Belle’s new bedroom

I need a bit of help.

Belle’s bedroom in the new house is a little bit smaller than her old bedroom. I say ‘a little bit’, but it’s actually about a quarter of the size. I have already ruthlessly made her throw a lot of toys away, and got rid of most of her bedroom furniture, (who needs things like wardrobes anyway right?), but as you can see, it’s still looking a tad on the cramped side:

"Belle's bedroom"

‘Cosy’ I like to call it.


She still has several boxes to unpack, and we’ve already had to turn over a section of the living room to Sylvanians:

"Sylvanian Families"

As you can see, the kangaroo family’s apartment is a little run down at the moment, but they do have the luxury of a pet monkey in a tin.


"Sylvanian John Lewis"

When they have a bit of spare cash they are going to come here for a few tasteful accessories.


I’ve been toying with some sort of high bed, so that she can store things underneath as well as just lining things up around the edges, but I’m worried that it might be a bit much for a room this size. I remember when I was her age, I had a small bedroom with a cabin bed in, and although I loved the bed, it did take up most of the room, and was rather overpowering.

These are both very lovely, but I’m not sure they’d look quite so nice with only a foot of space between each side and the wall:

"Kidspace Oreo Bunk Bed"

"Kidspace Henry Bunk Bed"


Something like this feels a little less intrusive, but I’m still not convinced:

"Novara mid sleeper"

How have you managed small bedrooms? Should I invest in a new bed, or should I spend my time instead convincing her of the joys of frugal living, Sylvanian kangaroo style? (I am not getting her a monkey though.)



  1. olivia kirby
    10 October, 2012 / 7:39 pm

    That is about the size of Melody’s room, she doesn’t mind at the moment, as she has only just turned 3. We have a 10 year old in a slightly larger room and he has one of these high sleeper things which is great for him, has desk, draws and a wardrobe. Then, our youngest has stayed in our room, the largest, while we sleep downstairs! Seriously!

    • 11 October, 2012 / 7:45 am

      You sleep downstairs!?! On an actual bed, or has your youngest just stolen all the space and you are forced onto the sofa?

      When Belle was about a year old, her dad slept on a mattress on the floor for about three months so we could have the bed all to ourselves :-)

  2. 10 October, 2012 / 7:54 pm

    the one thing you have to take into consideration if buying one of these is having the room to assemble it in such a small tight space ( I talk from bitter experience but thats another story) you have to be able to walk round them numerous times during assembly. an then lift/slide into place once assembled. We ended up resorting to a set of bunk beds but leaving off the bottom bunk, just put the back spar in to achieve rigidity.

    • 11 October, 2012 / 8:51 am

      Very good point Elaine! I remember my dad putting together my cabin bed when I was ten – it had to be done in the room otherwise it would have never got in but there was no room at all for him to get to either end – it must have been hellish!

  3. 10 October, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    Kids today don’t have wardrobes, they have floordrobes!

    • 11 October, 2012 / 7:44 am

      Haha! That IS true! The one good thing about a small room is that there is only a small amount of floor space she can cover with clothes!

  4. Kerry
    10 October, 2012 / 9:21 pm

    Maybe you could ask Belle what she would prefer?

    • 11 October, 2012 / 7:43 am

      Belle really wants a high sleeper. But she would quite like one that has a sofa underneath that transforms into a double bed, so I’m not sure she has a great concept of space!

  5. 11 October, 2012 / 9:15 am

    my daughters room was a little bigger but I actually put up shelves that ran round the top of the room about a foot from the ceiling where all her cuddly toys and dolls sat looking down on her it was a pain that i had to get down anything she wanted though obviously I didnt put her favourites up there but the plus was less things to tidy as she couldnt get them all out to play tea parties all by herself

  6. 14 October, 2012 / 9:00 am

    My room as a kid was about that size and I had a cabin bed with a wardrobe and desk underneath and a chest of drawers against the other wall – it was all that could be fitted in there it was so small, but it did give me the floor space needed to play

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