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Creating a Shared Bedroom with Bunk Beds

Do you have space for a playroom in your house? We don’t, but I have come up with a way of making the space, by putting Ava and Thea in the same shared bedroom with bunk beds. Until last week, Ava (7) and Thea (5) each had their own room. Ava’s was a large double, whilst Thea’s can only be described as a box room.

I’ve been thinking about putting them in the same room for about six months but was worried they would fight, or not sleep. My sister and I used to have a shared bedroom with bunk beds, and we loved it. I hope our girls will like it just as much, and am fairly confident they will, as they are such good friends.

A Small Shared Bedroom with Bunk Beds

I initially considered putting bunk beds in Ava’s big room. Then I realised it made much more sense to create a shared bedroom with bunk beds in Thea’s small room. To give you an idea of the space, this was Thea’s room a couple of years ago, wasn’t it cute? It was my favourite room.
Thea's bedroom

Then she had a single IKEA Kura mid-sleeper bed instead of her toddler bed. I’d always planned to make it into cute little house bed, but we never got round to it.

Ikea Kura Bed

We managed to keep her wardrobe and chest of drawers on the other side of a narrow gangway. I also gave them a quick update with some paper tablecloths, which you can read about here if you likeEasy Furniture Update Using A Paper Tablecloth

How the Bedroom Started Out

Do you want to see how the room looked when we moved in four years ago? Get ready, it’s not pretty…

Thea's room before decorating

Ugh it’s giving me a migraine just looking at it!

We painted the room in Crown’s Spotlight, a beautiful soft grey with a pinkish undertone, and got a new carpets and doors when we moved in.

The Logistics of Creating a Shared Bedroom with Bunk Beds

Over the Easter holidays, we put Thea’s mattress beneath Ava’s mid sleeper bed, to test it out. After the initial excitement, they slept well, so when our friend offered us their old bunk beds, it was time to implement my plan!

Last weekend, we gave away Ava’s bed, and she slept on her mattress on the floor. Then we took down Thea’s bed, which is now her little cousin’s prize possession. Next, we put up the bunk beds. I say ‘we’. It was Ryan and my brother. I hoovered and kept the girls out of the way!

It’s hard to get a good picture as the room is so small. It’s certainly cosy!Creating a shared bedroom with bunk beds

A girls shared bedroom with bunk beds

If you read my blog regularly, you may notice that this room is more colourful than my normal taste. As much as I love the gorgeous monochrome kids’ rooms I see on Pinterest, once you get toys and book in there, it instantly gets colourful. So I have embraced it and used the matching flamingo bedding I got a few years back.

The colourful pinwheels are from Amazon – you can buy them through my affiliate link here – they are only £6.99 for 6!

Do the Girls Like Their Shared Bedroom with Bunk Beds?

The girls are absolutely loving their ‘new’ shared bedroom with bunk beds. I was worried they would keep each other up in the evenings, or wake up too early. But so far, it’s been going really well.

Ava’s enjoying reading to Thea, which is a little bit heart-melting for me.Reading on the top bunk

Ava has a light above her, which I bought from Creative Cables, mounted on an IKEA bracket I spray painted white. It’s securely fastened in several places with white cable ties so it will not budge. I made the lampshade at an Origami Est origami workshop, and I have a kit for a matching big shade which I hope to make soon. We thought the light might keep Thea awake but actually it’s nice and dark beneath the top bunk, so Ava staying up reading hasn’t disturbed her at all.

It didn’t take long for them to work out that they can hang a duvet over the rail to create a den. It’s so cute waking up to them chatting and laughing together. Making a den out of their bunk beds

So I am calling this a triumph, particularly as it hasn’t cost us anything, or resulted in any waste, thanks to the joy of hand-me-downs!






  1. verymeinteriors

    25th April 2018 at 10:55 am

    What a great idea! And I love how colourful the room is now

    1. Becky Pink

      25th April 2018 at 11:17 am

      Thank you! Colourful bedding really makes a big difference in a small room! Xx

  2. tombellord

    23rd April 2018 at 2:32 pm

    What a lovely space you have created! We have twin boys who share a room….and they love it. Even if it can take a little longer for them to go to sleep, its a great way for them to grasp the notion of sharing and respecting one another individual space too.

    1. Becky Pink

      23rd April 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks Tom, I agree it’s great to help them be considerate to others, and it’s a relief they love it too!

  3. Donna Ford

    23rd April 2018 at 1:29 pm

    I love the transformation! My boys are sharing now and would love a bunk bed at some point. I love how grown up it is and all the vibrant colours. Also adore the black writing on the door (where are they from?)… Well done!

    1. Becky Pink

      23rd April 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you Donna, they are having such fun together, it’s really cute. The door signs are from Etsy I think, they are individual letters you fasten together to make your own words xx

  4. Medina

    23rd April 2018 at 1:21 pm

    This is def a great idea when you need more space innyour home for a playroom and more importantly it’s good for sibling bonding also. Great job!

    1. Becky Pink

      23rd April 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you, they are really enjoying sharing so far, which is a relief as we gave their old beds away! Xx


    22nd April 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I showed this to my son and he loved the idea of bunk beds – I asked him if he thought it was for younger children and he was “NO WAY!!! I WANT A BUNK BED TOO!” hahahah, that says it all!

    1. Becky Pink

      22nd April 2018 at 8:18 pm

      He he brilliant, the girls are loving it so much, fortunately! Xx

  6. Stacey Sheppard

    22nd April 2018 at 4:01 am

    What a lovely space you have created. Great idea to get them to share so you can have a playroom. My girls share but we don’t have an extra room to use as a playroom. The girls have the Kura actually and it works so well.

    1. Becky Pink

      22nd April 2018 at 12:43 pm

      We loved the Kura, it’s such a great bed with so many possibilities! My niece is absolutely loving it now. And I’m excited abut making the playroom! xx

  7. Sam

    21st April 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Oh I love the colours you’ve used here! Those gorgeous pin wheels! Did you make them?!

    1. Becky Pink

      21st April 2018 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you! I bought them from Amazon for Thea’s birthday party last month but loved them so much I saved them to use again! They were really reasonable and look so pretty don’t they? Xx

  8. Tamsin Allen

    21st April 2018 at 12:55 pm

    This is just too cute – more siblings should share. Teaches them to compromise and think about someone else first, which are great life lessons.

    1. Becky Pink

      22nd April 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you Tamsin, I agree, it’s good that they have to be considerate to each other, and luckily they are loving it so far! xx

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