My daughter turned nine last week and the thing she’s asked for in her room are bunk beds. I confess they weren’t my first choice for a girl’s room but she’s entering that sleepover phase where she wants to invite friends over and a single twin won’t work anymore.
The thing that finally convinced us was when she said she’d “let her younger brother camp in there too.” When they’re not bickering one of their favorite things to do is tell each other spooky stories at night – lately it’s zombies and one-eyed rats that star in their tall tales but they always end up laughing in their attempt to outdo one another. The idea of them sleeping in the same room from time to time is charming (we eavesdrop on those spooky stories, it’s priceless) so we’ve agreed to make the investment and buy her some white bunk beds.
The challenge for me is giving them a more feminine look but Pottery Barn Kids always makes it look easy.
How gorgeous are these from Restoration Hardware? They’re wicked expensive and way waaaaaaay too impractical for my artist daughter – she’s always got a marker in her hand and all it would take was one rogue stroke and they’d be ruined.
I love the look of built ins but I’m not ready to commit to something so permanent – maybe someday in that dream vacation home when I’ve got grandkids, ha!
Having a double bed underneath is an idea – especially since I have a habit of crashing with them after stories. Does that happen to you? I swear I fall asleep twice a week in my kid’s bed.
I’m crushing on the drawers below these bunks – extra storage is a must!
I love the use of trimmed curtains like the in the old train sleeping cars but again, not willing to commit to built ins.
Painting bunks a bold color is so fun - these customized versions are perfection.
My girl wants to be able to make a tent – how sweet is this idea?
The look that appeals to me most is this one – I love the tailored valance and the floor to ceiling panels – perfect for putting on a show or closing off the beds to tell those spooky stories with flashlights under their chins – I’m thinking this canopy is a doable DIY project.
So, parents, tell me your experience with bunk beds – do you love them or hate them? Is it impossible to make the bed? Do your kids share a room with bunk beds? Your thoughts please. :)