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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reclaimed bedroom shelf.

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if anyone has been following hello scarlett from the very beginning, they will remember that our master bedroom in little green is up in a little loft. not only are we short on space, we are also short on ceiling height. for almost a year now, we have been sleeping on two double mattresses. and when i say mattresses i mean mattresses. no box spring, no frame. just two mattresses on the floor. and side tables? fo’get about it! eyeglasses, cellphones, and books have also found a home on the floor beside the bed.

now you may be wondering why we insist on living primitively, or like university students. (really both are strikingly similar.) why not just move into our nice big spare bedroom on the main floor, or new bedroom in the basement? the answer is simple. if you were to ascend our little staircase and stand in our little loft, you would notice the cross breeze that gently caresses your face and brings with it a heavenly scent of fresh air and old trees. the freshly painted white walls would immediately soothe you, while the dark beams above your head would draw your attention upward to our beautiful, and little, crystal chandelier. behind that is our equally stunning white chimney, which leads down to our dark and antique hardwood floors. we installed our own little closet space that hides behind a lace curtain and crystal tie-back. the closet resides next to the famous “we are living our adventure” decal. our bedroom, although imperfect in many ways, is also perfect in and upon itself.

so where does our latest diy fit in? read below!

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step 1. 

measure board to desired length. try not to look as confused as this guy.

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step 2.

cut the board.

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step 3.

install the board using brackets and a wife with a keen sense for eyeballing it.

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step 4.

decorate to acquired taste. i like scandinavian simplicity with a touch of ghost hunters.

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have a safe and wonderful day, readers. huzzah!!

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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