May I Suggest: A Slight Kids’ Room Redesign

This post is sponsored by Crate and Kids, a company that celebrates design style and self-expression.

At night, before our evening cuddle, Oak stretches his hand down in front of the slat of white wood that protects his body during his sleep. From the other end of the bed, River pushes his green journal—weaving her arm between his personal lamp. He grabs it from her hand, and tucks it under his cloud pillow, waiting for him for a morning solitary drawing session. I crawl my way down to River, and she mimics much of his movements. Her small legs barely stretch from one end to the next, but mine do. She taps her light—dimming it as she begins to fall asleep. And when she does, I dance my way from their bed and stand at their door—reveling in the many changes and consistencies that overlap in their room these days. 

Like many rooms in my apartment, the kids’ room was up for re-thinking during this time. And over the past few weeks, their newfound nightly routine is largely thanks to their new bunk beds from Crate and Kids. I didn’t imagine changing so much of my apartment around these past few months, but I continue to meditate on the relationship between design, contraction, expansion and growing personalities at home. And that reality is a welcomed one, when you realize when we shift our spaces and ourselves, excitement happens alongside.

For years, as the kids have grown older, there have been questions about how I’d approach their shared room, not only because of the size (which I call average in comparison to New York bedroom standards), but because of their differing wants and needs—and different sexes. I understood the interest in this, but while they were younger and mostly, inarticulate about such a concept, I didn’t think it worth discussing. Space and size, in our various Brooklyn apartments, have been in the driving seat. 

Their new bunks, which is technically an evolution of a bunk bed and a loft bed, leave little to question about size. With a full bottom bed that can slide in and out from under the top bunk and move out, vertically, to make room for an under-bunk side table, invites us to imagine one-day sleepovers with friends. The top bunk remains low enough to the ground as to not worry parents and children alike. But somehow, with all it offers, the bed is large but also quite compact. It allows for layered bodies and pretend play, without requesting use of the room. 

While Oak and River share mostly everything, and the passing thought of possibly giving River her own space in my room (I would ultimately, take over the living room) has woven into family conversations, it is cleared off the table once more. Over the past few weeks, as a family, we introduced an idea of adding a rolling curtain to cover River’s bottom half for important privacy. While my beliefs and child-rearing align with learning how to live and, most importantly, love in a shared space in and outside of our home, I am happy to have found a solution that combines sustainability and design in various forms. 

Speaking of design, I played around with pops of color and height. Not only with the low (but higher) bed, but also with the hanging poth at the window, the mural that almost reaches over their bed, the twisted potted plant that grows and tangles on their dresser, and the various stacks of books and knick-knacks they gather as time moves on. 

With the bed being a part but not the whole of the space, there is still plenty of room to showcase the kids’ growing personalities. For River, who is a bit of a bibliophile, there’s crates of her favorites under a vintage dresser and in their Crate and Kids two cubed nightstand. And for Oak, there’s his collection of animals–that you’ll find scattered wherever in the apartment. For both though, which I’d argue may be the most important, there’s room to add more of their personalities as they grow. 

As New Yorkers, we know that for all of the good and value in the city, space is a hot commodity. It is something we look at and assess, but also something that we allow to transport us—especially when our days are numbered indoors, not by the number of stoops we pass. Having a space for the kids that allows them to not only grow, but that also celebrates and protects their autonomy and creativity, is special and impossible to quantify in value and care. 


I would love to know, are you taking on any projects at home? 

(A big thank you to Crate and Kids, a brand we have long loved. And thank you readers, for supporting the brands and companies that keep this space mo`ving along.)

12 thoughts on “May I Suggest: A Slight Kids’ Room Redesign

  • Reply Elizabeth Wasuna May 6, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Yes!! Rearranging and creating new spaces adds excitement and the sensation of having a change of scenery (much needed right now), for me. I’m sure for the kids too. I’ve been trying to tackle a project anytime I have the extra energy!

    Also, I need that chore chart! ❤️

    • Reply latonya May 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Exactly! The shift was felt in the entire apartment. And maybe I took on too much at once, but ejoying the change in scenary. hope your projects turn out good!

  • Reply Katie May 6, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    What a perfect room for them. I spied this new configuration a few days ago (maybe in your insta stories?) and was looking forward to a post about it!

    • Reply latonya May 6, 2020 at 10:59 pm

      Hi Katie!

      Yes! Was super excited to share it with everyone. It’s been the highlight of the last few weeks, and I’m eager to watch them grow in the room and the beds.


  • Reply Anya May 7, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    When our youngest was born, our almost-11-year-old daughter wanted to share a room with him— she could have made him share with her younger brother, but she wanted to share with the baby. Seven years later, he’s seven and she’s almost 18, and they are still (as they say, frequently, with fist-bumps or high-fives) “Awesome roommates.” She gets dressed in the bathroom, but I think she would anyway— teenage girl, mirror, makeup… Anyway, there’s feedback from one family. 🙂

    • Reply latonya May 27, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      love this, Anya! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Reply Mariana Green June 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      A really beautiful space. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Carol June 16, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Love it! Is the bottom a full size? What the height of your full mattress?

    • Reply latonya June 16, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Carol, thank you! If you click the bold parts where the bed is mentioned, it will take you to the bed and the exact answers to your questions.


  • Reply Jamilah D Simmons June 16, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    how old are your kids? i was thinking about the same beds but wondered if my kids (8 and 7) would grow out of them sooner rather than later.

    • Reply latonya June 16, 2020 at 11:11 pm

      Hi! they are 9 and 6. And i truthfully don’t see them growing out of it for a few years. Because the bottom is so large and the top is a good size as well.


  • Reply Hilda December 1, 2020 at 12:56 am

    Thank you for sharing! This is beautiful. One question, on the bottom bunk, is your older daughter able to sit and read or is the top bunk too low? My girls are 11 and 6 and just hoping they wouldnt outgrow this too soon but it sounds like you think this can last for a while!

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