We’re still keeping August in his crib for a while longer, but I think we’re going to try for him when he’s ready to start sleeping in a bed. We already have it because I bought it specifically for that space back when it was just a guest room, and I think it’s going to work well for us. It’s the same length as a twin-sized bed, but nearly as narrow as a toddler bed. With the addition of a guard rail and a DIY headboard (tufted?), it should be great.
It’s funny, so many people left comments about how we should put the bed in the sunken alcove because “he’ll have so much room to play!” Now, I agree, a fort-style bed is pretty cool for a kid. A play area that gets used everyday by Eleanor and August is equally cool though, and it’s not like we’d be gaining or losing space — just shuffling it around. Maybe we’ll revisit the idea in a few years when he’s old enough to help change the sheets himself, and when I don’t anticipate having to crawl down there to comfort him in the middle of the night so much. For now though, I like the idea of a bed. Bonus: it’s a much nicer sight to look in from the hallway and see a bed vs. a jumble of toys. We have some pretty toys — handmade, wooden, and subtle — but we have our fair share of garish plastic too.
I’ve been gathering more ideas for August’s room on There are a few different plans milling about there, all jumbled together, but the design will likely come out of those items in some form.