Bright Idea: Treetop Bunk Beds

One of my favorite memories of my childhood bedroom was the bunk bed I shared briefly with my older sister (my parents quickly learned that no sleep would be had if the arrangement continued!). Yet our normal wooden bunk bed pales in comparison to this masterpiece found in a Slovenian apartment…

Can you imagine the good dreams you’d have while pretending to sleep amidst the highest of treetops? I love how creative the aesthetic is, but the function is still maintained in its entirety – perfect for sibling sleeping arrangements, or even a separate reading nook for a lucky little kid.

And wouldn’t this piece fit right into the barn-inspired kids suite Miriam posted? Proof that fun design elements don’t have to be reserved for grown-up spaces only!

Image Credit: Design East

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Lofty adventures

As we contemplate growing our family and someday having kids share a room in our home, I have found myself gravitating towards bunk and loft beds.  I think they really lend a special quality to a kids room because kids love small, cozy, intimate spaces (ever seen any kid pass up playing with a huge cardboard box?).  And I'll admit, I think they're pretty cool as well.

Of course, the closest I ever got to having a cool bunk bed was the loft my grandfather made for me to use in college.  It was essentially a bed with legs with a small ledge you could hoist yourself up to the top with.  It was functional and sturdy…but it was NEVER as cool as these awesome loft and bunk bed styles.

The kid inside of me totally did back flips when I saw this awesome set up.  But the practical adult in me realizes that 1) our ceilings aren't high enough for this concept and 2) our kids would outgrow this well before we'd gotten all of our investment out of it.  Still…I think the concept is pretty fresh and innovative.

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