They are completely different. The boy is all boy: into Legos, Star Wars, destroying stuff, and playing hockey with daddy. The girl is all girl: into pink, princesses, baby dolls and doing her makeup with mommy.
Yet they share the same 10’x13′ space…
The room is currently chaotic. The organizational system is always changing. My son’s “drop it wherever” habit is dominating, while our daughter’s tendency to require everything pink and sparkly is drowning out the original boy’s room.
Despite the minimal space for their grandmother-enhanced wardrobes, it has been a blessing for them to share a bedroom.
A few months ago in the middle of the night, our son came into our room – carrying his blankie – asking where his sister was. We had moved her out to the couch to get her back to sleep after a dream. He told us that he couldn’t sleep alone.
The limited space requires some creativity – giving them both space they need, room for their developing personalities, and my design dreams.
So, this past summer we built them a loft. The princess got her princess room, the Jedi his personal kingdom.
Since I’m into designing stuff, and my husband into building, I set about drawing up some plans (we created our playhouse two summers ago). I started with Ana White’s How to Build a Loft Bed concept, and then made a few changes, including a pulley bucket system for our son to raise and lower his treasures.
The upper section has become our son’s domain. While he was hesitant at first – with it being up so high – it has become his safe hideaway. We are still in the process of decorating, but the Star Wars theme prevails. The experience for him has actually been helpful in ways we had not expected, by providing sensory inputs that we didn’t know he needed.
The “princess room” underneath is an interpretation of the princess room I dream of for our daughter. She loves sleeping with the curtains closed, the sparkling beads on her light, and a special area for jewelry, tiaras, and baby dolls’ clothes.
To decorate, I preferred to make do with what we already had, then augmented with sales and numerous Command Hooks. The plastic rods may not equal in style and quality the handmade vintage doll dresser I picked up in Carver, but I was thinking towards eventual redecorating. So, it will do. Just part of embracing our blessings!
I love to play as I create, taking a need and finding ways to be creative as well as useful. I pray that this loft will add to our children’s creativity – as I know they already feel blessed to have the personal space, while still sharing a room.
- Another Cool Star Wars Bedroom Built for Some Lucky Kid (technabob.com)
- 10 DIY Indoor Forts and Play Spaces (mysweetgreens.com)
- Before & After: Lucy’s White to Wow! Bedroom (abodetoday.com)
- Interiors: how to create quirky children’s bedrooms (telegraph.co.uk)