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To have given DSD the box room?

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SarahH12 Thu 11-Oct-18 11:10:24

Earlier this year DP and I bought our first house. We moved from a very small rented 2 bedroom house to a much bigger 3 bedroom house.

DSD barely spent any time at all in her room before we moved here so we gave her the box room and let her decorate it how she wanted (paint, curtains etc). We then used the other spare room as a sort of dumping ground / office (I'm studying and DP often works from home).

DSD is approaching 7 and tends to now spend a lot of time in her room. She spoke to me a few weeks ago and was a bit upset as she said her room is a bit small to play in. I feel bloody horrible that we have given her the small room now.

Our thinking at the time was that she's only here every other weekend plus half the holidays (a week at a time) and she barely used her last room to do anything other than sleep. I tend to study most evenings and DP works from home at least once a week so we thought we'd get most use out of the bigger room.

Were we unreasonable to give her the smallest room? We can't really afford to decorate the bigger room if we switched them around now.

Puggles123 Thu 11-Oct-18 11:12:23

Could you keep the box bedroom as her sleep space but have another part of the house which she can play in? I don’t think you were unreasonable to give her that room- it’s still her own space.

SarahH12 Thu 11-Oct-18 11:13:54

@Puggles123 she has plenty of room to play in the living room / dining room it's just sometimes she prefers to play in her bedroom.

didyouseetheflaresinthesky Thu 11-Oct-18 11:15:15

Could you get her a high sleeper bed so that she can make the most of the floor space? I don't think it's unreasonable that the person who is there the least should have the box room but I see her point too, she is outgrowing it.

Petalflowers Thu 11-Oct-18 11:16:28

Why don’t you offer to switch her, and explain that if she does switch, the new room won’t be decorated for a while. Give her the choice of where she wants to be.

teaandtoast Thu 11-Oct-18 11:18:07

Could you actually fit the office stuff in the smaller room anyway?
Could you get DSD a high sleeper with floor space under to play?

Feefeetrixabelle Thu 11-Oct-18 11:18:33

I was about to suggest a high sleeper too. Somewhere she can play underneath.

felicityy Thu 11-Oct-18 11:20:03

My DS has a box room and as above he has a high sleeper. It's excellent as you still have all the floor space.

OhComeOnRon Thu 11-Oct-18 11:20:46

My stepson has the smallest room and we bought a high sleeper with a wardrobe and draws underneath it so has more floor space.

Saying that though he doesn't spend any time in his room anyway.

onceandneveragain Thu 11-Oct-18 11:24:52

It does seem like a bit of a weird decision to be honest to not make the second biggest room her bedroom in the first place. Even if she didn't use it much last year it's pretty obvious she would spend more time in her room as she grew older?

Plus even if she's not always with you she still needs a bed, wardrobe, storage, place to play etc. Whereas all you need in a home office is basically a desk.

I would give her the choice - either say she can have the room now but accept it won't look perfectly pretty, or she can have it in a year or two when you can redecorate - although to be honest I don't see why you need a big redecoration at all?
As long as the walls are neutral in the second room surely all her bedding, pictures etc will look fine anyway even if it isn't perfectly coordinated.

NWQM Thu 11-Oct-18 11:26:53

I think you were reasonable. A high sleeper might be a good idea for space but they aren't cheap and can be a pain when making beds etc. Is there particular things that's she wants to play with but can't in the room? Can you be more creative with storage or how she plays....collapse desk? Offer Christmas presents that are alternatives. Is there another space she could have. Could she play in the spare room and share the multi space but if Daddy home she knows she has to do something different sort of thing? I'd say don't be tempted to move her. What happens when she outgrows that room? For me it's not even that she isn't with you full time but that the house has to work for everyone.

serbska Thu 11-Oct-18 11:27:53

It does seem like a bit of a weird decision to be honest to not make the second biggest room her bedroom in the first place. Even if she didn't use it much last year it's pretty obvious she would spend more time in her room as she grew older?

I disagree.

I would have the other bedroom as a decent spare bedroom and office so that I could work at home and have guests to stay in comfort. A child that is hardly there needs a space of there own more than they need a large space.

Get a high sleeper so there is max floor space for her.

