Women and The Home

For the Small Bedroom

The one-in-two plan is an ideal solution to one of the knottiest of furnishing problems

ANNE ELIZABETH WILSON July 15 1929
Women and The Home

For the Small Bedroom

The one-in-two plan is an ideal solution to one of the knottiest of furnishing problems

ANNE ELIZABETH WILSON July 15 1929

For the Small Bedroom

The one-in-two plan is an ideal solution to one of the knottiest of furnishing problems

ANNE ELIZABETH WILSON

TO FURNISH a small bedroom adequately, gracefully and reasonably; to have it look neither skimpy nor crowded; to make it different yet not bizarre, is a problem with which one could face the average interior decorator and have him think more than twice. Bedrooms present one of the most complex problems of the small house or apartment, so that the householder who sets out to follow a budget when she furnishes, might well take a leaf out of the book of a bride I know who has most successfully solved her problem at small cost.

In furnishing the two bedrooms of her apartment, the first consideration, she found, was to find furniture of small enough size to suit the proportions of the rooms. Yet when these bijou sets, priced within the range of $500 for the two rooms, were found, they seemed almost too slight. The larger and more expensive suites were too expensive and too large for the average apartment or small house bedroom.

Building from a Model

; I 'HEN one day, looking through the pages of a furniture periodical, the bride’s eye fell on a set of English furniture in the mildly modern manner, small but adequate-looking, which seemed to answer the purpose perfectly—but it was one of a number of exhibition sets and was not available on the general market. So, just as a woman who loves good lines would take a picture of a Paris model to her own dressmaker, she took the photograph to her cabinetmaker—and the question was this: Can we make a set that will completely furnish two separate bedrooms for the time being, that can be used eventually in a large single bedroom, using one room meanwhile as a guest room? And it was worked out in the following manner:

If you are going to use one room as a guest room when needed, you must have an extra bed. Yet, if you are to use all the furniture eventually in one room, you cannot have two—counting one a double—or even three beds— presupposing twins—when that time arrives! The

/solution was to design for one room, which at present serves as dressing room and guest room as required, a bed which looks like a couch or a day bed, but which has the actual attributes of a well-equipped bedstead. So the first item was listed, the wood chosen being French-gray oak.

One upholstered day bed covered in green celanese moiré

For my lady’s chamber there must be a dressing table. So we enter this and a small bench, the seat of which is box-like and upholstered, opening out to form a neat receptacle for bedroom slippers.

One dressing table One bench

Then we must have a bureau for lingerie and some sort of depository for mere man’s accessories. On mature consideration it seems wisest to have two, and they are designed thus:

For her room—One chest of drawers without mirror

For his room—One chiffrobe and platform mirror

There is an adequate mirror on the dressing table for feminine needs, but if it is necessary to have a long dressing mirror, later on this can be provided at an approximate cost of $20.

Then suppose that there should be a guest in the house who likes to read in bed. Should one give him the only bedside table for his clock and his lamp? Hospitalitv

has its limits; let’s build two. Two little stands can always be utilized in the final big room. So:

Two small tables

Do you ever breakfast in bed and wonder where to put the tray? Does your husband ever smoke and long for a place to dangle his arm and flick ashes? These seemed questions of merit to the bride, so she invested in one more table—but this time it was only about a foot high. Thus was entered the last item!

One tray table

And the total was $375.00

Then in walked the master of the household. All very well, he agreed, but shouldn’t a bedroom be somewhat of a sitting room? So they bought two chairs and covered his in chintz and hers in moiré, of which more anon.

The color schemes of both rooms, although by no means identical, are friendly. There is a feeling of femininity about the cool green moiré of the little dressing room against the gray furniture, relieved by a lavender mohair rug, lavender paper and striped shot brocade damask at the windows, taking in green, lavender and one or two other pastel shades. Then in the actual bedroom—in which the double bed, the chiffrobe with mirror, one bedside table and a covered chair are included—the very naive chintz, a green spot on a cream background, is in perfect keeping with two small gray Wilton rugs with a floral centre. The paper is cream. A clever touch in this room is such a small detail as the wastebasket, which was made with panels of the chintz.

Keeping to the Budget

"DUT to get back to our finances. You will remember we had $500 to spend on each room and we have already spent on:

Made-to-Order Furniture. ..$375.00

The two overstuffed chairs were $10.65 each, bought already upholstered in ordinary chintz at a department store. The making of the slip-covers was $4.50 apiece. They each required four and a half yards of material. In the case of the chintz, this was $1.00 per yard; for the celanese moiré, a little more, $1.98 per yard. So for one, the total cost was $19.65; for the other $24.06. So we may put down the following figure:

Two upholstered chairs.....$43.71

The rugs were $15 for the one mohair in the dressing room and $15 for both small Wiltons in the bedroom, which gives us:

All rugs...................$30 .00

The curtains in the dressing room, being of shot brocade damask, were rather expensive—$2.50 a yard. They required approximately one and a half yards for each side, the width of the material being sufficient for each one. That would make in all, three yards at $2 .50, or:

Dressing room curtains of

damask...................$7 .50

The chintz for the bedroom, being not quite so wide, required a little more and had to be measured for two widths to a curtain, which at $1.00 a yard, with four widths to a window, one and a half yards long, makes:

Bedroom curtains of chintz. ..$6.00

You may still be wondering what the item for upholstering the day bed will be, but that was included in the $375 for furniture. The bed has wooden ends, overstuffed and covered with moiré, and the slip-cover is removed when it is used for a bed. A moiré cushion or two would cost about $4.00 each with a little over a yard and a quarter at $1.98 a yard, plus a good form. So let us put down:

Two cushions................$8 .00

Which makes us well within

the budget at..............$470 .21

This' leaves a very nice margin for buying pillows and permanent bedspread. A good pair of pillows costs $14. A French-Canadian homespun bedspread, like the one shown, can be purchased with the remaining $16.

Made-to-order Furniture

NOW regarding made-to-order furniture in general, it may be that you will be able to get similar sets to this made for less, or that you will not be able to find anyone who will do them for so little. As a matter of fact, I have heard of an almost identical set being made for $250, but it was part of a large order of furniture, covering the whole house. You can always have your choice of colors and finishes in stained and polished oak such as this. Although this particular suite is a French gray with a slightly green cast, it might have been any one of several colors, including rose, blue or yellow. It is treated with acid for special effects. In mahogany or walnut, the same set would cost about $450,