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Old 01-21-2009, 11:34 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My ds's bed is against the outside wall and Im worried that is bad for him because I've seen in a few places people say it shouldn't be placed there. Im guessing that's because it is the coldest side of the room? /coldest wall of the room?

Anyone know anything about this?
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I don't know.
My dd's bed is against an outside wall and there haven't been ill effects that I've noticed.
Te wall can be a bit cooler but it isn't terrible.

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My beds were always against the outside wall. The room itself was nice and warm but it sometimes felt nice to put my hand against the cold wall as I was falling asleep. I liked it.

Maybe it's a feng shui thing? I know that there are a LOT of rules about where to put children's beds. Not at the top of the stairs, not in alcoves, not over a garage or empty space, not on the opposite end of the house as the parents... I never heard the outside wall one though.
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I dunno some of my kids are on the 'outside' wall... I never gave it much thought.
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I can certainly understand not doing it because the walls can get so cold...I know ds's walls get quite chilly in the winter.

That being said, we have no choice but to have his there or block the doors to his room-we've never had an issue with it. His bed is plenty warm, as is he.
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My kids share a small room, so someone HAS to be against an outside wall. Of course, the heating vent is right there between the wall and his bed, so it can't be that cold.
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no idea as my son's bed is on an outside wall.....has to be as both inside walls have a closet door or a window that is in the way. my daughter on the other had has her bed up against an inside wall, but the "head" of the bed is on an outside wall....in the corner. gosh i hope that made sense!

here's what hers looks like. dd's bed

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I can't think that it would be that bad, unless you live in -30 country and/or have a house that is not insulated.

If, however, you live in a place that has earthquakes, I would not have a bed under a window if possible. Maybe if you had an old (unreinforced) brick house in earthquake country, I also might hesitate, if there were a better option.

Can't think of any other reason on this one.
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here's what hers looks like. dd's bed
So pretty!
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Ds's bed is against an outside wall. Never thought much about it. The wall is a little cooler in the winter, but it doesn't bother ds.

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DS has a double bed in a corner, so both the head and one side are on outside walls. Which are uninsulated. In Central Ontario. Yeah, the walls are cold, but he dresses warm and has blankets....he seems fine!

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All my kids have been against outside walls. We are in an apartment and the girls' room has 2 outside walls, and the baby's room has 1, but because his door is in the middle I could't really put his crib anywhere else.

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Huh. I've never heard that before. No problems here with several beds against exterior walls. Maybe it's some bit of advice left over from before houses were insulated?

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here's what hers looks like. dd's bed
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Very pretty, do you mind sharing the name of the color you used for the walls?
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I don't have the kids beds on outside wall right now because they'd freeze. At night, I pull baby's bed into the middle of her room away from the window and outside walls. This house has no insulation I swear. In our new house they can put their beds where ever they want, because we're building it and gosh darn it we'll splurge and put in some of that fancy insulation.

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Huh. I've never heard that before. No problems here with several beds against exterior walls. Maybe it's some bit of advice left over from before houses were insulated?
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My house is way too tiny to NOT have all the beds against outside walls and/or near or under windows.

From bluey's post, it sounds like, if your house is truly unsafe for beds against outside walls, you'd know it! There woudln't be any wondering if it's OK or not. So if you have any doubts about whether it's OK to put the beds there or not, then it must be fine!

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Huh. I've never heard that before. No problems here with several beds against exterior walls. Maybe it's some bit of advice left over from before houses were insulated?
Of course, I don't live up north (it's going to be 82 degrees here tomorrow!), but this would be my guess. We've got our bed against an outside wall, and ds sleeps on that side. I'm always the cold one!

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I live up north : in a house with no insulation, and all of our beds are against exterior walls. There's no where else to put them. I think if you can avoid it, great, if not, dress warmly.

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So pretty!
thank you! she spends HOURS in there on that bed! she's such a preteen! lol!

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Very pretty, do you mind sharing the name of the color you used for the walls?
thank you! you know, i can't remember the name of it! i posted somewhere else on these boards about this. we got rid of the paint can and i can't believe i didn't write the name of the color down! i do know that it's valspar paint, but i THINK "Isle Royale" on the olympic paint chips. beyond that, i'm clueless. sorry.

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Maybe no outside walls because of tornadoes? I'm in tornado country and if there's a warning you're supposed to go to an interior room.
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Maybe no outside walls because of tornadoes? I'm in tornado country and if there's a warning you're supposed to go to an interior room.

I've lived in tornado country all my life and never heard any rules about bed placement because of tornadoes.
I thought you went to an interior room to get away from windows not the walls falling on you.

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I've never heard this either.
We live in -30 (C) country without insulation Not too many choices for bed placement in our bedrooms.
As a child my bed was usually on an outside wall too and I think I turned out okay? haha

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What you might be thinking about is when a mattress is placed against the wall for storage. Mold can form on the mattress and the wall from the condensation. Don't ask me how I know this!
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I've seen leases with stuff like that in them. Maybe that's why there is a little elf walkway behind all my furniture
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There might also be some feng shui reasoning behind this... my sister recently moved her bed away from the wall for feng shui reasons. (Funny how she mentioned that to me after I saw this thread! So many coincidences in life.)

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I've always had a weird phobia of drive-by shootings (which is hilarious because I live in a super rural area) so I try to make sure my kids beds aren't against a street-facing wall.
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All the beds in our house are on outside walls. We live in a cold climate, our walls are uninsulated (hopefully not for long!), and we have had no problems. Both my kids and my DH sweat when they sleep, though.

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Growing up my bed was right on the outside wall, my room had two outside walls and was cooler than the rest of the house but I was fine.
I had the outside wall half of the room when I had a roommate in college, my bed was right up against the bricks and windows. When we lived in an apartment we had our bed on the inside/shared wall and that just was not cool in an apartment, unless you just LIKE listening to your neighbors as you try to sleep. The head of my bed now is on an outside wall, and the side is about a foot from the outside wall.

Heck how can the bed not be on an outside wall?

Seriously, bedrooms are usually on the back or outlaying sides of the house, so the door is on the inner-most part of the room and the exterior walls are the logical places to put the bed.
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We live in a hot climate and the coolness of the wall provides extra cooling at night. We're much more concerned about sweating in one's sleep than freezing!
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