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Montessori Kids Rooms: Why & How

Following the Twins’ closet project, I’m getting ready to overhaul the rest of the room. They’ve made the move from their little nursery close to our room, to their big boy room upstairs next to their sister. But we’ve kept them in their cribs for now so they get used to the space. One change at a time seemed like a good idea. Despite being toddler giants, they will still be very little when they move to beds, and after my last dig into beds for shared rooms, I’ve started to worry about taking the beds too high. This, along with my recent interest in minimalism and creating calm through simplicity, has led me to look further at Montessori kids rooms.

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The Theory Behind Montessori Kids Rooms

The legend that is Maria Montessori was all about encouraging learning through independence. In talking of child education she said:

It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. (Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind)

The environment in which the child learns is key, because… well kids are small and clumsy; still learning the basics which we take for granted. So Montessori kids rooms need to be accessible for their inhabiter, in my case two toddlers still sussing out their gross and fine motor skills. The same principals that apply to a Montessori classroom can be applied to a Montessori bedroom:

Rooms are child sized with activities set up for success and allow freedom of movement and choice. The environment has to be safe for the child to explore freely. The environment has to be ready and beautiful for the children so it invites them to work. (dailymontessori.com)

I’m not suggesting you fill your kids room with light boxes and toys, the activities should be appropriate to the use of the room. A classroom will have easily accessible education ‘toys’, for a bedroom we want the successful activity to be sleep! But, unlike the crib, which does not allow freedom of choice, beds should be accessible and furniture and decor should be at child height so that they can explore their space freely.

What This Looks Like

Putting these ideas into practice is the important bit, so lets take a look at the key elements of a Montessori kids room:

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Floor bed:

The floor bed is probably the first thing people think of when planning Montessori kids rooms. Even babies, after a few weeks in a basinet or co-sleeping, can move to a mattress on the floor. This might seem crazy… what if they fall out? And they will. But they will roll, bounce and flop about like babies do, it’s all part of allowing them to become aware of their surroundings and their freedom to move. You may want to place a rug in the fall zone if you have hard wood floors for a softer landing, but be sure it’s heavy enough not to scrunch up and get caught around baby. 

The classic framed floor bed shown in the picture above is not necessary. The important part is that the bed is low enough for little ones to get in and out independently. The house frame idea came about afterwards, as a response to the floor bed; some believe the bed feels more like a ‘proper’ bed, rather than a mattress thrown on the floor, others feel the framing of the sleep space creates a sense of enclosure and safety. Either way, I love them… I’m just not sure we can pull off two houses in one room for the twins!

If you’re in the market for a framed floor bed, Etsy is full of adorable handmade designs. Here are a few of my faves (the photo’s are links if you want to know more):

 Accessible Clothes & Toys

The Montessori education encourages kids to dress themselves independently. We were caught out with this when Elsie joined the Montessori program in 1st Grade… oops, Mom had failed to teach her to tie her shoe laces, and Montessori kids learn this super early! Allowing kids to choose their own clothes is important in encouraging confidence in their own abilities, although it’s best to make choices easy, so keep the selection sensible. Choose child scale furniture and don’t overcrowd the room with toys and trinkets. Think deliberate and purposeful.

 Accessible Lighting

Some might struggle with this one, but Elsie always had access to her own nightlight from age two and the novelty of fiddling with it soon wore off. Giving kids the chance to control the lighting level in their room via switch extensions or a low level lamp again reinforces the idea of independence and safety in their own space.

 

Neutral Colors

This is where I struggle a little because I love color! The North American Montessori Center says:

“We create a space that both calms the soul and satisfies the innate desire for order.”

The general consensus is that keeping Montessori teaching spaces neutral in color reduces the chance for distraction and encourages a feeling of calm. I’m not going to disagree but I do like a little fun too so I’m torn… maybe just a little pop of color? I’m not the only one… check out this Montessori inspired room by Rachel Larraine:

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I hope you’re feeling prepared to set up your perfect Montessori kids room, I would love some pictures to share with our decor Facebook page… do send me your creations!

