I’m super excited to share our impromptu guest bedroom with you guys today!! I often get questions about my decorating style and decisions, especially since I live in an apartment and use it as both a living and working space (plus share it with a whole husband!). Well my beloved second bedroom turned office was converted into a proper guest bedroom a few weeks ago because Jonathan’s mom was visiting from Kenya. As it was her first time staying with us, I wanted to make everything cozy and perfect, so here’s how it turned out!
Before we get into the transformation, here’s how my office looked two days before my mother in law was scheduled to arrive. A MESS. I had a ton of unopened and unpacked PR packages laying around, and a scattered unorganized desk. Rip wardrobe rack that I overstuffed and broke under pressure.
The first thing I did was buy additional storage bins for my wire shelving rack that holds extra beauty products, Jonathan’s tech & DJ gear, and household tools (aka tons of extra Ikea parts). I then unpacked the rest of my packages and re-sorted everything. I moved some of the flimsier bins we had to the bookcases, consolidating some clutter in that section. Let me know if you want another post on my storage system!
Now that the room was decluttered, I had to make it look like a bedroom. I removed the legs from the desk and stored them under what would become the bed. The things underneath the desk, the desk chair, and the monitor were moved to our bedroom for temporary storage. We bought this super cheap and foldable bed frame from Amazon, and intended to put the desk top underneath it, but it didn’t fit so we just propped it up on the wall as a faux headboard. We already had an air mattress, but after much deliberation decided to move our mattress into the room since it is much more comfortable than an air mattress.
To make the space look more cozy, I hung up semi sheer curtains using our apartment friendly curtain hanging hack. We use leather strips and picture hanging hooks to hold curtain rods, since they leave much smaller holes than hammering or drilling into the wall. I need that security deposit back! We did this method in the living room as well, so this took no time at all!
We already had a shag rug (that I’d almost thrown away) so that also helped soften the room up. It just needed a rug liner. I already had this AMAZING throw blanket so I kept the rest of the bed linens pretty neutral. The other throw pillow was bought for our bedroom but we never use it. I also took down all my typography and wall prints and found a cool piece of wall art to center above the bed. Every bedroom needs a mirror, so I hung one up that was sitting on top of the living room shelves using command strips! For the nightstand, I used the table which the fiddle leaf fig was on and kept my desk lamp. Oh and I bought another plant because my fiddle leaf is a very sore sight. But I can’t move it because it’s a fickle fiddle and I’m afraid it’ll get worse if I change its environment! If you happen to be a fiddle leaf master please help me revive it!
The most clever part of this room makeover was my solution for hiding all the organized clutter on the wire shelving. Although everything was organized, most of the boxes were clear so it still looked too busy. I used some s hooks that I bought for our entryway organizer and hung up an extra fabric shower curtain folded in half. It matched perfectly and was the perfect length (72 inches) for our shelving unit! Definitely keeping it this way if/when I revert the space back to an office.
Here’s how much I spent on the makeover:
Storage bins: 68.44
Bed frame: $79
Rug liner: $11.99
Curtain panels: 37.98
Curtain rod: $24.74
Metal wall art: $42.74
Dassit! I literally had everything else around the house! I also bought some extra bath towels but otherwise, I made use of what I had to make it work! My mother in law had rave comments about the space, and really appreciated the organization. I’m sure the mini beauty supply store at her fingertips helped too!
I’m super proud of this makeover and now I want to host more guests! But only for 3 days at a time lol. I’m going to put my desk back up but I’m planning on keeping the curtains, metal art, and the mirror. I’d love to know your thoughts on the office to guest bedroom transformation in the comments!
Can you please drop details for the picture hanging hooks and leather strips you used for the curtains. Will the hooks be able to fit any curtain rod? Also, I am a huge fan and love your posts!
Thanks so much Aislyn!! So the picture hanging hooks are Command hooks which I use for everything since we live in a rental. And the strips are just pieces of leather I found on Amazon – if you search black (or whatever color) leather strips you’ll find tons of options. The ones I have are 3/4 inch wide.
How did you attach the leather strip to the command strips? Did you just tie the leather strips into knots and hang it over the command hook?
I actually mispoke – we used picture hanging hooks like this (https://amzn.to/30vZ3TL) to hang the curtains, not command hooks. I had a leather hole punch from another project which I used to create a hole where the hook could slide through. Hope that makes sense!
This looks like it was a fun project, and it came out very nice too! Great job on maximizing every cent, that’s always important too.
Lastly, I love your plants!
Thanks so much Zenalen!! I’m holding onto that fiddle leaf fig with everything I’ve got!
It this temporary? You said you’re putting your desk back. Can it fit with your bed?
The bed was foldable so the original idea was to just pack it back up and put the desk back but I actually came up with a happy medium last night and will update soon!
You did a great job Ms. Home Interior. ✔✔✔
Thanks so much Charlotte!