A Tale of 3 Boys and 120 Square Feet…

“Let’s try to raise our youngest son’s bed off the ground so the boys can have more room to play.”

That’s what my wife said to me a few months ago. It seemed like a simple enough job, but it turned into something else altogether. It was sort of like “Oceans 12” when they decided the easiest thing to do was to raise an entire building 6 inches higher in order to pull off their heist. There were a billion reasons why every plan we made to raise a bed would not work (not structurally sound, boards going across the room, no ascetically pleasing, etc…). After lots of googling, white-board drawings, thinking, and planning, we decided the easiest thing was to blow it all up and start from scratch.

We spent 6 days, and blew our $200 budget by $75, but it is now the coolest room in the house. I stopped Beth just before she asked the boys to swap with us. Here is a photo documentary of the event. In typical before/after comparisons in marketing, we took pictures of the boys’ room before on a bad day when they had not cleaned to make the effect look more dramatic.

The oldest and middle sons' bunk bed. We had white bins underneath for toy storage. This narrow isle between the beds was about 2 feet wide and didn't give enough room to do much other than go to your bed or pull out toy bins.

The oldest and middle sons’ bunk bed. We had white bins underneath for toy storage. This narrow isle between the beds was about 2 and 1/2 feet wide and didn’t give enough room to do much other than go to your bed or pull out toy bins.

The youngest son's bed... There was about 18 inches between the end of his bed and the door, and that was the main play space... no wonder they spent so much time in the girls' room.

The youngest son’s bed… There was about 18 inches between the end of his bed and the door, and that was the main play space… no wonder they spent so much time in the girls’ room.

Every boy had a locker, and the dresser top became overflow space for all their random crap.

Every boy had a locker, and the dresser top became overflow space for all their random crap.

Blurry photographic evidence that I provided a lot of manual labor and the children did whatever they wanted.

Blurry photographic evidence that I provided a lot of manual labor and the children did whatever they wanted.

Here is a picture of the kids "helping" me.

Here is a picture of the kids “helping” me.

Even more kids "helped" me when I got the frame up.

Even more kids “helped” me when I got the frame up.

Then they had to get a good night's sleep from all the "help" they gave me.

Then they had to get a good night’s sleep from all the “help” they gave me.

Finally, it's done. Look! Floor-space, and color-coded bins on shelves to delineate who's stuff is who's. Each boy has a personal shelf by their bed for their own things too. We almost put shelves under the middle bed, but decided that boys, like dogs, are den animals, and need spaces like that.

Finally, it’s done. Look! Floor-space, and color-coded bins on shelves to delineate who’s stuff is who’s. Each boy has a personal shelf by their bed for their own things too. We almost put shelves under the middle bed, but decided that boys, like dogs, are den animals, and need spaces like that.

A different angle for your viewing pleasure.

A different angle for your viewing pleasure.

This shelf was an afterthought that I thought I would knock out real fast one morning but wound up taking 7 hours to do. That's why it is getting its own picture.

This shelf was an afterthought that I thought I would knock out real fast one morning but wound up taking 7 hours to do. That’s why it is getting its own picture.

Corner shelves for toys. A=1/2(LW). A=2 square feet for each. We needed it after losing a lot of space under the beds.

Corner shelves for toys. It appealed to my geometric mind. A=1/2(LW). A=2 square feet for each. We needed it after losing a lot of space under the beds.

We now have a blank wall that has fast cars, super heroes, and sharks for decoration. We are only a monster-truck poster away from having all of our bases covered.

We now have a blank wall that has fast cars, super heroes, and sharks for decoration. We are only a monster-truck poster away from having all of our bases covered.

If you are cramped for space, maybe it will give you some ideas. The boys are pretty excited, and we are less stressed when we enter their room now. Win-win!

At the dinnermesa,

Ty

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2 thoughts on “A Tale of 3 Boys and 120 Square Feet…

  1. We have actually talked about this idea before because of our limited space. Nice to see what it really looks like instead of the perfect Pinterest picture! Looks great! I bet they are so excited!

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