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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'm trying to come up with good sleeping arrangement ideas.  Right now, we actually do have enough bedrooms so that each child could sleep alone, but they just don't seem to do so. My youngest still sleeps with me, and the older kids all wind up together (though my daughter has her own space, she wanders in to sleep on the spare bed in her younger brothers' room- so all three of them wind up in there. (She is 12, boys are 5 and 4.) Usually the boys go to bed alone in their room, then she wanders in to the spare bed after she has done her own thing until about 10pm.

However, I am looking for inspiration- anyone have pictures on their many-kid rooms they would be willing to share?  My youngest will be (ideally) shifting out of my bed this year, and the spare bed in the boys' room is supposed to be his.   

post #2 of 12

It looks like your post might have been missed, so I'm bumping it up for attention. :bump: Anyone have suggestions to share?

post #3 of 12
I don't have any pictures and I honestly can't remember what the physical bedding arrangement was, but when our youngest was still in our room, all three of our other children slept in the other upstairs bedroom. I used to say we had one kids' bedroom for sleeping and one for playing (downstairs). We also have a fourth bedroom which, at the time, was a guest room. Now, DS (6) has the upstairs room to himself. DD1 (7) has a downstairs room to herself. DD2 (5) and DD3 (2) share a room. The new baby will stay with us for awhile then, depending on gender, will end up either with DS or DD1. If it is a girl, I might put DD1 and DD3 together, then DD2 and LO together. That way, each set would have a decent age gap (5-6 years) and be less likely to bicker. As far as toys go - unless they are put away, they're fair game.

The other thing I've been considering, and was actually talking about just today, is one of those bunk beds with stairs and storage. I've added a generic picture (google search) so you know what I mean.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Oh, I love those bunk beds.  It looks like there is a really good chance we will be moving to a nearby house in a couple months- the house is MUCH smaller than the one we are currently in, but in great shape.  Two bedrooms on the main floor and an unfinished space in the basement we will finish into two more bedrooms (there is already a lovely 3/4 bath down there.) I find that we are paying a lot for a house we are using very little where we are, and we can be free and clear on the other house in less than a year.  Utilities will be about 1/4 of what we pay here, and the yard is - phenomenal.  It is an entire block of the town, as opposed to a normal sized lot. 

So, it will mean some creative storage planning, and I really need to buy a dining nook/corner thing for the space  there. However mortgage free in less than a year and much more efficiency seems a really good tradeoff.  Plus, we wouldn't be living in a house in need of major work! (Seriously, there is an inch of ice on the INSIDE of many of my windows right now. It's been a cold winter, and I am so so glad we decided to rent this place before making a formal offer on it. It is much more in need of work than the cosmetics we were led to believe were the problem. 

Anyone have any small space/big family blogs to suggest? 

post #5 of 12

We currently have four bedrooms in our house.  One is ours, one is for the 2 girls, one is for the 3 younger boys, and one is for the two older boys.  We have a triple bunk in the room for the 3 younger boys...

 

 

We're about to convert our garage into another two rooms, to include a laundry/storage room and another bedroom.  So we'll move one or both of the older boys through there if we end up having a #8 in the near future!

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

I like that triple bunk- I think my boys would be great with something like that for a few years- the only worry I have is whether they would spend more time climbing than sleeping. 

post #7 of 12
I love that! I'm showing this to DH.
post #8 of 12

LOL To be fair my kids do spend a fair amount of time playing on it and swinging from it...  But they do also love sleeping in it too!

post #9 of 12

We finally got a new mattress after 10 years & put the old one underneath our sons loft bed. It works out well for guests or when they all 3 want to sleep together. Currently 5 yo daughter & 8yo son share this room, but they usually sleep up on the loft bed w/ their heads on opposite corners. There is ALOT of swinging going on for this bed.

 

If you get the storage bunk bed, get the one w/out the trundle. We've pulled ours out & pushed it in every day for the last 4 years. These beds are hard to make (but a breeze compared to the loft!) & the wooden side of the trundle is feeling very loose. I wish now we had gotten bunks that could separate into 2 separate twins like we had when I was a kid. The trundle is kind of a bonus as that's the baby's bed after they leave the bassinet, so there is no need of a separate crib. It's so low baby doesn't get hurt if they crawl off AND I can lay down & side nurse for night feedings. Hmmm, double bonus. I actually love it, just wish it felt sturdier. I don't think it'll last until summer.

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Motivated Mama View Post

I don't have any pictures and I honestly can't remember what the physical bedding arrangement was, but when our youngest was still in our room, all three of our other children slept in the other upstairs bedroom. I used to say we had one kids' bedroom for sleeping and one for playing (downstairs). We also have a fourth bedroom which, at the time, was a guest room. Now, DS (6) has the upstairs room to himself. DD1 (7) has a downstairs room to herself. DD2 (5) and DD3 (2) share a room. The new baby will stay with us for awhile then, depending on gender, will end up either with DS or DD1. If it is a girl, I might put DD1 and DD3 together, then DD2 and LO together. That way, each set would have a decent age gap (5-6 years) and be less likely to bicker. As far as toys go - unless they are put away, they're fair game.

The other thing I've been considering, and was actually talking about just today, is one of those bunk beds with stairs and storage. I've added a generic picture (google search) so you know what I mean.


Hey MotivatedMama! They have that exact bed at Chapter 11 Furniture! I'm looking into bunk beds too, though it's best to refrain from a decision til we find out if this one is a boy or a girl.

But on the subject of rooms, people often seem, nowadays, to assume you need one bedroom per child or something, but if the Brady Bunch could fit 6 kids into 2 bedrooms, so could we moms of today. And if Brother Bear and Sister Bear could share a single bedroom with a bunk bed, in the Berenstain Bears, again, why do people act these days like boys and girls must be separated? No one worried about the Bobbsey Twins sharing a room. It may be annoying to them to have to put up with not getting to decorate the entire room in their own gender-specific choices, but they can learn to share, right?

post #11 of 12

We have that bunk bed with the stairs and drawers. Our bottom bed is a full mattress which has been great because that is actually where I sleep these days!

post #12 of 12

We've got our oldest son in his own room, and our oldest daughter in her own room, then the 2 younger boys share a room, and the 3 younger girls share a room.  Baby #8 is in our bed & will stay there for a long while!  When she's big enough for a bed, we'll have to do some room shifting!  I love our trundle bed for looks, but it's kind of a pain.  I don't think I'd recommend it unless space is REALLY tight.  In retrospect, I'd do bunk beds instead.

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