Joshin Posted September 21, 2012 Share Posted September 21, 2012 My youngest is going to be spending a weekend at his grandparents in two weeks. My oldest son and I have cooked up a plan to re-do his bedroom while he is away. DS7 is a maker, and our school room is over run with bits of wire, battery packs, cardboard tubes, and other ingredients for his inventions. We're doing this to restore some sanity to us just as much as a gift for DS! But we need some inspiration! His room is still very much a little kid's room and he is no longer interested in half the stuff in there. He's already requested I help him pack away a bunch of toys he has outgrown. Here's what I have to work with: Space: The room measures 12-by-16 feet. There is a door or window on three of the four walls. Our walls curve into the ceiling, so floor to ceiling storage doesn't work, but we can put in 6-foot tall shelves with no issues. He needs all new furniture. His bed, a hand-me-down, is too small for him and falling apart. We're thinking of getting him a gently used loft bed to free up floor space. His shelves and drawers are all under 3-feet tall and made for toddlers. We have a good thrift store nearby where I should be able to find furniture. I do want to move out the bulk of the toys he no longer plays with. He mainly only plays with sets, like Legos, Knex, Snap Circuits and train or road building sets. He hasn't touched an action figure in years. I'm not going to get rid of them, just box them up in the basement in case he decides he wants them back later. What we need to fit in this space: Room for clothes. He has a closet and a dresser, but I'm wondering if we could somehow move all the clothes to the closet? An "invention" space. I figure we can put this in under the loft, since it will have a desk. How would you store a large amount of small electrical pieces, craft supplies and various bits of what the rest of us see as trash but that he sees as valuable supplies? I want some sort of neat storage he can quickly sort through, or he tends to dump out whole bins in search of one thing. Book shelves for his books and boxes of sets is a much. Also some sort of storage for the loose toys he still plays with. Not sure how to organize those so he can access them easily and still have easy cleanup. How do you do a bedside table on a loft bed? He needs a place to keep his bedtime books, clipboard and reading lamp. We also need something to hold a small netbook and alarm clock. He sometimes likes to wake in the middle of the night to watch launches on NASA TV. Finally, we are in complete disagreement over the walls. DS12 wants to paint them black with glow stars on the ceiling and a solar system mural on one wall (painted by DH, an artist), and star charts hanging on the remaining walls. I think the room is too small to paint all black and it will seem dim and tinier. Maybe a mural on one wall, and the rest painted a lighter color? With the curved ceiling it's a bit of a pain to paint the walls differently than the ceiling, but we could probably figure it out. The budget is $150, not counting a new bed. I plan to thrift or DIY as much as possible. Oh, and we only have 2 1/2 days to do it before DS is back home. This is just the type of surprise he loves, and something he has been hinting at! What would you do for a space-loving, science-hungry, creative and inventive kid to make his room go from preschool to big kid? Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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