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My son's bedroom has been one of the hardest rooms to finish in the house. My son has Autism and his needs are truly different than most typical children and even others who have Autism. He doesn't have a lot of toys or stuff, given his lack of interest, he would much prefer to climb, jump, swing, and explore outside. So his bedroom doesn't supply a lot of entertainment like it may for other little boys. We need things to be sturdy and strong, since he doesn't realize his true strength just yet. So it's important to be sure whatever is in his room will withstand the test of time and also getting roughed up just a bit. So while I have it labeled 'Explorers' I'm keeping things simple without going over board on a themed room, which I'm not a big fan of. The pieces will be rustic, classic, and fun so he can enjoy it years later.
And while we've been living here a year, it gave me ample time to really think about how to design his room and give him something that truly speaks to him. So for starters, I'll fill you in on what we began with. We decided to build him a loft bed when we moved in because well, I thought it would be cool and that it would free up the space for him to play and have in-home therapy (Which we had at the time, but do not anymore). Fast forward a year later...I hate that bed. I despise changing the sheets because well, changing a loft bed sheet makes me realize I loathe the task. And for my son with special needs, trying to teach him how to make his bed from this height is just not feasible and we need something much lower to the ground. First rule of thumb for designing a room...design it for the person and their specific needs. If you don't, you will not love the space or being in it.
For the bed we wanted something simple yet rustic. After some research I found one of Ana White's bed plans that are almost identical to the one from Pottery Barn above. It's simple and we can use all of the wood we had to make his loft bed. For the wall decor I'll be using a few of the pieces already in his room, as seen below, since they fit in well with the whole look we're going for.
And for your viewing pleasure...here's a few before photos so you can see the progress over the coming weeks.
And one of the best aspects of the design will be that it won't cost us an arm and a leg. Everything I've chosen for the space we either have on hand already, is on sale, or a simple DIY project. I already bought an antique dresser off Craigslist this past week for $50! I'm working to refinish it and it will soon be moved into the space.
There will be a few added surprises that I didn't put into the design board above but I think they will make the space extra special for my boy.
Now to get cracking on that bed!