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« on: May 28, 2005 11:15:27 AM »

i just convinced my 9 year old brother to switch rooms with me. i was getting sick of mine, and his bed is way cooler, like a cave in the wall. anyways, i promised him as part of the deal that i would re-do his new room. i need some creative ideas... he likes basketball and karate, and he has a bunch of trophies that i need to make some sort of a display for. and he has a few basketball jerseys that i want to hang on the wall. also, my g-dad gives him these old collectible trucks which are on shelves in his room now, so i need some way to display those also. any cool ideas for something i could do with an old basketball?  oh, and my bed is a loft bed, he wants to turn it into a tent but i'm not sure how i could pull that off... any ideas would help, thanks  Smiley

heres an old picture of the bed... theres a beam directly above the wooden rail, part of the old wall before we cut out the bed.

« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2005 10:13:03 AM »

To achieve the tent effect: You can hang an embroidery hoop from the ceiling, using chain sold at hardware stores. Attach netting or cheesecloth or some other cheap, lightweight fabric to the hoop and fasten to the wall/bed frame. I've also read about people using Hula Hoops.

Speaking of hoops, ya gotta put a Nerf basketball hoop in there! Cheap and easy.

Could the old basketball be a base for an ottoman/stool? Have a board base, with four legs rising up from it. Fit the ball inside the legs--like it's in a cage. Put on a board top. Extra fun: use round pieces for the base and top, and paint them like basketballs. If you're really good at building things, you could hinge the top and use chicken wire or plastic mesh and make this a stool/ball storage place.

A cheap, fun display shelf: Check the hardware store for plastic gutter pipe.  In fact, wander around Home Depot and try to picture new ways to use what you see. Copper tubing, for example, is cheap and can be cut to the length you want; maybe this becomes a way to hang tent material, instead of the hoops.

Good luck!
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2005 01:39:17 PM »

Wow, lots going on in this room, but major theme is baseball. Instead of a tent for his loft bed, maybe make it look like a dugout where the players sit? Frame the shirts and hang them on the wall, an astroturf rug by the bed or under his desk, and as for the cars, I would find one of those circular cheap tables(just the top) and make it look like a baseball with white paint and stitches with a paint pen, and attach white shelves to it with L brackets and set the cars on the little shelves inside the big baseball that you could attach to the wall, still keeping your baseball theme going. You could also use baseball bats for table legs for a bedside table, and those plastic baseball hats as baskets to hold things in. Maybe paint the walls to look like you are outside? Blue skies with clouds would be really easy to do. You could also make a big baseball mit pillow out of fake suede and leather lacing for his bed. Hope this helps to give you a few ideas. 
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2005 10:12:10 PM »


best stuff for kids room. it's got every thing. get some ideas from there?
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