Emily Henderson Budget Room Library Den Gif

You’ve asked for it before in the comments and today we are bringing you a room that is 1 part guest bedroom, 1 part library, and 1 part den. It’s a multifunctional room and one that can function as any of the aforementioned purposes while still feeling pulled together and cohesive (multi-purpose at it’s finest my friends). We all have these rooms, or at least have all seen these rooms. Consider them the junk drawer of rooms. Basically the extra room in your home that serves more than just one purpose and for that reason it ends up having a collection of hand-me-downs from every other room. Maybe your old lazy-boy is in the corner paired with your old living room floor lamp, then on the opposite side of the room sits a desk that probably hasn’t been used in a functional way for years. On the other side of the room is the old sofa that you brought with you from college filled with a smattering of mismatched pillows. It’s not a room you are particularly proud of, but it is a room that has so much potential if you have the right pieces in there to help it function to its full potential. That’s where today’s budget room comes in.


Bookcase | Sofa | Rug | Art Storage Box | Throw Blanket | Solid Pillow | Lumbar Pillow | Planter | Bookend | Desk | Desk Chair | Tray | Pencil Holder | PencilsAccent Chair | Floor Lamp

Let’s start with the most expensive, coming in at $4,893. It’s at a price point that surely isn’t nothing (almost 5K) but you have to remember, with this room you are basically creating three new rooms in one, so technically each room (office, bedroom, library) only costs $1,600 which isn’t too bad. The sofa pulls down and turns into a queen-sized bed and that chair has such good lines and angles at that price point. For the desk area we gave you a cozy chair, a tray to house some desk accessories including the pencil cup and pencils we are recommending for the look (yes, we gave you a pencil recommendation – did you think we wouldn’t?!). Over on the bookshelves, which would flank the sofa, we gave you a few storage boxes to get started (it is a catchall room after all) as well as some bookends and a planter. If you need some help styling these out then head over to this post where we walk you through how to style your bookshelves.

Bookcase | Sofa | Rug | Art | FrameStorage Box | Throw Blanket | Patterned Pillow | Lumbar Pillow | Planter | Bookend | Desk | Desk Chair | Tray | Pencil Holder | PencilsAccent Chair | Floor Lamp

The middle version which comes in at just under $3,500 has quite a few pieces that were swapped out as well as a slightly different color scheme going on with the art and textiles but it is still just as inviting and multifunctional. Although this sofa isn’t a pullout style like the first one (which is how we helped to cut the cost in half) it is just as stylish and can still work as an extra guest bed when needed. The back two cushions come off and that long bolster pillow can be pulled out to create a sizable bed for one. If you are looking for a full pullout bed and have the budget then grab the first one as it will work with this look as well. You’ll want to note that the pattern in the rug is slightly smaller than what we show on the moodboard however we enlarged it a bit here to show you the texture and pattern. Click through the link for a more accurate picture in a room with scale. The desk chair was swapped for this leather version and then to bring some more color into the room we added in the striped yellow blanket and mustard and blue throw pillows over on the daybed.

Bookcase | Daybed | Rug | Framed Art | Storage Box | Throw Blanket | Patterned Pillow | Lumbar Pillow | Planter | Bookend | Desk | Desk Chair | Tray | Pencil Holder | PencilsAccent Chair | Floor Lamp

Our last version, although the most affordable of the trio has some elements that we might actually like more than the other two. The bookcases are the same bookcases that we used in the Moody MidCentury Office makeover we did a few years back and we love them. They are simple, totally functional and bring in some much needed storage without making that wall feel too heavy. We also brought in a slightly different color story with the art and textiles which gives the room a very fun and bright vibe. If the other color combos are more for you then they could easily be interchanged. We also swapped the chair for this target one that we have used in a few different projects. The price can’t be beat and it is a classic MidCentury shape that will never go out of style.

So, which one is your favorite of the three? Hopefully this one room with three budgets (AND three purposes) has given you a little bit of inspiration to get your guest room/den/library into shape this weekend. Let us know if you have any questions below and happy friday everyone, have a wonderful weekend. Be sure to tag #EHDweekendmakeover to show us any of the projects you are working on at home. We love to see them.


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