Sharing your bedroom is compromise enough, having to give up on style should not be part of the equation. Whether at the cottage, to allow for more guests to sleep over, or at home when space is at a premium, bunk beds are a clever space saving solution that should be explored.
Here are my 5 tips on how to make bunking in together both comfortable and stylish.
Criss cross apple sauce
My little ones brought that expression home from daycare one day after the teacher had enough of repeating herself on having them sit cross-legged on the floor. What she did not probably think of then was the fact that her simple toddler rhyme was a tried and tested shared bedroom secret as well. :) Traditional bunk beds are one on top of the other but why not try them perpendicular instead? That way, you can easily fit a double or queen size bed underneath and a single bed on top. It is a great sleeping spot for guests with young children.
For added style points – and a great nautical vibe – add shiplap walls to make the room feel like a boat’s cabin as did Bailey McCarthy with the decor of this shared bedroom.
In every room of any house, but particularly in a shared bedroom, storage is key. Whether to display precious mementos or to hide away toys and clothes, there should be enough storage to fit everyone’s needs… individually. If you go the build-in bunk bed route, then take up the opportunity to add cubbies either vertically, on the side of the beds, or horizontally, underneath the beds. There you can stash plenty of goodies in baskets or by category.
For added style points – and a bit of on OCD satisfaction – display the pretty books and toys with one colour per cubby.
Light it up
Lighting is something that deserves some thought when designing a shared bedroom for obvious reasons. Imagine a single ceiling flush mount for the whole room. The top bunk kid, like Pegasus, will get a sunburn from flying too close to the sun while the lower bunk child will feel the effects of seasonal depression from a lack of daylight. Kidding apart, in a shared bedroom it is best to have separate sources of lights for each bed with pretty wall sconces.
If space is at a premium or the room is long and narrow, reduce the visual clutter by playing a disappearing act & painting the bunks the same colour as the walls, hence giving the eye other points on which to focus rather than to zone in on the elephant in the room.
Shared bedrooms often mean that they are also shared by different genders. Blur the lines by keeping the colour palette fun and gender neutral with patterns that include many colours that appelas to all audiences. I am really loving the bedding Bailey McCarthy, designer & founder of Biscuit Home, chose for the room by layering cacti in blooms, Mexican inspired blankets and a cheeky Buffalo print on the bolster pillows and roman blinds.
Finally, make the most of an adjoining bathroom, even a tiny one, by sticking to the same colour palette as the bedroom. Keep it functional and easy to clean with floor to ceiling tiles (I am crazy about the choice of penny tiles in this particular case) with some cool nautical accents both on the mirror and wall sconces.