Scrumplestiltskin Thu 11-Oct-18 11:33:56

If the office stuff will fit comfortably in the smaller room and it's just the "random dumping ground" stuff that won't, then I think yes you might be a little bit unreasonable. Random clutter shouldn't take precedence over your DP's daughter. If the office stuff will have to be squeezed in though and just not be comfortable or practical for you and DP, then no you're not being unreasonable.
I hope you find a solution that makes everyone happy.

butterfly56 Thu 11-Oct-18 11:36:57

I think you should leave things as they are OP.
She's got a lovely decorated room and plenty of other space in the house to play.

We had a small third bedroom when my DCs were at home(adults now)
I turned the dining room, which was totally separate from living room, into a den/playroom for them but it also had the dining table in there and we ate our meals in there so very much a multi purpose room.
It worked out well but we lived in the house the whole time.

Sometimes it's not always practical to give DCs exactly what they want especially if you don't have the room.

Don't beat yourself up about this arrangement. smile

firstevernamechange Thu 11-Oct-18 11:38:47

You weren't unreasonable at the time. I would explain your thinking to her and make suggestions as to how you can resolve the situation.
Highsleeper/dedicated play corner/swap rooms (if this works for you).

SassitudeandSparkle Thu 11-Oct-18 11:42:01

Presumably your DSD is there more often than you have guests though, and you can fit your office stuff in the smaller room? So yes, I'd give her the bigger room unless you have an endless stream of guests.

MyBrexitGoesOnHoliday Thu 11-Oct-18 11:44:29

Nope you weren’t unreasonable.
And actually I dint think you wouod be unreasonable to,keep the same arrangement either. Because you and your DH have a REAL NEED of that room for work.

What is your DH saying about it?

QuackPorridgeBacon Thu 11-Oct-18 11:45:44

I’d leave it as it is. She has her own space and other areas around the house. If you will be using the bigger room often then it makes sense. We had the smallest room in our house and it was awful. I hated putting he girls into smaller rooms but it works much better now. Our youngest has the smallest room an often feel guilty that she will fit less things in there as she is older but, us in the smallest just wasn’t working and our elder daughter already had lots of things that couldn’t be removed, I’m hoping she understands as she’s older but it’s made life easier now in other ways. She has her own room no matter the size and isn’t there too often for it to become cramped.

butterfly56 Thu 11-Oct-18 11:46:04

On a practical note
I helped a friend adapt a set of wooden bunk beds for a box room a good few years ago
The top for sleeping and the lower half sofa type arrangement with lots of cushions.
It still had a mattress so that it could be used as a guest bed.
She hung fairy lights underneath the top bunk and DD loved the end result. smile

Quartz2208 Thu 11-Oct-18 11:47:17

Where we live its a lot of 3 bed semi detached houses with a box room where a lot people have 2 children and a lot of them have the box room as a perfectly functioning bedroom

MyBrexitGoesOnHoliday Thu 11-Oct-18 11:48:17

Sassi I suspect that room isn’t used a guess room as such but rather as an office.
There are two adults working in there. And a child who is there only every other weekend.
I’d put the needs of the audults first butbtry an s’organise the room so she has as much space as possible.
The reality is that she wants more space now but will need much less in 2~3 years time anyway.

I wouod be careful to distinguish between NEEDS and WANTS

sue51 Thu 11-Oct-18 11:50:50

I would get a high sleeper bed to maximise floor and play space they are also great for fitting in a desk when the dc get older.

Joinourclub Thu 11-Oct-18 11:53:20

I’d get a bright coulourful rug and a cheap play tent, and then put them out in the spare room when she stays over so she’s have that as her play space. And maybe a toy storage thing on wheels that she can move from room to room.

19lottie82 Thu 11-Oct-18 11:54:47

Meh. She’s not hard done by, I’d keep things as they are. If you need the larger room I. Future you can’t really take it back off her?

I’d be more concerned why a 6 year old is spending most of their time in their room?

Feefeetrixabelle Thu 11-Oct-18 11:56:06

Or would the larger room fit the bed and the office things. So during the week it’s an office. On the weekend she stays it’s exclusively her room. And in the holidays she understands that you may need exclusive use for work? Then the small room becomes a dumping ground

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