Last month I blogged about how we were thinking of changing Noo’s room, giving it a pre-teen room makeover and make better use of the space she has, or rather lack of it! You can catch up on the post here.
The beds the girls have can be used separately or put together to form a bunk bed, so the first thing we did was move N’s bed out of her room and back into E’s to form the bunk bed. While we waited for Ns new bed to be delivered she moved back in with E. I knew that the transition of sharing a room again might be tricky, but wasn’t prepared for the repercussions around them sleeping, or rather not sleeping. It caused weeks of very stressful bedtimes as they would just keep each awake by winding each other up!
As I mentioned in the previous post we decided that a cabin bed would best suit the space and give her lots more storage so that she’s able to keep her room tidy. The problem we had before was that there was just no where for all her stuff to go meaning that trying to keep it tidy was such a nightmare. The hope with having a bed that had drawers, shelved, wardrobe and desk under it would solve that problem. We choose a highsleeper cabin bed from Mrs Flatpack.
Of course before ordering it I measured the space out properly to make sure it would fit, and purposely chose a bed with the ladder on the front rather than on the side as there wouldn’t be enough space for her to climb on at the end. When it came to building the bed, however, I hadn’t taken into consideration that we’d actually need space to build it. We only had centimetres between the ends of the bed and the walls. Oops. It was really quite stressful and puzzling at times as to whether we’d manage to finish it! It took a lot of strategic planning and late nights, but somehow we managed it! Phew.
The shape of her room and the fact that it’s so small makes it really difficult to photograph and there was no way I could get the whole bed in one good shot, so please do bear with me!
We decided to get rid of her old book shelves but we kept the wardrobe as the wardrobe with the bed was rather small and I didn’t want to cram her clothes in. Instead we use the hanging space in the bed wardrobe for all her school uniform.
I must admit I did enjoy figuring out where to put all her stuff and of course had a little cull of a few things that she didn’t need anymore. I love making sure that their is a space for everything so that tidying up is made so much easier. I did the same in E’s room over the summer. I order a load of underbed storage boxes and each one is themed so one for barbies and ponies, one for her play kitchen stuff etc. Makes tidying up in the evenings before bed such a breeze for them. It keeps all those little bits and pieces safely tidied away, and out of sight!
Another big thing we needed to do was buy a blind. Poor N had been complaining for months that her room was too light and she just couldn’t get to sleep. We were sent this blind from Web Blinds and it was perfect timing as you can see. I ordered a neutral grey colour (Luna Grey) and I think it works really well. Of course the best thing of all is that it blocks out the light perfectly, and as a result Noo has found it so much easier to fall asleep at night.
N’s got her own little desk now which will be perfect for homework and dare I say it… make up in the future (!). We chose this chair Eames style chair in white as she loves my bigger one in my office. I’m going to get her some LED battery stick on spot lights for the top as it’s not particularly light.
N is so happy with her new room and we’re excited to add the ongoing touches to it as she gets used to the room and figures out what she needs. Hopefully this is a space she can call her own and will last her into her early teen years.
What do you think of our pre-teen room makeover?
Thank you to Web Blinds for Ns blackout blind, unless otherwise stated everything else we bought ourselves.