today i’m sharing a few photos of the kids’ shared bedroom! i’m really excited to share this space, although it’s taken me forever to get in there and snap some photos (i meant to share right away when i shared the living room, our bedroom, a tour of our home office and the kids playroom months ago, but then i got pregnant and sick and 9 months later, i’m still tackling a to-do list from last october! HA!)… BUT, here we are at last!
based on some comments and emails i get on occasion, i realize some people think it’s straight up crazy to have our kids still sharing a space, but i kindly disagree. :) it’s different for each family for sure, and i don’t believe there is one way to go about it. for me, i don’t believe each child needs to have their own bedroom from an early age on. my views on this probably stem from my own upbringing, because i always shared a bedroom with one of my sisters, even though our home had several extra bedrooms. i think it was really good for us as kids and teenagers. and it’s been really good for our kids so far. and for now, it’s working!
that’s not to say we’ll always keep all the kids in the same room! when we moved into this new apartment last fall, we actually talked with eleanor and asked if she’d maybe like to have a different space from her brothers. she wouldn’t even consider it! she looked at us like we were crazy, haha! our kids are still little, and very close, and i think they enjoy their shared bedtime routines or waking up in the same space and chatting straight away about their dreams… if at a certain point she is needing a space separate from the boys, we will for sure make that happen. i know there will be quite a bit of shuffling going on as the twin girls get a little bigger and we eventually transition them out of our bedroom (we plan to co-sleep with them for the first several months and have a twin bassinet beside our bed for now). fortunately, our apartment has some options where we could always turn the office or even another room into a bedroom if/when needed. we’ll figure it out when the time comes! but we sure do love this apartment and while city living spaces tend to lean towards the smaller side, i think this amount of space is perfect for our growing family and for us, the sizing is just right.
the biggest thing i want to point out is that we designated the bedroom just for sleeping and have all the toys and art supplies and dress ups and literally everything else in the playroom. with a shared room, sometimes someone might get up earlier than the others, and this way, they can come on out of the bedroom and head straight for the playroom. i think it’s also helped to establish this space solely as where we go to wind down, read, nap and sleep…. which is nice in a loud and crazy city and also in any home where sometimes things get loud and crazy with siblings. ;)
a few photos and words about the bedroom below…
if you remember the kids bedroom in our last apartment, we had a bunk bed set up with a trundle bed underneath for sometime. we graduated from the trundle bed when we moved and got a separate twin bed for eleanor so the boys could share the bunk beds.
since we have all of the toys, art supplies, dress ups and games in the playroom, we only have the beds in here, and a few books in the nightstand although we rotate through them pretty frequently since the majority of our books are also kept in the playroom.
a perk of this bedroom is that it is facing the back side of our apartment building, so you don’t hear the city sounds as much as you do in the front rooms of our apartment. my kids are fortunately pretty sound sleepers though thanks to a lot of stroller naps as babies with sirens often blazing by. the con of being a back bedroom though is that there is only one window so the room doesn’t get as much natural light during the day as i’d like. we’ve brought several lamps and light fixtures into the space for this reason. and i forgot to turn them on when i was taking photos, but i strung some very tiny LED twinkle lights along their ceiling outline which is fun at night to switch on.
the three bulb floor lamp can be found here and the green floor lamp is about 6 years old and no longer available.
all of my kids play or read something space themed pretty much every day, so we brought that theme into the bedroom. over time, we will probably put more and more of their own art and creations up on the walls. we have also talked about doing a mural on a wall (and the ceiling?!).
the space prints are from etsy and can be found here.
funny story about who sleeps where. after eleanor graduated from the top bunk and took the new single twin bed after we moved, i assumed samson would want the top bunk and conrad would have the bottom. but samson couldn’t imagine giving up his bottom bunkbed and was not interested in the top bunk whatsoever. ironically, conrad was elated to take it over and didn’t want the bottom bunk anyway, so conrad sleeps on the top bunk and samson sleeps on the bottom. i was so nervous to have conrad on the top since he’s younger, but he’s done really well up there and we’ve never had an issue. we hung that rocket ship space shelf within his reach so he can have easy access to his blue water cup at night.
this bedroom has a big deep closet which has been really nice for storage (our christmas decorations and winter/summer clothing rotations are in the back) and also for the kids’ clothing. but we’ve also been using rolling carts for under the beds for easy access to items they wear frequently.
the shag rug is super soft and linked here.
here are the robot sheets, the star sheets, and some outer space sheets similar to ours.
eleanor’s space quilt can be found here, samson’s yellow quilt here and conrad’s here.
this old school desk was something josh picked up off the street from a school next to his old apartment building when he was attending columbia here in the city. it has somehow made every move with us (and picked up a lot of extra marker streaks over time, as well as a billion stickers!) and currently sits in the kids bedroom.
the yellow lamp is from west elm, but several years old.
the zinc initial letters hanging above their beds can be found here. josh and i have a J&N in our bedroom hanging on the wall as well. those have been fun to collect over the years.
i found these removable wall stickers on etsy which we placed on a few of the walls in the bedroom.
so that’s the kids shared bedroom space! i wrote this post last year about sleep routines for kids in a shared room, if anyone is interested. our routine as shifted a bit since our littles have gotten older, and i’m happy to write an updated post on the blog if anyone is interested. just let me know!
i also did a tour of our kitchen on my instastories a few months back, but i realize i never posted any photos on the blog of it. i don’t want to repeat it if that’s boring for you guys, but if anyone wants a more in-depth post about the kitchen with some photos, i’m happy to put something together. keep me posted on what you’re interested in seeing more of when it comes to the apartment.