Interiors // Jack’s Superhero themed bedroom

Just over four years ago, when I was 7 months pregnant with Jack, Andy and I bought our current home and spent the last few months of my pregnancy ripping out wardrobes, pulling up carpets and balancing on ladders stripping wallpaper, everything a heavily pregnant lady probably shouldn’t be doing but I loved it!

The house was in a pretty bad way when we got our hands on it, in part thanks to the mahoosive dogs that lived here and had eaten through everything and partly due to the very odd tenants that just didn’t seem to care. It needed totally gutting to bring it back to it’s Victorian glory and after a lot of blood, sweat and tears (and an enormous amount of hard graft) we did it and now have a house we are proud to call our home. It’s our forever home (unless we win the lottery!) and totally perfect for our little family.

As you well know, interiors can be a huge dilemma when you have your own home, especially as trends change and your children grow. Until late last year, Jack’s bedroom hadn’t been updated since we moved in (and he was a baby) and the walls were still adorned with Harlequin What A Hoot Wallpaper, all his furniture was from the Mamas and Papas Orchard Range and the walls had various baby-ish prints on them. It was actually one of my favourite rooms in the house, but not ideal for a four year old boy who loves pirates and superheroes.

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So just before Christmas we set about creating Jack the bedroom of his dreams; a Superhero themed bedroom!

We are absolutely thrilled with his new ‘big boy’ room, and most importantly so is he! Whenever we have visitors around they aren’t allowed to leave the house without seeing his ‘cool’ bedroom and he sleeps so much better in his new bed, result!

Without Furtherado, here’s Jack’s Superhero bedroom in all it’s glory. I’ll try and link to as many products as possible in case you want to know where we bought things, but here is his lovely room in many photos….

The hero piece of furniture in Jack’s room is most definitely his bed.

Superhero themed bedroom

We are absolutely thrilled with Jack’s Deluxe Funtime bunk bed from Kids Funtime beds. I spent hours and hours researching bunk beds and to-ing and fro-ing between cheaper bunks with a simple ladder and the Kids Funtime Beds bunks with built in stairs, but in the end we definitely made the right choice.

We opted for the single bed option rather than the toddler bed as we obviously want it to last for as long as possible and I asked Kids Funtime Beds to increase the head height slightly to make it a ‘high sleeper’ so Andy and I can comfortably sit up on the bottom bunk. This cost an extra £150 but has been worth every penny.

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Thanks to the stairs, it feels a lot safer than a conventional bunk bed and I have no concerns about Jack sleeping on the top bunk as the sides are suitably high enough to prevent him from rolling out. It also has a fun little cubby hole under the stairs which is the most excellent hiding spot for little ones!

The space at the end of the bed lends itself perfectly to a white Ikea Kallax shelving unit to store all his bits, bobs and books neatly out of the way.

I searched high and low for Superhero bedding but unfortunately so many of the duvet sets that look great are made from polyester or another synthetic material which is not conducive with a good nights sleep. Thankfully I eventually stumbled upon this Marvel Duvet Set from John Lewis and the design was perfect and it’s made from 100% cotton so he can remain cool and comfortable as he sleeps. This fun set features three of Marvel’s best loved characters: Captain America, Iron Man and Spiderman and although its’s quite pricey, he absolutely loves it.

Superhero bedding

Superhero themed bedroom

The Captain America cushion is from Amazon and was a real bargain and I have just ordered the Superman cushion to go on the other bunk.

As Jack’s room is the smallest bedroom in the house, we decided to make the most of the space by installing fitted bedroom furniture and we are really pleased with his new built-in wardrobes/drawers/bookcase. I won’t tell you where we bought them, mainly due to the fact the service was absolutely dire and it took a good six months from ordering to get it all absolutely perfect. Unfortunately what could have gone wrong with installation went wrong, from the bookcase being fitted on an angle, shelves being cracked on fitting, the doors and drawer fronts being scratched and a chipped carcass! Thankfully after a lot of wrangling and about 6 refits, they finally installed the furniture correctly and we are really happy with it.

