Help Decorating an RV Bunk for a 3-Year-Old Girl

Help Decorating an RV Bunk for a 3-Year-Old Girl

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Carrie McBride
Sep 12, 2011

Q: I need some help decorating my 3-year-old daughter's new bedroom. But, not just any room - a tiny bunk bed room in our soon to be new RV. Why is this important? Because soon, it will be our only home, all 32 feet long, 250 square feet of it. You see, we lost our home in the Bastrop Complex fire outside of Austin, TX this week. With about 20% of the local population now homeless, finding a place to rent seems to be impossible (especially in our limited geographic area due to work restrictions), so we are buying an RV with insurance money (we had a clause to provide funds for temporary housing). We were lucky enough to find an RV with 2 bedrooms - one for us and one for her. (continued...)

Sent by Jeannie

The plan is to have her sleep in the bottom bunk and play at the table (though I am willing to take the table out) and use the upper bunks as storage for the rest of the house. But, I don't want to block off all of the upper banks as we will need the light coming into the room. I want to put in new curtains and add a rug of some sort to the floor. I am at a loss for good, and removable, ideas for the rest of the space. (If possible, we'd like to be able to sell the RV when the time comes.)

I want to make this special and happy and as much fun as I can. She knows that her house is gone, she's seen pictures of what (very little) is left... I just want to make her life as normal as possible. Thanks so much for your help.

Editor: Jeannie, I'm so very sorry about the loss of your home and feel honored that you would turn to this community for advice on making this a special space for your daughter. Readers, note that this photo is a close approximation of Jeannie's RV, not the actual RV which she hasn't seen yet.

My first thought is to visually distinguish your daughter's bunk space by covering the headboard area with removable contact paper, Tempaper or wall decals (even homemade ones with colored or patterned contact paper. Perhaps you could hang a curtain on rings across the bunk (that could be pulled back) to create a cozy nook for reading or quiet play. Readers, what ideas do you have?

Good luck Jeannie!

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