We’ve been talking for awhile about the boys sharing a room once Gus grows out of his crib, (which should be coming to an end around the fall). There are lots of reasons for the boys to share a room, but the main one is because they want to. At least Finn wants to, we only suppose Gus does, because if he had it his way he would follow Finn around 24/7. I never had a sibling of the same gender, but I did have a brother, and we did share a bunk bed for a few years. I don’t know if I would say that it brought us closer, but I’d like to think that two boys sharing a room would create a bond for them as they grow up. This sharing a room thing doesn’t have to be for forever either. We’ll save Gus’ old room using it as a guest room in the interim, and it will be ready for him to move back into if the kids decide to split.
Finn’s room is pretty large and when it was built a hundred years it was definitely set up for kids to share. The entry door is right in the middle of the room. The windows are also smack dab in the middle. On either side of the door there are symmetrical light fixtures (to sit above twin beds) and identical closets, both housing built in toy boxes. The room was meant for kids to share! Finn has wanted a bunk bed for a long time. He sleeps on a cool old bunk bed every time we visit the cabin, and he thinks it’s the greatest thing ever, cause it is when you are 5! Even though the room is meant to have two twin beds on either side, we’re planning on having the bunk bed make its home on one side of the room, leaving the other side for toys and playing.
And we have a back up plan, just in case they become teenagers and decide they don’t want to have a bunk bed anymore we’d like them to be able to separate the bunk beds and create spaces on either side of the room. I also don’t expect them to share a room forever either, unless they want to, but I think having two beds in that room would be perfect for sleepovers down the road, even if Gus moves back into his old digs.
So there is a lot to consider, and a lot of functionality that this bunk bed needs to serve. I really would like to find a bunk bed that looks great, and is modular. I would like to be able to change the position of the bunk bed between the typical stacked style and right angle stacks. We are also looking for a bunk bed that could come apart and be converted into two twin beds for when bunk beds aren’t cool anymore.
So here’s a list of my current favorites. I would love to hear any feedback from parents of kids who currently share bunk beds or share rooms, what if any are things I should be considering that I haven’t. Is transitioning hard? Do kids actually fall asleep when they share a room? I’m super curious to know how it is, so let me know!