We recently moved into a new apartment 5 months ago and due to limited space in our previous one, I wanted to ensure our toddlers have their bedroom set up nicer. I have always admired how other mothers set up their kids nurseries and wished I could do the same for my babies. Once we moved we knew it was time to have the toddlers share their bedroom so I could make space in our room for the new baby. This meant trying to find a functional bed space allowing for all their toys and clothing storage. In this post, I will take you through how we set up the bedroom. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure at the end of the post.
IKEA KURA BED HACK
Starting with their bed, we used the ever so famous Pinterest loved Ikea Kura Bed. I loved this bed from the moment I saw it at IKEA and I waited for my daughter to be completely weaned before looking into moving her into her brothers bedroom. By then by the grace of God we got approved to move to a new apartment which we had been looking forward to. So I decided to wait a few months till the move before getting the bed. Prior to the move, we looked into converting the bed into a bunk bed, and different ways we could do that. We decided to have my almost 4-year-old at the top and set up a mattress for my younger one (who was turning 2 at the time) at the bottom. The kids were super excited to see their bed being put together. We got 3 paints from Home Depot (Teal, Grey, & Yellow) to paint the bed. We made the mistake of painting the bed after we put it together so this meant the paint job was a lot harder and took so much longer. So DON’T make that mistake! The end result is below and we used Ikea Spice Racks Shelves to store a few books that they can read in bed. We also painted the spice racks yellow so that it coordinated with the bed.
Lorena Canal Bedroom Rug
If you know me you know I love me a rug. We added a gorgeous rug which we received compliments of Lorena Canal. My kids room was incomplete as I had been searching for the perfect rug for the longest time. It’s so hard to find a rug that is good for a kids room, that is the right size, and texture for their toys and also one that will not move all the time or misshape. When Lorena approached us I was over the moon! I chose the colors that matched the room (grey, teal and yellow).
The rug is machine-washable and fits into a standard washer and dryer! That was a huge win for us, because with toddlers, as you probably already know that means stains galore. The rugs are made in India and designed in Spain which reflects their beautiful collection. The rugs are also made of all natural dyes and contain no VOCs like most carpeting and rugs. The best part of Lorena is that all their proceeds support the Sakula project, and provide schooling for children in India. In addition to washable rugs, Lorena Canal also carries washable cushions, baskets, and blankets that complement their rug designs very well.
I also found that the rug was super light, despite its large size. So it won’t be difficult to move around or adjust etc. It has gorgeous detailing on the edges with teal poms which I loved and they make it easier to move the carpet around.
For clothing, we had to come up with a storage solution that worked for all their clothes and didn’t need multiple hangers and could allow for all their clothes to be folded too (like onesies, pj’s etc). I purchased 2 Cube Organizer’s from Target and stacked them on top of each other and then used the cubes accordingly. I love how this took up just under half of the closet and we still had space to hang some clothes that couldn’t be folded, store some clothes that don’t fit the kids yet AND store crafts which is shown next.
I struggled with this in the kids bedroom in our previous apartment. We tried storage boxes, drawers, and just laying things out. For some reason, it just always felt like we had way too much. We purchased the Ikea TROFAST Toy Storage and it has really helped in keeping things as organized as possible. We got an all-white system, but its possible to get the storage & trays in different sizes and colors. The only thing I need to do now is label each box but after almost a year with this, my eldest knows exactly where everything goes To see my recommended toys that go into these boxes please click here to read our 12 Toddler Toys Must Haves.
Reading Books Storage
My husband then purchased 2 wooden boxes which he drilled on to the 2 layers. We used this for larger sized toys and balls that couldn’t fit into the trays. We then used a cheap shelf we got from Home Depot and my husband drilled that to the top layer and that turned into our bookshelf. The main reason for doing this was because my daughter was destroying many of the books, so in order to avoid that we do a “book rotation” and keep moving the books between the bookshelves and their beds based on what they are reading. It also helps us keep the expensive books right on the top shelf away from destruction :).
Bedroom Wall Decor and Other Toys
The rest of the room was decorated with some golden Wall Decal and a Star Light from Target which is put on the wall over the Ikea Drawing Board which we painted to match the bed (excuse the mess on the board) and Kidkraft Kitchen.
If you are ever in the market for a Play Kitchen we love our Kidkraft Play Kitchen. It is not too large, and is pretty modern looking. It is also very affordable and long lasting. We have had it over a year and it’s in great condition. My toddler makes pretend meals with the KidKraft Tasty Treats Play Food Set, they use the phone to call their grandparents and baba when he isn’t home. They went through a phase of hiding in the kitchen oven/dishwasher!
The kids use this Ikea Magentic Board for playing with their letters, numbers & shapes magnets that they love. This is hung over their Ikea Kids Table & Chairs which is amazing quality and has lasted us a very long time! They use the chair to draw, play, or even just pretend eat next to their kitchen. We also painted 2 of the chairs to match the bed!
Wall Hanging Storage
In my toddlers old bedroom, hooks didn’t last more than a few days on the wall. It was either how I drilled them in or my youngest (at the time) curiosity that just ended up destroying them. When we moved to this apartment my daughter still does the same thing even though she’s now almost 2 and half! Must be a girl thing but she keeps removing her pink hooks. That’s why I love these IKEA Wall Hooks. They have a special way of drilling them in and hold up stronger on the wall. I have my kids put their backpacks and capes on there. A link to find these items is at the bottom of this post.
In adding to responsibility, I have my kids hang up their pj’s in the morning as well on one hook next to the bed. Of course most mornings I am picking up after them, but on the days that they do listen it is nicely hung on the hook!
Routine Responsibility Board
Iman from And Then She Said created an amazing printable which you can print and laminate to use to set a visible routine for your kids. We used another Ikea Magnetic Board, the Printable, Jewels and Magnetic Adhesive Squares from Amazon.
Crafts Storage & Extra Clothing
With the growing need to keep my kids active and store certain things (especially crafts) away from my 2 year old who was destroying every drawing book and color pencil or crayon in sight I had to take the plunge and purchase a crafts drawer storage. It was expensive but served the purpose. We use it for the kids drawing books, colors, flash cards and we even have a drawer to sort my sons artwork from school.
We keep clothes that are too big for the kids in Sterilite storage boxes along with diapers and wipes (since I purchase these in bulk from Target when then they have baby deals).
That wraps up my toddlers bedroom tour. If you would like to catch the Instagram Live tour, I will be hosting a live where you can ask questions and take a closer look at everything. Follow me to find out when this will be happening and please do share any thoughts or questions you have in the comment below!
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