What’s great about bunkbeds, is that you can build drawers underneath the bottom bunk. The only thing I don’t like about bunk beds is the controversy about whether the top bunk is better than the bottom and vice versa. I have done both sides….and really, for those kids who share, the bottom bed is great if you are one of those perpetual nighttime bathroom goers, however, whoever comes over to visit ALWAYS has to sit on your well-made bed (even if its only for a split-second). The top bunk is more private, you get a panaramic view of everything, BUT beware of the sleepwalker…
Now that i am soo much older and maybe just a wee-bit wiser, I can see the value in having bunk beds in city apartments. Space. But actually, I would say that around age 4 and 5, many kids are dying to have that ‘bunk bed’ experience. Even if it means having a bunk bed in a room that you don’t share. So, its probably a good thing all around. You get to read your books with little torches, spy gear during playdates, and aren’t slumber parties and sleepovers the best??? And then there’s that bonding with your sibling every night after lights out…….
Child x. “what do you think of xxxx?
Sibling”I don’t, why….”.
Child x.”Well apparently, xxx got caught doing blah blah…
Sibling (older no doubt): silence as he/she pretends not to hear….and tries to sleep.
This can be both a fun but also aggravating experience until you get your own room….but the bonds, the conversations and the sibling gossip just gets better the older you get….
Decoholic Interior Design (www.decoholic.org) designs these incredible bunk beds for four kids or more. What I like is how they create privacy for each bunk through curtains/walls…i love the little windows in the third bunk bed attached below. Note, many interior designers like Nastasi Vail can also custom design bunk beds to fit your room’s specifications….(see my previous post on designing children’s rooms).
And then of course there is the bus bunkbed and the convertible sofa/bunk bed, couldn’t resist adding these for something different, what do you think??