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#1 of 2 Old 01-22-2008, 10:36 AM - Thread Starter
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probably sounds odd and unnecessarily picky, but...we are cosleepers and our oldest who is 3 recently moved to a mattress on the floor of our room. it's a temporary setup of a full size mattress (we had one in our playroom and decided to try that before we went out and bought a bed he refused to use and we'd have to store...) SO - the problem is two-fold.
1) i have a hard time with the mattress on the floor with mismatching bed linens in my bedroom . i know that sounds ridiculous, but...(i'm a bit of a perfectionist and this just looks too "un-together" for me. that's hard to say.)
2) he wants a fort/tent type setup. so we currently have 2 big dark green flannel sheets tacked to the walls (we live in a log house with interior logs exposed) and into the surrounding dresser drawers and anchored to the ceiling with the help of a diaper pin and some twine. OMG! this is crazy looking but he LOVES it and it has, i think, been instrumental in him actually wanting to sleep there.
my question is HOW CAN I MAKE THIS LOOK BETTER until we decide exactly how we want to proceed (new bed)? any tips from those of you who have your kiddos in your room in a separate bed? any tips for making a less goofy looking fort on the bed?
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i don't know what to tell you about the bedding. i guess i would just go with white or some other coordinating solid color.

for the tent though . . . you can use a hula hoop to make a mosquito-netting-style canopy that attaches to the ceiling. if your green sheets have a slot at the top edge (where that thicker hem is, know what i mean?) you can just cut the hula hoop once and slide the sheet(s) onto it, like putting a curtain on a curtain rod. that way you don't have to cut or sew anything. it would be open at the top - i guess you could just tie on some kind of strap and hang it from a hook on the ceiling. oh, tape the hula hoop back together of course.

if you want to devote more time, you could sew this from any fabric that would like nice in your room. or, if you're willing to spend the money, you can make it with curtains that coordinate.
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