Charlie’s room has ended up being a much larger project that originally planned (sorry Pete). The whole design process has been bubbling away in the background for a few months now and am so excited to finally share Part 2. (Part 1 here). This kid’s bedroom is all about the plywood!!
There are still plenty of pieces left to go in (carpets and single bed) but it’s the joinery that’s really transformed this room. So let’s get on with the pics shall we?
Before | During
I absolutely love it. It’s so mental to see an idea in your head executed so accurately. The guys from Leeds and London based Bare Joinery are mega. Give them a follow, because i’ve been bullying them to set up a proper Instagram account for months and i’m going to look like a right numpty if it’s tumbleweed.
The design is a perfect marriage of function and form. I’ve finally reclaimed the living room (and several other parts of the house) and have managed to get all of Charlie’s toys up here, with ample space to spare. The bits we don’t want him to access (pocket knives, nunchucks, darts, sewing kit, the usual….) are obviously stashed away in the top cabinets. With his favourite, more aesthetically pleasing toys out on display, they’ve turned a plain, birch wall into a myriad of colour.
The hubby and I came to loggerheads over the cladding of the chimney breast. His concern was it was going to look too “industrial” and not child friendly if we did the whole thing. Whilst I just thought it was going to look odd and unfinished if we didn’t. I’m so glad I managed to convince him in the end. As soon as that last piece went up, BOOM, there’s the money shot. Especially with that horizontal cross grain, tying in with the doors.
For now, Charlie’s toddler bed sits along the base cabinets and chimney breast with the bottom shelf being set a a bedside table height. Once he’s got his new single bed (due in November) with no footboard, it will make much more sense design wise.
Birch and white is a classic Scandi combo of which we have a fair bit around the house, so Charlie’s room actually feels much more in keeping with the rest of the upstairs.
Holes were pre-cut in both cabinets so we could access the sockets underneath. One on the bedside shelf of course for a night time reading lamp.
Like me, Charlie absolutely loves having all of his toys in his room. And despite his bed now facing the opposite way, he’s not fallen out of bed yet. Well not that i’ve heard anyway. I wear earplugs.
I flippin love it. Keep going upstairs to check it out. And the best thing is, it will last him for ever. The shelves are tall and deep enough for school books, lever arch files and speakers for example.
And the storage cabinets will be perfect for teenage paraphernalia when the time comes.
Please note the game ‘AliBaba’ which is a complete rip-off of Buckaroo.
As part of Charlie’s room makeover we also got rid of the enormous f’ugly radiator. It was too big, the BTU output was about 4 times what the room needed and the thermostatic valve didn’t work.
So before getting the new carpets fitted I got my plumber to fit a new, prettier, less intrusive number from Bathroom Takeaway.
It’s much smaller and so more efficient for the central heating system too. It only took the plumber a couple of hours to sort (£70). It’s really not a big deal to update your radiators, but ideally you’d do it before you sort your flooring. So bear that in mind if you’re planning a room update.
I blatantly took too many photos, so apologies for the enormous post, but the attention to detail in the joinery is just amazing. Even down to the scribing around the skirting boards. This is the kind of stuff my dad really appreciates As do I.
So there you have it. I’d love to know what you think of everything so far with the new layout, radiator and joinery done. I really hope you like it. I will catch up on any comments/messages next Monday when i’m back at my desk. I’m off to Center Parcs this week and i’m leaving my laptop at home. No work allowed.
Have a tip top week everyone!