We have a 3 bedroom home. That’s always confusing to my brain because in my head the parents’ room is a given and should be exempt from the room census. But I guess I’m bucking the system. So what that means for us is that we have one bedroom for the parents (and currently the 2 year old that I can’t trust as far as I can throw him), the three bigger kids share a room (7 year old boy, 6 year old boy, and 4 year old girl – she couldn’t possibly be left alone in a room of her own where it’s no fun, right?), the 3rd room is getting a makeover (if you can call it that) for when the 5th child arrives in October – not a nursery per se, just a room with diapers, low lighting, and big mattresses for the all-night nursing and everybody else wandering in revolving door fun that is having a newborn. But we’re not here to talk about that room, that’s for another day.
When my 3 olders wanted to share a room my husband got creative and suggested a loft. We looked into buying one, but oh my goodness, the prices. So we built it. No, we didn’t knock out the ceiling, silly, I just bump my head every night for the tuck-in routine.
My husband drew up some plans, recruited his dad and set to work.
The top holds 2 twin sized mattresses with a small space between for all their stuff.
We removed the ceiling fan light fixture and installed a recessed light.
The kids chose a jungle theme so I plan to find animal print sheets.
I still have to hang a few decorations and I plan to mural the big outside wall at some point, and staple gun some fake leaves onto the loft for effect. What can I say, it’s a work in progress.
We let the two older boys paint the outside. While my husband and I did touch ups and the youngest threw fits about not being able to help.
The room is approximately 12 feet by 9 feet with a window and closet. Your average kid room. The loft is 8 feet by 6 feet and 5 feet high. Which leaves a kind of hallway around it to the closet.
The bottom has a built-in bed for our girl.
The rope lights already have a few lights out, we’ll have to fix that too someday.
My father-in-law built the railing and my husband built the ladder. All from scratch. We picked paint that popped, don’t ya think?
This week I’m linked up at A Soft Place To Land for her Do It Yourself Day – click over and join the party over there!