As discussed last week, my 11 year old son, N, requested a Minecraft room and expressed a desire to upgrade his furniture. He was using a trundle bed frame as his bed, which has worked fine for the last 8 years, but he is getting older and decided that he really wants a “chill out room”. After discussing some different ideas, including getting him a captain’s bed, we decided to get him a loft bed with a couch underneath. He was specific in that it had to be a couch and not a futon. I started doing my usual Craigslist hunt for the loft bed first and was coming up empty-handed when N had a sleepover at his friend Sean’s house, whose mom is my BFF Jen. While over at their house, Sean mentions that he would like to get rid of his loft bed and get a futon. N pipes up and says he really wants a loft bed. Jen calls me and asks if N can have Sean’s barely used loft bed and of course I say an emphatic “yes”! We start talking and she mentions that she’s looking for a trundle frame to go under their eldest daughter’s day bed. I tell her that I’ll swap our trundle for her loft and a deal was made. That only left a couch to find, which I did that very same day. I had been thinking about the SOLSTA sofa bed from IKEA that’s currently selling for $169.00. I found one in mint condition on CL for $60 and picked it up the next day. It’s the perfect size under the loft bed and it does convert into a bed for sleepovers, although it’s definitely going to need some padding for that particular application.
N has had an underwater theme in his room since we moved in this house three years ago. It looked great and garnered lots of compliments. It was perfect for an 8 year old boy, however, the 8 year old is going to be 12 next year and wants something a little more grown up. Also, while we are going to do a Minecraft ‘theme’, we’re also doing it with the mindset that he’ll probably transition out of that soon enough and we’ll still have some nice foundation pieces to work with. Here’s the before:
Here’s his room with the new couch and loft bed:
We kept the same nightstand and chest of drawers that he had before. They’re not exciting but they are serviceable and they’re J’s childhood furniture (make it last!). So far there is no ‘theme’ going on at all and I like it better, actually. I think it’s a sign that N’s tastes are maturing, as well. We’re not going to go overboard with Minecraft, just some subtle touches here and there to suggest some serious gaming is going on. N is absolutely thrilled with his room right now and I’m ecstatic that I got a bed and a couch for $60! That means I’ve only plunked down $95 total for all the furniture in his room, which I think is pretty fantastic.
Loft bed – free (traded for trundle frame)
SOLSTA couch – $60 on CL
Desk – $20 at IKEA (Now selling for $17.99!)
Chair – $5.00 in the IKEA bargain defective furniture department (I could never find anything wrong with it)
Entertainment center -$10 on CL
Nightstand and Dresser – already owned
We’ll start Minecrafting it up shortly, just as soon as I get some more extra moolah to order a few things. In the meantime, what about you? Have you gotten any awesome CL deals lately?