When we moved into our current home just over 2 years ago our then 5yr old boy was lucky enough to get the biggest room, meaning he could have a midi bed in there with plenty of room for storing toys underneath and enough space for the kids to play together- happy days. As usual, at just 2yrs old, the baby of the family drew the short straw when it came to square footage and was assigned the box room. Actually, at the time she was delighted as the room happened to be painted pink, and her toddler bed fitted in there nicely leaving just enough room for her kitchen, dolly’s cot and other Very Important Princessy things.

Fast forward 2 years, the toddler bed had served its purpose and it was time to go ‘big girl’s bed’ shopping. After and evening spent searching online I soon realised that the beautiful, retro iron frames in pretty pastel shades that I had in mind were clearly not made with box room dimensions in mind! Bah! So on this occasion it was a case of functionality over form. I managed to find a slightly shorter than standard bed with drawers and shelving underneath which gave some much needed toy storage and the perfect place to keep Flump’s ever expanding dress-up collection. The princess pink walls were replaced by crisp white, leftover from another project (she still hates me for this).

In an attempt to make the transformation from Box Room Baby to Box Room Little Lady, while still  appealing to the tastes of a very girly 4 yr old, I added a few pops of her “still most favourite colour ever Mummy” pink, while also incorporating her current obsession, unicorns!


Her much loved pink gingham toddler bedding was replaced with grey and white (mean Mummy!) and I found some cute unicorn fabrics online to knock up a couple of scatter cushions. Obviously even I’m not mean enough to get rid of Bunny who seems pretty happy on his new bed.


There were literally millimetres at the end of her bed to allow for the door to close so in place of a headboard I hung a floating shelf above the bed, which gives the effect of a headboard with the added bonus of somewhere to hang fairy lights (no need for a bedside light/table!) and display special treasures! (A birthday card from Flump’s Grandad to her Grandma when they first started dating in the Swinging 60s, a Shakespeare quote which is most fitting for a certain person, a hand knitted toy made by her Great Grandma and her first pair of Cons -too cute to ever throw away!)

Storage, storage, storage. Bedtime stories are now all neatly on display at the end of her bed ready for her to choose from. I also attached this cute birdhouse display box to the wall next to the bed so her bedtime drink is within reach. (Mermaids and hairbands model’s own but I like it!!) Oh, and I added a background using a piece of card covered in toadstool print fabric, again bought online for about £4 for a selection of 4 fat quarters.

IMG_3281And finally, making the most of the wall space available behind the door, some hooks – every girl needs somewhere to hang her OOTD right??!


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  1. Please, please, please come and rearrange my house?! That room looks beautiful. I need to start turning our junk room into a room fit for my 8 month old soon. Thank you for the inspiration! X #twinklytuesday

  2. This room is beautiful I love it! There are so many different types and sizes of furniture, and handy storage solutions on the market now that you can transform a box room into the perfect room. I particularly like the handbag 🙂 Claire x #BloggerClubUK

  3. Aw it all looks very stylish for a little lady! And we have that cup too for bedtime drinks! Love the My Little Pony bag 🙂
    Sabrina xx #HomeEtc

  4. You’ve done such a great job with this room. You can transform any bed with bedding alone and I think the practical ones with storage underneath are the much better option. I love all the little details – especially that floating shelf. The fierce quote is my absolute favourite for a little one x #coolmumclub

  5. It looks lovely! I think you’ve done a great job of using really special touches to make the most of a small space. & I’m glad rabbit was allowed to stay as he’s cute! #picknmix

  6. Aww how lovely 🙂 I am just about to start researching for Monkeys next bedroom – pirate themed and blue has been requested! I love the idea of the floating shelf such a great idea and it can change as they change their preferences. Love the metallic pink handbag I would so use that myself!! Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week.

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