#makeovermonday / the college dorm space saving hack I just used in our girls’ bedroom

the daily Starr makeover monday blog

Last week I shared how it was time to start a new project in our home – Kayla and Kylie’s bedroom!

Here was the before –

For their #funfriday surprise this past week, we put their beds side by side for the first time ever and they had friends over for a sleepover! They were beside themselves!!!

Now for today’s #makeovermonday project – raising their beds and making homemade bed skirts.

Their twin size beds are from IKEA and are super low to the ground. This was excellent when they moved out of their cribs but now seems a little childish, especially for Kayla who will be 10 next month.

Insert the college dorm space saving hack that I actually used almost 20 years ago (I cannot even hardly type that…HOW has it been that long???).

College kids – let me tell you how fortunate you are that you can walk yourself into Target and pick up 4 bed stands for $8!!!!!

Back in the 2000s, we had to go to Lowe’s and purchase concrete cinder blocks and cover them with pretty fabric to raise our beds up higher! Not even joking.

Now they even make bed stands with USB plugs…really????? Really.

I added the bed stands to Kayla and Kylie’s beds and they sure don’t look pretty.

I knew we would need bed skirts and I didn’t want anything traditional. I’ve been inspired on Pinterest by more natural looking flowy bed skirts and I was determined to use what I already had on hand.

Some friends gave me this leftover burlap material a few years ago and it worked perfectly to make bed skirts.

I took their mattresses off and then pulled the edge of the material up under the bed slats. I made sure to leave enough gathered material to allow it to cover the ends and to create a natural wave.

Perfect! It took less than an hour and I didn’t have to buy anything.

I had an idea in my mind to go simple and make their beds with their comforters and bright pillows.

This is what happens when makeovers don’t turn out like I expected and I hate the result. The only fitted sheets I have for their beds are those Frozen characters. Yep.

When the comforters were pulled all the way on the bed it looked like a big king size bed in a kid room. I didn’t like that look at all.

So, I played around with the comforters and gathered blankets and pillows from around the house that matched the colors we’re using. I wanted each of their beds to have their own separate look, even though they are side by side. I know, I’m so picky sometimes!

Ahhh! That’s more like it! Exactly the look I was going for. The bedskirts turned out wonderfully.

The girls were giddy. They LOVED their new high beds. That aren’t really new at all! Mama is more excited about the extra storage that can go under their beds now. HAHAH~

I can’t wait to keep going on this project in their room. Stay tuned next week for more!

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