This post has been a long time coming, but here is the my little man’s toddler bedroom reveal, finally! We live in a loft, and two of the three bedrooms – including this one – don’t have exterior windows. My goal was to create as bright and happy a space as possible given the lack of natural light. I was also on a very tight budget, so there are a few DIYs and a lot of Ikea furniture! Sources are linked throughout the post.
Toddler Bedroom Reveal
Wall Shelves & Bedside Table – Ikea
Fisherman Lamp – Pottery Barn Kids
Bedding – DIY // Crochet Daschund – Anne Claire Petit
Toddler-Friendly Art & Accessories
Looking towards the door, I hung a big alphabet print at toddler eye-level. It’s actually gift wrap that cost $4. I painted the cardboard mat on a cheap frame so it pops. The little guy loves it and it’s helped him learn all his letters!
I also painted subtle stripes on one wall in high-gloss white, to make sure the alphabet print didn’t look odd hung so low.
White Frames & Bookcase – Ikea // Lamps – Target
Metal Locker Bin, Plastic Bins & Basket – Land of Nod
Rug – Rosenberry Rooms
The gallery wall in this toddler bedroom combines DIY vehicle art (because they’re his favorite) and some family photos. The photos need updating. Because we live far from both, we have had chance to get many good ones! I’ll update them next time we get the chance.
We found the name train on our last trip to England. (Bazzy is short for Sebastian.)
Colorful paper lanterns brighten up the concrete ceiling. They’re battery powered, so they work as soft night lights.
Battery Powered Paper Lanterns – Pier 1 Imports
My fave piece of art in the room is the original acrylic by my little man! The frame opens up so you can switch out the picture, and it stores something like 50 sheets of paper. We bought ours from The Color Wheel Studio, where S takes art classes, but you can also find them here.
DIY Upholstered Bed
I upholstered a budget-friendly wooden bed frame. This room doubles as a guest bedroom, hence why there’s such a big bed for such a small person.
The duvet cover and pillowcases were another simple DIY project. I took a plain white set that we already had, and added grosgrain ribbon using iron-on hemming tape. That kept it in place, then I went over the edges with my sewing machine.
This is our reading nook. I don’t like that the chair is so recognizable as an Ikea staple, but it was budget friendly, it’s comfy and I like the lines on it.
Shelves – Ikea
Mini suitcases – Land of Nod // Metal ‘S’ – Urban Outfitters
Bucket – Target // Frames – Z Gallerie
Zany Zoo Activity Cube – Target
I used a trusty Expedit as the main toy storage. It works well as a garage for trucks, and also houses a few clothes (in the drawers), a metal bin for books and plastic storage for smaller toys. The rest of the toys and clothes are in the closet.
I wanted transparent toy bins so S could easily tell what was where. I used chalkboard contact paper to label, and added pictures so he’d actually be able to see what goes where. It worked as well as you could expect for a two-year-old!
Toy Bins – Land of Nod
All the Trucks & Trains!
S loves the decals that run along a ridge on the wall. He can see them from the bed, and he knows exactly what each vehicle is and loves to recite their names and count them.
Vintage Thomas the Tank Engine books that belonged to my brothers are propped up by puppy bookends that S picked out himself. Kudos to him on his colour coordination.
Bookends – Amazon
Toddler Bedroom Mood Board
Here is the mood board I started from. I did tone down some of the fabric choices, but it’s not far off.
This was the room just after we moved in. The dark greige paint was doing not a damn thing for the space.
We ended up with a brighter, happier space, much more suited to our little man.
Toddler Bedroom Budget Breakdown
As far as budget goes, here’s the breakdown:
- Furniture – $658
- Art and accessories – $356
- Lighting – $122
- Soft furnishings – $265
- Storage – $171
- Paint – $70
- Total | $1642
I love how the room turned out, and S was so excited about it. Sadly he never actually slept in it. I finished it just before E was born, then it housed guests on and off for almost two months. After that, we found out we were moving, and it wasn’t worth the upheaval to move him just for a few weeks. He did have fun playing in it though!
You can see how we translated the space to his new toddler bedroom here, with windows second time round!