Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Project: girls' beds

I'm posting about a project we have in our home for a couple of reasons. One: it gives me something to post about. :) And two: it gives me an entry in a giveaway for a $25 Lowe's gift card. (More about that later).

Ok. Here's the dilemma; we have 3 bedrooms and 9 children. One of the bedrooms is the master bed, so we split the children up into the other two. Girls' room, boys' room (four in each room, with the youngest boy in our closet-turned-nursery). When we moved we had some friends take the girls' twin mattresses to keep for a little while until we were all moved in. My husband went by their house one day and saw that they had been left outside in the weather and were in bad shape. So no beds for the older girls (the younger ones have toddler beds).

Fast forward a few months; my husband's boss also owns motels and he was replacing some of the beds. So we ended up with 3 queen size beds! Not the best as they were motel beds, but still...it was what we needed. Since we had only had a full size bed the entire time we've been married, it was like a dream come true for me. We quickly gave the full size bed to our second daughter, one of the queen beds went to us, and the other two we stacked for a bed for our oldest daughter. So she's literally sleeping on two queen size beds. How many 11 year olds do you know with a queen size bed? :)

Now, however, the girls' have hardly any room in their room. So we've decided to get rid of the big beds and build the older girls a couple of loft beds, twin size. (Click on the link and you'll see the one we decided on. There were some really nice ones, but we decided to stick with the simple design). With this design the younger girls' toddler beds can easily slide right underneath and become a sort of bunk bed. And they will have so much more room in their bedroom.


Our oldest on her double stack of queen beds. Sorry for the poor quality of the picture. I was going through my pictures on the computer and this was the only one of their room that showed a large portion of it. The full size bed was closer to the door and the toddler beds were squeezed in between them and at the foot of the queen bed.

And that's our current project; putting in loft beds for the older girls. Getting rid of the bigger beds was the easy part. I just listed them on craigslist.org. I now have about 30 emails in my inbox from people who are more than willing to take them off my hands.

Now if you want to get in on the giveaway for a $25 Lowe's gift card, go over to Miscellaneous Musings of a 5X Mom. It's a really good giveaway...what am I saying? She always has good giveaways! And we personally could really use that card about now. The girls are also wanting to paint their room (and for that matter, so am I), so we'll have more projects coming up in the near future.

So, if you have a project you've got going or are starting or are just thinking about...go over to her site and get in on the giveaway. Or to just get ideas. Anyway...go have fun!

Until next time...

3 comments:

Carin said...

The beds sound like such a neat idea. We need to get going on projects like that here too. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Anita said...

Hi, My 10 yo daughter has a queen sized bed all her own!! She shares a room with our 21 yo daughter. We have another married daughter, so at own time we had all three of them together. We have 3 boys in one room and the baby boy sleeps with us. Trying to think through what we will do when the baby moves out. I am looking at bunks with double beds top, bottom and trundle. You have to get creative, don't you?

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