Furnishings for a Small Cape Cod Bedroom

To finish this room off, or at least make it habitable, I bought a full-size, Ikea Malm bed. At the time it was only $100. It’s low to the ground and works well with the slanted ceiling. The mirror is from Ikea as well. The dresser is a cheap POS bought from Overstock.com. I wouldn’t use this somewhat flimsy dresser in a kid’s bedroom and my 20-somethings have strict instructions to treat it with TLC.

For this small cape cod bedroom I chose an Ikea Malm bed and mirror and a small dresser from Overstock.com

For this small cape cod bedroom I chose an Ikea Malm bed and mirror and a small dresser from Overstock.com

As you’ve seen in previous photos I added a mirror to the closet door. I considered cutting the mirror to match the slant in the door (a feature which I love), but I chickened out. Now, there is also a light inside the closet. It was wired but never installed. The small, blue and white, sponge-painted table (in the left corner) holds an old-school TV and DVD player.

TV table

TV table

The wall lamps seen in the picture below are KRAMARE wall spotlights we bought in a hurry at Ikea.

Recently added lamps above the bed are Kramare wall spotlights from Ikea.

Recently added lamps above the bed are Kramare wall spotlights from Ikea.

I am very disappointed with these lamps. First, the cords hanging down the wall are unsightly, and second, I cannot find the required light bulbs ANYWHERE! Maybe with some cord covers and some art on the wall…. and light bulbs!

How to Make a Fold-down Desk in a Small Cape Cod Bedroom

Space-saving Fold Down Desk

Space-saving Fold Down Desk

As college students would be using this bedroom when home on breaks, I decided to add this little fold-down desk. I dithered for some time between the desk and a slide-out hamper. The desk won out only because I didn’t want to forfeit the closet space. Please bear in mind that this was a couple of years before tablets came onto the market.

Fold-down Desk in Fold-down Mode

I happened to have a piece of pine (leftover from a previous project), that was just the right size for the desk. I bought the folding brackets from Rockler. Of course, the wall studs were nowhere near where I needed them to be, so I had to hang the brackets from two pieces of poplar which are screwed firmly into the wall studs. The poplar boards add character, right? The medical stool came from somewhere online, as cheap as I could find. These medical stools are expensive little suckers. I keep meaning to put a small bulletin board on the wall above the desk but haven’t got to it yet. A recessed shelf is another idea. Maybe someday…

Space Saving Fold-down Desk