When I decided to move into a studio, I debated on what I should do for sleep space vs. living space. It weirds me out to sit on a bed as a seat. Beds are for sleeping and other bed appropriate activities. I knew this was going to be an issue for me.
I looked at sleeper sofas, beds that looked like sofas, futons, and anything else I could find that could dual as sitting space. There were lots of options, but who wants to sleep on a futon? No thanks.
I almost didn't get a studio because this was just not working out. Then I thought about it some more and knew that someone had to have this same dilemma. There are thousands of studios in big cities all over the world.
After a lot of digging, I finally found a few articles on blogs that enlightened me to the idea of getting two twin beds to use for the option of having a sectional or a king size bed. Brilliant! Twin bed sectional AND king size bed it was!
First, the twin beds were not a problem, as a friend of mine owns a bed store where I was able to find mega-comfortable pillowtop Serta twin beds with low-sitting frames for a discounted price. The idea was to get twin beds that sit as low to the ground as possible while still being elevated on frames.
Then, finding the fabric was tough since I had something specific in mind, but I finally found something. I looked online, ordered a bunch of samples and I looked in Jo-Ann's. It turns out I have another friend that works at Robert Allen who was able to help me with getting some samples from their warehouse. I bought 7.5 yds of a very soft chenille-esque, tight woven fabric (15,000 double rubs upholstery) in an orangey coral, and 1.5 yds of some stripey matching upholstery fabric for throw pillows.These were 54".
I stretched the bolt of fabric over the bed to fit the fabric and see how it would lay on the top of the mattress. I cut a large piece that stretched from the head to the foot of the bed. The entire 54" minus the front hem would stretch over the top and front of the bed. Then, I measured and cut pieces for the sides (they hang a little lower than the front) and pinned it all together inside out over the bed.
I sewed it all together and did the hems.
Once I had one done, I was very happy with the result and moved on to the second.
I put together the throw pillows (sewed squares of fabric and added fiberfill), added matching bed pillows for the back along the wall, and VOILA!!
My coffee table sits in the space where the other half of my king sized bed would normally be and this space is truly inviting for guests.
And when I need to sleep or just want to have a bed, I've got that too. Bow chicka wowow. Throw a mattress pad on top to unite the beds together (no falling through the crack) and use some king size bedding and there ya have it.