Bunk Beds Are Evil

There are so many things I wish someone had warned me about before I had children. The fact that my flabby pre-baby stomach would look enviable compared to the mess of stretch marks overtaking it after kids. That I would think nothing of having an OB bring his entire team of interns in to observe my internal exam. That I would never, ever again pee in peace.

But, really there is one that trumps everything else. Why didn’t my mom clue me in? My older cousins? My friends with kids? Did they all think that just because they suffered, I deserved to as well? What kind of conspiracy is this motherhood thing, anyway?

But, I’m not like them. I’ll share with you my knowledge. I’ll share with you what I’ve learned, the hard way. Because that’s just the kind of person I am. And, you deserve to know.

Here goes…

Bunk-Beds

Dear Mothers: Do not, unless there is absolutely no other option under the sun, get your children a bunk bed. You will live to regret it, mark my words. The very first time you make the bed, my post will echo in your brain. I’m not one to gloat I told you so’s, but I will. Skip yourself the agony.

Sure, bunk beds look all cozy and idyllic. Two kids, one bed, sleeping in harmony. Whispering ghost stories late at night, swapping between top and bottom bunk, saving space in a crowded room. It all sounds so perfect. But it’s not. It’s hell.

Changing the top sheet may just kill you. The feeling can only be likened to putting on a pair of Spanx: The huffing, the puffing, the grunting, the heightened blood pressure, the sweating, the cursing. The fact that once you successfully have it in place, the reality hits you that it needs to come off eventually. You live in fear of pee. Instead of limiting your liquid intake, you’ll start limiting your child’s. It’s just not worth it. None of it. Go for the twin beds.

And thank me later.

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What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Welcome to Scary Mommy!

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Francesca Sparagna 1 month ago

I don’t completely agree with you. Childrens Bunk Beds are not evil. The limitation is that you are talking about cheap bunk beds not Italian bunk beds.

Childrens cabin beds 4 months ago

You speak truth. I wish someone had told me before we bought a thousand dollar bunk bed for our kids room. The pain and suffering of changing the sheets is hell. Not to mention how many times all 3 of us have skinned our knees on the stairs going up to the top bunk… the fact that they can reach the popcorn ceiling and pick it off all over their bed…. Oh yes, I wish I had been warned.

Nathaniel 6 months ago

My parents taught and expected me to change my own sheets. If the kid is too young to do it him (or her) self, they are probably too young to be in a bunk bed.

Anonymous 6 months ago

I had a bunk bed growing up, the ladder type, from 1st grade on. I never once peed the bed nor did my mother complain about changing the top sheet. I was taught to make my own bed fairly quickly, nor did I find it difficult.

when my son entered 2nd grade I bought him a loft bed with stairs, a receommendation I would make for anyone buying a raised bed. It makes getting down half asleep much more expedient helping alay the concern about bed wetting,. Not to mention getting out of the top bunk and to the toilet when one had stomach flu. I was no so fortunate trying to navigate a ladder in the 6th grade, and only managed to tkae a few steps.

Making my son’s bed required a slight bit more effort than a regular bed, but with his help and the two of us working togther, it was a breeze. He took the task over by the end of 3rd grade unless he was sick.

Tom Fantastic 10 months ago

Come on, bunk beds are not that evil! As long as you’ve done a fantastic furniture assembly and you flat pack’s montage is solid, setting up simple task like liner could be solved with simple solutions. Since IKEA flat pack furniture has taken over the world, to search, explore and find ideas and solutions is more than easy these days :)
All a weight limitation needs is a few pieces of wood, a handful of nails, a hammer or in the worst case scenario – a high heel shoe 😀
Don’t blame it on bunk beds

Kind regards,
Tom

The Fashionable Housewife 10 months ago

You speak truth. I wish someone had told me before we bought a thousand dollar bunk bed for our kids room. The pain and suffering of changing the sheets is hell. Not to mention how many times all 3 of us have skinned our knees on the stairs going up to the top bunk… the fact that they can reach the popcorn ceiling and pick it off all over their bed…. Oh yes, I wish I had been warned. Now it is too late. We are stuck with them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kohn 10 months ago

Thanks for your tips

Tasha 11 months ago

My husband changes the bed sheets. Because he is taller and stronger. That’s simple.

Kelly 11 months ago

Why are people so obsessed with making beds? I have a hard time making a twin bed. I realize a top bunk will be harder but honestly I only do it if my child wets the bed so what’s to care. And maybe once every two months. Seriously the bed germs aren’t killin us people.

