Guest Room Twin Beds — A Great Idea!

French Provincial Twin Beds in the Guest room.

“Why in the world would you want twin beds in your guest room?” was a question I got a lot.  My answer was simple. Some guests just don’t like sleeping together.  Shocking, I know. 

Twin beds in the guest room make a lot of sense for a number of reasons.  Let me explain.

  • Sometimes even married couples just want a better night sleep.
  • Adult children may invite friends over from college, and they can each have their own bed.
  • Your neighbor needs you to look after her kids in an emergency.  Booyah. Two beds.

I could go on and on, but you get the picture.  Two twin beds in a guest room is pretty stinkin versatile, if you ask me.  And since it’s my house, it’s my rules.

Stalking your purchase

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I had been on the hunt for twin beds for months.  Because they are going in one room I wanted them to match.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to find two matching twin beds that aren’t bunk beds?  I knew I had to go antique, because twin beds made today are generally for kids, and I wanted a bed that could hold someone close to 300 pounds.  I’d rather have the bed durability and not need it, than need it and not have it.

I stalked Facebook marketplace and contacted people about their beds, but I just couldn’t find the old look I was going for.  I came across two French provencial twin beds (just like the ones in the picture above) online and discovered they were in an antique shop in an adjoining town, so I decided to keep an eye on them over a couple of weeks while I continued to look around.  My husband and I finally traveled up to the shop on a rainy weekday — you get the best deals on a weekday and when it’s raining, by the way — and managed to talk the owner of the booth down from $240 to $115 for both beds. Score! I think she was glad to get rid of them; they were ugly and yellowing, and she had already sold the end tables and dressers separately.  These had been sitting in her booth for 5 months.  I knew I wanted to paint them.  I had already painted the Chifferobe (see previous post about that here) in Flannel Gray (Repurpose Recolor), so I wanted to do the same for these beds.  Therefore, it made no difference to me that they were yellowed and missing paint. 

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Repair

Be prepared to make repairs if you find a great deal on an antique.  These beds were no exception. The footboards were wobbly, so I reinforced each bed with 2 blocks of wood (one on each side).  We also had to cut another slat for one of the beds. The last alteration I made to the beds was a choice I made due to the size of the room they were going in.  These are 4 poster beds, but I didn’t want the posters on the footboards because it closes up the room and makes the room appear smaller.  I sawed off the footboard posters and sanded them down.  I’m sure we’ll find another use for those posts, but they look like great baseball bats!

Prime and Paint

In a previous post about the Chifferobe, I explained how and when to prime a piece before painting.  However, these beds already had a coat of paint on them from the factory back in the 1960s, so I just painted over them.  It took 2 coats with a brush and 3 coats in the places where I used a foam roller. The paint that I typically use (Repurpose Recolor) already has a light semi-gloss sheen to it, so I didn’t apply a final protective finish to it.

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I finished the room off with a fresh coat of Nacre White by Sherwin Williams and more antiques: the Chifferobe wardrobe, which I mention in detail in another article, two wooden chairs that my mom and I recovered, and a narrow vertical serving tray that acts as a bedside table.  It’s a simple room, yet classic, and you can see the finished room in the picture below.

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