by Sacha Megan
Some of the fondest memories of childhood are wrapped in the walls of private sanctuaries built by children, for children. Being raised in the country allows infinite possibilities for club houses, tree houses and snow forts.
Hours are spent laboring with love over every little detail to assure that our special retreats provide all the comforts of home.
Unfortunately, with today’s busy lifestyle, children are inundated with extracurricular activities or spend hours in childcare facilities in an effort to keep them safe and off of the streets.
Additionally, many children are living in city homes or apartments where the basic necessities for this activity, such as a patch of woods or backyard, are scarce or nonexistent.
Every child should still feel that their room is a private place made just for them. One fun way to still “build a tree house” with your child is to turn his (or her!) bedroom into a special clubhouse. A few quick fixes can give the room a total transformation.
Start by addressing the wall covering. Here you have several options. To make a wooden plank like effect, you can invest in wall paneling made to look like natural wood. Otherwise, there are many websites that offer full wall murals with different pictures.
Alternately, if you have a bit of an artist’s hand, feel free to paint the walls with your very own attractive mural. Let your child help for added bonding.
Next, decide on the bedroom furniture. The best part to this idea is that existing furniture will most likely work. The more “worn” looking, the more authentic the tree house bedroom will feel. If you are designing the room and plan on buying new furniture, make sure you get natural unpainted wood (ideal for painting from the next time you remodel the room).
Finally, add the most important accents touches. Window treatments, area rugs, and novelty items are essential to making the room look and feel like a genuine tree house. Using natural wood blinds is a great idea for window coverings. Perhaps a couple homemade “sheet curtains” would give it an endearing look.
Just use an old bed sheet, again, here older is better. Fold (or cut) the sheet so that it fits the window, fold it over the curtain rod (get creative with your rod – even a sturdy stick would work) and use some large pins to hold it together or sew for added security. Although the design seems crude, once the room is put together, it looks fantastic.
Even if your room already has carpet flooring, an area rug should be added as an extra detail. A bamboo rug looks very rustic and can give the illusion of wood flooring when replacing the flooring is not in the budget.
Another option is to replace the current carpeting with an outdoor area rug. It is rugged and can withstand a lot of activity. It also lends to the authentic feeling and is often much cheaper than indoor carpeting.
If your floors are wooden, add an old rag rug for comfort and functionality. Alternately, a nice standard oval area rug brings the room together nicely.
Most rooms can be completed on relatively low budgets. Get some friends together and build a tree house; the ideas are endless!