We took 10 minutes last night and scooted furniture around in Pepé’s room. Following the furniture plan he put together, we rearranged his bedroom furniture. The wall decor (or lack there of) and lights all look really awkward now, but we will get those moved around soon.
Thanks to all your amazing comments on yesterday’s post, I am sharing the pictures of his REAL room. The bed is slept in, the rug is rumpled, the carpet hasn’t been vacuumed, and there is no styling to be seen. The good news is Pepé slept super well last night and woke up thanking us again for his “new room”.
We LOVE the new layout. Although my first choice wouldn’t be to put a queen bed up against a wall, it has totally opened up his room. The flow is so much better. I tell ya, rooms with doors on 3 of the 4 walls are tricky, but I think this is the ideal layout for this room.
In the old layout, the bed was in the middle of the room cutting off flow from the bedroom door to the bathroom door:
In the new layout, there is a sense of openness, because you can easily cross the room:
All I can think is WHY. DIDN’T. WE. DO. THIS. SOONER? Thanks to the Decorating With Kids series to give me the kick in the pants to get my kids rooms fixed up. And, I couldn’t do it with out his input. If I came up with this furniture layout, I would have considered it “taking a risk”. But for a kid it comes naturally. They automatically think outside the box. My son was able to come up with a great furniture layout that makes his room more functional and feel larger.
This open corner under the window will be home to his new desk. We plan to build that together this weekend. And, we are going to forgo purchasing a desk chair for now, because my son is happy with this junior chair from Ikea that we already have in white. Hopefully the chair and desk work well together. The chair sits up a bit higher than a standard chair, so it is a more comfortable seating height for him. We may spray paint it blue or another fun color. Why not, right?!
I am so glad we played the furniture layout exercise and found a new way to arrange his room. He will be entering first grade this year, and we know from here on out he will want increasing privacy and alone time. I want his room to be his place to relax, read, study, or just get alone time when he needs it. The room was so off before, I don’t think he enjoyed being in it. I hope this new layout makes him want to hang out in here more!