Happy Monday, guys! Hope you all had a great weekend! Our baby boy arrives Friday and after his entrance into the world, we’ve got a few guests lined up to come and stay here and meet him. We live in a 4 bedroom house, and now that we’re adding to our family, each bedroom has occupants, leaving us without a spare room. We knew we could shuffle our kids around and they could share Sawyer’s large bedroom if needed, but that was not the ideal answer as it left both kids feeling a little disgruntled… Emmy was upset that she’d have to always give up her room, and Sawyer wasn’t thrilled about Emmy crashing in his room for days at a time. A couple of months ago, I was fortunate in that The Novogratz brand reached out to me and asked if they could send me one of their futons or beds. While those pieces are lovely, and I especially love one of their upholstered modern beds, it hit me what the answer to our problem was…. bunk beds in the playroom! When I asked the kids what they thought about having bunk beds in the playroom that they could use when guests were here, they were thrilled! They’ve both always wanted bunk beds and were excited about the chance to have some in one of their favorite hangouts. Today I am going to share with you our no guest room solution: playroom bunkbeds. (I was given the product for this post but was not otherwise compensated. I have also used affiliate links throughout; if you use these links to purchase items, I make a small commission. All opinions are my own.)
The bunk beds as well as the memory foam mattresses were sent to us, and Chris and the kids put them together one weekend afternoon. They were really quite simple to put together and fit perfectly in the corner of the playroom. And as you can see, we were able to tuck the Urban Outfitters daybed cushion underneath as well, so we now have another place for another child to sleep should our guests have kids. Although we were lucky enough to have the bunkbeds sent to us, they’re truly affordable at just $220!
Of course, once the beds arrived, I haaaad to go shopping for some bedding. 😉 Emmy helped me and we found some beautiful teal quilts at Target on sale for $25 each. I think they have since put this style on clearance, but this one is similar.
As for the pillows, I shopped my own house and gathered several pillows to create cozy and colorful nooks for the kids. My favorites are the two we have from Janery that really bring the colors together. This gorgeous modern colorful pillow sits on the top bunk.
On the bottom bunk sits this whimsical teal colorful pillow.
And of course, we needed to make these beds even more fun by adding some flamingo lights we had on hand. I mean, doesn’t everyone just have a set of those hanging around for when the moment strikes?
In addition to the flamingo lights, a vintage plastic ice cream cone that Emmy and I scored at a yard sale seemed to really belong next to the beds as well.
While we’re down here and the room is having a rare moment of cleanliness, I wanted to go ahead and take some more photos and share other updates with you as well. The playroom has evolved a bit into more of a tween lounge and hangout for the kids. There are less toys down here, and more places to just relax with their friends as well as a nook for Emmy to get crafty. (This room gets almost no natural light, so pardon the photo quality- it’s not my best!)
Last year a friend’s mom gave me this pair of bamboo swivel chairs that just screamed tween lounge! They were missing cushions, but I found a pair of brand new tropical cushions at an auction that were the perfect fit.
I also moved the art grid wall that was above the sectional down here to over the bookcase. It fit well there but I had to cut two framed pieces from the selection. I’ve since found other places in the house to use the other two. 🙂
I was tired of Sawyer always bumping the prints over the couch and looking at them all slightly askew, so I moved the one large piece of abstract art that used to be in the living room to the couch. I love how it looks here with the collection of colorful pillows on the gray sofa.
The cowhide ottoman was a hand me down from a friend and has several tears in it, but we just draped a faux sheepskin over it because the kids didn’t want to part with it- they love sitting on it! I may have to make my own cover at some point soon!
As I mentioned, we also carved out a space for Emmy to craft. Now, I didn’t even bother trying to clean this space. My girl is creative and it shows! She’s decorated this space all on her own… I gave her an old Ikea desk I had, a hand me down chair, and added her old DIY accessory organizer to the wall to organize her tools. We also purchased a little aqua sconce at Ikea for her to have a task light. As you can see, she has loved creating in this space. Please note the paper covered and decorated box she made for trash in the bottom right… so cute.
Like I said, I didn’t bother cleaning this space for photos… It really shows her spirit. 😉
I am so glad we now have a solution to the no guest room problem that makes everyone happy! The kids are actually so thrilled with this new set up that they’ve had a few weekend movie nights and sleepovers down there already, just the two of them. I love that they are excited to spend time together here.
Thanks so much for taking the time to check out the progress in this space that never seems to be complete, but my kids are Ok with it. 😉 I’ve put together a little shoppable boutique below in case you are interested in any of the things you saw, and as always, feel free to comment or email with any questions! I do my best to answer each one.