 

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DIY Custom Closet: IKEA Kallax Hack

Custom fitted closets get expensive… really expensive. I contacted a few companies for the all singing, all dancing fitted closet for the Twins’ room, and to be honest I’d rather spend that kind of money on a family vacation to Mexico. So, DIY custom closet it is. I’m putting my mom muscles into action, and taking on this project to create an attractive, practical and affordable solution. This IKEA Kallax hack has turned out great… the only trouble is I now want to do the same in my daughter’s room!

 

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I’ve been talking about getting started on the Twins’ room for long enough, so I thought I’d better get on with it and break the seal. It’s a lot to take on at once, especially when you’re at home with three kids. So I’m breaking it down into manageable pieces, starting with their closet.

DIY Custom Closet: BEFORE

The existing closet and it’s sliding mirrored doors have likely been there since the house was built in 1987. We have these closets in three of the rooms in our house and it’s tempting to just leave them. But I find the sliding doors limit access to the full area of the closet, and the open shelving ends up a jumble of falling socks and crumpled t-shirts. I can not stand using the closet they currently have, and I’m pretty sure the one in their new room is even worse. 

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Before: Sliding mirrored doors with open shelving and hanging poles.

So… time to take action and rip it all out. It really is amazing how much material comes out when demolishing a fitted closet. I’ll be honest, I haven’t yet dealt with disposing of all the shelves and doors. What I didn’t consider, was the fitted system that was there ran down to the floor and the closet had been carpeted around it. This meant the carpet had to come out too, such a pain! I didn’t have any matching off-cuts of carpet to fit, but I did have a little leftover oak flooring from when we installed downstairs, so oak flooring it is. A blessing in disguise, as I think it looks fab, despite the extra work.

DIY custom closet during demolition
The flooring and base boards needing renewing after demolition.

Before I could get started on my IKEA Kallax hack, I had to:

  • Strip out what was there;
  • Fill holes, sand and decorate walls;
  • Install new flooring;
  • Install and decorate new base boards.

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IKEA Kallax Hack

The IKEA Kallax system has been a best seller for years, and over time new nifty additions have been offered to make the system even more versatile. I knew I wanted some drawers for the Twins’ closet, and although the drawers offered for the system are small, they will be perfect for socks, underwear etc. I am very aware from their existing closet, it is difficult to keep clothes eye pleasingly, OCD tidy; so I wanted some cupboards/boxes to hide things, especially as I decided to leave the closet open. You can mix up your Kallax unit however you want, you may want to just keep it simple with some storage boxes. And if you live nowhere near IKEA, you can buy your Kallax unit on Amazon (although the middle man pushes the price up!). There are alternatives to IKEA… ClosetMaid and Better Homes & Garden also make cube storage units.

IKEA Kallax
ClosetMaid Cubeicals
Better Homes & Garden Cube Organizer

 You can just leave your Kallax unit on the floor, but I felt lifting it up on feet gave it a wardrobe feel, and a more ‘finished’ appearance. It also gave me a little more height for fixing my clothes rail to either side. The unit is quite heavy, so I do recommend heavy duty legs with a decent fixing plate to spread the weight. I used IKEA Capita brackets, which are designed for holding up kitchen shelves/worktops rather than furniture feet, but they worked out perfectly. Then, all that’s missing is a closet rod and brackets.

 

IKEA Capita Brackets
Oak Closet Rod
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Closet Mural

A little while ago I posted about murals for kids rooms that do not need a fine art degree… and this mural was simple, but time consuming. It requires a streak of the perfectionist and a bit of patience, but it does not require any special skills. You don’t need to paint a mural behind your DIY custom closet, but if you’re going to go custom… go all the way, right? My friend Jillian, from heyjilliankirby.com, recommended sealing the masking tape with the background paint, to get extra crispy lines on the mural. I tried with and without this extra step, and I can confirm it is 100% worth that little extra time. If you’re painting smooth walls, you’re probably OK, but with textured walls, that coat of paint fills the gaps beneath the tape, preventing edge bleeding. If you can’t quite face a complex pattern, how about a bold feature color as a backdrop to your closet?

