Question: I want to make a closet, TV
room and guest room out of a bedroom that was remodeled
by a former owner as a walk-in closet. The room now has
mirrored closets, a beige carpet and woven grass-mat
wallpaper. I need a futon, a coffee table and perhaps a
Murphy bed. Can you suggest a plan?
Answer: This room makes for a nifty "walk in"
closet, but is rather small to function as both a den and
guest bedroom. But I'm sure I can come up with a solution
that works wells for all three functions that it must
The good news is that because there are basically two
walls of mirrors, the space will always seem visually
larger than it is in reality.
Since the actual footprint of the floor space is so
small, I'll borrow some of the closet space and convert
it into the storage and viewing area for the TV. It means
sacrificing some of the clothing storage space, but I
think it's a small price to pay for a more attractive,
functional room that you'll enjoy using.
The three sliding doors of one of closet
walls gives us the option of being able to slide
the middle door away to one side and use the
space behind it for the TV, DVD, and VCR, and
shelving above and below for storage of the
tapes, CDs, etc. So you don't have to see the
storage shelves when you're watching TV, put
doors over the shelves .
When you don't want to watch TV, the door
slides back into place to revert back to a
mirrored wall. With this solution you haven't
used precious floor space to store a TV and all
its components and software.
Now for the furniture placement. Since you
want to be able to sit on the sofa to watch TV,
the window wall is the perfect place for it.
It's opposite the TV and faces the door to the
room, and with the window so high, it gives us
the wall we need.
Instead of the sofa being a bulky, awkward
futon, I recommend a sleeper sofa; buy one
that's easy to open, has a smallish profile
since the room is small, and seats two
In front of the sofa is a coffee table. The
surface of it can be either wood or glass. For
additional storage, select one that has a shelf
below the surface. The table will move to the
side when the sofa opens to a guest bed, so make
sure it isn't too heavy.
With this floor plan, there's enough room for
a dresser so you and your guests have space to
put folded clothes.
Because there are so many mirrors in the room
already, I wouldn't put one over the dresser,
but instead, use this wall to hang art. A long,
horizontal piece or a collection of three, four,
or six similarly framed pieces will make this
wall seem wider than it is, and will be
reflected in the mirrored wall opposite, so
you'll see it twice.
Two floor lamps that function as reading lights should
be placed on either side of the sofa so you can also use
this room for reading and is a quiet retreat for
With the sofa below the window I would use a window
covering that doesn't go below the sill; perhaps a Roman
shade of fabric or even rush or match stick.
As for the colors and fabrics in this room; remember
that whatever materials you incorporate into the design
they will be seen more than once with all the mirrors. If
it were my room, I would use a neutral color for the
walls, a light color for the carpet, leather sofa, dark
wood, and then add interesting colors with the
Let's say the walls are a color anywhere from cool
beige to deep taupe, use light beige for the carpet,
coffee or chocolate brown for the leather sofa, and dark
wood for the coffee table and dresser. The window
covering is a natural, dark rush, and the floor lamps are
brushed nickel. The accent color I would use is light
blue. Use it in a lap robe, throw pillows, guest bedding,
and as a real surprise, paint the ceiling this color.
This solution to your design dilemma should give you a
room that's both functional and pleasing for everyone,
including guests, who may not want to leave!
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