Our goal to spend Christmas at the cabin is inching closer and every passing day we’re making more progress on the spaces there. We’re not aiming for done-ness–more like safe, cozy, clean, livable. We have always envisioned the loft at the cabin being the landing spot for kids. We went through 1000 iterations of this room, from bunkbeds to a queen bunk on the bottom with a twin up top, to beds jutting out from the wall all in a line. We took out a small closet in the corner for making more room, but the more we thought about it, the less we loved the idea of filling all of that newly-discovered room with visual clutter–whether that’s vertically with bunks (which, let me tell you are a CHALLENGE in an A-frame) or taking up the majority of the space with single beds all in a line.
However, we still wanted to sleep 4-6 kids up here and then it dawned on us–trundle beds! If you think about it, trundle beds are the most compact version of a bunk bed and made so much sense for our space. Walmart had a really great selection of them online. From fully upholstered ones that look like sofas, to trundle beds that are disguised as drawers under a bed. If you’re not sure what you want, they have this really nice feature here where you can shop by style–farmhouse, glam, boho, mid-century, modern, Scandinavian, industrial, etc.–there’s 8 different styles to choose from and it’s such a great launching pad for shoppable inspiration and putting together a cohesive space.
They’ve really amped up their home decor and furnishings and I fell pretty quickly for these Iron trundle beds with wood panels on either end. They are technically marketed as a daybed, but with no side rail, I knew they would be perfect for our head to footboard configuration we had in mind. And! They were on sale (still are!) for $129 each. With the trundle, that’s 4 beds for $260–and everything over $35 ships free from Walmart–it felt like the biggest score.
Each bed is made with these plaid sheets that felt really cabin-y, one of these fleece bed blankets (in ivory) is underneath these sherpa blankets (only $8!), and then each bed is topped with a Pendleton camp blankets that I also found on Walmart.com.
But maybe my favorite find were the tassel throw pillows. A 20×20 down-filled pillow (it has such a great weight to it!), with a soft gray exterior and leather tassels for $24–no one is going to believe you got it at Walmart.
I added a few cabin-y stuffed animals to the beds to make the kids feel at home. We’d still love to add wall lamps, some pennants/art to the wall. A pull out couch on the other side of the loft so we could sleep more if we needed to, or just have it be a landing spot for lounging when not in use. Some sort of chest for storing spare bedding would be nice. We have visions of adding a crow’s nest expanding the width above the powder bath up here to create an extra level of fun up here. But for the holiday deadline–it’s cozy, clean, livable…and as soon as we add the railing back on, it will be safe. (We are getting the whole thing powder coated, even though I loved the raw steel look, it’s rusting in some areas).
We love the direction it’s heading–here’s a short video of putting together to space over a few separate trips!
Off to get the other spaces up to the same level…
Shop our Cabin Loft Picks from Walmart below:
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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