Craig and I are in the process of turning Bailey’s current nursery into a shared bedroom for her and her future brother. 

I’m sure some of you out there are thinking we’re totally crazy for doing this, but let me explain our thinking a bit.  First, kids share rooms all of the time.  My sister and I shared a room for years when we were little, so we figure until our kids get older sharing a room won’t be too big of an issue.  Second, we live in a 3-bedroom house and all of our family and a lot of our friends live out-of-state.  So, when we have people come to visit (which happens every couple of months and a few times a year at the holidays) we need a place for them to stay.  Even with our current guest bedroom available we’ve still had occasions where family and friends end up on couches, air mattresses, or at hotels.  So, keeping our guest bedroom free is a must! 

Now, as fun as it is to play around with planning a new space… converting Bailey’s current bedroom into a shared bedroom has presented us with a few different challenges: 

  1. Fitting all of the necessities into a room that’s roughly 150 square feet
  2. Working around the room’s architectural challenges features (the windows, the wall of closets, and the door)
  3. Creating a space that works for both a toddler and an infant
  4. Creating a space that will fit both a boy and a girl

Here’s a drawing of what Bailey’s room currently looks like…

Current Nursery Floor Plan

…and here’s our plan for the shared bedroom.

Combined Room Floor Plan

You’ll notice a few big differences in the shared space.  Primarily, we plan to add a twin-sized bed for Bailey, so that the crib will be freed up for our new little guy when he arrives.  The second major furniture change is the addition of a smaller dresser in place of the humongous dresser that’s currently in the room.  We don’t really expect the down-sized drawer space to be a problem given the entire wall of closets in the room and the vacant dresser in the guest room that can be used for extra clothing storage.  You probably also noticed that the hamper and book case are missing from the drawing.  We don’t plan on eliminating these items entirely.  We just plan to tuck them away in one of the closets (probably the closet that’s closest to the rocker)

So, that’s the plan for the nursery-turned-shared-bedroom.  As we all know, things don’t always work out according to plan… but we’re pretty sure that this room design will address the first couple of challenges on our list above.  Now, the last couple of challenges on the list we’re praying Pinterest and Google can help us figure out!


The Ratliffs said...

Love the idea, Alanna! I think it's great to have sibs in the same room - we are going to put Connor and Cole in the same room when number 3 comes along and hope they will stay that way for a while :)

Regina said...

I am facing the same problem... happiness. We have girl and expecting a boy and we have only 2 bedrooms. I am really hoping to see results of your job, because I don't even have a plan yet. My little one have to much stuff in her room and I don't know how to fit everything.