Over the next six weeks Tony and I will creating built-in beds in a shared bedroom for our two sons who are now 7 and 2.5. We chose to do this bedroom as part of the One Room Challenge because our baby is no longer a baby, and it’s time to get him out of the crib and into a real bed. I have had this idea in my head for a lot of years, and it’s finally time that we get to work on it!

I’m going to get to the very bad “before” pictures, but first let’s take a look back at the room so I can set up the story properly…

July 2016

Let me bring you back to about a year and a half ago when we were in the middle of building our house. During the framing stage we decided to decrease the height of the front hall closet and increase the amount of space in the boys bedroom. Ever since we designed our house, I thought this would be a perfect little nook to create a loft bed for our oldest son.

framing a raised bungalow

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September 2016

A few months later we had my brother drywall our entire house. This is how the boys bedroom looked with fresh new drywall.  Can you picture a full wall of built-in beds yet?

drywall in a new house

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October 2016

We installed the hardwood flooring shortly after that. I painted the room a very light blue/grey paint, but as it usually happens with me I ran out of paint about halfway through the second coat. We also finished installing the trim and interior doors, but I never got around to painting it in this room.

medium brown hardwood floors

contemporary interior doors and trim

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The Present

Fast track over a year and this is how the room looks now. Pretty much in the same state, except full of stuff. The furniture is all mismatched, the rocking chair is left from when I used it in our daughter’s nursery, one dresser has a broken leg, the crib is basically falling apart, the curtains are too short, I’m using a blanket for an area rug, and the entire room just seems to collect junk.

shared boys bedroom makeover with built-in beds

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The Plan

The plan is to build a platform for a bed about 4 feet off the ground in the nook area above the front hall closet. We will build large steps leading up to the bed with drawers for storage. Then we’ll build a solid wood desktop using reclaimed wood and an epoxy resin coating. We’ll reuse the bed that we already have (the bright green one pictured above) but prime and paint it so the entire wall is one seamless set of built-in beds with lots of storage drawers.

Other than that I will:

  • Do a second coat of wall paint
  • Finish the trim, including caulking, filling nail holes, and two coats of paint
  • Find one large dresser to replace the broken one
  • Replace the curtains
  • Make matching bedding

*This project is sponsored by the Home Depot Canada, and I’m so appreciative that they are willing to work with me to make this project possible*

16 thoughts on “Built-in beds for a shared boys bedroom: One Room Challenge Week 1”

  1. This room has great bones and your ideas are fab! I’m so excited to follow your progress though this series. XO ~~Susie from The Chelsea Project

  2. It’s such a great space to work with! It’s going to look fantastic when it’s done and feel so good to cross those to-do’s off your list!

  3. This is going to be such a fun space when it’s all done! I love the idea of a platform bed with storage in the steps. Boys bedrooms are such a fun space to get creative! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

  4. All of your plans sound like their building toward an awesome boys’ bedroom. The storage ideas sound fantastic so that you’re not accidentally tripping over toys in the middle of the night! (I can’t be the only one who has done this, can I?) Anyway, excuse me for blabbing on with a fellow mom, but I can’t wait to see how the room comes together.

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