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Ask Casa: How Can I Make My Round Bed Look Like a Couch?


Dear Casa,

I purchased a round bed from Ikea about two years ago. My boyfriend and I moved in together shortly after and neither of us wanted to get rid of our own bed. My bed has been sitting in the living room taking up space. We do occasionally let his daughter use it when she sleeps over. Do you have any ideas on how I can make this bed look more like a couch when we have guests over just to hang out? When I purchased the bed the description did say that it can be used as a sofa or couch, but I have no clue where to start aside from getting small throw pillows.

Thanks,
aaliyah

To hear my suggestions,

Hi aaliyah,
What a fun piece of furniture! I'm glad you asked for my advice.

First thing is first: Don't be intimidated by your bed. Have fun with it! You need to start by deciding on the placement of the bed in your living room. If you have enough space, why not center it in the room and surround it with arm chairs? This will create a focal point in the room, and everyone will enjoy hanging out there. If you're low on space, you can place it against a wall, like a traditional couch. In this case, anchor the bed on the wall, by backing it with a folding screen, a ceiling canopy, or some wall panels. Otherwise, it will look unfinished. Since the bed has no back, a folding screen will allow you to prop your accent pillows up, like you would on a traditional couch.

Now comes the accessories. If you can have a simple slipcover made for this round couch, that would be ideal. If not, track down a round fitted sheet that matches your décor (or leave it white). Whatever you do, don't dress this piece like you would your actual bed (no top sheets or standard pillows). Get your hands on a bunch of accent pillows that are similar in color, but different in shape. This will create a cozy look and feel. Then toss on a plush throw that you love. Pile some floor pillows next to the bed to enhance that relaxed feel and allow your friends to lean up against the bed.

You'll also need some cocktail tables placed nearby, or even a curved coffee table that will fit the shape of the bed. Top these tables with coffee-table books, coasters, some candles, etc. — things you'd normally see in a living room. This will really show people that your kooky piece of furniture is not meant for bedroom eyes, but is actually a couch.

And last but not least, use it! If your guests don't see even you using this round couch, they will think it's a bed. So, get comfortable there with a good book, and be sure to ask Casa the next time you experience a decorating dilemma.

Cheers,
Casa

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tanyaferrell tanyaferrell 8 years
These are some great suggestions. I have futon-like couch that can fold down into a bed. I'm throwing a party next week and we have limited seating. I'm thinking I'll unfold the coach into bed and follow your suggestions!
aaliyah aaliyah 8 years
Thanks to Casa and they rest of you for all of your great ideas! :-)
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
awesome bed!
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
If possible, put it in the middle of the room. Then put a long, low coffee table over the center of it. this will allow folks to sit on either side and have a drink rest/armrest available to both sides. Something like this could work (it'd be better it is were open on both sides): www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80103792 Furthermore, if you could somehow connect the table to the bed (or floor) you could prop pillows along it to serve as a backrest.
Carri Carri 8 years
Lots and lots of pillows... and decorate it like a couch! Put a couple coffee tables next to it and you're good to go. Sounds funky and fun.
aembry396 aembry396 8 years
well I saw this at Ikea and thought if you put a few in the middle it might act as a double back board....i was hoping to find a Conical one that would do 360 seating.http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S09839886
aembry396 aembry396 8 years
well I saw this at Ikea and thought if you put a few in the middle it might act as a double back board....i was hoping to find a Conical one that would do 360 seating. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S09839886
culocho culocho 8 years
I wouldn't look at it as a round bed, but rather 4 rounded corner chairs. You could do a half circle set up as a couch and then put the other two pieces somewhere as chairs. You could also make nice seating areas in the corners of your room by putting a wedge in each corner with lots of pillows.
culocho culocho 8 years
I wouldn't look at it as a round bed, but rather 4 rounded corner chairs.You could do a half circle set up as a couch and then put the other two pieces somewhere as chairs. You could also make nice seating areas in the corners of your room by putting a wedge in each corner with lots of pillows.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Round beds are sweet! So hip, and so different from the norm!
emalove emalove 8 years
I HATE round beds! I don't know how I'd go about this one...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This is a tough one, but it could work...
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
How about a nice custom made headboard and you can either place it in the center of the room or against a wall; accesorized with a long accent pillow the width or length of the headboard to give a nice comfy couch feel.
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