You guys.. I’m legit having house schizophrenia. It’s making me nuts and I REALLY realized this week how SICK I am of living here. I mean, I knew it before.. but something in me just snapped this time. This house is SO SMALL and I am going nuts. I HATE that my kids have to share rooms. I know that a million people do it and I know that I’m being really whiny and I’m sorry… but we’ve been here for six years now and I can’t take it anymore.
Our main floor consists of a hall, kitchen, dining room and family room. That’s it. The kitchen isn’t an “eat in” style and there is no breakfast bar or island to sit at. We are cramped, we are cranky, and we are confined. With winter coming (I live in Ontario, remember… *shudder*) it’s going to be worse. So as always, I’m over here freaking out and trying to find ways to make more room so that we can all
try not to kill each other peacefully co-exist here until next summer when we HOPE to move.
Back to my schizophrenic ways – I recently rejigged the little kids’ room and in doing so removed Ella’s crib and put her in a “big girl” bed. In reality, she and Callum were sleeping in two single beds that were disassembled bunk beds – I really wanted to assemble them to save space, but my husband just isn’t comfortable with Cal being on the top bunk at four years old. So, we had them both on the ground:
This was the view from their door:
Cal to the right, Ella to the left. At the foot of Ella’s bed is the closet, and to my left is a blank wall that is now an awesome chalkboard/art centre:
Cool, right? You can read about it HERE!
When I did the chalkboard wall, I also decided to move Ella’s bed so that it was “toe to toe” with Callum’s. It totally opened up the area in front of her closet and there was still about two feet of space in front of the window between their two foot boards. (Perfect for jumping, if you ask them!) Of course I don’t have a photo of that phase because it lasted all of three seconds. Why? Because I saw THIS on Pinterest:
Yah… I got pretty excited over this one. Especially since the entire project consisted of some plywood and casters. So, off I went to work on this room for the third time (this year).
Because the beds are bunk beds they don’t have traditional box springs, just planks of wood covered in this really ugly jean patterned fabric.. lol. So I measured the plank under Ella’s mattress and used those measurements to have a piece of plywood cut at Lowes to match. (Price – $23)
Then I bought five casters to attach underneath. I wanted five so that I could place one right in the centre to handle any weight from the kids jumping on it or just messing around. I just got standard ones, $4 each. They don’t swivel, which is fine. I just needed them to roll straight back and forth.
I quickly attached them using a drill, and my base was ready!
See? Super pretty jean fabric… LOL
Side note: I decided that Ella was going to get the bottom trundle bed because A) she’s cool with anything anytime whereas Callum is quite particular, and B) she ends up in my bed EVERY NIGHT anyway so half the time it won’t even be used. So of course the kids think it’s the COOLEST thing ever and my husband thinks it’s the STUPIDEST thing ever but that’s ok… I think that when it comes to staging the house it makes the most sense, and I REALLY love how much more room it gives them to play.
It slides in and out so easily and I love how when the kids are up in the morning I can just straighten their blankets and push one under the other and BOOM – a whole open room!!!
No, my version isn’t as pretty as the pin I found, and their bedding doesn’t match which makes it worse… but I’m okay with it! Because I don’t live in a magazine… I live here! In this shitty house! So I have to make the best of what I have – and I think I did that here. Now I can fit a dresser and some toys in here, and it feels so much bigger. Before, this space was just all BED, now it`s a great little room for the kids. I love it!
This is primo real estate, baby!!!
So there is my (FINAL!) solution – in this house anyway – for finding space in the little kid bedroom. I am happy, kids are happy, and hubby will adjust.