So… to prevent babbling instructions on the mural and the IKEA Kallax hack, I made a video:

 

DIY Custom Closet: AFTER

I’m really pleased with how the closet turned out, and the symmetry is perfect for the twins, because as I have mentioned before, I like to keep their clothes separate. George and Arthur will get a side each, and there is plenty of space to spare if I want to pop a laundry basket or storage trunk on either side at floor level. 

This DIY custom closet cost me a total of $250 (not including repairs/flooring after demolition), which is a fraction of the cost a closet company would charge. And if you went with basic cube boxes, instead of drawers and cupboards, and kept the unit on the ground, you could pay as little as $150… feeling like a thrifty mama right now! 

 DIY custom closet AFTER

DIY custom closet portrait

I’d love to hear what you’ve done with an IKEA Kallax system… the possibilities are endless!

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Gender Neutral Kids Rooms: Unisex Themes and Color Schemes

Gender neutral kids rooms are not just for babies; as children grow up they may be sharing a room with their opposite sex sibling for a while. Maybe you’re trying to steer clear of the Disney Princess propoganda our little girls are swarmed by? Or maybe you’re preparing a spare room to cater to a mix of grandkids? Whatever your reasons, there are plenty of themes and colors to create the perfect gender neutral kids rooms.

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If you read my post on boys playing with girl toys you’ll know I’m not a fan of pigeon-holing kids into gender stereotypes. I’ve seen plenty of boys playing dress up in princess dresses at children’s play centers, and I’m always intrigued by the parents’ reaction. It varies hugely from pure horror, to laughing, to encouraging and interacting. My boys are particularly into wonder woman’s crown at the moment, very fetching indeed.

Before I divert too much, lets get back to those kids rooms. Bedrooms do not need to be gender specific, so if you’re trying to avoid a blue boys room next to their sister’s pink room, here are my ten favorite gender neutral kids rooms:

1 Zoo Animals

I think it’s safe to say the zoo is for everyone. Some animals seem to be completely genderless, such as a giraffe or a hippo; others seem to swing one way or the other. However, if your son wants a flamingo inspired bedroom, I’m sure he can pull it off.

Childrens Bedroom- Interior Design by Taylor Ford Design, San Francisco transitional-kids

2 Rainbow Colors

We decided to wait for the gender surprise with our first born, which means we wanted a neutral nursery. We went multi-colored… We had green and white walls, with blankets and cushions in a bold multi-colored striped knit. Yes… there was even bright pink in our color scheme – it’s a baby, not a football player being asked to go to school in a tutu.

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3 Travel

Who doesn’t love to travel? Earthy colors, woods, baskets, ropes, maps… give your kids room a true unisex vibe and inspire them to get their backpack on when they finish school!

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4 Science

Anyone that’s read this blog for a while will know that I am all about the science stuff. I love this geek chic room, very cool indeed.

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5 Neutral Tones

Greys, whites, pale wood tones… you really can’t go wrong. It’s a little too safe for my liking, but very tasteful all the same.

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6 Nautical

Don’t tell me boats are for boys, I’ve seen the LEGO® Friends Yacht and it is one swanky girls pad on water. I presume boats became a boy thing because water looks blue… ridiculous.

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7 Horses

You can take a horse theme in any direction you like… princesses and unicorns, my little pony, cowboys and ranch… or just somewhere in the middle!

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8 Lego

Last week I posted a photo on Twin Pickle’s sister Facebook page Family Decor Obsessed that was similar to the one below. When I asked “Who knows someone that’s mad about Lego?”, one follower replied “My girls!”. Yes, it’s OK for girls to play with the primary colored Lego, as well as the pink stuff created with Lego friends… You’ve got to have somewhere to park your yacht after all.

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9 Forest 

Similarly to zoos, some forest animals seems to sway towards one particular gender. However if cartoons are anything to go by, it’s all about whether the animal has eyelashes. You can just skip the animals altogether and go with more of a camping, woodland feel.

Whimsical Woodland Playroom by Mollie Openshaw contemporary-kids

10 Monochrome

If in doubt, go monochrome. That way, he/she/both can add little pops of color with accessories in their favorite shade. 

