Children bunkbed

Published on September 7th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Space saving kids triple bunk beds

Materials: Kura bed frame

Description: In order to save space in our children’s bedroom, my husband and I decided that a triple bunk bed was required.

We purchased two Kura bed frames from Ikea. First we measured the two frames and cut one down to ensure that the three beds would be equal distance apart.

Next we drilled into the top four corners of one bed and four base legs of the second. We inserted steel rods into the holes to link and secure the two frames together.

We purchased the same side panels to match the surround of the bed and made a base with sides on the very bottom bunk.

So we were left with a bed and base at the bottom, a bed and base in the centre and a bed and base at the top.

Our three children were over the moon with their new beds as the all had the own storage and cleared the floor for some much needed ‘play area’.

~ Gemma & John Robins, Essex

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Jules Yap

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34 Responses to Space saving kids triple bunk beds

  1. adam byrne says:

    Hi how is this made
    and how much does it cost
    and can you make it different colours white pink etc

  2. Amanda Bodine says:

    Not sure if you will see this or not, but we are wanting to make this exact thing for our 3 boys. I was at Ikea this weekend and didn’t see the spare panels for sale. Did you just buy materials at a hardware store to add the sides to the bottom bunk? Maybe they did sell these parts when you made yours?? Thanks for a great idea! :)

  3. Annie says:

    Thank you so much for the idea. We already have the two ikea beds. We are looking at moving to a smaller house and would need to put three kids in one room and this would work perfectly.

  4. Sarah says:

    we have just bought an extra bed to add to the one we already have for our three boys. May go back and get two more to have our two girls sleeping up high and their chest of drawers underneath so that we can get a desk in their single room. may have saved us having to move house for a while! Great idea

  5. Jodi says:

    Love it, seriously hoping to do this , just wondering how the middle child gets in / out of bed?
    And does it creak/ wobble at all

  6. Stacy Welch says:

    I think this is a great idea. My Wife & I had to convert our dining room area into a bed room for our daughter with mounting hospital like curtain rods to the ceiling and using one of these bunk beds in her area. Leaving our 3 boys with the 2nd bedroom. Now finding this thread has my mind going on several ideas for more room for our 2 bedroom apartment. Right now it’s all we can afford and we are constantly trying to think of ways to give all 4 of our kids at least some space of their own. I think letting the kids paint their favorite color as well as curtains are a wonderful idea. I don’t however find all the sarcasm needed. There are alot of families that are doing their best to keep a roof over their familes head. So to the original poster Thank You kindly for the great idea. I will be going to Ikea tomorrow and can’t wait. Also thanks to those who gave the great idea of painting, curtains, and securing the bed by reinforcing it to the wall. Great ideas. Thanks everybody.

  7. Gemma Robins says:

    A couple of years after making these we moved to a bigger house with more bedrooms. Our boys still use them. Although we have converted them to a normal double bunk bed.
    And to answer a few questions- the steel rod we used strengthened the beds as well as securing the frame to the wall.
    Changing bedding is tricky (even with doubles) but I use the wooden steps from Ikea to reach the top bunk and get the kids to help :-)

  8. Zoe says:

    Brilliant idea! I love how you finished the bottom bed with the panels :)

  9. This is brilliant!!! I have four sons (and a daughter) and we’re a military family so we are constantly moving and we just never know what size house we’ll be moving into next and have had to have three kids in a pretty tiny room in the past and this would have been so great! We just used regular bunk beds with a mattress on the floor that we hide under the bottom bunk during the day and pulled out at night. This would have been so much better. And to the people worried about how it’s secured together- our wooden bunk beds that we bought at a big furniture store are secured to each other the same way- steel dowels that fit halfway down into the top posts of the bottom bed, and halfway up into the posts of the top bed.

  10. Anonymous says:

    pretty great! making those beds must be awful though. i have a hard enough time with a double bunk. just changing the sheets.

  11. K says:

    This is fantastic! Where did you get the steel rods and how long and what diameter are they? What is the thickness of the mattresses you are using? How wriggly are they (do they creak and wriggle when the kids move)?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Love the idea. But how do you change the bedsheets or remove the mattress?

  13. Where did you get the matching panels for the bottom bunk?

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is absolutely brilliant!

  15. Anonymous says:

    LMAO great idea, i am actually condering this for my three boys.They def need thespace to play

  16. Anonymous says:

    I live in an earthquake area, so I’d be sure to secure it to the wall (especially since ikea didn’t design it for this height).
    But resourceful, it reminds me of navy bunks too ;) and when I was a kid, I loved little areas areas like this.

  17. Anne says:

    Looks neat and pretty. Definitely saves space and looks like a more organized kids room.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Would it be more secure if you added some more support on the back? Maybe bolt it to the wall if you haven’t yet.

  19. Anonymous says:

    It’s a great idea, but I’m looking at it worried about safety, I’m sure it’s all secure right?

  20. korry ortiz says:

    nice idea!! could you a paint job..maybe the kids could each pick a color and help paint their bed..that would be fun!!

  21. Anonymous says:

    I grew up in a small house with a brother and sister, and my parents would have loved an option like this for us three kids. Little kids just sleep in beds so it should take up as little floorspace as possible. Great initiative !

  22. x3thelast says:

    jeez you might as well add curtains to each one’s bunk so its pretty much like the bunks on navy ships!

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  24. ccat says:

    How does the kid in the middle bunk get out of bed??

  25. Anonymous says:

    Looks nice, but I’m wondering .. Are the two beds actually secured (screwed, bolted) together? Or is it just sitting on a metal dowel?

  26. Anonymous says:

    Great idea! Must have been a tough decision who gets the bed on top! :-)

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