Sabrina 1 year ago

My kids have a bunk bed and I feel all the same things. As of today I am now terrified of bunk beds my sister just called me and told me our cousins 2 year old son is now brain dead from jumping off the top bunk and hitting his head on the dresser. So mothers they do cause death.

Good dad 1 year ago

It is not that bad

Tgsgsvzvxbv 1 year ago

Got bunk beds 3 days ago for my 7 and 6 year old. Nothing bad happening 6 year old knows how to clime

Jennie 2 years ago

Apology for the grammar mishaps, and I do not mean disrespect your your website.

I just want to inform, that even with the recent addition of gaurd rails, 23,000 children annually, in the ER from bunk bed injuries, with rails. Even without rails, only 25% were from falls over the top. There is a long list of risks, like ceilings, celing fans, ladder falls. ER bed bunk injuries are primarily fractures, lacerations, contustions, abrasions, internal injuries, mostly to the head and/or neck.

So, it’s more than sheets, sorry if you take offense to my comments, like you said, I wish someone would have mentioned it’s like getting a huge trampoline without a net sort of thing, and I thought I had researched everything!

Anyhow, hope that info helps someone, it’s easy to google.

Jennie 2 years ago

I am shocked at all the comments about sheets, when there are thousands of ER visits from bunk beds (with rails every year). I thought this website would have actual statistical info!. Sheets is not the issue. I got my kids’ bunk beds for space savors when moving to a smaller house, so that their desks could be under, and I will be taking them down probably, but not because of sheets!

If anyone really wants to know the dangers of bunk beds, google the extreme injuries. Ceiling fans left activated, sad and bad. Ladders up, slips, stair too far apart, a fall off, head hits.

Changing sheets I think is a disrespect to all the horrible accidents from even today’s, gaurd railed accidents. Kids don’t want to grow up in a museum looking house (I got that compliment from eight years of doing daycare out of my house), and seriously, throw some clean sheets on way less often. I bet they get more dirt, or whatever is making you think you have to make the perfect bed with clean sheets, in one day of school versus probably a month of not changing sheets, with the exception of potty leaks.

This is is not a “scary mommy”. And I haven’t looked at the rest of it, your website came up just for bunk beds.

Val S 2 years ago

I make my husband (who is 6′ tall and very strong), remove the mattress, then I make the bed, and he puts it back up. When he’s out of town or at work and it has to be done, I finagle it off/on from the ground, nothing, and I mean NOTHING in this world short of a life or death emergency could make me climb up into that bed! I mean, I totally do not understand why you ladies are saying you climb into the bed, I certainly couldn’t make a bed with myself or anyone else in it, maybe I’m missing something here…
My kids have been in bunks for 2 years, they love it and I don’t hate it. Now they are splitting into separate rooms, since one room is tiny, we’re converting the bunk into a loft style for space saving.

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Ashley 2 years ago

I suggest pulling the bunk beds a couple feet away from the wall. I just walk around all four sides of the beds, tuck and straighten, them push the beds back into place.

donny 2 years ago

You can separate bunk bed if you don’t wanna use it
i think bunk bed is buy one get one bed free

hahah

good post btw

Kate R. 2 years ago

Oh, how I wish I had read this sooner! So, so true, but you forgot about banging your head on the ceiling multiple times. Great post!

Tina 2 years ago

I know that this post has been around for awhile. i do not have bunk beds but did when I was a kid. I understand how difficult it is to make the beds on bunk beds. there maybe a solution with the zippers sheets or quick zip sheets. I used this for crib sheets because it is not easy putting the fitted sheets on cribs either. Clouds and Stars is the major brand of zipper sheets but I think there are other manufacturers too. they work great and very easy to remove and put on .

Lulu 2 years ago

I read “Bunk beds are evil” and initially thought the article was about some kid getting crushed to death in one. But then I read the article in its entirety and found it funny. My daughters had bunk beds and I hated having to change the bedding on the top bunk because it was hell. Eventually we just bought a mattress cover that actually zips up around the mattress and got rid of the fitted sheet altogether (she never kept it on anyway), and whenever it was time to clean, we’d have her wipe it down. They loved having the bunk beds so I never really regretted getting them, even though they could be a pain.

