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!)
hairpin legs
red chairs
black and white chair pillows
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
  • Clarissa Ma

    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!

    • ah good question! The site recommended 8″ mattresses, but that was WAY too tight — he could barely sit up. So we got this 5″ instead — — and it’s made a world of difference. He has tons of room down there now!

      • Clarissa Ma

        Thanks for your help!