When we first moved here I may have been just a little bit naive. I was 4 months pregnant and not quite aware of just how much stuff babies have, or how when that baby turns into a toddler they can pass through a room in 30 seconds and leave it looking like a tornado had hit it. That’s why when the letting agent showed us the 2nd bedroom with no storage, 1940’s furniture that was propped together rather than being sturdy and usable and with walls of acid green that had so lovingly been decorated with drawings of stick men by the previous tenant’s child my imagination ran away and I saw through it all and saw my babies bedroom and how it would look. Not everybody can walk into a room and see past the clutter and the gaudy colours and see potential though and that’s why I wanted to make sure that Jacob’s room was adaptable. I think I’ve pulled it off.
We chose to paint three of the walls in Jacob’s room white, with the largest wall being painted a mellow yellow. We thought this would be a good thing as it’s a gender neutral colour and also brightens the room up.
When you first walk into Jacob’s room you see the cot neatly made up. This is a cotbed and only just smaller than a single bed which gives anybody viewing the room a reasonable idea of how much space there is. It did originally have a double bed in there when we moved in but that didn’t leave very much room for anything else.
The carpet is a neutral cream colour which opens the room up and makes it look a lot bigger than it is. We love Ikea in our house, and if you have children their furniture is brilliant. In the corner there is a Trofast system – you can choose any variety of size and colour drawers for these and so they always meet your storage needs. We actually have a Trofast system in the living room as well. They are great for bundling toys in pushing the drawers shut and voila it’s tidy. We have big chunky wooden drawers which were bought from a charity shop and when the weather is nice enough for me to take outside will be painted with blackboard paint. We chose the heavy drawers so that Jacob can’t open them up and pull everything out. I’m ok with toys but freshly ironed clothes is a little bit too much for me to handle!
The other side of the room has a toybox (again from Ikea), a sand and water table which is used as a table to play on as well as for sensory play and then a basket full of teddies. I find it easier to keep toys in groups of similar types. It also helps keep it a bit tidier. So there are all the teddies in the basket, one of the number boxes on top of the wooden drawers has toy cars to play on the rug with and another has little people figures. We’ve tried to space the items out so it looks spacious and roomy rather than cluttered and squashed.
To bring a bit of fun to the room and to break the walls up a bit there is a shelf with a Noah’s Arc on and some hand-painted canvases I made while on maternity leave. These can all be removed leaving bare walls or different pictures can go up in their place.
Here is a picture of Jacob exploring the Trofast system:
The last thing in Jacob’s room to deal with were the doors. His room has three. One to leave the room, one to a cupboard containing the water tank and one that leads to an airing cupboard/wardrobe. They looked a little plain so I painted some more animals on to card the same as the canvasses and stuck them on with blu-tack. It means we can make little scenes up and when Jacob outgrows the jungle theme or we move they can be discarded.
The most important thing to me though was to make sure that Jacob had a bedroom that was fun and safe, where I knew he would be ok to sleep and play. Especially after his surgery. .
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