I’m so excited to share photos of Charlie & Calvin’s shared bedroom that I worked on with The Land of Nod. I really love designing rooms in our home (you can see others in past room tours here) but I was a bit overwhelmed with the idea of this room. I don’t know if it is because I had a newborn with colic or because I was worried about how having the boys share a room would go, but I felt in over my head. So I enlisted the help of the Land of Nod design services team and it was a so helpful in planning the room layout and design. You can see a look at our design process here.
I knew I wanted the boys to have bunkbeds since we use their bedroom as their primary indoor play space as well. But I didn’t want anything enormous or so high that it made me nervous. The abridged bunkbed was a perfect fit because they were more compact (but still use a twin mattress so no need to purchase a special size), lower to the ground, and I loved that the ladder is built in to the side rather than sticking out from the bed. And the bottom bunk is actually a trundle so it can roll out to a different place and allows the bunkbeds to be converted into a loft twin as well.
I’m not a “theme” person, so rather than having theme for the boys’ room I was inspired by things they love and tried to incorporate those in a fun way. Charlie is obsessed with outer space and dinos. And he weirdly loves volcanoes. Calvin pretty much loves cars and anything that Charlie loves 🙂 And I really wanted to incorporate lots of color.
It is really important for the boys to have an area to do quiet things like read books and do puzzles and build legos. They aren’t quiet very often, but at least I can encourage quiet time if there is a space to do it 🙂 I love this table with the bin build in underneath which is great for all all the puzzles and the lego table topper (you can basically turn your table into a lego table with this and then just store it when the kids want to do art or whatever.)
I love those beautifully designed kids rooms that are clean and clutter free. But in my house, that is not practical or realistic. I prefer my kids to play in their room rather than have a million toys in the living room. I think it is good to set boundaries and personal space zones and teach them that I have my own things and my own space and they are free to play however they want in their space. So I tried to make the room full of inspiration for creative play, geared towards both my kindergartener and my toddler (and even the baby since he plays in here just as much), and accessible for each of them. So Calvin’s books are separated and on the bottom shelves where he can reach and Charlie’s are higher up. The things they play with constantly — matchbox cars, dinosaurs, trains, and tracks — are in the colorful bins next to their favorite books. Seasonal books, larger toys, and things that tend to make a big mess like legos are stored in bins (love and highly recommend having one or two of these) inside their semi-walk in closet.
I’ll share where you can find everything of note in the room in the source list below, but I wanted to share a few details about some things I love in the room that you wouldn’t necessarily notice from photos.
- Beddy’s Beds Comforter on the top bunk: I’ve done a full review of this here and I loved it when it was on a twin on the floor. But it is an absolute essential for a top bunk, which are SO hard for bed-making. This has zippers on both sides and is essentially a fitted sheet and comforter in one, zipping up like a sleeping bag. A must-have and worth every penny.
- Lorena Canals Washable Rug: That grey rug with the world map on it is so soft and doesn’t shed a ton like other rugs we’ve had. But the best part? It’s machine washable! Yep, you heard that right. I’ve washed it three times already because Calvin has spit up, peed, and pooped on it. Such a lifesaver.
- Guardian Technologies 4 in 1 Night Night Air Purifier: I got this recently and it has helped a ton with the dust and allergens in the boys’ room. It also has a UV light that kills germs (Calvin recently had a bad cold and Charlie never caught it despite the fact that they sleep next to each other). Ours also has a night light on top that projects the moon and stars on the ceiling that my kids love (but you don’t need to turn it on if your kids don’t do well with a night light). But some have it and some don’t, so double check you’re getting the one you want before you buy.
- Gro Egg Room Thermometer: We live in a home built in the 20’s so temperature control isn’t the best. I put this in the boys’ room (and one in the nursery too) so that I can always make sure it isn’t too hot or too cold. It shows the temp and also changes color so you can see on your video monitor.
And now for the cute stuff. Below is where you can find most of what is in the room. If I missed something feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email and I’ll do my best to help.
Sources: Bunkbeds, play table & chairs, teepee, comforter & sheet set, mythical creatures banner, earth science prints, constellation print (I bought these frames for the prints), volcano throw pillow & dino throw pillow, clip lamp, rainbow garland, cloud garland, color storage bins: The Land of Nod | Moon art, alligator pillow, T-Rex string art: Target | Rainbow cloud mobile and mini cloud “C” decor: Baby Jives (love love love this maker/brand) | World Map wallpaper (on the wall of the bottom bunk): Chasing Paper (this is removable and was so easy to do!) | Book ledges and large cube bookshelf: Ikea | Floor pillow: Salvage Maria | Eames-style Gumball Coat Rack, White Print Frames: Amazon | Boyhood pennant: Wild Plus Bear | Bear trophy head: Near and Deer | Campaign dresser: vintage, but similar one found here | Planets Mobile (so cool and well made): Amazon
This room was created in collaboration with The Land of Nod and they provided products to help bring this room to life. Also, this post contains affiliate links. If you click one of those links and purchase the product, I make a small commission. Thank you for supporting Oh Lovely Day so I can continue to share with you.