Well, today you're about to meet a box room, folks. Because my children have graciously agreed to show you their rooms, and Ian wants to make one thing quite clear: When I said before that our house only had one closet? I lied. It actually has TWO closets, and the second one is his bedroom. :-) Here it is.
It actually counts as a bedroom, but British folk refer to these tiny bedrooms as "box rooms," I suppose because they're not much bigger than a breadbox. I only slightly exaggerate. So, we have entered into the joy of IKEA, a company which, while imperfect in its customer experience, understands how to make small spaces work.
So he has a loft bed, in which he cannot sit up (we could trim the legs of the bed, but then he'd have to duck underneath to access the desk, chair, drawers, and hamper, so it's kind of a toss-up). We definitely know when those 13-year-old feet hit the floor in the morning!
As for the girls, we originally wanted to let them try having separate rooms, as they seemed to be showing signs of needing their own spaces. However, we ended up with just three bedrooms, so we decided that at least they could have their own beds and mini-spaces. IKEA to the rescue again with an Expedit room divider (we got this idea from our friends Madi and Camryn in Austin (Hi guys!)).
All their folded clothes, craft supplies and the random items that seem to spew forth from a hidden vent in the floor of all children's rooms get corralled, on a good day, into those cute little organizing boxes and cubbies.
They may eventually have desks (Caroline under her bed, Eliza in an alcove by her bed), but right now they're surviving. And wonder of wonders, the girls get to look out into our back garden and straight into the limbs of an apple tree!
The kids' rooms occupy the second story of the house, and they share a bathroom between those rooms. All snug as bugs in a rug! And as the weather turns chilly and drizzly, we're finding that snug is a very good thing indeed.