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post #21 of 33
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Originally Posted by minta View Post
I find it a PITA changing linens on bunks, even the low-height ones.

Another con for me is that sleeping under a bunk is really bad for anyone even remotely allergic to dust.
Oh, yeah changing sheets is a total PITB! I'm pregnant now too, so I can't really climb up on the top bunk to do it anymore so I have my oldest change her own bedding.
post #22 of 33
we just switched to bunk beds from mattresses on the floor.

pros:
  • being able to jump off the top bunk (onto a mattress that we tuck under the bottom bunk when not in use)
  • leaves so much more floor space
  • novelty factor
  • ds is more contained in the top bunk (by the rails)

cons:
  • being able to jump off the top bunk
  • rowdy children throwing stuff off the top bunk
  • fiddley children being able to reach the newly installed window covering hardware
  • children get overstimulated just by looking at the bunk beds
  • a bit squeaky/shaky
  • took forever to put together
  • bad Feng Shui, esp. for child on bottom bunk
post #23 of 33
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Originally Posted by Ksenia View Post
we just switched to bunk beds from mattresses on the floor.

pros:
  • being able to jump off the top bunk (onto a mattress that we tuck under the bottom bunk when not in use)
  • leaves so much more floor space
  • novelty factor
  • ds is more contained in the top bunk (by the rails)

cons:
  • being able to jump off the top bunk
  • rowdy children throwing stuff off the top bunk
  • fiddley children being able to reach the newly installed window covering hardware
  • children get overstimulated just by looking at the bunk beds
  • a bit squeaky/shaky
  • took forever to put together
  • bad Feng Shui, esp. for child on bottom bunk
post #24 of 33
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Originally Posted by ArtsyMomma View Post
Oh, yeah changing sheets is a total PITB! I'm pregnant now too, so I can't really climb up on the top bunk to do it anymore so I have my oldest change her own bedding.
Make the bed up and then throw a sleeping bag up there. Have them sleep in that - as long as it fits in your w/d it's much easier to deal with.
post #25 of 33
My boys have had bunk beds for a year and a half and we like them! It IS a pain to change the sheets on the top bunk, so I started having them make up their own beds. They haven't gotten hurt, they don't jump off the top bunk or do anything dangerous up there. We might do something else someday but these are working for us now. They're almost-7 and 4.
post #26 of 33
My 5 and 8 yo have had a bunk bed for over a year. I love that they save space. I HATE making the top bunk...realized the other day that the top bunk hadn't gotten changed in over a month! (closer to 2 months. Ick!). ALso miss snuggling with my top bunk sleeper
post #27 of 33
Bunkbeds are not safe for children under 8. And not just for falls.Someone I knew has a 3 year old crawl up an his body slid out beneath the rails and he was hanging by his head. Almost died. We use a captains bed with a trundle instead for my boys 4 and 2.
post #28 of 33
We have an IKEA bunk with a double/full on the bottom and a twin on the top. We love it. The kids can sleep together on the bottom or switch off sleeping on the top. We do our good nights and stories on the bottom with everybody squooshed in together and then if one of them wants to move to the top she does. The bottom is very cozy and a great place for playing make-believe. My girls are 6 and 8. I wouldn't have gotten them much sooner. Definitely not at age 3 because of safety concerns like a pp mentioned, but ymmv.
post #29 of 33
my dh built us a set of triple bunks. we LOVE them!
post #30 of 33
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Originally Posted by goobergrl6 View Post
my dh built us a set of triple bunks. we LOVE them!
Is it three bunks vertically or staggered, or is it more like an L-loft?
post #31 of 33
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Originally Posted by taubel View Post
OK - since I've decided that my boys will be sharing a room for a long time, if not forever, I have some questions about bunkbeds.

My boys have twin beds in their room that could be bunked. We don't have them bunked for several reasons:

1. They would block a window (there are two windows in this corner room).
2. Our ceilings are fairly low (7.5 ft high) and the bunkbeds are full height.
3. I'm worried the kids would get hurt.
4. My kids like to flop on their beds and read. We like to sit on their beds and read to them.
5. Each of their twin beds currently has a set of three drawers that go under them, so each boy uses that as his dresser (enough space for now, but not for when they get older and wear larger clothes).

Obviously there are also many benefits to bunking the beds. Does anyone love their bunkbeds so much that they would try to convince me to try bunking ours?!

Thanks!
Now here's an idea!
post #32 of 33
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Originally Posted by PatienceAndLove View Post
Those look perfect! I could get them in the corner and only block one window. My boys would love something like that. Of course I can't justify the cost - especially since I'd have to pay shipping as well - but maybe I could find something similar at a store near me. Thanks!
post #33 of 33
We've got a Kura low bunnk (the ikea one) for my 5 & 7 yo's. I wish I'd never bought the thing... several weeks ago my 7yo decided to hang off the side and got his forehead sliced by the ceiling fan blades I've flipped it now. The tent would have prevented him from doing that, and we do have it, but it's a zillion degrees here (give or take) and we don't have central air.. so inside the tent was a mini oven since the fan couldn't circulate
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