Last edited by LoveOurBabies; 02-13-2016 at 07:02 AM.
It's a bigger room, but it saves so much space. You can see the trundle (roll out bed on wheels) under the bottom bunk. We pull this out for ds3 each night. It's cozy and comfy. I retrofitted a free toddler bed into the trundle. If you get the right kind of bunk bed to begin with, you should be able to fit a full size single mattress as a trundle if you want.
ETA: on the wall you can't see in this photo, I also built a collapsable desk for the kids to draw on and do their homework on. I've been waiting for a folding chair to show up so I don't have to keep bringing up one of the kitchen chairs. I'll take a photo if I get a chance.
ETA: There's a little study off of this room that I turned into a private space/mini-bedroom for ds1 (age 11). I bought a narrow foam mattress (custom cut) and built my own frame to fit the room. The idea of building your own narrow beds is also an option if you don't like the trundle idea. I'll try to take a photo of that, too.
I'm figuring as it is a floor bed, it won't take up so much space visually in the room. We're putting them as an L shape against two wall in the small room then putting beautiful duvet covers on to look pretty.
You could have a single bed (sorry I'm from the UK so don't know USA bed terms) in the room and then pop ones of these as a trundle underneath and then out a second ikea floor bed some place else in the room...
Are you going for regular height beds or low level beds?
Thinking on your puzzle pieces ...
I'd do stair-step beds. So, for the baby, a floor mattress (or on a really shallow pallet for air circulation), for the middle one, a higher base (say, standard height?), and for the older child, an even higher base.
Not such a difference in height that you have to worry about falls and injuries, but enough that it delineates personal space.
You could paint the walls behind the beds three different colours, which would visually separate the space and make an area for the girls to post things or hang art, or what have you.
You could also, perhaps, fit a wee footlocker at the end of the beds?
To be honest, even with the description of your kids, I'd still use a low loft bed for the eldest. IKEA has one that is not that tall. I'd use that for your older girl, the bonus being that it makes a bit of playspace beneath for all three of them (a space for shared books and toys, etc). I think the kids would figure it out quickly, especially if the place they'd be jumping to would be a standard size bed wedged next to it.
It would take them a while to figure it out, but then they'd get used to it. You could put cushions on the floor to break any falls as well.
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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:
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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).
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When I was a kid, I shared a room with my sister and brother. My parents were able to fit along the wall: my bed, a dresser, my sister's bed, a dresser, my brother's bed. The dressers kind of separated the beds a little bit. Is that something you can get going against the wall?
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