I love moving things around and rearranging. It always feels like I've created a new space with the same furniture…it is a no cost renovation in my mind. Recently, we moved the girls room around. They are loving the change and as usual…I'm loving the price. It was totally free.
As you can see above, we moved the placement of the beds as well as put them back to being bunk beds. It gave my girls more floor space and made the room feel more spacious.
Before moving things around, we had a couple of problem spots. First of all, there was very little floor space. What floor space was open, was usually filled with toys or made into some sort of American Girl Doll room.
The other problem spot was under the beds. Shockingly, by moving the beds around we fixed this problem (even with less under bed storage space).
While I was at it, I had the girls tidy up their bulletin boards, which had been totally overrun with too much stuff. Can you see how the floor space is being used for an AG bedroom in the lower left hand corner? Cute but hard to walk around with this little floor space.
We, thankfully, had separated the bunk beds a couple of years ago. It was right before I tore cartilage in my hip. Thank goodness they were separated because I never would have been able to change sheets with my hip injury. Now that injury is well in the past and I can change sheets again.
The girls had been asking for their bunk beds back for quite a while. I was dreading doing it because I remember how heavy the beds are and how hard it was going to be to put them back together. Finally one day, when Mr. T was actually home, we just went for it. As you can see, it really frees up floor space and makes the room feel so much larger. We moved a lot of the stuffed animals that were under the beds, which saved a lot of space and tidied up the under bed area.
If you look to the right end of the bed, you can see Pumpkin's AG bedroom, which is now not in a walkway…yay!
Pumpkin's bed used to be on this wall. Now it easily holds their dresser and hamper. The hamper is no longer in the way of the closet doors…which is really nice! In the upper left hand corner of this picture, you can see our fancy light. We can't have the ceiling fan with the bunk beds or a child might lose a body part or head or something we think is important. 🙂
The bulletin boards got tidied up and some of the stuffed animals got moved to this wall. We have a big stuffed animal problem at our house. ::Sigh::
When we first got the bunk beds, we got these shelves at Pottery Barn Kids (definitely not cheap, but worth it). One is mounted at the end of each girls' bed. That way they have a little space that is all their own and a place to put books, flashlights and such and so on that they might like in their bed. They do tend to get messy, but since my girls share a room, I feel that giving them each some space of their own in various ways is very important.
Details…I love details. I made the jewelry box for Pumpkin for Christmas. I keep meaning to getting around to making one for Snowflake now that she has pierced ears, too….eventually I'll have a tutorial for you.
Don't you just love our fancy light? It was very inexpensive and if I remember correctly (we bought it a few years ago) it was from Lowe's. I found the cute ‘laugh' sign at Marshall's a few years ago.
Here you can see Snowflake's tidied up bulletin board as well as her AG room. Of course, my kids are still kids and the floor isn't always visible, but at least they have floor space to dance, play, etc. now and we are all more likely to see the floor even if it is just bits and pieces of it! 😉
What do you think? Bunk beds or single beds? Which layout do you like better? Truthfully, I like the single beds better, but for the space of the room and the fact that they share, I like the bunk beds….at least for now. Have I mentioned that I like to rearrange things A LOT!?