A Custom-Made Guest Bedroom

An extensive traveler and founder of Trufflepig (a trip planning company), Charlie Scott had “couch-surfed” around the world for years, and his 1600-square-foot loft was the first stopover for many of his friends on their way through Toronto. In passing one day, he mentioned to his sister, artist Sally Scott, that it would be nice to be able offer his guests some privacy while they stay in his loft. Sally’s Christmas present to her brother that year was a custom-made canvas tent. Voilà—an instant guest bedroom.

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Above: The tent has two structural members; a wooden rod threaded through the top creates the roof pitch and copper piping with elbow joints provides a rigid rectangular frame. When guests leave, the tent can be taken apart and stored away in minutes.

Above: The tent is hoisted up by a simple pulley system, which is attached to the ceiling.

Above: Sally Scott sewed the case for the tent out of ticking fabric and hand-embroidered the label. “Shim Shim Tents” is a family joke shared by the siblings.

For more room-dividing and privacy ideas, check out Remodelista’s posts Canopy and Curtain Beds and Scott Newkirk Curtained Bedroom.



Tracey Stivala
Tracey Stivala5 years ago


Lynne B.
Lynne B5 years ago

I see that it could be a good idea but really only for younger guests. Don't fancy sleeping on the airbed featured.

a             y m.
g d c5 years ago

if they want privacy, they go to a hotel...

Barb Mann
Barb Mann5 years ago

Love it! Great idea! Pop up guest room! =) Thanks for posting!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago


Bonnie M.
Bonnie M5 years ago

Interesting- perhaps for the younger generation esp. when friends come for sleepover.

Carmen S.
Carmen S5 years ago

great idea, thanks

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

thanks for the tip

Anne H.
Anne H5 years ago

Very nice idea. In a previous open floor residence I put white cup hooks in a white ceiling. When guests were due we hung canvas curtains around the make shift room. Our guests and our cats loved it. It was very easy to take down and put away.

Christine C.
Chandra C5 years ago