{Home & Garden} Addie’s & Hay’s Room and Toddler Bunk Bed

So you saw Piper’s Room (though a week after showing you, I got the itch to rearrange…there will be another post soon…).  This is Addie & Hay’s room.  I wish I had taken photos when it was just Addie’s Nursery. Actually, I’m sure I did, it’s just they would have been taken prior to my writing this blog, therefore WHO KNOWS where they are….

The thing to know is that the furniture is the same. I’m big on rearranging and reusing everything and anything. I like to buy once and use it an infinite amount of times.

The table (orginaly purchased for my college kitchen table) was the changing table for Addie’s nursery (after I had it cut down to a narrow depth).  The skirt hides large plastic toys that I can’t bear to see daily. The pillows were all made for the queen bed that used to be in the nursery.  We had the new twin bed made for Addie by a dear friend.  I used existing Pottery Barn storage baskets to slide under the bed with toys.

There are a pair of bookcases that we found at a second hand store. The rug is from Ikea. Super cozy and soft.

The photos were all taken by Sandy Heit. They are from Addie’s 2 week photo shoot. Her crib used to sit directly below them, so they are a bit off center for the current setup….and um, kinda need to be updated now that it’s both Hay’s and Addie’s room.

This is a small little room, 10′ x 10′ so it’s definitely always had to be a perfect puzzle to make it all fit. Not that many inches to spare.

This is Hay’s side of the room.  The crib used to be Addie’s, but when Piper was born, Hayden became the new resident when she moved in with Addie. The stuffed animal collection is not my favorite, but it is the girls’ and each has a special meaning to them. The tissue poufs were leftover from their birthday party….we went for extra mileaege weeks with them!

Hayden is 2 years & 3 months.  She has been able to climb out of her crib for about 5 months. But she never really does, only if she really, really, really wants out and doesn’t want to wait (until after you’ve gone to the bathroom.) Then a few weeks ago, while Hay and Addie were playing “baby” in her crib, THIS happens.  Guessing she was trying to tell us she’s not a baby anymore.

So I did a bunch of research on beds. My problem was 2 twin beds would swallow the room. But my little girls are 2 and 3 years old!!  HOW could I put them in full bunk beds?? Then I found this toddler size bunk bed at Ikea. And it occurred to me I could paint it black. It was perfect.

So I bought it.

My mom and I partially assembled it. My husband handed me his electric sander, and then I painted it.

It took me about a week of 20 minute windows. But it wasn’t too hard. I used a Behr paint and primer combo to try and minimize steps. Then Hay helped us carry it all into their room.

We dismantled their old room.

And we put the puzzle together.

And now they have a bunk bed (please don’t look too closely at my paint job….we had a bit of a rain storm while it was out on the driveway…I kinda have a few touch ups.)

I’ve reused all the same pillows again. The bedding on the top was Addie’s twin bedding. And the comforter on the bottom is from Addie’s nursery queen bed.

Now both bookcases flank the window again as they did when it was Addie’s nursery.

And here’s their little bunk bed.

The room actually has sooo much more play space now.  We all pile on their rug and read books and watch them play dress up.

Hay (our 2 year old) sleeps in the top bunk.  She is good at climbing the ladder which is not tall at all.  The sides are perfect since she still moves around quite a bit when she’s sleeping and I think it reminds her just enough of her crib, but also let’s her feel like a big girl. Addie (our 3 year old) sleeps on the bottom bunk (basically the mattress is on the floor). She is awesome about getting up in the middle of the night to go potty when she needs to, but she is normally half asleep….love that there is no fear of hurting herself.

I think it’s working for Hayden.

And Addie is pretty cozy too!

77 thoughts on “{Home & Garden} Addie’s & Hay’s Room and Toddler Bunk Bed”

  1. I just found you through Pinterest and I LOVE LOVE this bed! I think I will make it though instead of buying it. So cute!! Never thought of having a low to the ground bunk bed! Awesome!

  2. Hello! We have the same bed and I really want to paint it black as well since all the other furniture in the room is black…. BUT my husband is worried that it will get scratched easier and look cheap. Over the past few years have you encountered this problem? Looking back are you happy with the choice of painting it?
    Thanks so much!!

  3. Love the bunks! You mentioned it is from ikea, does it come the way you showed or did you take of bottom of bunk? I love how it is so low to the ground!

  4. Love the beds! I actually had a question about the heart blankets the girls are sleeping with. I have a four year old daughter and she has one of the same blankets. It is her favorite! I have looked everywhere for an additional one. I know it’s a long shot but I figured I would see if you happened to buy additional blankets? :-)

  5. I don’t have extras, so sorry! I bought a third at the time to give our youngest who was not born yet at the time, but that’s the only extra I had. I’ve kept an eye out each valentines day though! If I ever see again I’ll let you know!! :-)

  6. It’s from ikea and is reversible, meaning you can choose to do a loft bed (top bunk) style, or flip the unit over and use it canopy bed style. Hopefully that makes sense. I used it loft bed style, then put an extra mattress on the floor (where ikea would have suggested you use it as a play space).

  7. Soooooooo glad we painted it! It has taken a beating for sure! I used a primer and paint in one. Can’t remember what brand now, but I did 2 coats for sure and definitely gave it drying time. I also sanded everything to be sure there was something for the paint to stick to. Even the ladder has held up. My mother in law now has the bed in her grandkid bunk room, and the paint is still holding up!

  8. Hello! This looks terrific! I’m wondering how you painted those plastic side panels? Did you apply something on them, like a textured paper? It looks like there is a pattern? Also, do you put the bottom mattress directly on the floor? Thank you!

  9. Hi just wondering if its ok to use this bed as a bunk and safe to keep a mattress on the floor ??

  10. They discontinued it, then reintroduced this year in white and beech colored. Search “kura” on ikea’s site and you’ll find it! You’ll love it!!!

  11. Yes the bottom mattress is on the ground. No texture, I just sand with an electric sander before painting. I was a but impatient, so I didn’t get it smoothed out before painting. Oh well! We loved it anyway!!

  12. I want this bed soooooooo much for my almost 3 year old girl and her 4 year old brother but my husband also is worried about the hight in the lower bed and if she is going to bump her head. I suggested that we could make a sort of case under the kura to have her matras lying in the there in the future…. He is now considering it….

  13. How thick are the mattresses you bought? The website says they need to be under 6″?? Yours look thicker and I would want thicker. Also, it fits a full twin not a crib mattress right? This is such a good idea!

  14. How is this a toddler size (crib mattress) bunk bed, it looks small here but from the Ikea link the measurements are for twin size mattresses??

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