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I really love the open bookcase/shelving showcasing his favourite items, including a bunny painting by Jack’s grandma, a globe that was a real bargain at Homesense (quite possibly my new favourite shop!), Spiderman Walkie Talkies, a talking Hulk, Batman, numerous dinosaurs, money boxes, a handmade pirate ship and quite possibly my favourite photo of Jack and Phoebs.

The top of the Kallax unit also doubles up as a bedside table and currently houses a Lego Batman Clock and Batman Eclipse Light that we bought from Sainsbury’s when they were on offer (they are actually cheaper on Amazon at the moment however).

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Batman light

Superhero themed bedroom

We also have a ‘J’ Carnival light at the end of his bed, which again was another bargain from Homesense, but unfortunately has seen better days since I dropped it and bent all the metal a few weeks ago!

J Carnival Light

The walls are adorned with Superhero artwork and I particularly love this set of 6 framed Superhero posters above his bed.

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Superhero posters

There are also three large posters from Homesense (again – I told you I loved it!), two of which I really like and the third I’m not so keen on (the batman one) but Jack chose it!

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The colourful chalkboard was a Christmas present but fits in perfectly and it has now become tradition that we practice reading random words before bed. Jack chooses a theme, Andy/I have to write words that belong to that theme and he has to read them! He has a real thirst to learn and this has been a brilliant way of practicing his reading.

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Jack’s numerous superhero figures live on a couple of Ikea picture ledges, which I have a slight addiction to and can be found as bookshelves in the majority of our rooms! Andy and I don’t really like mess, so being able to put all of Jack’s favourite Superheros on these wall ledges, frees up floor space and makes a nice feature too.

The Superheroes Jack currently has on display are: Superman, Iron Man, Captain America, Batman, Robin, Flash, The Joker, Wolverine, Thor and Green Goblin.
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‘Lenny the lion’, Jack’s trusty old beanbag is the only item that survived the room makeover and although it doesn’t fit with the new theme at all, we didn’t have the heart to get rid of it as he still adores it!

Superhero themed bedroom

This Ikea toy box is brilliant for storing random items and makes a great storage top for his much loved Le Toy Van Barbarossa wooden pirate ship and batmobile!

Imaginext Batcave Playset

Another toy he never seems to tire of is this Imaginext Batcave Playset that was a Christmas present from his Aunty. I just love watching him play at the moment as his imagination is just incredible!

He is also totally obsessed with dressing up and has a pretty impressive array of Superhero outfits! Andy and I decided to make a feature of them and they now hang on little pegs on the wall next to a few of his favourite drawings.

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And there you have it! Despite my initial reservations on the red wall that Jack insisted on (it’s Valspar’s Scarlet Tanager in case you were wondering), I am really pleased with how it has all come together and Jack absolutely adores it.

If you love the look of Jack’s bed, I’m really pleased to share a Kids FunTime Beds Discount code exclusively for Hello Baby readers. Just use hellobaby20 at the checkout to receive £20 off your order. (Valid until 17th May 2016).

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  • Katy - Hot Pink WellingtonsMarch 23, 2016 - 1:14 pm

    Wow, this is superb! I love everything about it, such a fun room! The bed is fantastic, the stairs really make it feel substantial, not all wobbly like normal bunk beds. And that Ikea Kallax fits perfectly in that gap. I love a bit of superhero stuff, and it works so well as a theme. #HomeEtcReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 23, 2016 - 4:47 pm

      Thanks Katy xReplyCancel

  • Victoria (Lylia Rose)March 23, 2016 - 1:29 pm

    I absolutely love this! The bed is awesome! The light is so cool too. Really amazing job! I bet he is so chuffed with his super hero bedroom :)ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 23, 2016 - 4:47 pm

      Thanks Victoria, he is over the moon! xReplyCancel

  • Helen at Casa CostelloMarch 23, 2016 - 4:53 pm

    What a wonderful bed and such a creative space. That staircase looks to be one of the safest I’ve seen and genius idea to think about head space. We all know the pain of banging your head on the top bunk!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 23, 2016 - 7:49 pm

