I have TWO teenage boys (15 & 17) sharing a small bedroom at the back of our apartment. Somehow we managed to fit 2 twin beds, a nightstand, 2 dressers, a desk and a chair in this room! There is a 3 ft. walkway between the beds, a 2 ft. walkway between the beds and dressers and a 3 ft. strip of space at the front of the room. We rearranged things 4 times until we got it this way! Here's a pic from the doorway looking into their room:
Right away what do you notice? All the junk under the beds! Well, we're going to cover that up shortly, but first, let me tell you a little bit about their room. The picture on the nightstand is actually a picture of Theatre Boy in his first leading role as Shan-Yu in Disney's Mulan Jr. and the Himalayan Salt Candle is because my boys like fire. The nightstand in the middle was a DIY project from last year. The 2 dressers match it and we love the vintage square hardware! This set has been in the family for many years and actually came from my boys Aunt Karyn. They had been forgotten inside a storage unit and we rescued them! Here's another pic:
Yep. Look at all them bare walls.
Under their beds is pretty scary too:
There are the usual teenage boy things. Chemistry set, box of hot wheels, models of Star Wars things and shoe boxes filled with cards.
Under Theatre Boy's bed things get a little crazy, because that's where he houses his [not so] secret stash of Mountain Dew. At any given time there are at least four 12-packs in multiple flavors under here. Original, Throwback, Voltage, Code Red, Dark Berry and White Out can be found and sometimes he doesn't even notice if we steal one!
To make more space under their beds I put each bed frame on risers (actually all the beds in our apartment are on risers) and some beds have the special under bed boxes with wheels on them . This has presented a problem finding bed skirts because the height of all our beds is definitely non-standard. I would either have to special order bed skirts (pricey) or have them custom made (even pricier) for them to fit. And even though I sew I have neither time nor inclination to tackle bed skirts for the whole family right now.
Enter Duct Tape. The solution for everything.
These no-sew bed skirts are made out of 2 lovingly used King size flat sheets (but you can really use any size sheet for this, this is all I had on hand that I wasn't planning on using ever again), a pair of scissors and a roll of duct tape.
To make a bed skirt, first cut the sheet in half longways. Like from the middle top of the sheet to the middle bottom. The next thing I did was iron each piece of the sheet, but you don't have to.
After that take the sheet and fold over one of the edges that borders both the cut side and the uncut side. Then drape the sheet, uncut long side brushing the floor, at the middle end of the bed and duct tape it in place. Here's a picture to give you a better idea of what it looks like after this step:
And here it is taped in place:
The next thing I did was drape the sheet around the bed, ensuring the edge was barely brushing the floor, while wrapping the box spring like a present and duct taping it into place, like this:
Once the first side was completely draped I duct taped everything into place (while eating a bowl of Cool Ranch Doritos):
Then I repeated it on the other side:
Once it was all duct taped and done, I tugged and pulled and re-positioned until everything was exactly where I wanted it, then I put the mattress back on and made the bed. And Voila':
The Mountain Dew stash is finally hidden. This project actually cost me ZERO dollars! So exciting!
Thanks for stopping by BIG FAMILY/small apartment today. I'm gonna go drink a Dew now.
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