- Week 19. Bedroom. Describe your childhood bedroom. What furniture did it contain? Were there curtains, wallpaper or paint? Was it messy or clean? Did you share a room with your siblings?
I shared a room with my brother from as early as I can remember to about age 12 or so. Different houses (2), and different rooms, but shared. The earliest I remember was a bedroom on the upper floor of the old farmhouse we rented until just after I got out of kindergarten. It was an old house, and I remember feeling it sway in stormy weather, but I remember very little else about the bedroom.
When we moved to town, I shared a tiny room with my brother. It had a low sloping ceiling. We had bunk beds, and I had the top bunk. I recall once falling out during the night, and waking up with a BANG as I landed on the floor. That room was intended (I think) to be used as a dining room, not a bedroom, and we eventually went back to using it for that purpose. We were able to do that because we built a room in the basement for a bedroom for my brother and I. I don't know when building code started requiring egress windows for basement bedrooms, but we never had one. It was a reasonable sized "L"-shaped room that took up about 1/3rd of the basement. Bunk beds got split down to 2 twin beds. The walls were paneling over stud walls, no real insulation, and a concrete floor.
As I got older, I started wanting my own room, so eventually we put a wall up at the corner of the "L" and I got my own, albeit rather small, room. My brother also got his own room. I think his might have been slightly larger, but I don't remember exact measurements, and I don't remember that being an issue to me at the time. I never had a door, only a curtain in the doorway. I had a captain's bed, a chest of drawers and not much else, it was a SMALL room. I had one outlet, one light fixture. This would be my room until I moved out. Eventually I got a TV (an old black & white someone didn't want anymore) and a pizza oven I picked up at a garage sale.
One summer I didn't stay in that room. I actually "lived" in my parents' small old camper in our driveway, at about age 14-15. It had more space, and a sink and fridge. And a stove! I don't think I ever used that stove, though. I had a radio out there. Unfortunately, that camper got sold, and it wouldn't have worked long-term anyway, as a Minnesota winter is no time to spend in a camper. I moved back to my basement room after that.
Anyway, that was the series of my bedrooms while I lived with my parents.