Decorating,Living Big, Small

Replacing the Sleeper Sofa with a Built-In Daybed

Before I reveal the full living room, I wanted to spotlight the daybed we built in. This is a small slide that previously had a sleeper sofa in it.


I’ll show before pics when I show you the rest of the living room, but for now, trust me when I say, the sofa was ugly, and it was not comfortable for sitting on or sleeping on. I had “covered” it with a blanket at first and then I bought a king sized coverlet from Target. I ended up using the coverlet to sew a cover for the twin mattress and cover the front of the platform.


I promise our curtains don’t look that brown in real life. They really are quite pretty.

The wonderful thing about using the coverlet was that it also had matching pillow shams. I bought five shams to cover the kids’ four sleeping pillows and one guest pillow. I was thinking I would have to buy another coverlet and sew covers for their pillows I obviously wasn’t thinking, but when I got to Target to buy another coverlet I realized they had matching shams. I didn’t have to sew covers for their pillows. Win!


We had two 26″ down pillows from our bed in our townhouse that had gray velvet covers so I just kept those and bought one more 26″ pillow from TJMaxx and sewed a cover for it in a gold houndstooth that I found at Walmart of all places.


We built a simple platform and bought a 5in thick memory foam twin mattress. It fits the space perfectly. I’ll do a how-to post soon and walk you through all our steps. Another thing we gained with the daybed instead of the sleeper sofa is storage under the bed. The kids keep their toys under here. They were keeping them in the storage space under the RV, and would have to go outside to get their toys. This meant that the storage space was usually messy bc they would just throw stuff in there, or they would leave their stuff all over the RV bc they didn’t want to go to the effort to put it up. That did not work for me. This is so much better!


I LOVE throw pillows. Before the daybed we really didn’t have too many bc they would just end up on the floor. When people wanted to sit down, they would put the throw pillow on the floor. I had just reconciled myself to not having many pillows, until we decided to build in this bed. During the day it acts as a sofa so I knew we would need lots of pillows to make it comfortable. Because it is so much deeper than a regular sofa, we need lots of pillows to be enough support for sitting on it. =)


The blue pillows used to be on my bed I’ve changed a few things up in there and will show you soon, and the striped pillow matches the other curtains in the living room.  They rarely look this pretty bc they are mostly squished down from people leaning/sitting on them. Since that’s what they’re there for I don’t mind, however I do fluff them regularly bc it makes me happy.


One of my best friends came and stayed with us for a week and she slept here. She said it was comfy and the kids fight over who gets to sleep here, so I’d say it’s been a really good change. I love snuggling up in a corner and reading or netflixing, while others love minecrafting…


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  • Shea
    April 18, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Super cute sister!!

    • Bridget
      April 18, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks, boo!?

  • Adrienne
    April 22, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I love what you’ve done! You inspire me to work on a similar idea I’ve had for my vintage trailer.

    • Clara Alex
      July 8, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Exactly Adrienne,

      Bridget has made me to think about redesigning my living room with daybed.

  • Living Room Reveal – Love, Bridget
    April 28, 2016 at 9:26 am

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  • Clara Alex
    July 8, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Hey Bridget,

    First let me congratulate for the awesome work you have done. No doubt that this single work of your will inspire many people.

    I was fond of sleeper sofas and never had a taste in daybeds. But this article of yours made me to rethink. Now I’m considering to go for a daybed, just like you did. I might need your valuable help 🙂

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