Kids Bedroom Makeover | Wayfair & Bolton’s Alaterre Mansfield Junior Loft Bed Review

by Heather Smith on September 21, 2012 · 34 comments

We’ve been slowly making over every area of our home to help reduce clutter, organize and just update the looks of the room. Ethan’s room was one of the last rooms to receive attention, but it was finally his turn.

Ethan moved into this room when he was 2. Before he occupied it, it belonged to his big brother Josh. Josh was into sports for the longest time so the décor was balls… lots of balls. Although Ethan has always liked balls, he really loves trucks. His interest ranges from construction trucks to trash trucks but his main love is FIRE TRUCKS. We decided it was finally time to make this “Ethan’s room”.

loft bed

We decided that the full size bed that was currently in Ethan’s room was just too large for the room. We wanted to keep his toys in his room, but he just didn’t have the room to play. After a little searching, we found a great selection of low loft beds at Wayfair. I picked the Alaterre Mansfield Junior Loft Bed because it seemed to be just the right size and the color of the wood matched the dresser Ethan already had. We felt this particular loft was a great choice for Ethan to create more playable floor space, but yet not have a full height loft bed that might be a little dangerous for a younger guy.


We started by clearing out the old bed and then we gave the walls a new coat of fresh paint (we went a little darker with the blue this time).


Then it was time to open the boxes and take inventory. We’ve learned the hard way in projects past that sometimes a necessary part might be missing or damaged. Doing this beforehand makes sure the assembly goes smoothly. Everything was packed neatly and padded perfectly.


With Kaytlin’s help we had the bed together quickly. I didn’t time it, but I think it took us less than an hour total. The instructions were detailed and accurate and the pieces were all pre-drilled correctly.


The bed looks amazing, don’t you think? The height is about to my shoulders (I’m 5’9”) which still makes it easy for me to change the sheets/make the bed and not have to climb up the ladder. It is high enough off the ground to give Ethan a little more playing room on the floor.

What did Ethan think?


He couldn’t wait to climb up into his new bed! Ethan knew we were painting his walls, but he had no idea we were replacing his bed with a loft. I’m sure he felt like a big boy!


After he was done checking out the view up top Ethan went underneath the bed to check out his new play area. He had just received that blue bean bag from his grandparents for his birthday and was excited to have a place to put it/use it. He can now snuggle in and read a book or get down on the floor and play his train.


Here is Ethan’s final room reveal. I snuck in while he was watching a movie in the dark to take this picture. He is kicked back and enjoying his new space! Below is a 360 of the room (don’t laugh at the Hello Kitty humidifier! If you know where I can get a fire hydrant or Dalmatian one PLEASE let me know!). I must say the masterpiece of the entire room is the bed!


We only have one other loft to compare this to, but I must say Ethan’s loft is much more stable with far less sway when wiggled. The pieces are solid and the side rails have far less give. I would highly recommend the Alaterre Mansfield Junior Loft Bed to anyone! If this particular loft isn’t what you are looking for, Wayfair has a nice wide variety to choose from… from low loft for the little guys to full size. Their site was easy to navigate, they had a huge variety of quality items to choose from and after ordering our bed arrived within the week!

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1 maria elena September 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

looks great! loft beds are really cool =]


2 Heather September 25, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Thanks Maria! Ethan loved Emma’s loft so we knew it would be a hit.


3 Sarah L September 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

I can see how much he likes it and how great it makes the room look.


4 Heather September 25, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Thanks Sarah! :)


5 Stacy Nanty September 22, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Awesome beds! I like it


6 Anastasia September 22, 2012 at 1:29 PM

This is exactly what I need for my little ones’ room!


7 Diane K. Brimmer September 22, 2012 at 9:28 PM

What an awesome room! I want to be a kid again and have a room like this.


8 Heather September 25, 2012 at 10:44 PM

I told Ethan I was going to camp out under his bed. He just giggled :)


9 Sarah Osborne September 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Great bed! It must feel SO good to organize the whole house!


