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When we bought this house three and a half years ago there were just two of us and we couldn't quite believe that we had so much space. Our furniture didn't really fill the space that we had. Fast forward to today and there are now four of us living here and we've already extended up into the loft to give us a new master bedroom.
Little Miss C has outgrown and moved out of the box room that the estate agent sold to us as a nursery and Master C is currently in there. At six months old he's already starting to need a bit more space. The room is so small that there's only space for his cotbed, a chest of drawers and a chair to sit in when feeding him. The drawers are rammed full of clothes and there's just no space in there for any toys, or space for him to roll around on the floor at all.
We have a "spare" bedroom that's currently a bit of a study come dumping ground. Both Mr C and I have desks in there, but I've not managed to sit down at mine for well over a year. In fact there isn't even a chair in there any more for me. Mr C's desk gets used a bit more, but lack of time due to his new job combined with a million, and one things which need to be sorted in there, mean that he's more likely to be found with his laptop elsewhere in the house. It's also the room in which all our clean washing is hung up to dry and all the clothes that LMC and Master C have grown out of are in piles on top of the lovely old chest of drawers that we can't fit up the stairs into our new loft room. In summary it's a bit of a disaster zone.
The eventual plan is for Master C to move into this room. When that happens the box room will be fitted out to maximise the space and hopefully become a new study. Quite how I turn a disaster room into a little boy's bedroom requires a bit more thought. It may still be a year or so away, but I'm trying to get ahead of the game on this one. We need a room that is practical for a toddler – giving him space to sleep and play – but we also need space in there so that we can accommodate family and friends staying overnight too, maybe on a nice sofabed or similar. There needs to be storage for clothes and toys and possibly also for some of the things that currently just live in the study. I want it to be a fun space for him – somewhere where he wants to play – but also somewhere where he is happy to sleep at the end of the day. Space for active play as well as a cute little reading corner and maybe a den too.
I'm no design expert, and colour choice isn't something I'm great at either, but I'm starting to pull together some ideas and inspiration on Pinterest and have set up a board for doing so. If you've got an tips on what works or doesn't for toddler boys then please let me know!