5 Ways to Transform your Child’s Bedroom into a Pirate’s Cove

My Son is absoutely obsessed with pirates (well, this week he is!)

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Pirates have been a fascination for children for centuries. Ever since Robinson Crusoe was first published over 300 years ago, toy swords, handmade treasure-maps and eye-patches have been timeless play pieces for boys and girls of all ages. 

Recent years have seen the swashbuckling buccaneers revived again by Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. And with Captain Jack Sparrow and his trusty Black Pearl set to return to our screens (according to Hollywood whispers) the craze for all-things-pirate isn’t set to die down anytime soon. 

If you’re a parent with a pirate-obsessed son or daughter, you’ll likely be well-versed in making ad-hoc costumes, conducting treasure hunts, and even organising pirate-themed parties. But if you’re running short on ideas, or simply looking for a more budget-friendly alternative to buying new merchandise right out you need not fear; we’ve created this Pinterest-inspired guide on how to turn your child’s room into their very own pirate kingdom. With projects ranging from three hours to just 20 minutes, and even some your little one can help with, we’ve got everything you need to help your child get the pirate fix they’re looking for — all while saving money!


Project No.1 – Pirate Ship Bed

Effort: Medium

For any pirate-loving child, the idea of going to sleep in a pirate ship every night is the ultimate fantasy. 

But investing in a fully-built pirate ship bed is a commitment. Not only financially, but also physically (parents know better than anyone how quickly a little one’s tastes can change). And the same goes for the home-built version – there’s the cost of the building materials: plywood, screws, paint, tools…the list goes on. And again, the issue of how quickly a child’s favourite thing might change; the following summer could mean taking the whole thing down when they decide they want to become an astronaut, for instance. 

This project offers an innovative solution to this problem, and allows parents to easily transform beds and cribs into convincing pirate ships, without the cost and time commitments involved with creating a whole pirate ship bed. 

By using curtain rings, sheets, and a few old broom handles 


What you need

3 x wooden sticks – broom handles or canes work best. Stick 1 longest size, sticks 2 & 3 shorter, both the same length 

8 x curtain rings (that will fit around the width of sticks 2 & 3)

2 x white sheets 



Project information: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/292452569544349582/  


Project No.2 – Treasure Map in a Bottle Decoration 

Effort: Easy 

This incredibly easy project is ideal for parents who want to entertain their little ones and get them involved in making something to help decorate their new pirate kingdom. 

This is also a great option for those working on a budget; all that’s needed is an old, washed glass bottle, string, an piece of A4 paper and some brewed tea for staining. You can create the treasure map yourself or have your child make one that they can then roll up and pop inside the bottle to hang wherever they want. Go the extra mile and include a handful of play sand in the bottom of the bottle for an even more authentic effect. 

What you need


Emptied, washed clear glass bottle, labels removed 

A5 paper & stationery 

Brewed, cooled tea 


Sand (optional)


Project information: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/519602875762362639/ 


Project no. 3 – Hanging treasure-loaded Net 

Effort: Easy 

This project is a fast, easy way to transform any small or large space into an authentic-looking pirate cove. All you’ll need for this one is a net and a few pins, as well as whatever bits of ‘treasure’ you can find — the whole project takes around 20 minutes to complete and requires minimal costs. 

Use plastic beads, coins, and even bits of gold or silver foil (gold chocolate coin wrappers work very well!). 

Hang the next unevenly, gathering it in a few sections and glue in pieces of your treasure. This works well in bedrooms, nurseries and even at children’s party venues. 

What you need

1 x net 


Strong glue

Small pieces of ‘treasure’ – golden coins, plastic jewels, beaded necklaces etc


Project information: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/56224695321628597/  


Project no. 4 – Davy Jones’ Locker/storage box

Effort: More effort

This is a great project for practical parents, and for children with a lot of toys! 

This treasure-chest-come-storage box will not only transform bedrooms and playrooms into realistic looking pirate kingdoms, but they’ll also help to keep those kingdoms as tidy as possible! 

Though the project takes more time and effort than others, it is also ideal for people on a budget; wooden boards and plywood form the basis of the design, which also uses two piano hinges to open and close the box. 

If you’re a handy parent looking for a new project, this is a great way to add some more pirate pizazz to your little one’s space. 

What you need

3- 1×8 wooden boards

3- 1×4 wooden boards

1- 1×2 board

14″ x 26 1/2″ piece of 1/2 plywood

2x piano hinges

Wood screws


Wood stain

Strong wood glue

2 Storage chest handles


Project information: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/231865080801352655/ 



Project no. 5 – Captain’s map-reading/play table 

This table makes a useful and fun addition to any bedroom or nursery, creating a place for little ones to draw, paint, build and even examine treasure maps! 

Using hairpin legs and wood pieces to create a unique, child-sized table, the project also gives inspiration on how to decorate the finished piece so that it’s fit for any pirate captain, using empty shells and model shellfish. 

This project takes more effort, but the rewards speak for themselves! 

What you need

Scrap plywood (cut to 2×3)

Planed wood pieces (2×4)

Strong wood glue

Set of 4 bar clamps

Wood screws

Power drill

Hairpin table legs (x4)

Wood filler


Wood stain

Empty shells and/or model shellfish (model star fish work well)


Project information: https://www.uglyducklinghouse.com/easy-2×4-hairpin-leg-coffee-table/ 


Whether you’re trying to transform a small shared bedroom, or a lare playroom, these ideas are versatile and budget-friendly enough to adapt to any space. 

Luna Williams writes for The Hairpin Leg Company 

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