Saturday, January 25, 2014

Big Boy Room: The Details


Right after Christmas I shared my sons reaction to his new bunk beds, but I didn't share the rest of the story. 

Here is a little back story if you are new. My oldest boy, Koah, was NOT very fond of bedtime, a common issue among young kids. He seemed to just he afraid of his room because he would willingly go to sleep in our guest bedroom or our master bedroom without anyone accompanying him. In hopes to find a solution I stared asking Koah what would make him like his room and want to sleep in there. His answer was always bunk beds. 



It was decided. Bunk beds it was and not just because of this bedtime issue, but because they are really practical. If my two boys ever want to share a room, even if just for a few nights, now they can. We have an extra bed for overnight visitors. The list continues. They take up less floor space while maximizing vertical space. You get the idea. 

It was decided. Bunk beds it was and not just because of this bedtime issue, but because they are really practical. If my two boys ever want to share a room, even if just for a few nights, now they can. We have an extra bed for overnight visitors. The list continues. They take up less floor space while maximizing vertical space. You get the idea. 


After the purchase I got to thinking and realized that I would need to get another comforter. This was my excuse for a room makeover because really I needed Two new comforters and new comforters equals design change in my mind. 

I started planning the room. 


I knew two things-- one, I wasn't repainting and two, I wasn't buying anything expensive (ie more new furniture). This limited my design to existing brown walls, tan blackout curtains, and current furniture.

I spent my money on a few DIY projects like the lamp, mini pennant banner, nightstand makeover, and the clipboards. I also spent money on some new wall art and bedding (sheets and comforters). 



It was important for me to have things prepped before the big reveal, so I messed around with the furniture arrangement using his previous twin bed since the footprint would be the same. It was also important to me to maximize the floor space available so there would be room for the boys to play.

He basically has three functional areas in the room: a play space, a sleeping space and a learning space. 



I created a "little kid friendly" desk area using a cheap coffee table from Walmart. I chose this over the traditional character covered tables because I wanted to keep the look of it simple and cohesive with a growing child's changing interests. He uses a step stool as a seat for his "desk" which is great because it tucks under the table nicely when not in use. We hung three inexpensive clipboards above from tiny nails in hopes that I would be an easy display area for schoolwork, artwork, etc. I jazzed them up a bit so that they would stand out some against the brown walls. Above the clipboards is a white shelf that we already had with a few of his art supplies. 


All of his clothes are kept in his closet, which works well for us at this age of his life. I keep "drawer friendly items" such as pajamas, jeans/pants, shorts, socks, and underwear in clear plastic drawer storage. It has encouraged independence as he can dress himself easily and put away clean laundry because he can easily see where items go before he opens the drawers. We keep extra linens stored in his small refinished dresser. 



The practicality and design of this space has left us all very pleased! Koah has slept in his bed every night and we have had an overnight guest (family) stay on the bottom bunk as well. The desk area gets used frequently and we find that we doing learning activities more often now that we have it. Koah rarely goes down to our basement playroom now that he has his "new" room. Me? I'm thrilled with the design ANd functionality--I'd say it's a definite success! 



2 comments:

  1. You did an awesome job! I love the gallery wall and coffee table as a desk!

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    1. Thanks Selene! I'm very happy with how it all turned out! :)

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