We’ve been long wanting to redo the kids’ bedroom. Given that the boys share bunkbeds, I had wanted a similar one as the below photo. And while browsing through pinterest and amazon, it makes me just want to DIY a bunk bed of our own. Seeing how mom’s could do it by themselves gives me the confidence that I could finish it too. But then, there are easy-to-do, IKEA bunk beds that I can also assemble.
Bunk beds are space savers. The below photo is possible for 3 young ones sleeping on. The drawer below the bed has the same size as the bed and a mattress could fit in. So it could serve as a guest bed if the kids’s friends are sleeping over. Having their own beds will also encourage kids to sleep on their own.
DIY Bunk Beds
If you are wanting bunk beds for your kids, consider the option of doing it yourself with the help of pinterest and youtube. 🙂 If you are not the crafty type, hire a craftsman to do one for you that would fit your kids’ needs. In german, they are what we call tischler, and although translates to carpenter in english, it meant more than just that. A tischler is an expert in woodwork, with most of what they do fitted to customer’s specifications.
Speaking of customer’s specifications, this would mean room measurement, height, width, and even thickness of furniture being made. Consider the room that the bunk bed will be put in. If you really plan to DIY, take measurements precisely, as was said: length, width, and the ceiling height. Consider 2 feet of extra height from the top bunk to the ceiling to avoid bumps when your child wakes up suddenly.
Bunk beds have evolved from a simple bed for two kids through the years. They used to be just a simple design of two beds on top of each other and a ladder of small slats. Nowadays, some have compartments and drawers under the lower bunk to maximize the use of space. This could also be a pullout bed, as mentioned above, so it would be very functional. The ladder could also be in a form of storage.
There are also loft styles bunk beds, which looks like an elevated bed with so much space under that can be used for other stuff (see topmost photo). You can put a desk or a small sofa or a small drawer cabinet for more storage space. Kids can spend their time under reading books, or tinkering with apps they enjoy, and then you can read them bedtime stories before they snooze to dreamland.
Other bunk beds that have full-functional features are those with integrated sofa beds. The lower bunk is a sofa in the morning, and would be a full bed if you have guests over. Moreover, there are bunk beds built with a set of desk, drawers, and also dressers. There could be other furniture in matching color and design.
Keep Bunk Beds Tidy
Having storages integrated with your kids’ bed will also teach them to be tidy somehow. Them knowing that there are places for them to put their things into…keeping clutter at bay. New stuff are also nice to look at, kids may be motivated to keep their room clean and maintain it if you help them.
To further keep things organized, color assign each kid with beddings, cabinets, and other furniture. Having boxes coordinated in colors also make it easier for them to put things and identify as theirs.
Sort through their items and remove smaller clothing to throw away, this way you don’t get to hoard and overcrowd their room with things.