We live in a loft, and two of the three bedrooms – including my son’s toddler bedroom – don’t have exterior windows. My goal for this space was to make it as bright and happy as possible given the lack of natural light. I was on a very tight budget, so there are a few DIYs and a lot of big box furniture.
Toddler Bedroom Reveal
Toddler-Friendly Art & Accessories
Looking towards the bedroom door, I framed and hung a sheet of alphabet gift wrap at toddler eye-level. I painted the cardboard mat so it pops. It’s helped my two year old learn all his letters, so it’s become a key feature in the room.
To visually offset the fact that the print is hung unusually low, I painted subtle stripes on the wall above.
I like to add personal touches to any space I work on, like this name train we found on our last trip to England.
Colorful paper lanterns brighten up the concrete ceiling. They’re battery powered, so they work as soft night lights.
DIY Upholstered Bed
I upholstered a budget-friendly wooden bed frame. This room doubles as both a toddler bedroom and 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.
A budget-friendly Ikea chair and floor lamp create a reading nook. Ultimately I would like to upgrade both the furniture and lighting but it’s comfy and functional in the meantime.
Toddler Bedroom Toy Storage
I used an Ikea Expedit as the main toy storage. It serves as a garage for trucks, and also houses 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 to encourage playing. Chalkboard contact paper labels, with pictures, encourage tidying up afterwards.
Toy Bins – Land of Nod
All the Trucks & Trains!
My son loves trucks and trains, so I added decals running along a ridge on one 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.
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 wasn’t doing anything for the space.
We ended up with a bright, happy industrial toddler bedroom, much more suited to our little man.
Toddler Bedroom Budget Breakdown
Here’s the breakdown:
- Furniture – $658
- Art and accessories – $356
- Lighting – $122
- Soft furnishings – $265
- Storage – $171
- Paint – $70
- Total | $1642
Given the budget and light restrictions, I love how the room turned out, and so did S.
You can see how we translated the space to his new toddler bedroom here, with windows second time round!