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Liesje 03-10-2014 03:56 PM

Spare bed/bedroom ideas needed
We have friends who will be staying with us about a month. They are from CA and will be in our state to do an open adoption. I'll be converting my husband's "mancave" into their room, already have all the baby stuff lined up. I'm not sure what to do about a bed for them. I'll borrow a full size mattress off the spare bed at my parents house and already have linens (my MIL and FIL often come but bring their own air bed). The problem is our house is really old and because older two-story homes have narrow halls and steeper staircases, you cannot fit a full size box spring upstairs. We have a queen sized bed but got a box spring that's two pieces. I never see the two-piecers available for cheap/free and unfortunately we're not in a position to spend $$$ on an entirely new bed system (plus my husband will be wanting his mancave back). I'm trying to think of how to safely and comfortably elevate a normal mattress...?? I can't use a normal bed frame because there won't be a box spring. There are platform beds but so far I haven't seen one available for free/cheap. The best I could think of so far was placing like 20 of those sturdy plastic "milk crate" type cubes upside down and laying the mattress on top of that. I kind of don't want to just put the mattress on the floor, I want them to feel like it's a fairly "normal" space since it will be an extended stay but we're really strapped for cash right now and I've spent some of our own money already on getting all the baby supplies.

middleofnowhere 03-10-2014 04:11 PM

Would your MIL/FIL allow you to borrow their airbed for this month? If you want, you could place that on top of the mattress. Another thought would be a futon or daybed. I'd try the local Habitat ReStore for cheap, and ask on FreeCycle for free. Craig's list also has a "free" section.

Lilie 03-10-2014 04:18 PM

Some places give away wooden pallets for free. You could utilize those - even double stack them for more height.

Speaking from experiance, when it comes to new babies, young children & house guests - the bed isn't as important as a nice, over stuffed chair, one that rocks is priceless and a TV in the room.

LoveEcho 03-10-2014 04:37 PM

Have you looked at IKEA? They sell no-box-spring systems for really cheap (<$100). And, I often see them at places like ReStore and craigslist for even cheaper.

The milk crate thing isn't a bad idea- my dad had actually made me a platform bed like that in high school (it was great for extra storage).

Liesje 03-10-2014 07:40 PM

ooo pallets, that might work.

MIL and FIL live two states away, we won't see them again before our friends arrive.

IKEA is 3 hours away, so just to go there an back is an expensive trip, gas-wise, plus like I said whatever furniture we add to this room temporarily needs to come back out, it won't remain a bedroom. We used to have one of their platform beds and it completely collapsed several times, never again!

There are already two large armchairs in the mancave. We'll keep one or both (if they both fit) for them to use. There's already a TV (well two right now!) in the mancave.

The reason I want the mattress off the floor is that our friends are also expecting and my girlfriend will be over 7 months pregnant when they are here. Now I don't have babies yet myself but I'm guessing at 7 months pregnant you don't want to be getting up off the floor all the time.

You'll probably laugh but....I actually got the milk crate idea from an episode of Red/Green many years ago.

middleofnowhere 03-10-2014 07:42 PM

I love Red Green. May your next project be the window awnings made from old car hoods....

nktigger99 03-10-2014 07:48 PM

You are 100% correct...she being that pregnant won't want to be sleeping right on the floor. Also the comfortable arm chair is a good idea, many times in my later months I slept sitting up due to the weight or position of baby/babies.

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onyx'girl 03-10-2014 07:53 PM

I would get an airbed. They are fine for short term and some of the high end ones are comfortable if you don't have back problems. Futons aren't as comfortable as many of the air beds. Or you can get a futon frame, put a nice air mattress on the futon matress if you need the height.

Liesje 03-10-2014 07:58 PM

She WILL be pregnant, over 7 months. We had a futon frame but similar problem to the box spring...can't go up the stairs and make the corner (at least not a futon that's the size of a double bed).

Twyla 03-10-2014 10:38 PM

They have frames for air mattresses. Fold and put away after use for next time.

Cabela's Folding Air Bed Frame with Queen Air Bed and Pump : Cabela's

Below is what we use camping - yeah really roughing it LOL Sleeps great.

Intex Comfort-Rest Rising Comfort Air Bed : Cabela's

Uses regular bedding sizes - on sale right now to :) Almost the height of a regular bed.

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