DIY FRIDAY: BOY’S ROOM RE-DESIGN

When we found out I was pregnant with San, we decided to rearrange the bedrooms. The boys each had their own rooms, but with the new arrangements they’d be together and the other room would become the nursery.

I teamed up with Wayfair for the redesign, and had a blast coming up with color schemes, choosing fabric and furniture, and then watching the whole room come together bit by bit. Building a bunk bed at eight months pregnant was not the highlight, but the rest was so fun. And I’m so excited to share it with you today!

The hardest part of the entire room for me was the comforters on the bed. We already had the rug from when it was Foster’s room, and the bunkbed, chairs, and couch were easy to decide on, but I just couldn’t find bedding that I loved. I searched through every store I could think of, with no luck, and finally decided that we could make them instead. My mom offered to help, so of course I jumped at that opportunity. But the hunt for good fabric proved to be just as hard as the the search for a ready made blanket. Finally I ran across this simple red-orange arrow print and instantly loved it. I knew I wanted a contrasting stripe on the back, but I couldn’t find a nice wide-striped fabric anywhere. Then I happened to see this wide-stripe fabric on a duvet cover at IKEA, so I snagged two of those and my mom cut them up and used them as fabric. Plus we got striped pillowcases out of the deal! My aunt is a professional quilter and owns a long arm quilting machine, so we sent the quilts off to her to be quilted (with a simple large windowpane pattern), and then she sent them back to my mom who trimmed them down and added the binding around the edge.

I love, love, love how this room turned out, and the boys are so happy with their new space!

bunk beds c/o wayfair
love seat c/o wayfair
land of nod rug (on sale!)
desktop
hairpin legs
red chairs
black and white chair pillows
lamp
world map c/o walls need love
neil armstrong print
sheepskin rug
monogrammed pillow, made by me (tutorial here
gray sheets
comforters — red fabric, striped fabric
red rocking horse

if there’s anything you have a question about that I didn’t list above, leave a comment!

photos by rad and happy

19 Comments

  1. Are those your hunter boots in the closet? lol
    Love the room!
    The Pepper Express

  2. Cecilia says:

    I love how those colours matches! I’ve never thought of them for a children’s room. Anyway, I wonder how you keep your walls hands print free… The walls of my home are totally white but they look like a prehistoric cave now with the hands of my 4 years old boy at 1 metre high! 🙂

  3. Megan Doxey says:

    Love this so much! Where are the boy’s shirts from?

  4. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    This room is seriously so much fun! Serious kid bedroom goals right here.

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  5. Kaitlin Rackham says:

    I love this. We’re in the process of doing the same thing, with Skylar building the bunk beds. You did a fantastic job. I love the color scheme and how you arranged everything. And YES! Bedding is the worst!

  6. Lauren Gardner says:

    Ok do you like the bunkbeds for your boys? My girls share a room (age 2 and 4) And a bunk bed would be a huge space saver, but I’m nervous about them jumping off and breaking something lol. What are your thoughts?

    • Merrick says:

      We love them so far! I had the same concern, and my boys definitely climb all over them, but we’ve set some rules and they’re good about following them. So far we haven’t had any accidents! I guess it just depends on how rambunctious your kids are…bunk beds are for sure not for everyone!

  7. Julie Pfeiffer says:

    So cute. I have 2 boys too and am getting ready to redo their room with big boy beds etc and was wondering if you could do a post about how to organize their closet and clothes 🙂

  8. Jenn Lozano says:

    Hi Merrick!

    What’s the wall color in your boys room?
    thanks!

  9. Clarissa Ma says:

    What kind of mattresses did you get for your boys’ bunk bed? Some reviewers said that the space between the top and bottom bunks was too tight to sit up in, but your little guy seems to be able to sit perfectly fine in his bottom bunk from the photos, so I was wondering how thick of a mattress I would need so that my 3 year old could fit comfortably down there too! Thanks!

  10. Keeley Spargur says:

    Can your boy on the bottom bunk sit straight up? I like this style of bunk bed so much except I think it might be too low for my 6 and 8 yr olds!

    • Merrick says:

      He can, but we had to get the shortest mattress possible. The website says use an 8 inch mattress, but for his bunk we did a 5″ mattress we found on amazon. It allows for SO much more room down there. The top bunk is great with an 8″ mattress though!

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