I live in a one bedroom apartment, with my daughter's crib in the bedroom along with her dresser/changing table & bookshelf & toys. I need some sort of couch/bed combination for the living room. I've looked at futons, but not sure about what's comfortable and what's not. I once had one that felt very comfortable when I first bought it but after a few months it was AWFUL. I was thinking perhaps a day bed, with lots of pillows? Also considering a regular bed, with some sort of room divider around it, and a separate living room type area.
I want to invite new mama and baby friends over, but honestly I'm a bit embarrassed to live in a tiny, disorganized space when they all own very nice, large houses that they host play dates in I want to find a way to make my space look beautiful, classy, and organized. Suggestions/ideas?
i think a daybed is a good idea, or even a bed. if you look at studio apartments on apartment therapy, you could get good ideas for making a bed work in your living room without sectioning it off with a room divider (because that will chop up your space so much). let it take the place of your sofa, whether it ends up being a futon, daybed, sofa sleeper or regular bed!
How about a pull out couch? There a lots of nice models out there and smaller one's for smaller spaces. Then you would have seating during the day and a bed at night. You can also upgrade the mattress. : )
Would a Murphy bed work? If you have a large-ish space, you could get one that looks like a wall of bookshelves, which would then help you organize some of your stuff.
Another option is a pull-out bed. My aunt has a chair that pulls out into a twin bed. Maybe something like this?? There are larger loveseat and sofa sizes as well.
Or if you really want a living room, and have tolerance for packing up/remaking your bed every day... Maybe an Aerobed?
We have a futon in our living room. Granted, we don't sleep on it every night, but we do sit on it all the time! We invested in a mattress with good padding and springs. It's definitely on the firm side, but I find it very comfortable to sleep on. We have a very nice mission-style frame, and I don't think it looks cheap or dorm-room-ish.
Strong single mama to Ethan (9/09) and Rowyn (7/12)