Daughter inhabits the smallest bedroom in our house. If you live in the UK you'll be familiar with our three bedroom set up. Living room, kitchen/diner downstairs. Bathroom, two double bedrooms upstairs. And the tiny 'box room' over the hall.
By virtue of having a big model train set that takes up lots of space, Son has commandeered the back bedroom. Husband and I have the master bedroom, leaving Daughter with the smallest bedroom.
We've toyed with the idea of building an extension or converting the loft, but it's beyond our budget. The one architect who visited, estimated £30,000 for an extension. Ouch!
|The 'old' room|
What's the next best thing?
Maximising the space as best we can, decluttering and decorating on a shoestring!
- Salvaging some light coloured paint from the recycling centre.
- Squeezing in Great Grandad's small writing desk by removing the lower shelves from the bookcase.
- Creating as much floor space as possible by storing stuff up high (on a shelf made from reclaimed timber).
- Or storing stuff down low. Husband made the entire bed from timber and bed bits that he rescued (the space is too small for a usual sized bed to fit - let's hope Daughter doesn't grow too much). He also built some big under-bed drawers.
- What are the chances of being asked to review some knobs on the blog, just when you happen to be looking for some knobs? That was one quirky offer I couldn't turn down. Trinca Ferro, a global supplier of knobs (who'd have thought there would be such a thing, but there is and Trinca Ferro are it!) supplied them, quite rightly pointing out that they are a wonderful way to frugally accessorise a room. Trinca Ferro have a huge range. Daughter chose four spotty ceramic ones to put on the homemade drawers and we're really pleased with them. As you can see she wanted a slice of Cath Kidston kitsch, and the spots really fit the bill. The knobs would have cost £3.95 each so wouldn't have broken the bank.
- Somebody was getting rid of this large mirror which we eagerly nabbed. Makes the room look bigger and is just right for a teenager who likes preening herself.
Our other money saving hack was to:
- Use a lot of stuff we already had. It's tempting to think a newly decorated room calls for new everything but aesthetically pleasing as it would have been to have matchy, matchy storage, we stuck with baskets and boxes that we already own. Ditto, the duvet cover, the lampshade, the homemade bunting, the bookcase and the rug.
I'm not at all gifted when it comes to interior design but thanks to Husband's ingenuity and Daughter's ideas about how she wanted it to look, we have a room that feels more spacious than it really is. And what's most important when you're 13? Being able to have a sleepover IN YOUR OWN BEDROOM! This has already been trialled and yes, you can fit two 13 year olds into the space (and the 13 year old visitor was much taller than me).
Final cost for the 'new' room? £9.99 (for the blind). Are we happy? If it saves us £29,990.01 then YES!