Whether you’re expecting a new baby, downsizing or simply like the idea of siblings sharing a room, there are many reasons to transition a child’s bedroom from single to double capacity. While there are also many concerns that may come up, such as whether the new arrangement will affect their sleep—and everyone else’s in your household—there are some design tips that can make room sharing easier, even in smaller spaces.
Bunk them up
While there are many possible bed arrangements, one of the most practical for small bedroom sharing is bunk beds. Bunk beds are available in twin over twin, twin over full or even full over full bunk bed options, with the full-sized beds working well for overnight guests or for an older child who needs more sleep space.
Bunk beds are available in a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern. If your kids’ personalities and tastes are as unique as they are, you may want to consider a more classic style bunk bed with a clean look. Let your kiddos pick their own bedding sets to add a personalized touch to their sleep space.
Along with the style of the bunk bed, you’ll want to look for safety and functionality. Choose a bed with hardwood construction that will withstand your kids climbing and playing. (Because we know they won’t always be sleeping when the lights are out!) Plus, make sure your child will be safe on the top bunk with a protective guardrail, and an attached ladder that makes it easy for them to get up and down.
Functional storage and more
Along with two kids in the same room comes another challenge: double the stuff in the same space! Choose functional storage options to make the most of limited space. Some bunk beds may be compatible with a bunk buddy, a hanging storage compartment that hooks onto the guard rail to make a perfect space for books and more. The addition of an underbed storage unit also provides a great option for storing extra clothes, linens, toys or other belongings—and all without taking up more floor space. Don’t need the storage? Some bunk beds come with an underbed twin trundle to easily accommodate guests, making your house the hot spot for sleepovers with your kids’ besties.
Another option to consider is sleeping arrangements over time. Maybe you are bunking the kids now so everyone is sleeping on the same level of your house. However, you plan to move the older sibling to a lower level bedroom when they get older. In this case, choose a bunk bed that can also be separated into two beds to plan ahead for future arrangements.
By carefully selecting a bunk bed that will meet your current needs for space and functionality, as well as plan for future accommodations, you can arrange even a small bedroom for siblings to share.