Shared Girls' Bedroom with Loft Beds
  

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Shared Girls' Bedroom with Loft Beds

Our girls shared a room in our home in Utah where we only lived for 10 months- it was quite a whirlwind with moving to a new country and getting settled there! I took some photos of their bedroom while we were there and am finally now getting the chance to share them here.

How to Make the Most of a Small Bedroom

There were three bedrooms in our townhouse and we used the smallest one as an office. Ken & I used the largest room and the 2nd largest room (which was technically the master, with an en suite bathroom) went to the girls.



The only furniture we had with us for their room when we got to Utah were mattresses and a dresser. We knew we would be using their Perfectly Miss Matched bedding from Beddy's so when I found loft beds that matched the bedding, we were sold!

Teepee Play Tent and IKEA Desk under a Loft Bed

Loft beds were a great way to maximize the space in their shared room! Under their beds, each of the girls used a small Micke desk from IKEA with matching chairs we found on sale at Downeast Home.

Shared Teen Girls Room Turquoise

We came to Utah without a lot of little accessories because of the smoke incident, so we found that cute trash can that matches our colour theme at Home Goods. For Christmas each of the girls received another piece to put under their bed. Talia got a fuzzy purple reading chair.

The dolls on the chair are rag dolls that I made years ago, especially for the girls. After the smoke damage, while Ken & I were consumed with all of the work and decisions that came with it, my mom took these dolls home with her, carefully opened them up, disposed of their stuffing, washed the fabric, and re-stuffed them with fresh stuffing- good as new! They were already special to the girls, but now their story is one of survival! I love those dolls and am so glad that they survived because they are something special that I created from love, for my girls.

Round Fold Up Chair

Katrina's gift was a teepee. I wanted her to have a little play tent, to give her a little place of her own to retreat to. So Talia had her reading nook and Katrina had her tent. I spent a lot of time researching teepee options, trying to find one that would fit well in the space under the loft bed. In the end, I was able to set this one up without the sticks that would normally hold it up, and instead I used the ties to secure it to the bottom of the bed, which held the tent up. It worked well and I saved the sticks so that we can use them in her current bedroom which has space for its full height.

Turquoise Tween Room with IKEA Micke Desk

When my mom visited us for the first time in Utah, she gave the girls each a doll (which you can see inside of the TeePee). I think she was aware of all of the toys they had lost after the smoke damage and wanted to give them each something special. Katrina loved the idea of getting them bunk beds, so that was one of her birthday gifts.

Shared Tween Girls Bedroom

In this next photo you can see the white Hemnes dresser we found for Talia at IKEA. We originally bought it because it fit under the loft bed but once we set it up and put it underneath, we realized that although the drawers fit nicely under the bed, once you opened the top drawers, there wasn't enough space to look over the top of them, to see what was inside! (oops!)  It ended up working just fine at the foot of her bed though (which is a good thing after all of the work it took to build it!).

We brought the IKEA toy bin storage furniture with us, and the sling bookshelf which we have had for 8 years! We sold the bookshelf when we moved back to Ontario because our girls are more into chapter books than picture books now, so a traditional bookshelf seemed like it would fit our needs better. It was a little sad to let it go because of the way that it represents a bit of their childhood.

Fun Fact: That sling bookshelf is also the first item I featured on my blog in a sponsored post! (if you click through to that post, note how tiny the girls are in those photos!!)

Girls Bedroom Reading Nook White

On their beds, they each keep some of their most special stuffed animals. Shortly before the smoke damage in our home, we went to Build-A-Bear and each of us created a special animal. Talia's was the cutest unicorn! Unfortunately, it was one of the things that received the most damage in the smoke, so for Christmas, we went to Build-A-Bear again and Talia created this bunny. It's wearing the glasses and clothing her unicorn used to wear- as evidenced by the letters that have lost their colour from repeated washing.

Katrina has a collection of small stuffed animals that she has acquired from special occasions since the smoke (one from Easter, one from Christmas, and a few others whose origin I've forgotten).

Tween Girls Shared Bedroom

In the following photo, you can see that we brought the dresser from the girls' previous room makeover (if you visit that post, you can see how we altered it, and how we used it in that room). It became Katrina's dresser in this bedroom.

Teepee and desk under Loft Bed Girls Room

As I mentioned, this room was technically the master bedroom, so it included an en suite bathroom and a small walk in closet. With careful organizing, we made that closet work, with some toy and craft storage included. The bathroom was small with just the necessities. It was very convenient for the girls to have their own bathroom to get ready in! We were spoiled in that townhouse! In our new place, we have the same number of bathrooms but we all share the same bathroom to get ready in the mornings.

Shared Bedroom Closet Ideas

While we lived in Utah, we got this hair accessory storage hanger and jewelry shelf with hooks for Katrina's accessories. I liked the idea of that shelf so much that I ordered one for myself!  We hung these on the blank wall inside of their closet.

Girls Accessory Storage Ideas

I was really happy with the way this room worked out for the girls while we lived in this home. If we had been there longer, I would have done more with the walls, but our time in Utah ended sooner than we expected. In our current home, the girls each have their own bedrooms so we're starting over. I look forward to sharing those with you someday too!


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22 comments:

  1. The loft beds are a great way to give kids their own space. My boys would love loft beds if they had to share a room.

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    1. Yes, it gave the room a separation so that they each had their own area in the room.

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  2. Oh wow! I want to do this for my daughter.

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  3. Our daughters would love this! If we were to revamp their rooms, we would go in this direction. Such a great use of space for a cute bedroom!

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  4. Super cute. I love the idea of the loft bed and that's something we'd consider when DD gets a little older. I recognize the Trofast and Hemnes from Ikea though. Haha.

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    1. haha yes, IKEA has certain pieces that it seems like so many people use! I've gotten so that I recognize certain ones by name! :)

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  5. I adore your girls' bedroom. So well organized and with amazing taste. Bravo!

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  6. I love those beds! The color and the storage space underneath make them a great option.

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    1. Thanks! :) They were such a good find- so perfect for the bedding!

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  7. This is such a cute loft bedroom idea. I need to make more space in the kids room so this is perfect.

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    1. Thank you! It's a great way to make more room- good luck with your kids' room!

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  8. I like what you did with the bedroom. Have two kids share a space can get crowded but you made it work. I love the loft beds.

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  9. Toni | Boulder LocavoreJuly 26, 2019 at 5:01 AM

    That loft bed is really awesome! I love how the room looks!

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    1. Thanks Toni! I was really happy with the way the beds set the tone for the rest of the room :)

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  10. This seems a beautiful solution for a little girl. I think my daughter will love it!

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  11. This is so cute. My kids would love it. They ask all the time for litter beds.

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  12. I love the loft idea. I actually love everything on their room. It's so pretty!

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  13. I like the idea of using the underneath part as a desk area!! Really great way to utilize the entire room!

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~Heather Lynne

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