How to Turn a Living Room Into a Temporary Bedroom

Finding a place to rest your head when you’re on the road can be tough. Sometimes, there isn’t another option other than sleeping in the living room on a couch or air mattress when it’s time for bed. But if you’re looking for some privacy and comfort, here are some tips that will help you know how to turn a living room into a temporary bedroom.

A recent study found that a little over half of Americans have slept in a living room, family room, or den at some point. This blog post will teach you how to turn your living space into a temporary bedroom so that you can sleep comfortably and take advantage of the home’s heating system during winter. 

How to Turn a Living Room Into a Temporary Bedroom

Why Turn a Living Room Into a Temporary Bedroom?

A temporary bedroom can be a great way to increase the value of your home if you’re looking to sell. Turning one room into two (one for living and one for sleeping) can make your home more attractive to potential buyers. Additionally, a temporary bedroom can save you money on costly hotel bills when traveling. It’s the perfect way to have all the amenities of a home while avoiding the high price tag. And, for those with children at boarding school, a temporary bedroom can provide much-needed living space for family members during holiday breaks.

7 Benefits of Sleeping in a Living Room:

1. You can stretch out and move around as much as you want without disturbing anyone else since all of the furniture has been moved out.

2. If it’s a nice day, you can open up your room for maximum ventilation and fresh air.

3. You’ll be closer to other programs like food and TV that may or may not be available in the living room.

4. You can take advantage of all of the natural light coming into your designated space since fewer dividers and obstacles are blocking it out.

5. If someone else is preparing dinner, you’re already in the kitchen, so you won’t have to walk far for a meal!

6. If you want to talk with others late at night, you won’t have to worry about waking anyone else up since it’s just one room.

7. If there are guests over, you’ll be among them so they can get to know more sides of you and vice versa.

Bedroom Placement Steps: How to Turn a Living Room Into a Temporary Bedroom

Turning Living Room into Bed Room

Step 1:

The first step is to take down any pictures or wall hangings. Then, put them back up in the desired place for a permanent bedroom. You can invest in a lightweight room divider if you don’t want to use a bedsheet for a curtain. Next, you can either place a blanket over the entrance/exit or purchase a cheap door curtain for your temporary bedroom door.

Step 2:

Create an inviting atmosphere for your temporary bedroom by lighting some scented candles or incense sticks around your space and turning on any home entertainment devices you might have available (e.g., stereo, TV). If you want to play relaxing music, you can look up online songs specifically meant for sleeping.

Step 3:

Make the area around your temporary bedroom comfortable by laying down some large floor pillows and a soft blanket. Remember, however, to take it all down before you go to bed so that your guest doesn’t have an uncomfortable time sleeping on the floor.

Step 4:

Add some personal touches, such as family photos, to have what feels like a real bedroom for both yourself and your guests. In addition, add a lamp, a small nightstand with a glass of water and a book for the bedside, and a wall-mounted mirror. This will add to the comfort level of your temporary bedroom.

Step 5:

If you have pets that might try to sneak into your guest’s room while they’re trying to sleep, consider setting up an area for them to sleep. For example, you can use a large dog bed or some blankets on the floor for your pet to lie down comfortably.

Step 6:

To help make your guest feel welcome, consider leaving out a note near their sleeping area with any helpful tips you might have about where the bathroom is located, what time you usually eat breakfast when you go to sleep, and wake up.

Step 7:

If you’re worried about inappropriate noises arising in your temporary bedroom and disturbing your guest, use the white noise app on your smartphone to help drown out any sounds that might arise during your guests’ sleeping time.

8 Things To Consider When Turning a Living Room Into a Temporary Bedroom:

Considering House Rules to turn living room into bedroom

1. Check Your House Rules

Turning a living room into a sleeping area is only possible if it’s allowed by your housing covenants or rules. Check to ensure that the furniture removal won’t violate any rules before starting. You don’t want to damage your housing or annoy your housemates.

