3 kids - One small room! - Page 2
starling&diesel - I love the painting each side a different color idea!!! Thank you! I've figured a way to have all three regular sized beds in the room with each child having some privacy and space :) We have to move the current location of the door to achieve this, but it's a weekend job, so no trouble at all.
mamaUK - I'll PM you :)
4alt - I'm so glad this thread was helpful to you! :)
I know you said you didn't want bunk beds, but maybe these would work? I read this blog where the husband designed triple bunk beds for their children. I believe they even sell the plans on their site to build your own. Here's the link:
I find that thinking of the kids' bedrooms as BEDrooms really makes it feel fine that all that fits in there is their beds. (Anyway we are a minimalist-living family, so there isn't any other furniture I'd want in their rooms even if there was space for more). They only go in their bedroom to sleep or to lie down and read. We have two low-loft beds with mattresses on the floor underneath (so they're like shrunken bunk beds) which sleep four kids, and then a full-size mattress on the floor (two kids sleep there together) between the two bunks. Six kids sleep comfortably in ~120 square feet. There is no dresser or anything; I built shelves in the closet, and each kid has one shelf for clothes (which we also intentionally keep to a minimim having nothing to do with space).
I, too, found that painting the walls white (actually light, light gray, "calm" by Benajmin Moore) helped to make the room feel bigger/less crowded (and, yes, CALMer).