Play Space Made from the KURA Bunk Bed from IKEA


We haven’t had a playroom update in a while so I thought I’d show you guys what we’ve been up to. You might remember that shortly before Calvin was born, I created an art space for Eva. She’s been into making art for as long as I can remember and it’s the only constant that she never seems to get tired of. Unfortunately, as soon as her brother became mobile, he made it his life’s mission to destroy any art supplies he could get his hands on, so everything ended up in a box that I had to pull down whenever she wanted to make something.

Not an ideal situation for anyone.

At two years old, Calvin is still not to be trusted with markers, scissors, and glue, but I didn’t want Eva to be limited to only doing art on special occasions. So, we pulled the bunk bed out of our room and I used a large piece of thick styrofoam insulation and a piece of utility rug to make an art area that her brother can’t get to. The space underneath works as a playhouse and doctor clinic for both of them. We pushed the ladder side against the wall so Cal couldn’t climb up, but Eva either asks us for help or climbs up the little rails on the side of the bed like Spiderman. She’s very clever!

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The nice thing about Eva’s art space is that we give her a lot of freedom to be as messy as she wants most of the time so she doesn’t have to worry about always keeping everything in its place. She can also let things set and dry without worrying that Calvin the Destroyer is going to come by and “improve” her creations.

I was worried about how much space the bunk bed would take up in the playroom, since I know they do better when they have lots of room to play, so we’ve kept the rest of the room pretty minimal. The IKEA PAX wardrobe is still laying on its side under the window with toys stored in tubs underneath. The toys up top are mainly the large plastic toys that belong to Calvin and don’t store easily. He can take them down or play with them as they are because he’s tall enough. It’s crazy to think how quickly they’re becoming big kids!


I’m pretty happy with the playroom as it is and it’s been functional as a place to do lessons, play games, or just stretch out. That being said, I would like to put a window treatment up for privacy, add a little color to the shelves, and consider adding a magnetic surface somewhere in the room.

Mom’s decorating work is never done!

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  • Reply Becky

    Great idea!! I’ve been rolling this exact thing around in my head for my 5.5 year old. He needs a private space to have his Legos, somewhere his baby bro can’t reach. I think I want to do a rope ladder that can be pulled up though, will the beds go together OK without the stair rungs?

    Tough being the older kid 🙂

    July 29, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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