To say Jeff and I needed a tiny bedroom fix is an understatement. Because our bedroom isn’t just tiny; it’s a closet. Literally.
And there’s a reason we live in a closet. When we were making plans of how to divvy up our tiny lake house into a living (and sleeping) space for 4, it made more sense to shove us in the closet than the kids.
There was an old woman who lived in a … closet
Just because I room in a closet doesn’t mean I want it to feel like a closet, so (to catch everyone up who may be new here) these are the line item tasks I checked off in my bullet journal the two weeks before moving in:
- Painted the ochre walls and shelving — inside and outside of the closets — as well as the dark brown trim, white.
- Took down window treatments to let in the light.
- Removed the bedroom and closet doors (5 total in a room that’s 63 square feet, if you can imagine that).
- Gave away our king-sized bed and downsized to a queen-sized bed (Get a little closer to the one you love, right?).
- Switched out the low hanging, dark brown ceiling fan with a white flush-mounted version.
- Replaced all the switch plates.
Then, we moved in, and all attention to our bedroom ceased so we could tend to some of the bigger ticket items listed on a separate page in my bullet journal:
- Felling a tree that leaned toward the house.
- Leveling the house.
- Surprise! Termites! And the subsequent treatment.
- Buying a couch (even though Jeff and Meredith wanted these).
- Laying sod, which worked beautifully, and getting a handle on the landscaping (big and small) outside.
Which brings us to now, slightly more than a year later, wherein I finished sewing the ticking curtain panels I posted about last week.
I love them.
Love, love, love them.
You know why?
They make my room feel like a bedroom — a space I planned — as opposed to a closet where I shoved in a bed and called it quits, which is pretty much what I did for a while.
Note, the sheer curtains did a little something to stave off the fact that our washer/dryer is less than an arm’s length away.
But the lack of doors on the closet was an eyesore. And though we did organize the closet to the hilt (the photo above was from the week we moved in), I still didn’t want to SEE it while lying in bed.
Now, in case it isn’t obvious just how small this closet room of ours is — let me help you out with a wee little graphic:
The room measures 84″ wide and 110″ long.
Our queen-sized bed is a standard 60″ wide and 80″ long.
Which means, there is only 12″ (as in, one foot) on either side of the bed, and only 30″ between the end of the bed and the closet.
Perhaps now it is abundantly clear why the first step of our tiny bedroom fix was to remove the four closet doors and the bedroom door. Y’know, so we could get into the closets and still have room for the bed.
And before you even have to ask…
Yes, we did consider placing the bed left to right in the room, but we would not have access to the bottom two built-in shelves on the right wall. That would not work since we don’t have room for a dresser; we needed all that storage space for clothes.
After searching Google Images and Pinterest Boards, I came up with several inspiration photos for replacing doors with curtains.
Then, I started sewing.
Well, not true. First, I measured. Then, I measured again. After that, I cut a trial panel and washed/dried/ironed and pinned it. Finally, I sewed the first curtain.
And I saw that it was good. heh heh
So, with that “test” panel out of the way, I decided to make four more companions for it.
And no, that doesn’t mean that I have polygamist curtains. 😉
For the love of all things striped.
Can we all just stop and take a moment to celebrate the fabric we know as ticking?
It’s versatile, durable, and oh my goodness, I could get years of use out of this tote; although, my budget put its foot down as soon as it saw the price.
Back to the
Our room is simple. Understated. Peaceful.
I’m sorry. I thought I was writing an ad for Anthropologie there for a minute.
Seriously though, I love that the small space between our two windows is the perfect size for the mixed media piece Emelie created for me two years ago.
And our reading lights, of course.
One MUST read in bed.
Choosing to hang the curtains from the ceiling allowed us to get the curtains closer to the wall, taking up less overall space.
The ceiling is a standard 8′ ceiling, but it looks so much taller with these vertical stripes. Plus, because you cannot see through the curtains (as you could with the sheers), nothing visually breaks up the vertical line from floor to ceiling.
I extended the curtains corner to corner, wall to wall, making an L-shape. This way, they close off our shelving, the washer/dryer closet, and our bedroom closet.
And now, when I lie in bed, I don’t see into my closet.
Which is WONDERFUL.
You’ve implemented the tiny bedroom fix, what’s next?
Eventually, I want to purchase a rug to cover most of the floor in the room. We want something soft to put our feet on when we crawl out of bed. BUT! That cost money, and right now I need to focus on what I have at hand, which is leftover fabric!
I still have 78″ (length) of 57″ (width) ticking on the roll. I’ve enough fabric for a dust ruffle for the bed, which would be nice since we currently have the bed on 6″ risers to provide additional storage (and those risers aren’t pretty).
I also have an antique lamp in the living room with a shade that is disintegrating. No seriously, it is.
We received the lamp as a wedding gift, and it is still lovely, but the shade has seen better days. I like the bones of the shade, so I’ve considered recovering it with some of the leftover ticking too.
Depending on how much the ticking shrinks, there is a slight chance I could do both.
What do you think?
Do you wonder why it took me so long to pull out the sewing machine and get after these curtains?
Do you think a ticking dust ruffle would be too much?
Is this making you think of your own projects you’ve left waiting at home?
Well, let me encourage you to GET ON THEM!
I’m so thrilled that I finally completed one of mine! I’ve been a sluggard far too long with this one; that’s for certain!
Thanks for reading and sharing in my delight!