I know you’re looking forward to a nursery post, so you may be happy to hear that this is somewhat related. G and I have always planned for the smallest bedroom (a.k.a the “4th bedroom“) across the hall from our master to one day be the nursery. Until that time we were using it as an office/guest room and it housed our computer and a futon we bought years ago when we first moved in together. Well there was no way either of those things would be staying in there once we converted the room to the nursery, so I made plans to move the computer to the “Circle Room” bedroom and suggested to G that we sell the futon since we already had plenty of other guest space.
SELL THE FUTON? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??
That was pretty much G’s reaction to that idea. I had no idea the man was so attached to that thing!
G has always let me do pretty much whatever I want when it comes to our home, but when he does actually object to something I (try to) listen. He DID NOT want to sell the futon, and he wanted it to remain in the nursery for extra seating. I disagreed with both of those ideas, but most strongly with his desire to keep the futon in the nursery because I knew there was no way we’d be able to fit it, a crib, and a dresser into the smallest room in our house.
Time for a compromise.
I suggested finding another spot in the house for the futon, that way we didn’t have to get rid of it and it wouldn’t be taking up half of the baby’s room. I suggested moving it to the 5th bedroom in our lower level which we use as a workout room. G was open to that idea, but didn’t think it would fit with the other things we already had in there.
Challenge time! Was it possible to fit the elliptical machine, G’s heavy bag, a TV, and the futon in our workout room? Only one way to find out!
First I got to work by measuring the entire room, including the placement of outlets, jacks, and windows–anything I needed to take into consideration when determining where to place furniture and equipment–and sketched it all out on notebook paper:
Then I graphed out the entire room to scale (click to enlarge), using the instructions I previously wrote about in this post: Get To Know Graph Paper.
My first attempts fit the elliptical machine, the heavy bag, and the futon, but sadly not the TV. We’re TV people, so that just wasn’t going to work (click on pictures to enlarge):
The futon was dangerously close to getting the ax, until I finally came up with a layout that could incorporate all the pieces:
Time to put my plan into action!
I can’t believe I don’t have a more recent “before” picture, but here is what the room looked like when we first moved in. It was only partially finished, so G finished the electrical work, together we texturized the drywall and painted it a basic off-white color which we used for the entire lower level (the Man Room and the 4th bathroom), and we had Home Depot install the carpet.
I repainted the room the same color as our 4th bedroom upstairs–where this futon was previously located–because I really liked the color (and would be repainting over it to make that room the nursery) and already knew it went well with these pillows. The cabinet in the corner is a hand-me-down armoire that we got from G’s boss. It holds a VCR and TiVo inside, and does a great job of keeping additional free weights, resistance bands, sweat towels, and other workout accessories organized and out of sight.
Here is the other side of the room:
The elliptical faces the TV (of course) and I hung a wall file holder to keep my magazines close at hand. It’s difficult to get a good picture of the entire room, but the space between the futon and the doorway is all open so G has plenty of room for boxing. There’s also an ab ball and some resistance balls that roll around the space and get tucked into a corner when needed.
In the end we were both pretty happy with the results. G got to keep the futon and I got it out of the baby’s room–our compromise was a success!