I thought there was nothing I’d love more about my boy’s new room than the bunk beds I just assembled, but I was wrong. Adding this wall to the room is everything:
I love the wall-mounted nightstands and book ledges, all the color, and all the function. Really, cheerful and functional? Probably my favorite combo.
Let’s talk about the desk first. Initially, I was planning on either having book ledges span the height of the wall or putting a small locker or baskets under the ledges. But when I was in Ikea to pick up said book ledges, I walked through the office section and saw a narrow desk that I thought could be perfect (the Besta Burs). I called home, asked the kiddo if he wanted a desk, and got a resounding “yes!” Kind of brilliant to trick a kid into thinking a desk is his idea and really using it as an incentive for him to do homework.
As for the book ledges, I thought about building and painting my own but it is hard to pass up already finished ledges from Ikea for less than $15 a pop. So I didn’t. The best part of the ledges is that all the books on them just add so much color to the room. Kind of takes away from the gray-on-gray (walls and bunks) prison look we had going in here last week.
The nightstand situation required a little creativity. An ordinary nightstand wouldn’t work because it would block the under-bunk drawers and would be useless for the top bunk. Wall-mounted nightstands were the perfect solution. Again, I found these wall cubes at Ikea that were super easy to put together and hang on the wall. Basically, this post should have been titled “The Wall Ikea Built”.
I feel like the cubes might be a little “blah” so I’m still playing with painting the back of them – dark gray? bright orange? or be lazy and do nothing?
In addition to the Ikea wall, we also added some new lighting. Not from Ikea. The kids got clip on bed lights (Land of Nod) which has helped facilitate late night sneak-reading.
And we installed a new industrial-style ceiling light (Lamps Plus).
Best part of this light is the cage all around it – necessary considering the number of balls flying in this boy’s room. #twss
Okay, so that’s the wall of awesome.
Next up is actually bringing the sports into this supposedly sports-themed room. Next week.
In the meantime, don’t forget to check out all the other great room transformations happening in just six weeks here!