Not too long ago we did a room-reshuffle to accommodate my growing need for a fully functioning home office.
And of course, the youngest was shuffled around the most. Because. Youngest.
It worked for a while, as makeshift solutions tend to, but we’ve reached a point that we really needed to create a space that is more suitable for a growing young boy.
As my luck would have it, Super Amart approached us and invited us to work with them on a kid’s bedroom makeover. They offered us the pick of kid’s bedroom furniture and in return asked us to showcase how easy and affordable it can be to redo your kids bedrooms.
Let’s just say the decision was pretty easy and VERY timely!
Our youngest is four now and I was keen to give him a bedroom that wasn’t too ‘baby’ but not too ‘grown-up’ either. Something that would grow with him but wouldn’t cost us the earth. They had quite a few single beds and bunks to choose from, starting at $79 and going right up to over $900 for a you-beaut double bunk with all the bells and whistles.
As you can see in the ‘before’ shots, our youngest was luxuriating in a great big double bed which was great when Mummy read stories at bedtime but not so great on usable floor-space! The upshot was that we basically needed to start from scratch. (can you sense my excitement (and relief) at the opportunity to get my soon-to-be kindy kid into a more appropriate bedroom?
So, we headed to Super Amart. And when I say ‘we’ I mean my friend [and MC Deputy Editor] and I, because we all know how much help the husband would be in that particular department! We picked up ALL the essentials – single bed, quilts, quilt covers, mattress protectors, stools, rug – you name it! They really did make it easy to shop (without having to run all over town kinda shop).
So what did we get? My favourite pick, I did instantly fall in love when I saw it.
Enter the Trundle bed.
I have always loved this solution! A nice, neat single bed by day and by night when guests are over, we can roll out the hidden bed-on-wheels. Winning!
The bed we chose was the Barn Trundle Bed ($699) and came with matching tallboy and with a row of drawers along the bottom, meant it also came with inbuilt storage, ideal for Alex’s growing shoe collection! We already had a 4 x 4 IKEA shelving unit which is perfect for a growing kid and of course the built-ins covered off the rest of the storage needs. It’s solid, hardwearing and best of all, was really easy to put together! #flatpackwinning
The room is quite small (3x3m) and we lose two walls straight away to the window and the wardrobe. Not ideal (hence the existing layout) although after some fiddling around we worked out the best configuration and set to work.
Starting with an all-white palette makes styling VERY easy. I love the boldness of the gorgeous Cooper Single Bed Quilt Cover ($49.95) with its stars and stripes design (it’s so soft and comfortable too!). We chose to use that as the foundation to style the whole room with the red metal stool as a perfect choice for the bedside table. It’s both portable and easy to move out of the way when we need to access the trundle bed. Look at how that colour pops!
We got a couple of the Sleepmaker Ease Comfort Single Mattresses and let me tell you they are SUPER COMFORTABLE to sleep on! 10 year warranty and just like sleeping on a soft, fluffy cloud. REALLY! I may or may not have even slipped quietly into a snooze after reading bedtime stories with master 4 and we’ve only had the bed a week! Seriously though, if you’re in the market for a new mattress, these are the bomb!
As I mentioned before, the flexibility of the trundle makes sleepovers very easy and the new layout gave for plenty of room to simply pull out the trundle and we instantly have our second bed! I bought a second Cooper quilt cover but as it’s reversible it still matches while still looking a little different.
We picked up the red from the linen in the shaggy floor rug too and created a special little play space for Alex to spend some down time in. This desk and chair is just the spot to do some colouring in or put together another Alex Lego Creation! #obsessedwithlego
Now to the shelves. These are awesome but they can look messy VERY easily. We found some gorgeous blue and white baskets that were perfect for Alex’s Lego and the handles on the sides make them very portable, even for the little hands of a 4-year old. We kept them on the bottom shelf for easy kid access and put all of the ‘parental guidance recommended’ items in the red boxes along the top shelf. PERFECT!
I didn’t want to go overboard with the whole ‘styling’ element because he’s still an actual kid who is going to actually use the room so I kept it quite simple. There was a moment of hesitation when I took down his Peppa Pig posters but he’s pretty chuffed with how it all looks now.
At least he’s got his Superhero Canvas from Buggbyoo – he loves that!