      Thanks Helen! Yes head space was a necessity! XReplyCancel

  • DonnaMarch 23, 2016 - 6:28 pm

    This may be one of the best room makeovers I’ve seen. I absolutely love it! I also love Homesense – I go there at least once a week! xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 23, 2016 - 7:49 pm

      Ah thanks lovely, what a lovely thing to say. Me too, it’s so amazing isn’t it!! XReplyCancel

  • Inga KeyesMarch 23, 2016 - 8:04 pm

    Steph, this is such a cool room!! No wonder Jack loves it so much!! The bed is fab and definitely worth paying extra so you can sit under it comfortably too!! Will be great to have his little friends over to play!!

    I can’t wait to get Isabella’s and Joshua’s rooms done once we finally move out of rented and find our own place, Joshua is still in with me (he’s now 1!!!!) as we haven’t got a room for him yet! I’m pinning away on Pinterest for ideas :-) Can’t quite make up my mind what to do for Joshua yet as he’s still small so not sure what he’s going to be into but by the time we move he’ll probably be around 1.5yrs so no point having it too babyish either!! I’m thinking Dinosaurs, space, or world theme!! Decisions decision. If you fancy putting together a post on either of those I’d love it 😉

    Have a great Easter xxReplyCancel

  • Hannah | MakeDo&PushMarch 23, 2016 - 8:46 pm

    Oh wow! His room is AMAZING!! I’m jealous 😉 Love the toddler bunk too – my eldest would love that! xxReplyCancel

  • EmmaMarch 23, 2016 - 10:15 pm

    That is an amazing bedroom. Such a brilliant transformatio. Jack is very lucky! We are on the hunt for a bunkbed for our two and I love the one you chose so I am going to have to investigate their website. I wonder if they deliver to Jersey?? #HomeEtcReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 23, 2016 - 10:20 pm

      Email them for a quote as I know they can ship internationally :) xReplyCancel

  • Tori GabrielMarch 24, 2016 - 6:48 am

    This looks awesome! You are so lucky to be able to redecorate knowing it’s permanent. We wil never own despite working all our lives so we rent privately. This means we can’t really redecorate but the things I would do if we could….ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 24, 2016 - 7:49 am

      That’s such a shame, are you not allowed to redecorate in rented? XReplyCancel

  • TanitaMarch 24, 2016 - 7:30 am

    Stephanie you have really outdone yourself with his bedroom it looks so lovely. So full of colour and so beautiful decorated. His bed is out of this world. I actually need to get my two some new beds. I also want to redecorate their room at some point too. Thank you for some really great inspiration here xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 24, 2016 - 7:48 am

      Ah thanks Tanita xReplyCancel

  • JasmineMarch 24, 2016 - 7:32 am

    Steph that looks fab!!! I’m loving Betsies ‘big’ girl bedroom at the moment too and so is she, just like Jack taking everyone up there before they leave! So cute :)
    Well done you guys!! XxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 24, 2016 - 7:48 am

      Ah thanks Jas, do a post on Betsie’s room, would love to see it xReplyCancel

  • Rebecca | AAUBlogMarch 24, 2016 - 12:03 pm

    This looks so good. The bed is so gorgeous – i love it!ReplyCancel

  • Harriet from Toby & RooMarch 24, 2016 - 4:01 pm

    This looks so insanely awesome! My boys would adore this bedroom – I love those bunk beds too – we’re in the market for bunk beds too! H xReplyCancel

  • Sarah CantwellMarch 24, 2016 - 7:26 pm

    Wow! The room looks fabulous. I LOVE the bunk beds. They look amazing. I hope Jack loves it xxxReplyCancel

  • oana79March 24, 2016 - 10:39 pm

    What an amazing bedroom, love the bed and all the superhero decor!xxReplyCancel

  • Elaine CroftMarch 25, 2016 - 12:37 am

    oh my god! I want that bed! You have created such a beautiful room. I have a little boy who is super hero mad too.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth WilliamsMarch 25, 2016 - 6:21 pm