2. Know Your Landlord’s Schedule

Check when your landlord is likely to visit. If you don’t think you’ll be able to clean up, remove the bedding, and any other evidence before then, moving out temporarily might be your only option.

3. Be Prepared to Disassemble Your Bed

Knowing how to take apart the bed will save time and energy if it needs to be stored or moved in pieces outside of your room if you decide to move out.

4. Pack a Go-Bag

While you clean up, put together an essentials bag with everything you’ll need to make the room habitable again after your temporary bedroom experiment. This way, if you have to move out or can’t stay there overnight, you won’t be left without necessities like sleeping bags and toiletries.

5. Keep a Cleaning Kit Handy

A cleaning kit will allow you to quickly clean up after temporarily turning your room into a bedroom. Keeping the house clean will make it less likely that your landlord will notice and force you out until everyone is fully moved in.

6. Don’t Overlook Safety

Temporary sleeping areas aren’t always benign, especially if you share common spaces with unknown people. Always be aware of your exits and the safety of yourself and any roommates or overnight guests. It’s never worth jeopardizing your safety for temporary housing.

7. Make Sure to Move Out On Time

Moving back in is easy if you have a clear date when the living room will be returned as a common space. Make sure you leave enough time to clean and put everything back before your landlord arrives.

8. Be Careful If You Decide To Share The Room

If you’re sharing the room with other roommates who have been living there, be very careful if you plan on adding people to your overnight guest list. Discuss it with your roommates before opening up the space, and be prepared to deal with any concerns or problems that may arise.

How Do I Add a Temporary Wall to a Room?

To turn a room into a bedroom, you need to add a temporary wall, which will require the right tools and supplies. In addition, you’ll need to be able to work with drywall, so you should either do your research or get a professional.

Tools and Supplies Required

Drywall screws are used when adding temporary walls because these are strong enough to hold the weight of the wall without buckling. A texturing gun will let you add texture to the finished wall. You’ll also need paint and paintbrushes to make the wall match the rest of the room.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1:

Remove all of the furniture, pictures, lamps, etc., from your living room. Next, measure the length and width of the wall you want to divide (the one next to your front door is a good choice).

Step 2:

Cut a section of drywall to the length and width you just measured. Next, use a screw gun with a Philips head bit to attach two panels next to each other, overlapping them by about 1 inch. When attaching one panel to another, ensure the seams are staggered, so they don’t line up vertically or horizontally. Repeat these steps until you’ve attached all of the panels.

Step 3:

You’ll need to install a T-stud so there is something for your door frame to attach to. Use the stud finder to locate the ceiling joists and measure down 10 inches from each one. Drill two holes at the top of each stud for the T-stud to attach to. Use two screws per side (top and bottom) to hold the weight of your temporary wall.

Step 4:

At this point, you’re ready to install a door frame. For best results, use one finished on the outside edges (the door will cover the inside).

Step 5:

When you’re finished, attach your new wall to the ceiling and T-studs not directly to the floor, then attach a door. You can now paint the entire wall if necessary.


In this blog, we’ve covered how to turn a living room into a temporary bedroom. We’ve discussed the need for safety and comfort in an emergency and when you or someone close to you has been hospitalized. You should be able to use these tips and tricks on your own time within your home if needed.

Remember that it is important to plan and keep things updated with supplies like bedding and towels, so they are always ready! Remember these things when hosting overnight guests or if you ever have unexpected company overnight in the future. Thank You for reading, and we hope to see you again soon!

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Angela Ervin

Angela Ervin

Angela is the executive editor of DIY quickly. She began her career as an interior designer before applying her strategic and creative passion to lifestyle and home. She has close to 15 years of experience in creative writing and online content strategy for housekeeping, home decorations as well as other niche efforts. She loves her job and has the privilege of working with an extraordinary team. She lives with her husband, two sons, and daughter in Petersburg. When she's not busy working she spent time with her family.

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