J.F. asks from Osseo, MN on April 16, 2008
Bunk Beds or Not??
We recently moved our two girls, ages 2 and 4, into the same room in anticipation of the arrival of a new baby in a few months. They are doing well together but we have a full size and a twin size bed in there right now. We are looking into possibly either getting two separate twin beds or a bunk bed (either twin over full or twin over twin size) to free up some floor space. We have considered several pros/cons but we want to make sure we haven't missed something. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with what worked best for them?
M.K. answers from Minneapolis on April 17, 2008
Bunk beds do help clear up floor space, but they are a pain to make!!! Changing the sheets on the upper bunk is very difficult. I also didn't like the fact that I couldn't snuggle or comfort my older daughter on the top bunk. Especially if she had a nightmare or wasn't feeling well. I would go with the 2 twin beds if I were you.
J.C. answers from Minneapolis on April 17, 2008
J., I think what I would do is get the bunk beds and then you can set them up the way you are most comfortable and you can always change it later if you want or need. If you get the twin beds you won't have that choice.
R.O. answers from La Crosse on April 17, 2008
We went through the same...have 2 older boys (5 and 3.5) and put both in a room with a twin/full bunkbed. They love it; however, if they go to sleep at the same time, they tend to be a little giddy. But now they are in a routine and know that it is bedtime when they hit the bed. They will still have some ansy nights, but they'll settle down. They also talk. I sit outside the door listening some nights and you will just laugh at the conversations:) I'm glad we did it. Now we are adding on another bedroom, so I'm wondering what it is going to be like if I split them up? Hope this helps.
K.B. answers from Minneapolis on April 16, 2008
I would say to go with 2 twins or a twin with a trundle. Your 4yr old may have problems getting down in the middle of the night when going to the bathroom.
You may consider getting a twin on twin bunkbed and leaving the other twin in there for a while, until your oldest is a little older and can get in and out of bed with no problem...
R.B. answers from La Crosse on April 17, 2008
i think for safetly they are suppose to be about 6 before they are on the top bunk. we always had them when i was little and never had any problems. but with my oldest son he was 8 and while on the top bunk he managed to roll out of the space where the ladder goes and fell out. we rushed him to the ER because he couldn't move his arm. he had a serious concussion and strained the muscles from the base of his skull down threw his arm and the one side of his back. i got rid of it and asked if they wanted to sleep together or thier own beds, they wanted a full. to this day even thou they have thier own beds they still sleep together and they are 12 and 8.
my suggestion is if you choose to get one when they get a little older make sure the railing goes all the way across and the ladder on the side, we learned it the hard way.
M.J. answers from Omaha on April 17, 2008
I think that the four year old is still a little young for the bunk. If I were you, I would have them share the full for a while, and maybe in a year or two make the bunk beds a big Christmas present. They are probably little enough that with a railing on one side and a wall on the other, they would fit comfortably. We have bunk beds in the boys' room (my daughter has her own room). My 10 1/2 year old is on top and my 2 1/2 year old is on bottom. The rules are only one at a time on top, and the 2 year old is not allowed up there. Well, about two nights ago, the 2 year old made it up the ladder before we realized it, and had a good old time up there, both siblings joined him because it was so fun to have a party on the top bunk. Now I have to constantly keep my eyes on him to make sure he doesn't go up. He does the ladder fine, but he doesn't understand he could get hurt if he looks over the edge too far or stands up. Other than that, I think they are a great space saver. But like I said, my oldest is 10, not 4. I really would wait.
K.M. answers from Minneapolis on April 16, 2008
Our bunkbeds say that kids need to be 6 to be on top. Our 4 1/2 yr old sleeps up there and does fine, but he is our third kid... We were more careful when it was our first!
I think when kids are little it is important to set a rule right away that the top bed is NOT a place to play (unless you are okay with that) as that is what all the kids who visited us immediately wanted to do.
Also, nobody ever fell out of a top bed, but there were scraped and bruised legs from not being careful on the ladder.
We have four kids and two sets of bunk beds and they are great for saving space. Good luck with your decision and your new baby!
J.O. answers from Wausau on April 17, 2008
when my sister and I were younger, we had a bunk bed set, but it was an L shape, with one bunk tucked partially under the other bunk. It makes it so neither bunk is very high off the ground, and the kids are in separate beds but can still see each other, and the bottom one doesn't feel like they're in a cave.
It was a set that could be converted later to a traditional bunk bed setup, which is what we did when we got a little older.
and the beds could be used separately too, which is what we did when we got our own rooms.
I'd recommend looking into something like that.
L.H. answers from Milwaukee on April 17, 2008
I am not sure that I would do bunks at their age. It would be too much of a hazard in my opinion. You might try twin size captain beds-you know the ones with storage under them. You can free up floor spance and create storage space at the same time.
K.G. answers from Madison on April 16, 2008
Hi J., Bunk beds are a great space saver, but I heard that a child should be at least 6 before sleeping in the top bunk. My 5 year old has had a bunk bed in his room since he was 3 and I have told him after he turns 6 he can move to the top bunk if he wants to. Good Luck and best wishes.
A.S. answers from Minneapolis on April 17, 2008
We opted for a trundle bed. During the day the trundle bed is slid under the other bed to create more space in the room. At night pull the trundle bed out for use. Once the girls were older and could have their own rooms again, the trundle bed became a handy things for when they had friends over. Our trundle bed is low to the ground but you can also get some that are on springs so when you pull them out it pops up.