    Love this room so much! A room fit for any little superhero! My son would love a room like this.ReplyCancel

  • Alex Lamb & BearMarch 28, 2016 - 7:54 am

    Best room ever!!! We have the dinosaur harlequin wallpaper in lambs room (the in laws wanted us to get the owl but I knew I’d want to change it quickly). We just bought lamb a mid sleeper cabin bed and lots of avengers stuff for his room. You’ve done such an amazing job! XReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 28, 2016 - 1:35 pm

      Ah thanks Alex. Oooh I haven’t seen the dinosaur one. We decorated before we knew if Jack was a he or a she so it had to be neutral but I love dinosaur prints so that sounds ace! xReplyCancel

  • JemmaMarch 28, 2016 - 11:50 am

    I love it! It’s great that you haven’t overdone it either, it’s just enough.ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 28, 2016 - 1:34 pm

      Thanks Jemma xReplyCancel

  • A Cornish MumMarch 28, 2016 - 12:08 pm

    Wow this looks absolutely stunning! I’ll have to have a nose at the site for when we re-do the boys’ room – we’re swapping bedrooms at some point, and I desperately need to find some clever storage ideas, this looks perfect.

    Love the red wall too

    Stevie xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 28, 2016 - 1:34 pm

      Thanks Stevie, the red wall looks great doesn’t it, well done Jack! I was very against it at first! xReplyCancel

  • Caro | The Twinkle DiariesMarch 28, 2016 - 12:52 pm

    Ohmyword!!! WHAT an amazing space for a little superhero!!! I think my boys would love this — we have the ‘What a Hoot’ paper in their nursery at the mo and I love it but they’ve just turned 3 and we’ve got a little bit of time until we need to change it for something a little more grown up 😉 I LOVE the superhero framed prints — they are fantastic!! Well done mama — great job! Thanks so much for linking up with us :) #HomeEtcReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 28, 2016 - 1:33 pm

      Thanks Caro, I was sad to see the cute little owls go, it was a sign my baby was growing up, sob! But so pleased with it now, lets hope his superhero obsession stays around for a while :) xReplyCancel

  • mummyofboygirltwinsMarch 28, 2016 - 1:36 pm

    Such a cool and funky room! Perfect and the red looks striking! Great job and love all the details. Thanks for sharing & linking up lovely, good to have you! #HomeEtc

    Jess xxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 28, 2016 - 2:59 pm

      Thanks Jess, It’s such a lovely linky and I hope to feature more interiors posts soon xReplyCancel

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  • Rachel @ The Ordinary LovelyMarch 29, 2016 - 6:32 pm

    I love it, Steph. Really, really love it. I would have been a bit nervous about the red, too, but against so much white and pops of colour from the superheroes, it looks amazing. The bed is so cool, too. The stairs make it seem like a mezzanine floor in the bedroom. I know my two boys would be demanding an exact replica if I showed them this post. You must walk in to the room and think ‘nailed it!’ Job well done :)ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMarch 29, 2016 - 6:49 pm

      Thanks Rachel, what a lovely thing to say. :) xReplyCancel

  • Laura HydeMarch 30, 2016 - 8:29 am

    I dunno about your son, I’d like a room as cool as this! Great job, linking up from #HomeEtc.ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ The Hollyhock DoorMarch 30, 2016 - 5:03 pm

    Wow! This is just such an amazing update! My son (also a Jack) is just getting into Superheroes and would absolutely LOVE this! I’m really impressed by the minimalist prints of the characters and how you’ve highlighted them with that bold red wall! Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas! Visiting with #HomeEtcReplyCancel

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  • SharonApril 3, 2016 - 6:51 pm

    What a fab room. Could I ask what red paint you used please? It’s the perfect shade we’ve been looking for.ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyApril 3, 2016 - 8:17 pm

      Hi Sharon, Thanks for your lovely comment. It’s linked at the end of the post; it was Scarlet Tanager from B & Q, Hope that helps. ReplyCancel

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