A mum has revealed a 'genius' DIY hack to split up her daughters' bedroom, which has helped give them both some independent space whilst still sharing a room.
In a Facebook group called DIY on a Budget Official, thrifty mum Sharlene Tait revealed how she used her daughters' bunkbeds to form the basis of the room's split.
She placed bed in the middle of the room, then added wooden panels to opposite sides of the bunks to leave it looking like single beds, and giving the illusion each girl has their own room.
The parent wrote: "This was my big lockdown decorating project, all DIY-ed by myself and my dad. Both my girls share a bedroom but there's a bit of an age gap between them and I wanted to give them their own space.
“We added wooden panels to opposite sides of the beds to block off the rooms.
"Oldest daughter has the top bunk and the first 'room' and then youngest has the bottom bunk and the 'room' at the back."
The hack now means Sharlene’s oldest child has space under her bed to fit a desk and dressing table, while the youngest daughter has a cosy alcove bed.
Continuing the illusion of separate rooms, Sharlene re-painted one half of the room pale blue for her eldest daughter, while the youngest has retained the previous pink theme.
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Sharlene added: "I'm so pleased with how it's turned out and my girls are over the moon with their own rooms!"
The transformation has wowed other Facebook users, with the post going viral and racking up more than 14,000 likes from members of the DIY group, according to The Sun.
One person exclaimed: “Absolutely beautiful!!! Very creative, love all the colours you’ve used too."
While another added: "Wow wow wow!!!! That is stunning. I love it."
And third chimed in: "Brilliant idea. Looks amazing!"
Meanwhile, those who are struggling to get their kids to bed early may be interested in another parenting tip which has been shared.
Autumn, who is a child sleep coach, shared the parenting tip on her Instagram page @restgrowthrive.
She suggested bringing bed time forward on days where tots are overtired.
The expert wrote: “Tell a parent to put their little one to bed at 5:30/6:00pm and you’ll get some wide eyes. Trust me, I get it – an early bedtime can be SCARY!
"Most often, parents think it will lead to an early wakeup.
"But, in many circumstances an early bedtime can be your secret weapon to your child getting a GREAT night of rest and repaying any built up sleep debts.
"It *typically* winds up with the child sleeping in until their normal wakeup time."
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