a lot of room for actual beds.
Our bedroom is the slightly larger of the two (coming in at a whopping 10′ x 12′), leaving our 8′ x 10′ office / project room / makeshift guest room / command center with barely enough space to move around without a bed in it. You might ask, “how do guests actually sleep in that room when they come to visit?” We hinted at this dilemma back here, but figured it was time to give you all some photographic evidence that two people can actually sleep in the tiny nook between the desk, filing cabinet, and sideboard. It works, but they had better really like each other.
The most difficult part of making this whole situation work was finding an air mattress that would actually fit in between our pieces of office furniture. It gets quite sticky when you realize a queen mattress is about five inches too wide, and a twin bed is not big enough for two people. Bummer. So a full size it was.
Kim had her heart set on a double-height mattress to give our guests a bit more of a “real bed” feeling, but finding a full sized bed in a that height proved to be the impossible for two reasons: 1) We weren’t ready to shell out so much moolah for something that could be so easily punctured with one, sneaky kitty claw, and 2) the knobs on our sideboard robbed us of 1-inch. Ridiculous as that may sound, we needed that inch. Back to the drawing board.
After hours (and days) of internet scouring, review reading, and a whole lot of nit picking, we settled on the Coleman Quickbed that fit the budget and space restrictions. It inflates and deflates in less than a minute with the included pump, and guests have assured us that it’s nice and comfy.
The mattress nestles right into place (albeit, with a cushy give), while Grandma’s chair turns 90 degrees and acts as an impromptu suitcase rack. Displayed books are stacked, and guest towels are rolled and at the ready in a tote.
In the past, guests have mentioned that the duo of bicycles hanging from the ceiling looks a bit ominous, but at around 25 pounds each, I could still probably hang all of my weight from each one and have them stay securely anchored in place. On that project, we applied the motto that anything worth doing was worth overdoing.
A few stuffed-animal staples made guests feel cozy in their bedroom, although most of our time around the casa was spent chowing down around the kitchen counter. Our pals were happy to crash in their “own” room at the end of each long day – days that were spent celebrating Kim’s birthday a few days early (which happens to be today, btw. Happy birthday, my love!) with lots of eating, concert-going, beach lazing, BBQ-ing, and Catch Phrase-ing at a favorite tavern. The sometimes gloomy weather certainly didn’t hold us back from painting the town red!
There you have it. Proof positive that four people can actually cohabitate in this tiny abode for a few days. It certainly takes a bit of planning and forethought (especially when all four folks need to get showered and ready in our single bathroom), but it’s totally worth the effort to have good friends share a few days with us in the city that we love.
Does anyone out there share a similar small digs dilemma? One bathroom for four people? Mathematically calculated air-mattress purchasing? Bikes hovering above the heads of your out-of-town guests? We’d love to hear about them and learn any tips you’ve picked up along the way.