10 Heather September 25, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Thanks Sarah. Some day the whole house will be done, and then I will want to start over again LOL. Ethan’s room is the 1st to be 100% done. The living rooms will probably be next. Yes, it feels amazing to walk into a room and know it’s done.


11 Yesenia September 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Thanks for the review! This is a neat bed. I didn’t realize they made junior lofts. This would be perfect for my son. I have been wanting a loft for space issues but the regular lofts seem just to high for my little guy.


12 Heather September 25, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I know what you mean Yesenia. When my husband mentioned a loft for Ethan I freaked a bit. He’s still a daredevil and a full sized loft would just be too high for safety reasons. This is PERFECT.


13 Bekah Kuczenski September 24, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Ethan’s room turned out great! That bed is awesome, I love all the storage and what a fun place for a little boy to sleep!


14 Heather September 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Thanks Bekah! I wish I could climb up there with him… I have childhood memories of the top bunk. It was so much fun!


15 Carrie September 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I don’t know were to get a fire hydrant or Dalmatian humidifier, but here is a link to a dog or Thomas the Train one. The bedroom is so cute, what a lucky boy!


16 Heather September 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Thanks for the link Carrie! I checked it out :). Hello Kitty works, so I’m going to keep plodding along until I find “the right” one.


17 darby m September 25, 2012 at 1:16 AM

It looks so good! I’ll have to keep a bed like this in mind for the future!


18 Heather September 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Thanks Darby! It definitely helps free up floor space that is desperately needed when they are smaller with toys.


19 Becky Kimani September 25, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Love the room makeover! The loft bed is just what I have been looking for, for my little guy. And I love that the bed is high enough that you can use the space underneath for a little play area or toy storage!


20 Heather September 25, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Definitely check out Wayfair Becky. They were fabulous and I will be shopping there in the future!


21 Stephanie Phelps September 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM

The first thing I would love to say is Ethan is so cute. Next that loft is the neatest one I have ever seen. I would have loved that room for any of my boys and the conveince of the height for making the bed makes it even better. Thank you for sharing.


22 Heather September 25, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Thank you Stephanie! You made me smile :). Yes, I am much happier with this loft. Emma’s is so high I have a hard time with sheets.


23 Thomas Murphy September 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Awesome bed, it would be perfect for my sons room. I like how it gives you all the extra space. Thanks for the review.


24 Liz Ticona September 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Wow Ethan is lucky! He got a great room makeover! and what a great idea about the loft bed. I’m going to keep that in mind once my baby boy is old enough to have a bed like that, his toys could fit under and it wouldn’t be cluttered! Good job! :)


25 Jessica September 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Love the room…it looks great! Absolutely love the ALL BOY wall decoration. We just “upgraded” our boys to a “big kid” room…finally got rid of the toddler beds and nursery accessories (they are 3 & 4!).


26 Chelsey October 8, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Adorable! And the room looks cute too! :D I think you guys did a great job, especially for a little boy.


27 Amber Nara October 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Nice Job!! I love it and it gave me great idea’s. I to have a boy and somrtimes here bedroom can be hard to figure out! My daughters room always looks so full and beautiful, but my sons on the other hand I am like what to do!!! Well I love what you did!!!;-) Again thanks and Fantastic job I love it!!


28 kelly willis November 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

wow i love it well done


29 Miranda November 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM

I LOVE Ethan’s room — my kids would never leave their rooms if they had that awesome bed — great idea, I will refer back to this when we move into our new home :) Thank you!


30 Pamela Halligan December 1, 2012 at 8:42 PM

I just started looking for a loft bed for when my niece and nephew spend he night. I figured it woukd take up less space than other beds. I love the bed featured with a tent – too cool


31 Andrea Byrne December 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

my kids need loft beds bad! Thanks for the review!


32 chesca January 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I have thought about something like this specially since our house is sooo small. I live the ones that incorporate a desk. THank you for sharing.


33 marissa lee May 30, 2013 at 10:48 PM

i love his bedroom..i really like his bed…the wall colors are perfect…thank you for sharing.


34 judy gardner December 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

i love loft bed sets because of the extra room it allows and this set shown is very nice looking!


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