If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you will know one thing for certain: I rarely get things right the first time. It’s just a fact. I need to try things, move things, arrange things and paint things repeatedly before I settle on what works. I guess it’s just my way, but it’s also partly because of this house. It’s so small and so old, it’s just not easy to work with.
My husband compares it to someone putting things in a shoe box and moving them around again and again, hoping that somehow the shoe box will suddenly get bigger. LOL… yah, I guess that’s kind of what I’m doing. But I’m determined to make it work as long as we’re here.
So, in saying that – I have some rather unsurprising news today. I’ve been struggling with our bedroom situation again.
The fact that we have one less bedroom than we need is tough. But the weird thing is that it’s actually the order of my kids’ births that makes it impossible. lol
I have a girl (11), a boy (almost 5) and a girl (almost 3). If the youngest two were the same gender it would be oh-so-much-easier to manage, but they’re not. Don’t get me wrong, I have no issue with boy/girl room sharing – at least not at this age. The issue is that as we try to prepare and stage this house, the younger two sharing a room looks awful. Nothing matches, it’s an explosion of every colour, every texture and every toy. It’s Spiderman and Hello Kitty and Frozen and Batman. It’s blue and green and yellow and pink and red. There’s a pretty crystal chandelier, which looks ridiculous next to my son’s sports bedding. It drives me nuts.
The room is also a weird shape, and it doesn’t allow for any traditional arrangement of furniture. Two beds have to go foot to foot or head to head, or block the window. It just doesn’t work and the room just looks packed full and junky.
If I could arrange something like this, I would:
But there just isn’t room. (To be fair, I don’t think many homes would have the space for a room like this.)
I have googled for hours and still haven’t found a solution that works. This is the best I’ve been able to come up with:
The room is an odd “L” shape, with a dummy wall that has stairs behind it leading up to the attic. It’s weird. This was the only way to arrange things, and the door essentially opened right into Callum’s nightstand. It didn’t work.
I debated a lot of ideas. Should I put two kids in the master? That doesn’t work for staging. Should I put one of the little ones in with Taya? Maybe, that could work… but the main issue there is that Taya would be essentially stuck with the schedule of a toddler, and if Ella/Cal was napping she couldn’t go into her own room. Aside from that, she is 11 now, and she needs her own space. It does sit vacant almost half of the time while she’s at her dad’s, and that’s tough – we need all the room we can get over here – but she does need her own room.
So in the end I knew that everyone needed to stay where they were, but I needed a smart solution for the little kids’ room. This is what I came up with:
This is the Kura bed from Ikea. I’m sure you’ve seen it, it’s all over Pinterest. It’s a really neat solution for the exact problem that I was having. It’s a dual-purpose bed that can be used as a sort of bunk style or a single. It’s a regular twin size, but it’s specifically designed for kids. The lower bed (should you use one) sits directly on the ground, making the entire structure much shorter than a typical bunk bed.
When not being used as a loft bed, it can be turned over and used as a single:
Pretty smart, huh? I dig it.
So off I went to Ikea with Ella last week to check out this bed. I was hoping they’d have one set up in the showroom and they did. It’s REALLY cute and very “fort” like. Ella loved it. I bit the bullet and brought one home.
I love how even in our next house, either Cal or Ella will love using it. If it’s set up as a loft bed but there’s no need for a second mattress below, that space can be used as an adorable little nook for reading or playing. It’s such a great space saver and it honestly made me not even care about everything matching. Bring on the colours! The patterns! I want it all! This bed rocks.
I also bought the add on tent to go up top. Hubby was good enough to put it together the very night I brought it home, and it was a hit! The only glitch was the little Ella was pretty jealous of Cal’s cool “tunnel”, and she wanted her own. No problem – I let her pick out some fabric and in no time I constructed a little curtain so that she too could have her own little fort…
So yah.. nothing matches right now. LOL. There are lady bugs, flowers, stripes and and polka dots! But the room is honestly just so cute, I love it. Once Ella discovered her own little nook, she was in love. I want to add a string of little lights or something in there…
So much better. Before, the room was just jammed with furniture and there wasn’t room for anything else. Now there’s a lot of floor space, plus room for a dresser, a desk, and a chair to curl up in and read.
And of course they still love their chalk board wall! This was a project that I worked on last summer, and they still use it all the time… you can read about it HERE.
I’d say that this one is finally a winner.
One of the things I love about this bed (aside from all the space saving!) is that when it comes time to stage the house, I can neutralize the room fairly easily. I can take down the tent and the curtain, and just dress the beds up with white linens and cute throw pillows. It’s a very basic piece that can be painted, and I could even add bead board wallpaper to the white boards to give it a real custom look.
I’ve only created a few inspiration boards before, so don’t laugh.. but something like this would be really nice:
So, I think after MANY different arrangements, the kids’ room will stay as is. Ella is even SLEEPING in her own bed.. can you even imagine? Well… until around midnight and then I find her on my pillow.
But it’s a start.