‘ DIY beds per­fect for our kids’

Here’s an in­ge­nious way to ac­com­mo­date the in­ter­ests and ac­tiv­i­ties of two lit­tle boys in one space. Q&A Fine fin­ishes

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with Esna

Where did you get your ideas? I searched Pin­ter­est and even­tu­ally found what I wanted on Ikea’s web­site – it was the blue­print for the beds Jo­han de­signed. How did you cre­ate pri­vacy for the kids? At first I hung a cur­tain in front of Jaco’s bed be­cause SJ’S night-light both­ered him. It be­came a fun game to open and close the cur­tain. I then de­cided to put up a cur­tain with a ‘win­dow’ for each of them. SJ calls his nook his ‘tent’ – he hides his cars away from Jaco there! The cur­tains are se­cured with ties on the frame of the bed and can be eas­ily moved or re­moved. Any other tips on how to best utilise limited space? The back of the door was cov­ered in black­board paint to cre­ate a neat space where the kids can draw. Any cost-cut­ting tips? The shelves above the beds were made with wood left over from mak­ing the beds – we sim­ply jazzed them up with red paint that we had used for a pre­vi­ous pro­ject. Paint Beds in Her­itage Paints Mod Blue acrylic; red shelves in Her­itage Paints Chalk­board paint in the colour Smooch (011 493 9174, her­itage­paints.co.za) Tim­ber Builders (0860 284 533, builders.co.za) Bed­ding MRP Home (0800 21 25 35, mr­phome.com)

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