Kids Room Decorating – Let The Fun Begin!

There’s a full-size mattress leaning up against the wall outside our second bedroom right now…

Kids Bedroom | Before | The Lettered Cottage | Hardwood Floor

…and there’s an old headboard and footboard tucked underneath it. The mattress is new, but that bed belonged to Kevin’s parents for almost 40 years. It’s sturdy, and special, and I can’t wait to use it in our soon-to-be kiddo’s room. :-)

The room itself is tiny, just 106 square feet, but it seems to me that big bedrooms don’t have a thing to do with how much you love where you live.

Kids Bedroom Before | Small Space | The Lettered Cottage

And besides, I like think to that small spaces are my specialty! 😀

Kids Room | Before | The Lettered Cottage

I was originally going to do some tall wainscoting in here (hence, the partially primed walls), but I’ve had about a year to think about things, and I’ve decided to go in a slightly different direction.

The room does have it’s own full bath and a decent-sized, double-doored closet…

Kids Room | Before Bedroom | The Lettered Cottage | Hardwood Floor from Home Depot

…and I look forward to personalizing those spaces eventually, too.

I’m going to be re-using the bedding we had in our old guest bedroom/home office

Guest Bedroom | Home Office | The Lettered Cottage

Guest Bedroom | Home Office | The Lettered Cottage | Wood Wall | Plaid Bolster

…and I’m excited to pull that stuff back out again!

I’m also looking forward to picking up this big old door my friend Lucy found for us:

Old Salvaged Door | Sliding Barn Door | Wide Door | Raised Panel

It needs a little TLC, but it’s four feet wide, and with the addition of some casters and a sliding track, I think it’ll make for one pretty cool door on the outside of the room. You know, where the mattress is leaning right now. 😉

Hallway Before | Algonquin Trail Walls | Manchester Tan Trim | Sherwood Tan Ceiling | The Lettered Cottage

And to make the most of this small space storage-wise, I’m meeting with Brian the Carpenter about building something super-functional against the wall in the photo below. Move your cursor on and off of the picture to see the (very rough!) “presto change-o” inspiration I put together:

I’m thinking about embracing that pesky little “bump out”, but turning it into a shallow, floor-to-ceiling bookcase. It’ll stick out about 9 inches further than it does now, and I thought it would be neat to create a 20″ deep storage unit next to it. It’ll sit flush with the bookcase, and here’s a better view of the amount of floor space it’ll cover:

Bookcase | Storage Unit | Kids Bedroom | The Lettered Cottage

I was thinking about putting a dresser to the left of the bump out anyway, so that floor space was going to get eaten up by something 20-ish inches deep either way. This way, we maximize the room’s potential, and create something that looks like it’s always been there, too. Lucy is on the hunt for a couple more skinny, old doors we can use on it, and I’ll probably have Brian frame out a few cubbies for storage baskets at the top and bottom of the unit while he’s at it as well. Here’s an inspiration photo I found online that *sort of* demonstrates the kind of storage unit I’m hoping to create:

Built in Storage | Cubby Bins | Old Door


I love using as much of the vertical space in a room as possible. Who says storage has to stop at sixty inches high? 😀

One day, we plan to add a few more rooms onto the back side of this house, and at that point, our current master bedroom will become our kiddo’s room, and this smaller room will become Kevin’s studio/office. I’m keeping that at the forefront of my mind as we pull together this space, so for instance, the bookcase won’t look exactly like the one in my inspiration photo. It’ll probably look more like a regular bookcase (without the “guard rail”), so that Kevin can fill them up with books and photos when he moves in there on down the line.

I’m thinking about the walls and wall color today and I look forward to sharing more about that when I’ve got it all figured out! 😀

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    • Layla says

      Yes! 😀 We discussed and prayed about it A LOT actually. In the end, we felt Led to adopt one child this time. Who knows what the future will bring though! :-)

  1. Jen says

    I love the hardwood floors in that bedroom! I am looking for that exact color for my kitchen. Where did you get them? What wood/color are they? Gorgeous!

  2. Kim says

    Hi Layla – Canadian fan here! I love your site and have been following you for a long while now. I love that you work with small spaces and I am hoping you could give me some ideas for my 15 year old daughter’s small bedroom. She got stuck with the smallest room and I know it drive her crazy. Her room is 9.5 by 9.11 feet and she want to keep her double bed in there. She currently has a sleigh bed which has taken up the whole room. I suggested we get rid of the head and footboard to free up a bit of space and get better with using the veritical wall space with shelving. Do you have any other ideas to make my girl happier with her room?

  3. Terri Cass says

    I love your how you decorated the bedroom and how everything looks great! You do a beautiful job decorating. The Lord has blessed you with a special gift! The room is definitely designed with LOVE!

    I’d like to know where you found the blue drapes? I have been looking for some and even thought about making them, but it has been hard finding blue and then a light weight fabric!

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