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wood cot diy.

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in the corner of little green’s living room lies about 5 feet x 3 feet of space. this space exists between a large window and a bedroom door, as well as a lovely little floor register which is perfectly located for those cold days and evenings. this space also happened to drive me nuts for an entire year.

not knowing what to do with the short and narrow corner, but wanting some sort of comfortable yet ample and, of course, different looking seating (i set high standards for little green), i was completely lost regarding how to furnish that area. for the longest time it looked like this. that is, until i came across this cot on hickory + juniper’s blog. not to sound like beyonce knowles’ character in goldmember, but shazam! i finally knew what to do with the space!

for two weeks we searched every store in our city for a 5 foot long cot. we had no luck. then we started considering childrens’ beds. they weren’t right. finally, i was so discouraged and saddened that i would not be able to have this unique seating, that i completely gave up. then suddenly, it hit me! when we bought little green, the previous owners had left a rickety storage unit in the basement that we weren’t using. without even measuring the space, i just knew that it would fit. and you know what? it did. :-)

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first, we needed to add extra wood so that we would be able to not only make the cot sturdier, but could lay down a mattress as well. it turns out we found reclaimed wood from another dismantled shelving unit in our house. little green is a home that just keeps on giving! 

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next we brought the cot inside and screwed on the wood. easy peasy.

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then we purchased a foam mattress and cut it to fit cot just so. after we finished, truman came along and chewed the corners of the mattress for us. they don’t look like this anymore. they are rounded. (i suggest leaving out this latter part in your own diy.)

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finally, we got to add our finishing touches! this was my favorite part of the entire construction. however, i love the way that it has turned out and it is now my blogging station. to each their own, right?

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10 Comments

  1. sf

     /  10/15/2013

    Well done! Very nice and love how they have space dividers underneath.

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  2. great idea!!! love it!

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  3. Joanne S

     /  10/09/2013

    Nice job. Really like the graphic pillow and ethnic coverlet!

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  4. Mum

     /  10/09/2013

    That little corner is my fav part of little green. Perfect place to curl up with the latest mystery a blanket and a roomful of dreams. Good job E.

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    • well then you will have to come over and do just that! a day away from all of your animals in a little home with no construction workers or children. sounds nice. :-)

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  5. PRETTY AMAZING.

    GREAT JOB – VERY INSPIRING.

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    • well thank you, nash! i hope that this post encourages you to build one yourself. it’s very worth it :-)

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