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My top Target picks for gender neutral kids rooms:
Seek Adventure Framed Art
Lion Head Wall Décor
Cactus Table Lamp
Blue/Teal/White Arrow Plaques
Super Dog
Never Grow Up Pillow
3 Sprouts Canvas Storage Bin
The Future Is Bright Framed Wall Art
Southwestern Tepee

So whether you’re creating the perfect spare room, or creating something brothers and sisters will both enjoy, I hope you enjoyed these gender neutral kids rooms. And if you want a few more ideas on your Facebook feed, go and like our Family Decor Obsessed page!

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How to Create the Ultimate Playroom

If your little ones are lucky enough to have a play room (or a designated space for toys and activities) there are three key design factors you will want to take into account: toy storage, activity spaces, and last but by no means least… the fun factor. After all, if your kids don’t love being in their playroom, they will just bring their toys somewhere else, likely under your feet. Here is my essential guide to create the ultimate playroom…

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There are many little things that come together to create the ultimate playroom. You may not be able to do all of them, but hopefully I can inspire you to give a few of them a go.

10 essential components to create the ultimate playroom:

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1. Fun Wall Decor:

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I’m loving this multicolored wall! Its actually wallpaper, I was sure it was a mural until I started digging. I do love a mural though, and I put together a triangular mural for the twins, see my IKEA Kallax hack closet makeover with mural here.

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The polka dots above look a little more manageable if wallpapering or murals seem too much, and continuing them across the ceiling gives the room a ‘play den’ kind of feel. If you want to snoop more at this lovely Connecticut home, head over to Architectural Digest.

2. Comfy Seating

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You can incorporate a sofa into your playroom but kids have the tendency to roll about, do headstands and all kinds of other weird maneuvers. I would recommend loading your playroom up with bean bags, giant floor cushions and any other building blocks for homemade forts… don’t forget the blankets too!

3. Storage Boxes

Storage box from Nobobobo (Etsy)
3 Sprouts storage boxes (Amazon)

I’m crazy for these cool storage boxes from Nobobobo on Etsy (shown left)… so fab, it was difficult to pick my favorite to feature. And nearly everyone with children has some kind of box storage unit like the one on the right. We have a larger one and use it as a half partition, and we also have the 3 Sprouts Storage Boxes and love them!

4. Art Wall

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Kids adore having their artwork on display, and it’s a good idea to have an easy way to change up the display regularly. Either hang pictures from clips (kids can easily do this themselves if it’s at the right height) or try fixing open glassless frames, love this display featured at The Sawdust Diaries

5. Clever Storage

Stacks of endless boxes are not going to create the most dynamic space, despite being practical and organized. So how about you get creative with some bespoke storage for particular toys? If you’re swimming in Barbies, go check out this fun idea from Chatelaine, the Barbies are hanging out in a fabric shoe organizer… genius. And if you’re struggling with a place for those Matchbox cars, see what ‘Keeping up with the Souths‘ came up with using kitchen knife magnets!

And if you’re want to make tidying up easier… try these clever play mat bags, the 3 sprouts mat is super cute as all their stuff is; and the Ozzy Kids retractable mat just looks genius!

3 Sprouts play mat (Amazon)
Ozzy Kids play bag (Amazon)

 

6. In-House Gym

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Now here’s where it gets serious, I did say we were aiming to create the ultimate playroom, didn’t I? When I was looking at beds in shared kids’ rooms, we touched on a couple of wacky ideas, but a climbing wall or a rope swing inside the house? Go on… I dare you! The jungle gym playroom above is the work of Carl Wooley, and the rope swings below are from Brooklyn based designers Chango & Co.

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7. Activity Table

Lego play table with storage (Etsy)
Melissa & Doug play table (Amazon)

Back to basics here… somewhere to sit or kneel, build, play and draw. Pinterest is full of ‘Ikea Hacks’ for lego tables, using various bargain bits of furniture. But if you can’t face the DIY, I love this ready made Lego table on Etsy. We have the Melissa & Doug Activity Table shown on the right because it was the biggest, cheapest table I could find. It works perfectly and is permanently covered in a sea of lego (the lip around the edge stops the lego falling off and the drawer is perfect for all the instruction manuals). 

