When we moved in to our home, our daughter’s bedroom was a bit of a layout conundrum since we had to work around two closets, a doorway, a window, and a baseboard electric heater PLUS a low ceiling. This is the non-optimal arrangement where the bed is in front of both the heater and the window, and my daughter bumps her head on the way up the ladder, but we thought it was going to be our best option.
Then we decided to move the bunk bed into the closet. We also removed the doors to free up enough floor space so that the bed wasn’t in the way of the window. There is now still enough room in the closet to my daughter can access her “hang-up-ables” herself and she has a special shelf for just her toys. We have plans to paint the inside something awesome.
The view and feel of the space is vastly better. The play area is in a U shape around the room which is visually open due to the bottom bunk being directly on the floor. My husband’s baby bassinet is now a handy baby drop area or play cradle for my daughter’s dolls. The free wooden stove we picked up “roadside” stays open and we store all the kitchen goodies in it. We swapped curtains with our bedroom to bring more blue into the room, without spending too much money.
Here you can see the half-complete sliding chalkboard doors, which house all the dress up clothes, extra toys, books, and clothing. We plan to paint the other side so both kids have their “own” chalkboards. All the blankets/quilts were handmade by family members.
On the other side of the bed, this table does double duty. During the day it’s a great little “store” or desk or whatever we want, at night it holds water cups, snacks, and gives a light to the bottom bunk, perfect for story time.
On the other side of the room is this bureau (which has pictures indicating what clothing goes where, so my three-year-old puts her things away). The bedside table, and the chair all came with the house. We have plans to paint the wooden furniture.
And yes we are 1970s Fisher Price geeks — my little people collection is the BOMB.