August's Room

A Floor Plan for August’s Room

We’re still keeping August in his crib for a while longer, but I think we’re going to try the Lubi daybed for him when he’s ready to start sleeping in a bed. We already have it because I bought it specifically for that space back when it was just a guest room, and I think it’s going to work well for us. It’s the same length as a twin-sized bed, but nearly as narrow as a toddler bed. With the addition of a guard rail and a DIY headboard (tufted?), it should be great.

August's Room Floor Plan

It’s funny, so many people left comments about how we should put the bed in the sunken alcove because “he’ll have so much room to play!” Now, I agree, a fort-style bed is pretty cool for a kid. A play area that gets used everyday by Eleanor and August is equally cool though, and it’s not like we’d be gaining or losing space — just shuffling it around. Maybe we’ll revisit the idea in a few years when he’s old enough to help change the sheets himself, and when I don’t anticipate having to crawl down there to comfort him in the middle of the night so much. For now though, I like the idea of a bed. Bonus: it’s a much nicer sight to look in from the hallway and see a bed vs. a jumble of toys. We have some pretty toys — handmade, wooden, and subtle — but we have our fair share of garish plastic too.

I’ve been gathering more ideas for August’s room on this Pinterest board. There are a few different plans milling about there, all jumbled together, but the design will likely come out of those items in some form.

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  • Ashley@ The Houston House
    February 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    This will look great! Love the ideas you have pinned.

  • Wendy @ New Moms Talk
    February 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Way to use what you have!

    We’re working on a few projects with items we have, and some we didn’t realize we had.

  • Loren
    February 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I think you made a really wise choice. I think the bed in the alcove is such a cool idea (I had something similar when I was little) but considering the difficulty you said there was in changing the sheets I think that might be a better choice once August is 100% potty trained…

  • Catherine
    February 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Oh, I am with you! Changing crib sheets is not the easiest thing on its own, and having to climb down there to do it, possibly in the middle of the night, would just be cruel for you. :)

  • May
    February 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    In terms of tidiness I am definitely with you on keeping the play area in the sunken section of the room! I had a bedroom in the attic when I was small and loved it, crawling into the little under-eave sections which my parents couldn’t fit into was like having my own den.

    • Making it Lovely
      February 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      I had an attic bedroom too, with a little under-the-eaves closet for all my toys. I LOVED it.

  • kristi@SimplePrettyThings
    February 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Have you seen the pin board for my daughter’s little girl room ideas? All over the place but at least it’s coming together in my head. Can’t wait to see this room evolve!

  • Tallen
    February 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I have the Lubi in orange and it has been great for those nights when my nieces and nephews spend the night. Make sure that you use a waterproof mattress pad on it for nighttime accidents. I didn’t and there are circular stains all over it now. I keep it for their visits but have had to buy throws to cover it.

    • Making it Lovely
      February 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Yep, we’ll definitely be keeping a waterproof mattress cover on it. We do the same for Eleanor’s bed.

  • Chris
    February 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Looks like a great plan! And I’m with you…the bed in the nook idea will be fantastic, some day. You know him best and if you think you’d be climbing into the alcove in the middle of the night, best to wait!

  • amyks
    February 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

    This may be a stupid question, but do you have to buy special sheets to fit this daybed? You said it is as long as a twin, but narrow like a toddler bed, do you use a regular fitted twin size and just pull it tight?

    • Making it Lovely
      February 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Yep, normal sheets, pulled tight and tucked under a bit. There’s no noticeable difference and the sheets stay put just fine.

  • Brianna
    February 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Isn’t pinterest awesome! I honestly think I’d pay a membership fee for it. I’ve been using it to put together my baby girl’s room. Here’s my board:

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