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Updating 5 year old dd's bedroom

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Justtrying Sun 12-Jun-16 20:19:06

Dd's room hasn't been decorated since she was a baby, it's Winnie the Pooh wallpaper, border with clouds at the top. She has Liberty Flutterby, made to measure, blackout curtains that are staying as they cost an arm and a leg. (whit background with pastel butterfly's and dragon flies)

Furniture wise she has a king size bed, 2 X aged pine chest of drawers with matching dressing table that were already in the room, these have been customised with Winnie the Pooh stickers and an oak single wardrobe with mirrored front.

I'd love to update the room and most of the furniture without it costing a fortune. I'd like it to be a pretty but practical room with tonnes of storage that will suit dd for many years.

Size wise it's almost square and 10' X 10' approx.

I'm thinking of a high sleeper with sofa bed, to allow for sleepovers, and desk combo underneath, plus maybe new furniture but may consider painting the existing as its solid and practical. Decore wise I have to paper as its an older house and walls not good enough for painting without plastering.

What have you done/ would you do. Budget is max £2500 to cover everything.

MrEBear Mon 27-Jun-16 09:05:41

Walls I think I would go for a textured wallpaper that can be painted over. Easier and cheaper to do when she changes her mind on colour.

I would read other parents comments on high sleepers, difficult to change the sheets, bedtime stories, cuddles and issues with sick children. I ruled one out for DS 5, considering a midsleeper, drawers & storage under it, possibly a pull out desk. Mainly to give him more floor space and keep Lego etc contained away from baby2.

He will have his bean bag in his room, I might get another one if I see the need. Sleepovers' I have visions of using a blowup bed but if I eventually think a sofa bed is needed I'd get one I'm also thinking few years if he ends up with a console he would use the sofa. But for the moment I'm thinking clear floor space is more needed.

redhat Mon 27-Jun-16 09:08:50

keep the kingsize bed and get a single matters on a trundle for underneath. Ikea do very light (and thin) mattresses which are perfect.

paint the furniture if the stickers have made a mess and buy pretty handles.

namechangedtoday15 Mon 27-Jun-16 17:01:54

If you look at most bunk beds / high sleepers, they usually say suitable from say Age 6. I think age 5 is quite young.

My DS (now 11) has had one for a couple of years and loves it. Does free up masses of space in the room.

I'd be tempted to get a day bed with a trundle underneath for sleep overs, or bunk beds. I wouldn't have textured paper, I think its old fashioned (just my view), I'd go with skimmed walls (or lined) with just paint - easy to up date later. We've done a blackboard paint section for my DD (now 7) and wall art like this tree but you can get all sorts.

If you get white furniture or paint your existing furniture white, it will look lovely.

MrEBear Mon 27-Jun-16 18:22:55

The reason I suggested textured paper was mainly to keep costs down. Stripping existing paper and skimming then paint could eat a chunk into budget.

Given she has a king size bed. Would it be an idea to keep it and give the 2 kids a sleeping bag each for sleepovers and have them sleep on the bed?

Justtrying Mon 27-Jun-16 20:40:59

Thank you for some great ideas, current bed is a divan so no storage or space under it 🙁

I was thinking of textured paper, painted on 3 walls with a feature wall on the other as plastering plus possibly new furniture will blow the budget.

Dh is starting to come around to replacing furniture as he thinks it would take a professional to do a decent job on up cycling the existing furniture and new might be be cheaper.

I have seen a good deal on a midsleeper, with desk and storage under plus chest of drawers and wardrobe in a bundle so need to start measuring and come up with a mood board to try and pursuade dh, that it needs doing this side of Christmas.

MrEBear Mon 27-Jun-16 22:06:01

That makes sense with the plastering. However if the walls already have textured paper I'd be tempted just to paint it, then not get too worked up if she wants to put posters up.

Where did you find the deal on midsleeper?

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