Are there alot of moms that would like Toddler bunkbeds if they were affordable?

Dakota - posted on 06/08/2011 ( 76 moms have responded )

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Me and my husband are thinking of making toddler bunkbeds. We started this because we have six kids and two tiny rooms and one of the rooms did not have space for regular bunkbeds- surely I am not the only mom that thinks toddler bunkbeds are great- just wondering if others would like them as well.

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I don't think it would be such a great idea to put such a small child up in the air (like a top bunk)
I don't encourage my son to climb that way...I would be afraid he would fall. It wouldn't have to just have safety SIDES...it would have to be a complete cage for me to rest easy knowing he's not going to climb over and fall.
They are only small enough for a toddler bed for a short time. If you were to build the bunk beds with twin size beds...I could see that lasting until the kids were old enough to leave home.

Jennifer - posted on 06/13/2011

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Where I live Toddler bunk beds are illegal due to safety concerns. Because of this they suggest children being over six before being in a bunk bed

Sumanda - posted on 06/10/2011

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Just one note of caution. A lot of bunk beds are made with slats on the side. A friends little boy slid through the slats during the night and hanged himself.

As for having a kid sleeping in the air, lol, I think it depends on the child. Some are wise enough for it to be safe others are just not cautious enough. I'm sure you'll find people that would be interested :)

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2011

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me n my husband were talking about that jsut the other day! we were thinkin bout makin a small bunk bed for our two kids. I would so be interested! you know I don't want to spend my life worrying if my kids r gonna fall. our bed is tall. and my son purposely falls to b funny. and he doesn't hurt himself. and they can b comfortable in their own beds. they are gonna b toddler age for a few years so it's worth the investement. my son climbes on the ladders on the big playground all the time and he has fallen twice. no biggie he fell in the sand and he got right back up and tried again. he's only 21 months. I'm not a worry wuss when it comes to him exploring. all the parents at the park looked at me like I was crazy. he didn't cry. he just got back up and brushed himself off. and tried again. but anyways. how can we get one of these bunk beds?

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Dalky - posted on 08/28/2012

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I want toddler bunk beds I'm actually in the process of trying to build them where I am actually completely lost with measuments help???????

Alisha - posted on 06/18/2012

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I think its a great idea, of course any parent would consider all safty issues, we have 3 children under 4, I would LOVE to see one of these bunk beds, lol, good luck!

User - posted on 04/27/2012

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did you end up making them? I am trying to search for a plan so we can make them.

CINDY - posted on 01/24/2012

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I have never even been in Ikea! Thank you. Should probably check it out. The grandgirls are 4 and 2. My youngest child (a son) is 4 and my oldest is 25 out of 7 children!

Kaitlin - posted on 01/24/2012

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have you tried Ikea? They have several. Also, Bobs has some nicer ones but they are not toddler size, but they are very slim. We'll be doing the same in the fall, I've already done a bunch of research, lol. What ages?

CINDY - posted on 01/24/2012

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How did you make your toddler bunk beds? I'm thinking of this for my two granddaughters for the once a year or so that they get to visit us.

Omosefe - posted on 06/14/2011

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sure toddler bunk bed is perfect when you have more than two kids especially if you are thinking of putting them together in one room or have limited space

LeAnn - posted on 06/14/2011

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I personaly have been looking for toddler bed below and child bed up top. My daughter went to live with her dad and is 11 and my son is 1 and so now they will have to share a room and its just not big enough for a crib/tod bed AND her bed! They have nothing out there like that. Even if it was more crib like below and child bed up top. Let me know if you start making these!!!

Dawn - posted on 06/14/2011

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Sounds ok. I got rid of my daughters cotbed when she was 3 and bought her a midsleeper off ebay. She loved it seeing it had curtains along the bottom in the shape of windows like a playhouse, she keeps all hey toys under as well, ideal if you have only a small room. The bed has three steps and she's never had any trouble getting in or out. I'd say go for it girl!!

Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2011

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Not really. The idea is nice but then you will have to make an extra transition into the big boy/girl bed from the toddler bed. We are only a 2 child household though. It sounds wonderful for multiples!

Susan - posted on 06/14/2011

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I'd think that a trundle-type bed without slats to hold up the bed might work. Our trundle bed (twin size, though), has a bedboard for safety rather than slats, much preferred for younger children. just a thought.

Barbara - posted on 06/13/2011

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I think its a great idea, I don't have toddlers any more but I know both my kids would have loved it when they were little. and as far as the top bunk goes, no matter how high or low it is kids are going to explore and they will fall. My sisters & i as kids used to try to jump from 1 set to the other and yes we missed quite a few times....but like I said kids are going to try it regaurdless of rules or whats safe. One rule I have always had for my boys, whether it be at my house or a friends, was that they were NOT allowed on the top bunk unless they could get up & down by them self with no assistance from anyone else....so either by the side or the ladder. and if they are toddler beds then I doubt the top bunk would be more then 3-4 ft off the ground, they have toys at public parks & school or daycare that are higher then this and we let our children play on then. its not much different there. But yes it would definitely be by the parents digression and what they believe their child can or cant handle.

Candi - posted on 06/13/2011

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My girls were in bunkbeds. My oldest was 6 and she slept on top and my youngest was about 2. Her mattress actually sat on the floor, so if she rolled out, she would only fall a couple inches. She never rolled out though and most of the time, she would climb to the top to sleep with my oldest daughter. She had a rail and a canopy, so falling out wasn't even a worry of mine. Now that they have their own rooms, my youngest took the bunkbed (at age 4). She sleeps on the top and uses the bottom area as a play area(no mattress). The only problem with toddler beds is kids don't fit in them very long and if the beds aren't meant to be bunk beds, its kind of risky. Good luck

Shannon - posted on 06/13/2011

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Honestly I'd be concerned for the safety of the kiddo's with bunkbeds. Toddlers are not the most coordinated as of yet. You may not have had issues with your kids with them, but I'd be a nervous wreck. I had regular bunk beds as a child however and had no issues.

Annette - posted on 06/13/2011

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Yes this is a good idea, but how safe is it? Let's exploit the prons and cons . Some toddlers usually love to explore things and think of games in the beds, like jumping out from the upper bed. Moms what do you think?

Kim - posted on 06/12/2011

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My sons have been sleeping in twin size bunk beds for 2 yrs now with no problems. We put them in at 4 and 2 yrs of age. My then 4 y/o was excited for being able to sllep in such a big boy be (he sleeps on top). My then 2 y/o was just as excited to be in his bed. The little boy has fallen a few times but also remains asleep. We taught our oldest son to climb up and down he in turn taught his youger brother. The top bunk has tall sides all around with the score exception of the back and ladder entrance. So I felt safe having him up there. They both use the bed to make a tent, spaceship or whatever their imagination can think up. Now my oldest son jumps off the bed playing super hero. I know it want be long before the youngest follow suit. So please do whatever you feel comfortable with. I hoever would not spend money on toddler bunk beds because they will out grow them in two yrs. Good luck.

Tayla - posted on 06/12/2011

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I would love toddler bunk beds, I have 7 boys. And the bedrooms in our house are tiny.

Krista - posted on 06/12/2011

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I sure would!!! I have just been thinking about this as I am moving into a new house soon and have a few friends with kids and a nephew that will be able to stay over now that we will have the space...all we need is the bed...lol
I am looking for one that is a single on top and a double below... lemme know if you have ideas to make one like this.
Cheers, Kai

Sarah - posted on 06/12/2011

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we will actually be needing toddler bunkbeds at some point and havnt seen any anywhere! great idea!

Katie - posted on 06/12/2011

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I know you already have lots of input but I love the idea. They have display bunk beds and they are smaller and I always thought that it would be prefect for my son. Sounds great! Good luck!

Nikki - posted on 06/12/2011

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i think toddler bunk beds would be a great idea. i have a two year old and my boyfriend has a 3 year old, and they have to share a room. we don't want to get them regualr bunk bed because they are so high off the ground. I would love to find something like that...

