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How about beds that lift away into the wall? OR have a trundle that pulls out so there is extra floor space?
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Or Japanese futons  that get folded up during the day (or even just stacked)

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Futons are a great idea! We had three mattresses in one room for a while. A queen and two singles. The kids could rearrange them and make slides for hours each day!
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I have all three of my boys in a room. I have a bunk bed and I built a trundle underneath. 

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. 

 

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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. 

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I retrofitted furniture I found for free and scraps of wood I found or had lying around. All I paid for were the hinges for the desk, the screws. A jigsaw and electric drill were the tools required. The 'desk' is the same height as regular desks.

 

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How about these ikea chair beds? They are futons but single width and in the daytime fold up to a comfy chair. Making the beds would mean creating a little seating area and freeing up much of the floor space for space to play.
http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/S39898308/
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I have two children in a small room and we intend to buy these from Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00161837/
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...

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OP, where do you get your wool mattresses from and are they comfy?

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Thank you for the information OP? We're they awfully expensive?

How have you decided to arrange your three singles?

I can't wait to get onto my children's bedroom!

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I'm not sure love, I've never actually tried one before, I don't even know if they've available in the UK. I have read about how toxic regular mattresses can be though, although I've read Ikea mattresses tend to be better than most if that makes sense?!

Are you going for regular height beds or low level beds?

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Love how do you plan to place them in your room? I'm looking for ideas orngbiggrin.gif

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Hi OP,

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 am glad I came across this post. I too will have 3 girls share a room soon. We are waiting for the little one (age 3) to stop cosleeping. Right now my two oldest share a full size bed but I know eventually they will need their own space within the room. Thanks for the tips.
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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:

 

http://thehandmadedress.blogspot.com/2012/03/new-triple-bunks.html
 


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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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My 6 yr old, 3.5 yr old and almost 2 yr old will share this room in a month. it is 10 ft by 10 ft, I think. We just redid the room last month.

 

 

 


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