The transition from crib to big-kid bed is a major change in the life of a child’s room, even more so when the room is shared with an older sibling. This room belongs to my 2 boys. After 5 years, my vision has finally been realized — we took apart the crib and set up the bunks. Though the room is large enough to fit the 2 beds separately, we wanted to maximize space for play, crafts, and eventually, homework.
Half of the room opposite the bunk beds is a play area. Having a photo of everything put away is crucial. Once they dive into their toys, the floor will be covered in cars, Legos, and magic wands. With a picture, you’ll know that it’s possible to clean up.
This oversized slipcovered chaise has served me well for the past 7 years. When buying furniture for your infant’s room, consider, “Will I be comfortable falling asleep in this?” Because you will.
I like to group books by color, purely for visual aesthetics. But I’ve found that my kids can easily remember what color to look for when they have a particular book in mind. Training memory at an early age? Perhaps!
The wall shelf for the top bunk is actually a spice rack from IKEA. Perfect size for a book, a clock, a flashlight, and a cup of water. (that’s Fred the penguin)
- Canyon Bunk Bed from Dream On Futon, Cambridge, MA
- Manhasset Slipcovered Chaise (no longer available) from Crate and Barrel by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
- Zigzag Wall Shelves (no longer available) from Pottery Barn Kids
- Stackable oak veneer bookshelves (no longer available), BEKVAM spice rack, EKBY maple/steel wall shelves, HEMNES nightstand, SKOJIG table lamp from IKEA
- Estate Metal Silver window hardware from Restoration Hardware
- Carpet tiles (style no longer available) by Flor