Triple Bunk Beds: Our Space-Saving Solution

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 have a good idea. This is one of them: the triple bunk bed.

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 little ones 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.
  • 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.

Because we have a 9′ ceiling in the boys’ room, I knew we were gonna have to go up. So, I called 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?)

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 it, 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. I’m not sure how I worked that out, but I’m going to try to make a habit of it.

(I’m sorry I don’t have the step-by-step plans, but this looks pretty similar.)

Share on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on FacebookBuffer this pageShare on LinkedIn

P.S. Got information overload?

I can help. I wade through the internet, find the best stuff and put it in a short weekly email called the Useletter®. It's free. Sign up & I'll send you a sample...


  1. Ann says

    We are looking for space saving idea and this is wonderful! Can I ask if the kids feel squashed in between spaces? Can they sit up right on the bed? How is that working? Thank you!!

    • says

      Hi Ann,

      We LOVE the triple bunks! The boys can’t sit upright, but it doesn’t seem to cause any trouble for them. Two things to keep in mind though: our ceilings are 9 feet so our oldest son has more room (he can sit upright) and our younger boys on the lower bunks are 6 & 8. I imagine it will start to feel a bit tight when they get older, but for the time being, it’s been wonderful.