And let me just insert a disclaimer here. Our three-and-a-half year old has not been sleeping in a full crib all this time. We had taken the front off, so it looked more like a "daybed" with the protective guard so he wouldn't roll out. (Back to the story!)
We got him a bunk-bed style loft. The bottom bunk is separate, so we didn't even set it up for now. Instead of having a ladder, it has 6 little stairs. The other end holding up the bed is the dresser. We liked this feature of having the dresser attached to the bed, since it wouldn't take up valuable play space, as this room isn't all that big. Since the room already had green curtains, I picked out a "camo" bedding set!
My favorite part is the play space under the bed, perfect for his tool bench and toy box! You can just see the corner of a rug that looks like a road, so he can play with his cars. His first words when he saw his new room was "Oh wow Mommy. It's purty!" (That's my little country boy!)