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