We were looking for a bunk bed for P's room back in June. I strategized this purchase every which way possible. How long would our 4 year old use this bed? How much should we spend? Should I be able to convert it into two twin beds? Etc, etc!
I was tempted to fork out $1700 for a bed from Room and Board. But add the mattresses and bedding we're talking like $2500! Then I chatted with fellow moms who brought some sense into me. They all said the bed purchased at this age will inevitably get markers, shoe marks, crayon, stickers and Lord knows what else all over it. They all recommended going towards a lower budget.
I felt my only option in a semi-designer type, budget-conscience category was Ikea. I looked everywhere and found the options very limiting especially since i was looking for something more modern. Then one day I was reading through back posts of Cup of Jo. She bought their crib at Walmart!!! I love Joanna's taste...but Walmart? I checked out the site and to my surprise found some great options. Thank God because Dave refused to buy an Ikea bed. He found them to be way too wobbly and unsafe.
So, first a couple of pictures of P's room in October. And then pictures of her room now. I still have some adjustments and fixes to do but this is how it turned out.
You will notice in this picture that there is a blue film covering the top windows. Dave quickly placed it up there in an attempt to create an underwater world for P. It was meant to be temporary but we like how it slightly darkened the room. Now, I have to get back up and put it on properly. It's still up with blue painters tape!
One corner of the room with the bunk bed.
A capture of the room right down the middle. Bookcase to one side and bed to the other.
I felt this wall area needed something. I ordered these wall decals off Etsy.
I splurged on bedding. This is the winter flannel set from Garnet Hill called Painted Ponies. The quality of the sheets is amazing and I'm glad I went with a higher end version.
This wall is the "pretend wall" where all her dress up gear and backpacks are hung. Even though I really wanted the animal wall hooks from Anthropology I decided with a more functional choice from them instead. Also, the flower ones I selected were half the price.
The hooks at the entrance of her room are now free to hold the daily shuffle of coats, hats and swords.
Easy toy access makes for easy toy clean up.
The top bunk is currently a little reading haven. I need to relocate the flower wall art to better places and I'd like to add a single book shelf so she can place a couple books up there. It's become one of her favorite places to read.
This is a run down of the things I purchased and where I got them:
Bunk Bed: Wallmart
Hanging lamp: Ikea Maskros
Wall Hooks: Anthropology Petal Hook
Wall decal of tree with owls: Modern Decals from Etsy
Wall flowers : Walter
Duvet covers: Garnet Hill Fiesta Percale Bedding in Beach Rose
Flannel sheets: Garnet Hill called Painted Ponies
Bookcase: Ikea Expedit
Balloon Print: LoveMaki