RL Makeovers: Small Space Ideas for a 9sqm Bedroom

Interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino created a space that can be shared by two siblings

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Paula de Guzman Interior Designer: Hannah Acab-Faustino

Homeowners Iona and JP live in a condo with their two children, six-year-old Aya and two-year-old Jelo. Since the kids' room was so small and had to be shared by a boy and a girl with a significant age gap, interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino had to be called in for her expert advice. 

Given that the owners furnished the space before two-year-old Jelo was born, the bedroom was filled with pink pieces that only suited six-year-old Aya. Apart from that, the area only had one bed and had far too much toys. In order to improve things, Hannah chose cool neutral colors and more storage options.

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Choose a theme

Hannah drew inspiration from the Toy Story movies, one of the siblings’ favorite film series. In line with theme of the story, she wanted a space that could grow with the children. She also displayed toy figures of the characters.

Opt for customized pieces

Hannah's team built a bed with drawers that can be used to store belongings. The bed is completed with a mattress from Robinsons Department Store. The team also built a personalized cabinet for the plastic bins that hold the children's toys.

The construction materials for these new furniture pieces came from Handyman. 

Stick to neutral colors

The cream walls were painted white and light gray for a modern and gender-neutral space. Hannah also chose furniture and accessories with colors that could suit a boy and a girl. 

Hang an aluminum magnetic board

Hannah furnished one wall by the bed with an aluminum magnetic board. Aya and Jelo can pin their artwork on this board. The space is completed with wooden blocks and airplanes, a black-and-white area rug, and cool night lights. 

How Much It Costs:

Décor, soft furnishings, paint, and other construction materials - P 70,000
Labor and assorted construction materials - P 30,000
Grand Total:

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