8. Forts & Tents

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To create the ultimate playroom you have to be able to hang out in a fort. You could go all out and build one like the awesomeness shown above, or give kids the space and utensils to build their own. We all built forts out of sofa cushions didn’t we? The other current trend is for little tents, they do look adorable and don’t take up too much space. I love this teepee tent from Target.

9. Dress Up Station

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Love this dress up display wall, my daughter is crazy for dressing up and would definitely approve of a wall of dresses! For some sweet DIY dressing up rail projects, head over to the Rogue Engineer or this sweet project from Lay Baby Lay.

10. Reading Nook

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Whatever size your play space, you’ll likely have some books to store. Don’t put them in boxes, get them on the wall or displayed in an easy to reach bookcase. Kids love to help themselves to books, so give them a little coziness to enjoy a good read. 

 

Are you feeling ready to create the ultimate playroom? Of course if you’ve already done all of the above, you could always incorporate:

  • A slide;
  • A role play shop;
  • A train set that circulates the room;
  • A basketball court;
  • A jumbo jet;

I’m just saying… you can always go one step further 😉 

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DIY Murals for Kids Rooms That Do Not Require a Fine Art Degree

Last week I started designing the Twins big boy room, and shared my options for beds in shared rooms. This week, I’m taking things a step further and thinking about the walls. I would love the boys to have a mural wall, and it’s something I’ve always fancied having a go at. Despite being fairly artistic, the idea of embarking on an epic mural is more than daunting, and I don’t want it to end up so awful that my hard work is painted over with ten layers of tasteful pale grey. So, let’s be realistic, and consider some DIY murals for kids rooms that all of us can achieve.

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WARNING: The mural shown above may require a fine art degree… read on to start with something basic!

I can draw, but I’m pretty rusty and I don’t have much time. The last thing I want is to make life difficult for myself, after all, I’m a big believer in ‘keep it simple stupid.’ So… I’ve searched high and low, and this is the best selection of easy peasy murals I’ve come up with. And remember, you can always paint over it and start again!

Draw like a Child…

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This cute mural is the work of designer Jane Reiseger, and although there is no doubt in her talent, I believe we could all have a go at this simple style. Pick a color and have a look through some of your favorite children’s books. Come up with a simple child-like drawing and go big! 

Cityscape

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A cityscape doesn’t need to be complicated. Use masking tape and straight lines to make a simple skyline. If you’re feeling really brave you can even add a few windows for that finishing touch! 

Mountains

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This masterpiece is the work of Eclair Decor. I love the colors and really… how hard can it be? All you need is some masking tape and loose arm for those rolling hills. Create a makeshift compass with string to get that perfect sun circle!

Chalk Board

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For the lazy parent everywhere… just let your kids create their own mural! 

Simple Trees

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Okay, so you may need some artistic skills for this, but keep the design super simple and the colors abstract. I love the grey accent leaves on the white branches!

Washing Line

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OK, this one looks is a little complicated, but notice the simplified shapes, it’s totally doable! Go on… have a go!

 

And when DIY murals for kids rooms don’t work out… cheat!

 

Wallpaperflower wallpaper DIY murals for kids rooms

This wallpaper is so pretty, and works perfectly in this room! Floral Coloray on Etsy have quite the selection for those wanting to wimp out on the mural skills. And with designs like this, I don’t blame you!

 

Stick on Decals

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Available at KennoSatoDesigns on Etsy

If all else fails, there’s alway the total cop-out option of wall decals. There are loads of fantastic ones about now… I’m particularly crazy for these cactus and teepee stickers from Etsy.

 

So, I’m feeling inspired… yet slightly terrified to bring brush to wall. I quite like the idea of mountains because we are surrounded by them here in Phoenix. But if we go local, you know we have to include… a cactus or two! Here are my current thoughts…

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I feel the Twins’ big boy room design brewing – what do you think?

**UPDATE!!!** I tackled a DIY mural in my twin boys room… check it out here!

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Beds in Shared Rooms: What are my Options?

