Practically since the day her little sister Camille was born, Sofia has been asking for a girls’ shared bedroom with bunk beds. I always gave her the ol “one day” answer that parents say when they really mean go away. 😉
Fastforward 2.5 years, and move in day was like Christmas Day for Sofia. I just plunked their old furniture in here and did nothing else:
It seemed wise to have Camille age out of her crib before I made any big design moves in here… even if she was crawling out of it each night. I was dreaming of two little beds next to each other – and obviously I lost that battle. But practically speaking, for a girls shared bedroom, a bunk bed does make more sense for sharing a small space together. I don’t think its the best design wise, but who am I? 😀
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Girls Shared Bedroom with Bunk Beds
The paint color is Sweet Pastel by Valspar on the bottom two-thirds of the walls, and Extra White by Sherwin Williams on the top third. All sources are also listed at the bottom of the post.
The Sleeping Situation
As far as how much sleeping they actually do— ha! Don’t expect a lot for the first year or even longer. I had nights the first year and a half where I regretted putting them in the same room. I’m not sure if it was my kids’ personalities, their ages (2 is VERY young to share a room and expect actual sleeping), or maybe the excitement over sharing a bedroom together just took a very, very, very long while to wear off. We would separate them because they were playing / singing / making up games together late into the night. I have no idea why it took them so long to settle into a routine. I’m not sure about a lot when it comes to parenting actually. It’s all a crap shoot and I’m just winging it over here!
They’ve gotten a lot better now. Most nights they talk for a few minutes and then go to sleep right away, or one might look at a book quietly. The endless chatter until 11pm has finally stopped.
And now that we are past that stage- let me tell you, nothing is sweeter than seeing your 2 girls cuddled up together sharing 1 bed night after night.
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Girls Shared Bunk Beds
We debated doing an IKEA bunk bed to save money – maybe next year they’re no longer team bunk bed! We have actually owned a cheap bunk bed off Wayfair before though in our old house and I hated it. The wood was soft, there weren’t enough slats and it looked terrible after just a few months.
I love the Jr size of their bunk bed. Can you tell in the photo it’s actually a few feet shorter than a normal bunk bed!? These Jr sized beds just look better in a room! We bought this exact bottom mattress off Amazon and it actually worked out great. No weird smells, soft and comfy for a child.
Other Shared Bedroom Details
I am so glad I was able to find a space to squeeze in the leaning Addison desk. It takes up such little space, and they spend a lot of time there!
Their shared bathroom too…. I want to do something fun in here one day (wallpaper or paint? tile? ) but for now, it’s simple and clean.
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Paint color is Valspar Sweet Pastel on bottom two third, top third is Sherwin Williams Extra White / round rug / junior bunk bed / pink duvet / white pom pom duvet cover / striped sheets / pillow / Who run the world banner and felt garland / desk / chair / deer head lamp (similar) / bookshelf / swan head / dollhouse / baskets / mirror / dresser / pink touch lamp / blinds / ceiling fan / bathroom mirror
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