A Special Needs Big Girl Room!

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Ava was born with a rare neurogenetic condition called Angelman Syndrome. As part of AS, she suffers from a sleep disorder, seizures, and has many special needs. Her room was designed to be both beautiful and safe, and be functional for caring for a disabled sweetheart! My dad (her Pop) built the bed from an origional design that he and I came up with, and my mom and I painted it to match the rest of her furniture. The dresser was a cheap craigslist find that I repainted, using a design pulled from her bedding.

Design Inspiration

I really wanted a bright, fun, happy place for my sweet girl, but also one that wasn't too "little girlish" and would grow with her for several years. I found a photo of a built-in bed on Pinterest, and saw the bedding in a friend's home. The design took life from there...

Decorating Style

For this room, bright and happy!

Project Details

The bed was designed and built by my incredible father. It is still needing the crown molding, but is otherwise complete! The dresser was bought off of craigslist, and then I repainted it to match the bedding. I bought a peg board at Home Depot, and hung it above the changing area/dresser as a storage solution. The bedding is from Bed Bath & Beyond, and the tent is from Target.

Favorite Items

By far, the bed! Not only was it designed and built by my dad, but we installed a seizure monitor on it so if she has a major seizure event at night, we are alerted. Everything about it is designed to keep her safe!



  1. 1

    that bed is amazing, you guys did such a nice job with it! good idea with the corner ball pit too, good use of space.

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    Hello! My name is Tara and I have a daughter with hydrocephalus. We are currently trying to transition to a big girl bed, one that will keep her safe and while searching for ideas we found this bed and fell in love. It has everything our daughter might need in a bed. We would love to have one built but we were wondering if your father had a sort of blue print he used for the bed. And if so, would he be willing to share that with us. We would be so grateful. Thank you!

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    My daughter is in so in need of a bed like this. she has severe and multiple impairments. You are so lucky that your father built this for you. is there anyway you can share the instructions or blueprint of this bed. please please reply

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    We have been frantically searching for plans for a bed for our son with special needs that has long ago outgrown his crib! We came across your bed and would love to build something similar. Do you have the plans online somewhere or would you be willing to share? We would really appreciate it!!!!

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    I have a daughter who is 2 who has pitt-hopkins which is very similar to AS and I have been eying this design for months as I know we need to make the transition within a year, Im wondering the same as above if you guys happen to have the plans, or sell them. I LOVE this bed and room so much. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Hi! Do the doors fold back or something when not in use? This is a amazing!! I need something like this for my son who had a TBI and has seizures. And if you have a blueprint or anytbing it would be appreciated!!!

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