A Transformed Kid's Room

It's easy to give kids a playful, stylish space.

Kids are constantly growing and changing. Chances are, their rooms could do with an overhaul just to keep up.

build a play loft based on space and imagination

build a play loft based on space and imagination

It’s easy to give kids a playful, stylish space.

It doesn’t take a fortune to transform a kid’s room – just some imagination and this how-to from Michele Beschen. The B. Original host offers some of her own fun ideas for kids’ beds, trim and creative decor.

Murphy Bed

Believe it or not, building a Murphy bed – a bed that folds up into the wall – isn’t complicated construction. It’s just big. But it can be a great space-saver if a closet can be given up, and lots of kids love the idea of a bed that tucks away into a secret cupboard.

The best way for a do-it-yourselfer to tackle a Murphy bed is to find a kit. Look for them at woodworking stores or online.

Flooring Becomes Trim Work

Michele believes good wood should never go to waste. So, when she had leftover cherry flooring, she transformed it into swanky trim with a lot more personality than traditional trim. Here’s how:

- Use a table saw to cut off the tongue and groove edges of the flooring, then use a planer to remove the groove on the back.
- Round over the edges with a router and a ¼" round-over bit.
- Sand, varnish and install just as regular trim, nailing in place and filling nail holes with putty. Michele used different plank lengths, breaking up the line every so often with a square block.

Fun Furniture

Add a lot of visual fun to a child’s room with just a jigsaw and some lumber:

- Cut out and paint a whimsical platform to slide under the mattress of a traditional bed
- Build a loft bed or play loft. Let the child’s personality and the available space drive the design; loft plans and even kits are available online. Remember to round over edges with a router to protect young hands and feet, and brace the back of the ladder with additional wood.

Have the child help design different parts of the room and even assist on some simple building. He or she will have a fun chance to B. Original.

Next Up

6 Clever Places to Hide a Guest Bed

Find some unusual ways for housing overnight guests.

How to Make a Kid's Headboard With Built-In Nightlights

Make an illuminated space-themed headboard for a child's room using holiday lights and plywood.

How to Clean a Pet Bed

Pets can be dirty, but follow these tips and keep their favorite resting spots clean (and smelling good).

How to Clean a Fabric Headboard

Hygiene doesn’t stop at the sheets.

How to Build an Open Display Shelving Unit

Looking for a cool way to display your kid’s collectibles, books, photos and accomplishments? Do it in style with this fun DIY multi-tiered shelf.

Media Room From Blog Cabin 2013

The second-floor gathering space offers the high-tech features of a home theater, plus concealed sleeping space for overnight guests.

How to Make a Geometric Wood Headboard

If you’re looking for a stylish way to add personality and color to your bedroom, then this DIY modern art headboard is the perfect project for you.

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.