Over the years, my 6-year-old daughter’s room has evolved from a place of rest to a place where we all go to dream. Her trilingual library bedroom is filled with pages of adventures to places we wish we could visit.
On our shelves, we can see culturally diverse protagonists in contrast to our small, homogeneous California town.
These stories have windows to relationships that we can learn from despite the isolation of this pandemic.
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We are very grateful for this haven!
Tour of my daughter’s musical, trilingual library bedroom
As with all areas in our home, things that my kids need to use are easily accessible to promote independence, self-care, and learning.
Since many of you have asked where everything is from, I’ll take you on a tour and link similar resources for comparison!
In this library bedroom we have:
- My kids’ trilingual bookcase
- Daughter’s wardrobe armoire
- Bed with rails
- Black-out shades
- Kids’ table
- Toy shelf
- Mini library bookcase
- Piano / reading corner
1. My kids’ trilingual bookshelf
Despite living in an English-dominant area, we’ve been trying to raise our children trilingual to preserve their heritage languages.
Due to lack of shelf space in our home, my daughter’s former reach-in closet was replaced with these custom floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
The adjustable shelving was installed by a local closet company, and the system is similar to what’s offered nationally at California Closets.
2. Modern white wardrobe armoire
To organize my daughter’s clothes, we got this smaller wardrobe armoire (old, similar here). Although we are often gifted clothing from family and friends, we try to be minimalist and donate excess options.
Although this armoire has been the perfect size for the past few years, you can see in the above photo that she will eventually outgrow it as her dresses get longer. If you have older kids, similar options include this CB2 wardrobe and this West Elm armoire.
3. Modern white full bed with rails
After outgrowing her crib at age 3, my daughter has been sleeping in Room and Board’s Moda Wood Bed with Rails. We chose a full-sized bed in hopes that this would last her through high school.
Similar options we considered include these beds from Crate and Barrel (Paxon, Ever), Oeuf, and Max and Lily. But we love Room and Board’s consistently amazing service, including their policy of removing shoes in the home and assembling all furniture.
Since our floors are dark and the books are colorful, we opted for white bedding for a calm, neutral look (similar option here).
(PS: Does anyone have any tips for making a bed with rails look neat? Please share with me all your tips!)
4. Black-out shades and other sleep hygiene essentials
Many of you asked if my daughter gets distracted by all of these books at bedtime!
While the full bookshelves encourage her to read throughout the day, this room is actually pitch-black at night! We also have several important factors for healthy sleep hygiene:
- Black-out window shades (outside mount)
- Note: black out curtains would likely block more light, but we do not use curtains due to dust
- Velcro coins to close any gaps that let light sneak in from the sides of the shade. In the above photo of my daughter’s shade during the day, you can see that the side with the Velcro coins (next to bed) minimizes light leak.
- White noise machine
- A predictable daily bedtime routine
4. Modern round kids’ table for reading and writing
5. Mid-century modern toy shelf
We’ve had this shelf for more than 4 years, and I almost donated it during one of my many donation sprees! However, my kids felt pretty strongly about keeping it for their toys!
You might recognize this shelf from my Play Area / Homeschool Room Before and After Decluttering post!
Years ago, we used this as a bookcase. Unfortunately, the shape and lip on the lower shelf made it difficult for my kids to take out and put back their books. It really was not practical for organizing books.
Therefore, we no longer keep books here.
Instead, both of my kids think it’s perfect for tucking in their beloved stuffed animals! My kids adore these little animals with all their heart. Recently, there was a large wildfire in our area, and we packed our bags as a precaution. After a quick meltdown, they insisted on rescuing and packing every stuffed animal.
When she gets older, we will likely replace this toy shelf with a desk for homework.
6. Modern mini library bookcase
Over time, this shelf has held various things as we figured out how to optimize her room.
Previously, we kept some Montessori-inspired toys here.
Related: Best Open-Ended Toys for Children
Open-shelving is key to accessibility and also forces us to keep things organized and visually appealing.
As my kids outgrew those learning materials, more books have taken over!
7. Cozy piano / reading corner
For a while, we debated about getting a weighted keyboard versus a piano. Because my husband and I both play piano, we decided to invest in the real deal for our kids.
Due to lack of space in our home, my daughter’s room was the only place that could fit an upright piano.
This rocking chair is the best spot to listen to my daughter make music! The kids also love to read here!
Related: Korean Learning Resources for Kids
Thanks for visiting my daughter’s library bedroom tour!
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Also let me know if you’d be interested in seeing before and after pictures of the transformation from bedroom closet to home library!
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Soon to come:
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- Updated Play Area and Homeschool Room Tour