Trans­form a bed­room into a neat space any kid will love

Knock up this neat nook for an in­stant life­style up­grade that any kid – and land­lord – will love!

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sooner or later, lit­tle kids turn into big­ger kids and it’s time to up­date their bed­rooms to some­thing more suited to their grow­ing in­ter­ests. But how do you man­age a bed­room makeover on a bud­get – es­pe­cially when you’re rent­ing? Easy, think in­side the box! If you can’t put up shelves or drill holes in walls, cre­ate an­other set of free­stand­ing, self-sup­port­ing walls from ply­wood sheets. Then, you can dec­o­rate to your heart’s con­tent. The look can be tai­lored to your child’s needs – and when it’s time to move house, you can take this bed nook with you!


1 Store it all

When stor­age, and space, is at a pre­mium, don’t ig­nore the po­ten­tial that ‘un­der the bed’ has to of­fer. Look for a set of sturdy old draw­ers (check out op shops or coun­cil clean-ups), then re­pur­pose them with paint, nifty sash cord han­dles and a set of cas­tor wheels. No more mess! For in­struc­tions, see page 142

3 Desk mat­ters

Use an old wooden stool to sup­port the end of a built-in desk along one wall of the free­stand­ing bed nook, which clev­erly pro­vides ex­tra stor­age space as well. You can ad­just the height of the stool with screw-in feet, if nec­es­sary. And don’t for­get to round the end edge of your desk­top – in a small space, it will save lots of bumps and bruises on sharp cor­ners! 3 Be­fore

2 Stick to it

In keep­ing with the slightly rus­tic, eco look of the ply­wood walls, use a thick dried tree branch in­stead of a dowel rod to sus­pend a comfy cush­ioned bed­head at the right height. Then, to make lad­der stor­age, use lengths of dowel to form cross-bars be­tween an­other two sturdy branches – just drill shal­low holes in the branches and use PVA to se­cure the as­sem­bly to­gether. Easy! 2

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