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How to Transition a Nursery into a Big Boy Room

Over on our sister site Project Nursery, we suggest keeping the big kid room in mind when designing a nursery. For one, you’re creating a design you love, why not keep it for more than a couple years? Plus, let’s be honest, it’s a whole lot easier on the budget. With the right forethought, you can make a seamless transition from nursery to big kid room by just changing out a few details here and there.

Patchi Cancado, of Trendy Peas, provided a great example of how well this can be done in our gallery—a beloved nursery on Project Nursery has come full circle to big boy room on Project Junior.

First things first, the crib is replaced with a big boy bed.

Woodland Nursery with 3D Wall Tiles

Modern Boy's Room with Accent Wall

The little woodland friend and mobile get swapped out…

Woodland Nursery with 3D Wall Tiles

…for cool geometric decals and clear book ledges for a few favorite books.

Boy's Room Bed with Clear Book Shelves

Here’s where Patchi’s genius plan of creating this IKEA hack dresser/changing table/desk made the transition a snap. Simply remove the changing pad and…

IKEA Hack Changing Table and Dresser

…you’ve got a space just right for future homework sessions and current art projects.

IKEA Hack Dresser and Desk with Baby Animal Prints

While the design is overall the same, a few changes here and there really elevate the space from baby to big boy.


Thursday 27th of September 2018

Hi I’m wondering where you got the wood from for the desk top? Love the look you did here!


Thursday 6th of September 2018

Hi! Where is this desk setup from??


Sunday 11th of March 2018

Which items from ikea did you use for the change table/desk hack?