When you have multiple kids sharing one room, putting them in bunk beds saves floor space. As you plan bunk beds for your children's room, consider how you can arrange them to make the most effective layout and storage options no matter what the size of the room.
Instead of a traditional bunk bed layout with one stacked directly over the other, place twin bunk beds in an L-shape. Position the bottom bed to stick out at a perpendicular, or 90-degree, angle to the top bed. Use the extra space underneath the top bed as a work area by adding a desk, or add bookshelves, a carpet, and bean bags or cushions to create a reading area. If the kids have a lot of toys, install toy boxes and a rubber mat to create a play area. If you only have one child now, set up the bottom bed like a miniature couch to create extra seating in the room.
Sharing a room can make your kids feel like they don't have any personal space; use bunk beds to give them their own little kingdoms. Hang curtains from the bottom edge of the top bunk to shield the bottom bunk and from the ceiling to create a privacy screen for the top bunk. Put up individual lights on the wall so each kid can read or draw without disturbing the other. Install tie-backs or curtains on a rod so they can be easily drawn aside during the day.
To add storage and make an easier way to get to the top bunk than by a ladder, create a set of wide steps that lead from the floor up. Install a drawer under the side of each riser to hold toys, clothing, and games. This type of bunk bed is best for older children who are not likely to fall down the stairs. If a ladder is easier for your child to use, install drawers behind it, with the back facing the end of the bunk bed and a handle that can be accessed between the rungs.
Create a built-in design to make bunk beds look like they are original to the house. Install individual beds along one wall and inset them into it with boards and moulding that make it look as though the beds were built at the same time as the rest of the structure. Put drawers or shelves underneath to continue the look and provide extra storage; on very long walls, install bookshelves on either side of the beds. This type of bed is fun for kids because each bed looks like a personal cave. This is also a practical option for a cabin or summer home because you can fit more beds in a room this way, and therefore can accommodate extra guests and family.
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