The big reveal

The bedrooms are starting to look pretty good. Here are the new loft beds in TM and D.'s room.

TM's bed

Adding the decorations was his first order of business. The stark, all-white finish just wasn't working for him.

He added his won artwork as well. 

D.'s bed

He chose to have his desk go the other way.

These next pictures are to try to show you how the two beds fit into this room. The room is crazy because of the high volume of openings and radiator and funky short walls making it virtually impossible to arrange furniture.

And the rest of yesterday's progress. Look G. and L.'s room really does have a floor! (We were beginning to wonder.) J. and I can now enter their room at night without danger to ourselves.

Here is K.'s room (he shares with B. when B. is home... that is a trundle bed which gets pulled out when needed.) I realize that his floor is already covered, but it is all Legos and they go back into the black bin when he is done and the black bin goes into that square bookcase. Yes, it is the IKEA Expedit bookcase, the only thing I seem capable of decorating my home with.

Of course, the bedrooms are looking pretty decent, but it means the mess has just been moved to another area waiting for more sorting and purging. Here is the upstairs hall at the moment.

After this round of junk gets dealt with, it's on to H.'s room where we need to figure out how to get two more beds in, plus another dresser... and still have it be functional.


Angie Butcher said…
This might be a dumb question, but when you are approved for adoption do you have to show that you have enough space in your home?
Your "big ugly house" looks like it has lots of character! :) The odd shaped room would make me a little bit crazy. With a large family myself, I know the value of having wall space large enough for bunk beds. We're down to one set of bunkbeds at the moment, but there have been times when we had multiple sets going.
thecurryseven said…
Angie -- Yes, the social worker makes a couple of visits to your home and one of the things that have to be checked is that there is enough room for another child. It varies by state, but usually it is a certain number of square feet per child in the room.

Shecki -- I actually dislike bunks and lofts because they are so hard to make. At least when the child is older they can change the sheets by themselves and I don't have to. I think two sets of bunk beds and one loft was the most we had at one time.

By the time I'm comfortable with my kids being up that high, they're able to change the sheets themselves. :) We have Hannah (8) in the super short loft bed from Ikea, and it's a perfect height for changing sheets! We have Katie on a 4" mattress on the floor underneath, so for us, it's a tiny size bunkbed. This works well because Katie (4) still falls out of bed often, and that room has a ceiling fan that would prevent us from using regular height bunks in there.

Also, to answer Angie, in California, you can only have 2 children to a room for homestudy purposes. Sq ft doesn't matter. You have to show that the new child will be sharing with no more than one sibling. (Although, interestingly, I had a sw tell me, "Doesn't matter what you do with your own kids. You could put all of them in one room, if you want. Just no more than 2 to a room for the new ones.")

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