Now, I'm no decorating genius (or expert, amateur or even budding photographer as you can plainly see), but as I tell my children, every once in a blue moon I come up with a good idea. This is one of them: the triple bunk bed.
I did not make up the concept of triple bunk beds, of course, I just stole it. But with three boys in one small room, I was having a hard time figuring out how to make everything fit. We had a twin-over-double bunk bed originally, but it wasn't workin' for us.
We love it. Here's why:
- Our two littles (ages 5 and 3) now do not have to share a double bed. They have their own space. Need I say more? For you parents, I'm sure I don't, but if you're not a parent, let's just say, they didn't coexist so well. Someone was always getting in someone else's space…and
screamingSCREAMING about it.
- You'll notice the bottom bunk is right on the floor. This fact alone makes the thing worth its weight in gold. No more collections of who-knows-what getting lost under the bed or valuable items disappearing never to be seen again.
- The rungs on the end of the bed create a built-in ladder. That means one less item to take up space in the room.
- If there's ever a tornado here, I think our house will be blown away while this bunk bed will be left standing on the cement slab. It's a beast and therefore I do not have nightmares about it toppling over easily.
- While I was excited about the space-saving solution it would provide, I wasn't super excited about having to buy two twin mattresses. However, thanks to Groupon (Do you know Groupon? You should get familiar if you don't!), we got a sweet 50% off deal on mattresses. In other words, two for the price of one. Thank you Groupon. Woot!
Because we have a 9' ceiling in the boys' room, I knew we were gonna have to go up. So, I called up my dad (Mr. Turbo-Style Handy Guy) and told him I needed his expertise (Read: Can you make me something for free because I birthed 4 of your grandchildren, please?).
My original idea was for him to build a triple bunk from scratch, but he decided to just chop up the twin-over-double we had and add a third bed to it. I wish I could tell you how he did it, but alas, that gene apparently did not pass down. (And if I were a decorating blogger, I would have taken before and after shots plus about 5 in between. Maybe someday.)
So, my dad made this beast, somehow I got my husband to spend many hours outside in the backyard spray painting the thing red and all I did was come up with the idea. Hmmm…I'm not sure how I worked that out, but I'm going to try to make a habit of it.
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