I’ve been meaning to do a post on the kids room for soooo long but as always I have taken forever to get round to it (mostly because it’s never this tidy for decent pictures!). I get asked a lot how it is space wise, at bedtime and if one of them wakes so here goes…
Luckily the bedrooms in our flat are pretty big so we were never too concerned about having 2 in the same room space wise although we have had to come up with a few ideas to make it still feel roomy with all the toys that Abel has and all the baby stuff Freida needs. The main things that have helped us save space is the IKEA KURA bed and the IKEA MULIG wall railings.
The bed has most of the kid’s toys underneath which is a lifesaver in a small flat. When we got the bed Abel was just about to turn 3 so we used to keep a stool (IKEA BEKVÄM Step stool) at the bottom but now he is totally fine with the ladders. The bed can be turned upside down without needing rebuilt so if it was too high it wouldn’t be a huge issue to flip over.
Abel also has some shelves for books up on his bed which he loves, we used the IKEA BEKVÄM spice racks (can you tell I love IKEA yet?!) which are perfect for displaying his favourite stories.
As I mentioned, we have opted for an open railed wardrobe rather than a typical one with doors to save space. We did have a wardrobe in here when it was just Abel’s room but it felt like there was far too much furniture in the room and there was no where really to put it that allowed door opening space. These cost a fiver so it’s a really cheap option too and I think it looks great. We have a little shelved unit next the the bottom railing for folded clothes as well as drawers over the other side of the room.
So what about when it comes to actually using the room? Freida was in with us until she was about 1 although the few months before that we started putting her through there until she woke then would bring her through. She started sleeping through after she turned 1.
Abel is quite a heavy sleeper which definitely helps but still, I never try to get them to bed at the same time.
I always put Freida down first whilst letting Abel sit in our room reading or watching a film on the kindle at weekends then he will either fall asleep through there and I’ll carry him through before I go to bed or he will go through if Freida is asleep already. He’s pretty good and self sufficient at bedtime now after being a horror before Freida arrived (read that story here).
Storage wise we use a lot of nice boxes, sacks, an IKEA KALLAX under Abel’s bed with lots in it and the RÅSKOG Trolley we originally used for nappies is now full of toys/books. The trolley was actually SO handy in the early days as we could just wheel it through to our room for night changes and it had everything in it and in the morning just wheel it back, looks good too!
I hope you have enjoyed a little nosey around the kid’s room and of course if you want to know where anything else is from just let me know!
Personalised illustration from my shop Porter & Bramble
Hanging mobile from Twenty Two & Six