Janet - posted on 06/12/2011

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I think you are opening yourself up to the strong possibility of potential lawsuits from falls/injuries etc... from the top bunk of these beds. Every state is different on legislation concerning the age required for use of bunkbeds. Someone mentioned in an earlier post about Europe. They are strongly regulated with EU regulations and tend to have stricter regulations than the USA. If you go ahead with this idea you better have good liability insurance. However, you may not qualify for insurance for this due to the potential high risk of injury from this.Great idea for your situation though.

Deborah - posted on 06/12/2011

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I accidentally deleted my post. I think it's a great idea except for the safety hazzard of being so high. In New York State it is recommended that children under the age of seven do not use a top bunk. I would be more interested in a captains bed with a bed underneath or storage drawers underneath. Also maybe a bed with a bookshelf built into the headboard or maybe a desk on one end. Just make sure to have a high safety bar on the top bed.

Athena - posted on 06/12/2011

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I bought the IKEA metal frame bunk beds for my kids last year and at the time my son was 3 1/2 and my daughter was 22 months. We needed a sleeping arrangement that they would find fun because we desperately needed to get BOTH our kids out of OUR bed!! I was a little scared that my son would fall in the event he needed to come down to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Till this day I've never had any one of them fall and at times I even let them both sleep on the top together cause they both love the top bunk. I think the toddler bunk beds are a great idea...the only thing is that they are not going to be in them too long. You're better off getting regular bunk beds but then the issue is they can get in and out of them as they please...which has been the only issue with my daughter!

Deborah - posted on 06/11/2011

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The idea seems great but I would think it would be a safety hazzard. New York state does not recommend any child under the age of 7 to be on a top bunk. Another idea would be toddler captains beds. This way you get two beds but nobody is high up. Just make sure that top part of bed has a side rail so that the child does not fall onto other bed underneath. You may also want to make a toddler captains bed with storage drawers underneath instead of bed. And this way you have two different designs for parents to choose from. Also having beds with built-in bookshelves on headboard is also a great idea, and maybe even a desk added onto one end.

Sheila - posted on 06/11/2011

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I think that is a great idea and I would definitely buy one if it was affordable.

Jill - posted on 06/11/2011

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Maybe posting a picture would help. My son slept on my nephew's captains ben while we were visiting at theirs. It had a rail that was made to come off when they were older. I can see bunkbeds working if the lower bunk was close to the floor making the top bunk not as high. I am sure you thought about safety as you made them! We have a wall with a velux window and tall bunk beds wouldnt work, but we have thought of crafting a cubby bed that he could use for a few years (he is now three) and making to look fun, like a boat or a little house etc. Right now he sleeps in a bed that looks like a Thomas the tank Engine! But yeah, I might be interested! Also, here in the Uk (I am an Ex pat from Wash DC AREA) The laws are age 6 and up for bunkbeds here. I did go looking awhile back and got the third degree from the salesman...

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Actually it seems to me the point of toddler beds is to get ten used to a regular bed. My twins both fell out of their toddler beds pretty often so I would never have put them in bunk beds at that age.

Christina - posted on 06/11/2011

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My niece & nephew were 3&4 and were in bunk beds & they loved it & of course it had side rails...They never fell out of the bed.

Jennifer - posted on 06/11/2011

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I think it depends on the age of the kids and the height of the bunkbeds. But I would totally consider buying toddler bunkbeds.

Amy - posted on 06/11/2011

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The space savings sounds great, but our 4-year-old fell out of his top bunk with a rail. That resulted in a late-night trip to the ER, 4 stitches, and 3 broken molars. Perhaps he was sleepwalking/climbing? Going to the bathroom? I would be nervous about the liability ...

Susanna - posted on 06/10/2011

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When my daughter started nursery school at age three, there were too many kids for the number of beds in the dormitory for naptime so they put in bunkbeds. They were really tiny - the top bunk was less than a metre (3 feet) off the ground. For normal bunkbeds, French law says children should be at least six years old to sleep in the top bunk.