We’re a few months off yet, but I can’t help browse bedroom ideas for the Twins, for when they move to their big boy room later in the year. As soon as they start climbing out of their cribs, trying to get to one another, it’s time to move to proper beds. This is sure to happen earlier than it did with their sister (the temptation of each other is too much), and it’s just a little bit terrifying. I’ve always liked the idea of keeping them together, and it’s what we planned when we bought our house at 20wks pregnant. The room they will be moving to has built in closets, so my main concern is the beds. What are the options for beds in shared rooms? I intend to find out, and start designing my big boys’ room… I am more than excited!

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Beds in Shared Rooms: Bunk Beds

The obvious answer to beds in shared rooms is the classic bunk option. I had bunk/cabin beds as a kid and sleeping on the top is so much fun. It feels like your own little den!

Pros of Bunk Beds:

  • Space saving;
  • Sleeping on top is awesome;
  • You can come up with fun ways of climbing up and down;

Cons of Bunk Beds:

  • Sleeping on the bottom is generally considered inferior to the top… cue arguments;
  • Young children may not be safe up top;
  • Changing sheets on the top is not fun;
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You’ve got to love the bunks in this Florida home finished by interior designer Andrew Howard. That slide!

 

Beds in Shared Rooms: Corner Junction Beds

Fitting the beds neatly into the corner is an idea I am very fond of. I like the idea of the boys’ telling each other stories at night, their heads close enough to hear a whisper but without being in direct eye contact.

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This traditionally styled Belden Bedroom Set by Pottery Barn Kids is perfect. However, the $2000+ price tag (without mattresses) may be a little steep for some. Still, I love the layout and the storage drawers below, and I am confident in the quality of Pottery Barn products.

Pros of Corner Junction Beds:

  • Bedtime stories made easy;
  • The corner junction creates a handy shelf;
  • Everyone is close to the ground;

Cons of Corner Junction Beds:

  • Your room has to be deep enough for the length of the bed and the corner unit;
  • Is anyone else seeing that pointy corner right next to the pillows? Paranoid Mom?

If you love this look and enjoy a bit of DIY there is plenty of inspiration out there to get the power tools excited. Take a look at Ana White’s ‘Corner Hutch Plans’, it’s certainly inspiring me… I love a project!

 

Beds in Shared Rooms: End to End

If you’ve got the length on one wall, there’s something very sweet about end to end beds. If the Twins are getting along they can lay pillow to pillow, and when they’ve had a little sibling feud they can just swap to the other end.

Pros of End to End:

  • Siblings can choose to be close or not;
  • Everyone is close to the ground;

Cons of End to End:

  • Without a headboard there could be pillow breach in the middle;
  • Many bedrooms will not be long enough for this layout;
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Beds in Shared Rooms: Interlocking

To squeeze the corner beds into a slightly smaller space, there are a number of options to interlock them. You can overlap an upper bunk, allowing the lower bed more freedom than a traditional bunk. You can also just raise up enough to create a headboard and some lower storage as shown below.

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The cute decor in this room is the work of Barcelona based designer Dijous. I recommend checking them out for everything adorable.

Pros of Interlocking Beds:

  • Relatively space saving;
  • Would work at any height;

Cons of Interlocking Beds:

  • One bed could end up superior to the other;
  • Changing sheets could be awkward;

 

Beds in Shared Rooms: Traditional Twin Beds

Of course there’s the obvious solution of buying two twin beds and placing them on opposite sides of the room. Don’t knock it, sometimes simple is best.

Pros of Traditional Twin Beds:

  • Plenty of choice (no DIY required);
  • Feeling of ownership and privacy;

Cons of Traditional Twin Beds:

  • Can look like a dormitory;
  • Direct eye contact may not help littles to sleep;
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This cabin’s traditional iron beds are just wonderful. They fit the room perfectly and I can see a long bedroom story taking place in that wicker chair. 

Where to go from here…

I can’t wait to get stuck into the design of the boys room and will keep you up to date on it’s progress. Once I’ve made a decision about the layout and position of the beds, I know the rest will just fall into place. My biggest problem is the boys will likely be very young (pre 2yrs) when they move into their big boy room so safety is a major factor. I also want to make it fun, because if you can’t have fun with a kids room, where can you?

To be continued… do give me your thoughts on what I should do, I’d love the blog to help shape the boys’ new room!

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