Big Girl room

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Lavender444's picture
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Big Girl room

So, Ava's big girl room has been in progress for a while now. Really all I have left to do is hang up some more stuff on the walls, but I'm waiting on a cross-stitch I asked my MIL to make before I get it all up.

Ava's crib converts to a full bed, and my intentions were to use it. But now I'm realizing (after 8 years of living here) that our bedrooms are small. A full bed takes up A LOT of valuable play space on the floor. Like, with her dresser and the bed, we'll have like a foot of walking space around the furniture. Soooo, my question is two parts.

1- Do you think that we should go for floor space and get a twin bed instead (which involves buying a new bed and mattress) or just use the crib frame and she can play on the bed (which involves just getting the mattress)

2- Do you think this bed is too much if we went with a twin size over a full? It's pretty girly. And although Ava loves all things pink and frilly and princessey now, and my theme with her room is understated princess, who's to say she won't be a total tomboy in a couple years... WDYT?

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I would personally go for a smaller bed to have room to move around if you can afford it (which it sounds like you can).

I think that bed is cute!

Aiden is going to a real bed sometime this fall so that the new baby (and all of his/her stuff) can have his (small) nursery. The room Aiden is moving into is huge for a bedroom. Right now we have a full bed, a dresser, 3 nightstands (long story) and a storage ottoman in there with plenty of room to walk around (not really a play space, but nothing is cramped). Right now I'm leaning towards him using the guest bed as his bed since it's already old (mine from my childhood) and might as well let him finish destroying it. Though DH thinks that DS should keep the nursery and use the matching antique twin bed that my parents gave us (no way no how would anything bigger fit in there!). And let the nursery share the guest room (cause baby wouldn't be using it for at night for long awhile).
Watch us get orders that have us move in December. lol

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I tend to go for more simple and versatile when it comes to furniture, so even though the pink bed is adorable... I personally wouldn't get it.

I know exactly what you mean about the full bed being too big. We bought convertible cribs, too, and although J is ready for the full size bed (and I'd like to get him to sleep on a better mattress), I think we are going to keep him in the toddler bed conversion for awhile longer. I love the added playspace, but I don't want to go out and buy a twin, when in a few years, he will then move into a full....

Can't wait to see pics when you are all done!!!

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We had a double bed that we had intended to give to one of the kids...we ended up buying a twin, for the play space in their rooms. While they don't use them now, I know that in a few years, space in the bedroom will be at a premium. Personally, while I like the pink bed, I wouldn't buy it. I would buy something neutral, and decorate around it. Otherwise, I think you'll be looking to replace that frame in 2-3 years when princesses are not cool anymore!

Nicole

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I decided to go for it. How often in life can you get away with such a girly bed? It's fairly inexpensive and I can always resell on Craigslist if she decides a few years down the road, she doesn't like it anymore.

After it comes, I'll finally post pictures of the before and afters. )

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"Lavender444" wrote:

I decided to go for it. How often in life can you get away with such a girly bed? It's fairly inexpensive and I can always resell on Craigslist if she decides a few years down the road, she doesn't like it anymore.

After it comes, I'll finally post pictures of the before and afters. )

Awesome! I bet she is going to L.O.V.E. it!!! I can't wait to see pictures!

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How fun and girly! Can't wait to hear how much she likes it!

On a side note, Amber, I can't remember which show or magazine I saw it in but somewhere I saw decorators taking a bed JUST like that and converting (seemed fairly easy to do) it into a new design just by getting it recovered. The owner of the bed did it themselves after learning how. Just a thought for down the road. Could always make it cream, green, whatever in the future and you could always use it as a guest bed in the future.

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I had that thought too, Julie. I could even use fabric paint if I wanted to change it later.

I actually considered making the whole thing myself. It seems fairly easy. But I figure with the cost of the bed being low anyways, I'd just leave it to the professionals and save me the time and effort.