Saturday, April 27, 2013

Triple Bunk Beds and Hardwood Floors

We decided that when we move Eden out of her crib, we'll move her into a queen sized bed so that when guests come, she can bunk with her brothers and they have somewhere to sleep. That means all three boys will be in a room together. How do you get three boys in one relatively small room? Triple bunk bed! I found these plans on Pinterest at the Handmade Dress. To help spread out the cost, we decided to go ahead and move the boys now and get that cost paid for before we move Eden this summer.

And while we were moving all of the furniture in the bedrooms, we decided to investigate the floors underneath the carpet. We found hardwood! Our awesome landlord gave us his blessing to tear out the carpet (and man was it gross underneath!!!!!) and we cleaned up the beautiful floors underneath.

Yesterday Jack built the bunks and we let the boys paint their bed the color they wanted out of the bedding. They loved painting them! Oh, and let me tell you a great story about the bedding. We bought two sets of the bedding 3 years ago at Target when Josiah was born and Caleb and Noah moved in together. I love the bedding. But Target no longer makes it. I figured someone had to be selling a used set on ebay- problem was I couldn't remember the name of the pattern. Then I remembered that a year  or two ago my college friend Courtney had posted a picture on her blog and I remembered noticing the same bedding in the background. I sent Courtney a message to see if she knew the name of the pattern, and she told me they were getting ready to change out that bedding and graciously offered to send me her set!! How awesome is that?! So, now we have three matching sets all ready for a triple bunk.

Today Jack's parents came to help us get the bunk bed assembled and built a closet organizer (based off of this design found on pinterest). Right now, at 7:30 the boys are in their beds. They asked to go to bed at 6:45! Figuring that if I said yes they'd be up before the sun tomorrow, I let them go play their leapsters in their beds.

The end result of a week's work is, what I think, an incredibly awesome bedroom for three boys!

The Before:




The After:


The closet organizer: shoe storage, individual hampers and shelves for extra clothes storage.

 (we painted the posts between the beds the same color as the wall so it looks like they are floating!)

Side by Sides:


11 comments:

rmfujino said...

Freakin awesome.
This makes me wanna be a Blankenship.. wait! ;)

James Paul said...

nice article about bunk beds

ShakyraG said...

Your husband changed some things and I love it! What dimensions did he use? His looks very different from the original plans and if you dont mind I would love to know exactly what I would need to get my bunks this same way and an estimated cost. I am moving my 3 into one room to save space.

Carrie said...

ShakyraG, thank you! The boys love them! We followed the plans almost exactly. If you look on the Homemade Dress site again, you'll see there are two types of beds. We did the "boys" corner set. The dimensions are the same as in the plans. The only thing we changed was instead of making the rails out of plywood and carving into shapes, we just did regular rails out of 2x4's. Total cost including paint and hardware was $200.

Carrie said...

ShakyraG, thank you! The boys love them! We followed the plans almost exactly. If you look on the Homemade Dress site again, you'll see there are two types of beds. We did the "boys" corner set. The dimensions are the same as in the plans. The only thing we changed was instead of making the rails out of plywood and carving into shapes, we just did regular rails out of 2x4's. Total cost including paint and hardware was $200.

Jennifer said...

This is just what I was looking for! We have three boys sharing a room and had a big bunk bed set that took up too much room so I've been looking around for triple bunk bed plans. This is perfect. I love what you did with them! We also pulled up the carpet in their room! Beautiful hardwoods underneath as well! I also noticed your boys names one Caleb and one Josiah. Well my youngest son is Kaleb Josiah :) thought that was neat! Thank you again!

Mommy Charland said...

Was wondering if you would send me the plans to my email, I left a comment, or could you give me the direct link to it, I haven't got the plans and we are entering in with foster care and need some bunk beds for the children and this would be AWESOME!!! my email is mommycharland@gmail.com

Carrie said...

Mommy Charland,
We used the plans from The Homemade Dress. They cost $1.99 to download. We made the green set (there are two variations). You can find the plans here:
http://www.thehandmadedress.com/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=20&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=54

Thanks for commenting!

Amanda Adams said...

Love these beds! I saw this on pinterest and its funny I live in Kentucky now but I went to high school in Fort mill and if one day, God willing we will come back to Tega Cay!!

Monica said...

I have had these bunks pinned for a long time now, knowing that we wanted to build them when it was time for my youngest to move out of the crib. That time has now come and I'm having trouble finding the plans. The link to purchase the plans from the blog they were on is broken. I emailed her to ask how to purchase them and got no response. Can you help me out at all? I'm pretty sure my husband and I can figure them out without the plans but am curious about the heights of each level and if the bed boxes are made with 2x6s or 2x8s. Any helpful hints on how to purchase the plans or a building material list would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

Adela Sabrina Meghan said...

i love this colorful triple bunk bed. it's great & stunning!