About one month ago, we decide to bunk the middle boys' beds. We have two sets, yes as in four bunk beds. We also have a trundle bed for one of the sets, so we can sleep 5 if necessary.
These bunk beds are from This End Up and they are great. We bought our first set new when I became pregnant with number 2. We bought our second set off Craig's List when I was
pregnant with # 4. They are really well made, and can be configured into many different ways such as twin beds, a day bed, bunk beds, loft bed, etc...
We've had them bunked before, but nobody has ever slept on a top bunk until now. It is suggested you are age 6 before sleeping on a top bunk, but Brighton is 5 and we thought he'd do okay. He's the best candidate for this because he likes to share a room and he doesn't leave his bed (unless he's sick or needs to potty) once he's in bed for the night.
Here's what the room looked like pre-bunk. Notice Maverick's bed still has bed rails on it.
And here is after!
Maverick has done pretty well without the bed rails, and he's now using covers on his bed. He fell out a few times, but we have since put a pool noodle underneath the fitted sheet to act as a reminder, and he does fine. I don't allow playing on the top bunk and so far they haven't. Once Jamison is walking, the ladder may get removed during the day. We shall see...
Here's another room view. They have much more floor space to play. It really opens up the room.
Next to bunk will be Chandler and Jamison. I'm not sure if my idea will work, but I'm thinking I may loft one bed over Jamison's crib if it will work. Not anytime soon though!