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Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 | 2 comments

Saving Space With Bunk Beds

Saving Space With Bunk Beds

When your two kids share a small bedroom, bunk beds are pretty much inevitable. We loved the family heirloom beds our boys had been using, but there simply wasn’t enough space for much else in the room. We made the move to bunks and couldn’t be happier. When I was looking for a set of bunks, I wanted to make sure the beds would last (previous to the family heirloom beds, we had a set of twins/bunks that fell apart after a year). In my time volunteering for the MV Big Flea, I ran across a lot of This End Up furniture and knew it was sturdy and could face the brunt of two growing boys, so I purchased a set that had a simple and rugged design. The best part of the deal was that This End Up assembled the beds for free. And even though I was told it would take 6-8 weeks to get the beds, they arrived in about a month. Each order is custom...

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 | 0 comments

A Girls’ Shared Bedroom Two Ways

A Girls’ Shared Bedroom Two Ways

My daughters’ shared bedroom started out with their hand-me-down bunk beds (passed down three generations) set up side by side. I wrote about their 8 x 10 room, a “perfect fit,” when we repainted and redecorated two years ago almost to the day. It was a happy arrangement… …until, over the winter, they began clamoring for bunk beds. So, in doing so, we made other changes to make this alternate arrangement work. And, in the meantime, we had turned their closet into Ana’s hideaway office. And I created a bird “paint-by-numbers” art wall on their door. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let me share one big revelation and piece of advice: If you’re going to rearrange and redecorate your child’s room and if you don’t repaint the room in doing so, it will retain a decidedly “lived in” look, which may, very likely, include an accumulation of stickers. That is, if you didn’t enforce a “no sticker rule on walls and furniture” in the first place. As Ana...

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 | 2 comments

A Shared Bedroom for Two Fun-Loving Little Boys

A Shared Bedroom for Two Fun-Loving Little Boys

My sons Jack (age 5) and Calvin (age 2) share a small bedroom. So far it has worked out fine and for the most part they seem to enjoy each others’ company. But the room itself has been in need of some updating for some time. The walls are dingy, storage space is lacking, and poor little Calvin doesn’t even have a bed. He didn’t like his toddler bed, converted from his crib, so instead he either sleeps on his mattress or snuggles up with his older brother. It’s cute, but I can’t imagine it’s very comfortable.      What has mainly kept me from redecorating their room is my trouble picking paint colors. And then I saw Sara’s sons’ shared bedroom and I knew I found the perfect color — Benjamin Moore granite. It’s an all ages kind of paint, cozy and playful for a little boy and sophisticated and mature for a young gentleman. After picking the paint, my husband and I looked for new beds. Not only...

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 | 4 comments

The Perfect Fit – A Shared Bedroom for Two Sisters

The Perfect Fit – A Shared Bedroom for Two Sisters

My daughters’ shared bedroom has been through many phases. I enjoy the creative DIY challenge of making this small, 8×10 bedroom with two windows work for my two growing girls. Our space saving solutions so far have been to remove the closet door, put one dresser inside the closet for Nadja (age 3), and store Ana’s (age 7) clothes in baskets under her bed. We hang their dresses together in the closet too. We’re using the maple bunk beds my husband and his brother used as children, but we decided to take them apart and put them side by side. Ana hated sleeping in the upper bunk. She felt it was too hot even with a fan blowing on her. This was a counterintuitive choice because even though the beds take up more floor area now, and one sits higher than the other, we no longer block a window and the room has more natural light. We can put more storage bins under the beds, and showing more of...

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 | 3 comments

A Toddler, an Infant and One Tiny Bedroom

A Toddler, an Infant and One Tiny Bedroom

When my husband and I bought our two bedroom row house in the Del Ray area we were pregnant with our first son. We assumed we would stay in the house for three years max and then move to a bigger house when we decided to have a second baby.  Well, we fell in love with the neighborhood and our house and then we got pregnant with boy #2.  When we made the final decision to stay for a while longer, we realized we were really going to have to use our creative juices to make our house work for our growing family, most importantly, how to make the small second bedroom work for two boys. Here was my list of things a shared bedroom needed: 1) Closet space for two sizes of clothes 2) Furniture that didn’t take a lot of space but also offered ample storage 3) Space for the boys to play cars or trains on the floor 4) Room for our favorite reading chair 5) Crib, toddler bed and changing table...

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