I decided last summer that the hand-me-down futon in the sunroom had run its course. It needed to be replaced with a multi-functional piece of furniture. I needed a place to sit, and additional storage. I also had to keep my dog in mind. My dog had taken this spot over as her official day-time post. The spot allows for ample squirrel observing and yard monitoring. My first thought was to buy a bench. However, most benches were too short to fill up the entire wall. And the benches that were long enough were too expensive. Also I didn't think a bench would be wide enough for the pup. Did I mention I only wanted to spend $100 total on this update? A trip to one of my favorite stores, IKEA, put a new idea into motion.
|Sniglar Bed IKEA|
- Pillows- I made them because it is cheaper than buying them. Shopped discount fabric bins for the larger pillow fabrics. 1 yard is plenty of fabric to make a large pillow. I really loved the patterned fabric for the small pillow in front, but it was expensive (at least to me) at 7.99 a yard. So I only bought a 1/2 yard of that and made a smaller pillow. Total: $20
- Bench- Child's IKEA bed, painted with leftover chocolate brown paint. Total: $60
- Cushion- We put the old futon frame on the curb (it had a new home in less than 5 minutes!), but the old mattress became the cushion. It took about an hour of cutting, but it was worth it because thick foam is expensive. I sewed a cover for the cushion out of an old shower curtain that I already had. Total: $0
- Storage- The space beneath the bench is a great place for extra storage. See how I DIY'd these containers here. Total: $3
and my dog was very happy!