Archive for August 29, 2011

The Triple Bunk Bed Solution

We have limited space in our home. I’m not complaining. I don’t want a big house. It’s too much maintenance and furniture for my taste or lifestyle (Plus, my wife says she’s not interested in having to keep a big house clean). My family, and the fixer-upper we live in, keeps me busy enough–which leads to my point. It’s a challenge many families are faced with as more people are downsizing.

When we were getting ready to welcome our fourth child, we had to figure out a way to make our three bedroom house work. We figured we needed to fit three boys in one bedroom for about two years, until the baby became old enough to share a room with one of the others. Then it could be two boys to a room. By the way, we never got our girl, but we’re done trying. We’ve got all the craziness and potty humor we can tolerate. Okay, okay. My poor wife is really the one putting up with all that. So we’re done.

In any event, that’s when I came up with the Triple Bunk Bed (aka Triple-Decker Bunk Bed) for our three boys. And when we split them up two to a room, we would have an extra bed for sleepovers. I’ll be honest, my wife had her reservations. She wondered if each boy would have enough room to sit up or if it could be structurally sound (and safe). “You do realize you’re married to The Superhandyman don’t you?” I responded. It didn’t reassure her. I asked her to trust me. She agreed to give it a chance.

The Triple Bunk Bed needed to be open and functional, safe and sound, and fit within the space of our 8 foot ceilings. It took some designing, but I figured it all out. As you can see in the picture, the ladder for the second and third bed offer both support and access to their respective areas. There is no clumsy ladder to move around or out of the way. It all works together to create a sleek and inviting design that even gives each child equal space to sit up in.

In addition, since taking this picture I added a small IKEA light in each sleeping area for reading time. The boys love laying in bed and reading Star Wars books before ‘lights out’. There is still one last thing I want to add in each area when I have time: a small corner shelf for a book or two. Yes, even I have a “Honey-Do List” that’s not done. Admittedly, some items on it are nearly a year old. It’s a sore spot at home.

The Triple Bunk Bed is a great option if you need to save space and add character. It is perfect for a vacation home to make room for more guests or to be able to rent it out to larger groups. It is good for a basement, kids’ room, or multipurpose area. In fact, two sets can be nicely built catty-corner for maximizing even more space. Those are just a few ideas.

Lastly, this is something I can build for you. The beds can come in any color or in many custom finishes. Simply email me your desire and we will work out all the details. I am willing to travel to wherever you are to make this one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Whatever the case, the Triple Bunk Bed is just one solution that may work for you. It has exceeded our expectations. Let it exceed yours. Plus, the kids love it!