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Before reading any replies.... my twin girls were in regular bunk beds at 3. Never had any problems.... and it's been 6.5 years.

My 3 year old son NOW.... not a chance. Of course, he still sleeps next to me, so.....

Dakota - posted on 06/10/2011

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thank you so much!!! I know alot of people who look down on others for having alot of kids. Our situation is unique and all of our children are loved an cared for. Thank you for your positive statements!!

Dakota - posted on 06/10/2011

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We are planning on offering this as a bracket kit that you buy the wood and assemble yourselves that way it is easy and affordable for people who live to far away to have us make them for them.

Valerie - posted on 06/10/2011

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You don't need to explain your situation to people. It's none of their business why you have that many kids and limited space. The amount of space has nothing to do with how good of a parent you are. The most important thing is that your children are loved and cared for. Last time I checked having to share bedrooms with siblings was not a form of child neglect. Good luck to you.

Valerie - posted on 06/10/2011

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I love this idea. I have been thinking about that myself. I have a 20 month old and a 3 year old. We have another bedroom but my boys don't want to be separated. I think if they were low to the ground that it would be great. I also think stairs instead of a ladder would be good, but my kids climb ladders to go up slides so why not. My 3 year old has never fallen out of his toddler bed so I wouldn't be too concerned about him falling from the top bunk.

Sheri - posted on 06/10/2011

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Six years is my minimum age for top bunk. Many of the moms I know feel the same way. One friend just moved her five-year-old to the top bunk, and he fell out and broke his arm the first night, trying to get down to use the bathroom.

Lesley - posted on 06/10/2011

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We too have a really small bedroom and will eventually have another. I think bunk beds are a great idea. My brother & I shared bunk beds for years and we were fine. Go for it!!!

Kristy - posted on 06/10/2011

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I really wish that yu could got out and buy them insteadof having to make them. My husband and I are thinking of making some for our kids. We really don't have a lot of space and with the economy the way it is we really can't afford to buy a larger home yet. Since my older two children are still in toddler beds it would be nice to be able to free up some space, especially since it wont be too much longer before the baby gets moved into a crib from his bassinet.

Kimberly - posted on 06/10/2011

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I think that is a great idea!! Wish that had been available when mine were small

Dakota - posted on 06/10/2011

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Because my stepkids did not live with us and their stepfather was abusing them so they came to live with and took the second room we had planned to move our other children into. WE had intended to build a larger home but we have had to fight their mom tooth and nail in court and thanks to attorney's fee's and the downturn in the economy it hasn't been possible

Krystal - posted on 06/10/2011

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I would love toddler bunk beds! I am in the same position with space and I think my kids would do great in them. They are 3 and 4 and very small for thier age, I am expecting them to stay in toddler beds til 6 or so. If the top wasn't far off the floor and maybe the bottom lowered to sit on the floor, something like that I think it would work well. I had just been searching for something like this. Great idea.

Ashley - posted on 06/10/2011

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A friend of mine has 4 kids under 6 years old and her husband build bunk beds using the crib matresses and they are maybe 5ft tall and the top bunks have rails completly around it. They used 2x4's and its not a "finished" piece but they were very sturdy and seemed to work wonderfully. I have 5 year old twins and they are in normal bunk beds but a smaller bunk bed would be nice that way they would have more more in their room.

Vikki - posted on 06/10/2011

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I really don't want to sound mean or 'b'tchy', but why have so many kids when you have very limited space?

Dakota - posted on 06/10/2011

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thanks I think alot of families would find these to be a great asset and I appreciate the positive re-inforcement!

Dakota - posted on 06/10/2011

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yes but sometimes parents do have to make choices that don't comply with the "suggested age" for space issues- ideally yes older is better but in many families the choices are limited

Caroline - posted on 06/10/2011

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bunkbed manufacturers do not advise children under the age of 6 use a bunkbed.

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