Find out how I was able to turn my daughter’s nursery into a toddler room for under $500. It was clear to me that when I had my first child I didn’t think about how well his room would transition into a toddler / big boy room. So from the start when I designed my daughter’s nursery I knew I wanted to keep things modern and easy to transition.
When it was time to transition her room, I was still completely in love with the airy feeling of the space, so there wasn’t much that I wanted to change it. A lot of the elements from the nursery we’re staying: the color scheme, some furniture, wall decor and a few other things.
The first step for me is to make a list of things I wanted to change or keep. A new bed, bedding /pillow, a few other decorative pieces and storage for the ever growing pile of toys, where my main focus.
TIP: Think about the future of your child’s bedroom when you’re designing their nursery. Will it transition well? This will save you BIG $$$!
One of the first things I do when decorating or looking for inspiration is to search Pinterest. If you can refine your search you’ll be able to pinpoint what you’re looking for. So, instead of searching “girl toddler rooms” search “black and white girl toddler rooms”. This will keep you on track and show you exactly what you’re looking for. If not you’ll go off creating a whole new space and convince your self you hate what you already have (trust me!).
- Search Pinterest and Google for inspiration
- Decide what’s staying/what’s going
- Determine the bed size
- New bedding
- Reading Nook
“House” beds have been popping up all over Pinterest. The idea originally comes from a Montessori method of teaching. You can do a quick google search to learn more. I honestly liked it because it’s such a cute idea for a little girls room and I knew this would be the main focal piece!
Rather than purchasing a house bed on Etsy but I decided my husband could take on this project, of course, it’s not how he expected to spend his weekend. He hates when I have these brilliant ideas. If you interested in making your own too, or recruiting your significant other or friend here is the link (House Frame Twin Bed).
Toddler Room Inspiration Board
Creating an inspiration board, even if you’re just pinning to a specific board on your Pinterest can be helpful in seeing your vision come to life. The hardest part for me was finding a bed set that would still work well with the polka dot wall and black accents that were in the room already. I was also trying to find something that complemented the space but I didn’t want to fall back to my usual stripes or polka dots. I was so happy that stepped out of my comfort zone and went with florals.
The Shopping list
Multi Floral Printed Comforter Set Multicolor-$29.99
HEMMAHOS BENCH PAD- $14.99
STUVA Storage bench-$69.99
SEKOND Cord set-$14.99
Unicorn Character Throw Pillow – $16.99
Sleepy Eyes Wall Decor-$15
Messy Hair Pillow Case-$4.99
Easy Care Solid Sheet Sets-$15.99
DIY House Bed- $150
We are so happy with space, and my daughter absolutely loves her house bed. She also loves sharing that her daddy built it. This is by far one of my favorite room in my home. Her bed really just makes the room feel extra special. I’m also thrilled that the nursery transitioned so well into a big girl room and we saved a ton of money.