How can I make this small Guest bedroom work for my Art Room?


Hi, I would like to keep this guest bedroom, as well as having room to do my art work.....any suggestions? (I have a cart for my supplies, so don't need room to set our paints, etc.) Just the room for the cart and able to do art work in here.


q how can i make this small guest bedroom work for my art room

These four photos sweep the size of the bedroom, and the bookshelf is built in!

q how can i make this small guest bedroom work for my art room
q how can i make this small guest bedroom work for my art room
q how can i make this small guest bedroom work for my art room
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  • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Sep 14, 2018

    Have you thought about removing the bed and replacing it with a sofa bed or just using an inflatable mattress when needed - there's some great ones on the market now including some that are the same height as a conventional bed so they are easy to get on and off? That would give you so much more room to play with :)

  • Joanne Joanne on Sep 14, 2018

    murphy beds fold up .

  • Pamela Pamela on Sep 14, 2018

    I would get a futon sofa, or an inflatable bed . If you don't have the budget for that, I would get rid of the hamper, put your art cart in the corner , if it fits...Then you can easily make a foldable , or i should say a pull down desk using your built in shelves. To do this take a piece of plywood using hinges attach it to the shelf closest to desk height attach 2 legs , you can search on this site or YouTube to see how to do this , it's easy and inexpensive!!! Hmmm... While writing this i am thinking, why don't you use the shelves for your art supplies, instead of a cart ! Good luck !!!

  • Ili Ili on Sep 14, 2018

    That was my first thought....get rid of bed and replace with murphys bed, futon, sofa bed, etc....or just take everything out of the room and place the bed against the wall, and make it look like a sofa/futon instead of bed. I would make a gallery instead of pictures, mirrors, etc. everywhere....go us far high as you can...get rid of those curtains and replace with bamboo type....Hooks could be added ...Probably you can take out of the room the night stand ….replacing space with a tall standing lamp...declutter bookshelf....keep collections together for a neater look....JUST MY OPINION....Have fun!!!

  • Sally Sally on Sep 14, 2018

    I have a futon in mine, fairly deep shelves in one half of closet, and a combo tall standing lamp that has small table with magazine rack underneath. Leaves plenty of room for 3x6 table with microwave cart next to it with a drawer and cupboard for printer and extra storage. (Next to table) My table is counter height with enough clearance that I can actually store stuff under it. The bedroom is 11x13.

  • Diane Diane on Sep 14, 2018

    Hi. Just one thing comes to mind right now (not feeling good). Paint your book case bright and pretty. Go to your craft store or hardware store, install rods it looks like your second shelf from the top, you might have room for three. Put your wrapping paper on rods. For closets they have this round disk with an opening to remove rod. Lots of baskets, bows, ribbon, your own tools, embellishments, tags, cards for occasions, threads, etc. Use pretty tags to identify objects tape on front. Well that's my thought for the day. Going to go lay down now.🙂


  • Charmaine Charmaine on Sep 14, 2018

    All good suggestions. As for a spare room, Ditch the bed totally. Make it your own space. If someone needs a place to crash, do get an inflatable air mattress.

    • Gloria McCarthy Gloria McCarthy on Sep 17, 2018

      Amen! Too many times in our lives we think of "what if" What if auntie favorite comes for a visit? The list can go on forever. If this is a spare bedroom, then make it Your Room. Too many times we put everyone and everything First. Now is the time to put yourself in "first place" . There is nothing worse than trying to do your art and someone comes that once in a blue moon visit. You hurriedly pack and put all your stuff away only having to redo everything when the guest leave.

  • Sherri Sherri on Sep 14, 2018

    If you can't remove your bed, get a number of under the bed storage units you can put under it to store things. Label the front so you know what's in there. Use as much of your wall space as you can. (Don't forget an encouraging sign!) Is there a closet in the room? Use a color scheme that makes you feel good. Probably keep it light to make it feel a little roomier. Good luck.

  • Rosel Kynast Rosel Kynast on Sep 14, 2018

    All your ideas are great, but if the bed is standing in the middle of the room, why not put it against the wall and make your own futon or day bed. Put a fitted slip cover or thicker fitted sheet over the mattress top and bottom and decorate with throw pillows. I also like some of

    the suggestions , get under the bed storage bins and organize the shelf. You could divide shelf up with smaller or bigger, whatever fits, storage bins ($ store) , or even a fake book front and store stuff behind.

    Adjust the shelf shelves to you liking. Why do you need a night stand, clock can go on the headboards shelf.

    I would love coming over and help.

    Good luck with all the good suggestions that we readers gave you..

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 14, 2018

    I would take the bed and other furniture out. A Murphy bed would be ideal since it would only be folded down when needed. When not is use it would occupy much less space then a futon.

    For seating what about ottoman's with rollers on them. The type with storage would also be nice so you could have your art supplies close at hand but out of sight too.

    Use as many drop down wall units as possible for storage and table top room would also be a space saver. There re nice desks that are attached to the wall and drop down for use when needed. This site shows what they call a Murphy desk.

  • Lyn33580446 Lyn33580446 on Sep 14, 2018

    Wow....Thank-you all so much! Great ideas, and I am going to make use of as many of these ideas that I can!

    Much appreciated.....thanks all