Comfort & Simplicity in a Room for Four Brothers

Comfort & Simplicity in a Room for Four Brothers

Carrie McBride
May 26, 2014

Name: Jonas (7), Gibson (4), Beckham (1.5) & Baby Boy #4
Location: North of Dallas, Texas

We had been mulling over whether or not we should move into a 3-bedroom place when we first found out we were pregnant with #4. But it just never felt right. We finally made the decision to stay in our 2-bedroom, which left us with 1 room for the 3 boys and the new one on the way. Through a ton of inspiration from a lot of online sources, I gained enough confidence to head in the direction of getting our boys to all stay and live comfortably in one room. It was something I honestly didn't think was possible for the longest time.

I fell upon a ton of photos on Pinterest that showed what 4 (or more) kids would look like in one room. We almost went the triple bunk bed way, but our ceilings weren't that tall to accommodate something so high.

The biggest problem I had to overcome was, where would the crib go? There's no way we could fit a bunk bed, single bed, and a crib all in this room. So, I found an affordable and small enough crib at Ikea to go in that 4th bunk bed space, sawed off the legs so there would be more headroom to get the baby in and out, and made a toy box to fill in the space at the foot of the bunk bed.

The feeling I aimed for in this room was simple and comfortable. I wanted each of the boys to have their own space but be able to live comfortably together. Clutter needed to be gone completely so it stayed nice and open for them to play and have fun together and with friends. For me, I didn't want to see any toys after clean up. Everything needed a place to be put away. There are stacked bins in their closet, under their bed, in the toy box, some storage under the TV, and even under the couch. None of it can really be seen or noticed. I think that's a huge challenge when designing a room and house with kids. But I think it definitely can be done.

I have a lot of friends who come over or see a picture and say how in the world do you live like that?! or how is that even possible?! I used to lust after big houses and big spaces to spread out and have room. But after living in apartments for a good 8 years, I've really grown to love small living spaces. I look at tiny houses now and want to get rid of everything. I love living close to my family and being able to hear my kids without using an intercom. I love getting to know a myriad of people that live around us who have such amazing life stories to tell. I know that everyone is different and I know this is not for everyone. But I hope this will help at least 1 reader find that happy place right now and make the best with what they have.

Source List:

  • Curtain Rod- steel piping from Home Depot
  • Toy Box- DIY project
  • Bedside Lights- Ikea Hektar
  • Letters- Joann, painted navy
  • Bunk Beds- Ikea Mydal, stained
  • Train Paintings- gifted
  • Bed Pillows- DIY
  • Duvets- Ikea Nyponros, gray

Thanks, Kristen!


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