My son LOVES pirates! Unlike monster trucks, there aren't a lot of ways to expose him to pirate adventures in our area. So, when it was time to convert his room from a baby dinosaur theme, I decided to create a pirate adventure room! Of course, all on a budget.
To start: the bedroom walls were already blue so I decided to focus on them being the ocean. My son also already had a great bed (made by Step2) that has storage underneath and holds him and all his stuffed animals safely on top. Side note - I can't say enough about how much I love this bed! It was a great transition from a crib, creates hidden storage (or play area) underneath, and I don't see him needing anything different for a while. My daughter (who is just 20 months older) is on her 4th bed since her crib!
My first step was finding pirate material that would go great in his room. I turned that into matching window treatments and a bedspread. It was my first time making any type of "quilt" but the material I picked worked out perfect!!
Next: I was determined to turn that bed into a pirate ship! I had an idea to add a ships wheel but I also wanted it to spin. My first thoughts were to attach it to the wall or to drill a hole in the bed to attach the wheel. But, I knew my husband would never go for any of that. So, I let my creativity flow and ended up with this.
The bed is in a corner so I used that to hide my wheel contraption. I created something that would slip over the side of the bed (so it could be removed later and leave no damage). There is a board in the back that goes all the way to the floor. Another board in the front that goes down to the board I have the mattress on. I attached those two boards together with L brackets (or whatever the official name is) for extra support. then I used a small board to attach the two together (sits perfectly on the top edge of the bed). Of course, I stained everything to match the wheel color. The extra space left on top of the facing board is where I attached the wheel. I just walked around a Home Depot (with my wheel) until I found some nuts & bolts that I thought would work - plus gold colored spray paint to match the gold trim on the wheel.
|Yes - it works ;-)|
It was a lot easier to figure out the rest after the bed was in place, window treatments, blankets, and the wheel were added.
The ship needed some kind of mast so I ordered this off ebay:
While shopping at Target (where I can never leave without spending way more than I planned), I discovered that they started carrying some pirate themed bedroom accessories. The picture on the wall is one of my finds there.
I found an expresso desk and chair. My son was determined that he needed a pirate chair so I created this slip for the back. It has pockets too so he can store stuff in it. The pirate lamp was another Target find.
Tyler already had a few pirate items so I looked for spaces that they might fit in the decor.
I ordered an expresso toy box that looked like a treasure chest. I have seen these painted to look really cool but I'm all for leaving it this was for future uses.
|It's hard to see the pockets on the back of the chair cover but they are there. |
This be removed to wash or for future use of the chair.