Ally 2 years ago

They should change their own bedsheets? I’ve slept on a bunk bed since I was around 7 or 8 and changing my sheets have always been my responsibility? (I’m 20 now and still appreciate the space it saves although my current bed has desk and not my sister underneath.) It’s dangerous for children younger than that to be on the top bunk anyway. Oh and there’s a method for doing it. Push parts the mattress up systematically so the fitted sheet can go over the mattress, but honestly, only the corners are important.

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Rob 2 years ago

I have drawstring sheets. They work great on bunk beds. I pull the mattress down and put on the drawstring sheet, then put it back and that’s-that until they need to be changed.

Amber Stevens 2 years ago

This happened a few years ago. I wasn't upstairs so I have no idea what they were doing at that time, they are boys though and I'm sure it wasn't from sitting there quietly reading a book…lol. Yeah, it was very scary though. The poor kid had a bruise from forehead to chin in a straight line from the edge of the railing. For the longest time in the hospital he would just stare at the ceiling and not answer us if we tried to talk to him. Needless to say that bed came down immediately.

Christy Lynn Buis 2 years ago

My girls have bunkbeds. They are both twin so there is no overhang with the bottom bunk. The top has a side railing and the other side is flush against the wall. I have rules in place – no playing on them at all! Only my youngest daughter on the top for weight limit reasons and safety reasons. They are beds and are only to be used as such. I'm sorry you had an issue! I bet that was extremely scary!!! I will now never buy a set with the full bed on bottom. I plan to get a 3 br house soon and my oldest will have her own room with a full bed and the bunk beds will be for sleepovers only and my youngest will have the bottom bunk! Thank you for your story! I will now be sure to always closely monitor their activity revolving around the beds!

Christy Lynn Buis 2 years ago

My girls have bunkbeds. They are both twin so there is no overhang with the bottom bunk. The top has a side railing and the other side is flush against the wall. I have rules in place – no playing on them at all! Only my youngest daughter on the top for weight limit reasons and safety reasons. They are beds and are only to be used as such. I'm sorry you had an issue! I bet that was extremely scary!!! I will now never buy a set with the full bed on bottom. I plan to get a 3 br house soon and my oldest will have her own room with a full bed and the bunk beds will be for sleepovers only and my youngest will have the bottom bunk! Thank you for your story! I will now be sure to always closely monitor their activity revolving around the beds!

Amber Stevens 2 years ago

My horror story about having a bunk bed is just that, it’s a horror story. We bought one w/ the twin on top and full on bottom. We had only had it for a few days and yet had to purchase a mattress for the bottom bunk. With me home alone one night (my Husband was at a archery shoot) my youngest falls off the top bunk and lands face first along the bottom edge of the bottom bunk. As all the kids came downstairs screaming, Jax comes trailing behind looking like Carrie at the prom. He had split his face wide open. I call a ambulance, then my Mom to come get the other kids and then my Husband. We were taken to the local hospital w/ the fear that he had a broken neck. Turns out he had a concussion, numerous stiches and needed to be taken down to a Indianapolis childrens hospital to be watched incase of brain swelling. He was released the next day. 2 days after being home, he comes downstairs and both eyes had swollen shut. I have to say bunkbeds are so highly dangerous and I would only recommend getting the ones that you can take apart and make into 2 separate beds.

Amber Stevens 2 years ago

My horror story about having a bunk bed is just that, it's a horror story. We bought one w/ the twin on top and full on bottom. We had only had it for a few days and yet had to purchase a mattress for the bottom bunk. With me home alone one night (my Husband was at a archery shoot) my youngest falls off the top bunk and lands face first along the bottom edge of the bottom bunk. As all the kids came downstairs screaming, Jax comes trailing behind looking like Carrie at the prom. He had split his face wide open. I call a ambulance, then my Mom to come get the other kids and then my Husband. We were taken to the local hospital w/ the fear that he had a broken neck. Turns out he had a concussion, numerous stiches and needed to be taken down to a Indianapolis childrens hospital to be watched incase of brain swelling. He was released the next day. 2 days after being home, he comes downstairs and both eyes had swollen shut. I have to say bunkbeds are so highly dangerous and I would only recommend getting the ones that you can take apart and make into 2 separate beds.

cara 2 years ago

OMG, I loved reading this post. Making the top bunk is a kind of torture I reserve for twice a month. My boys on the bunk are 9 and 11, and (they don’t know it) but I have their old mattress protectors (you know, the really nice washable ones the hospital doesn’t notice you leaving with after your baby is born?) on under the sheets, I figure if a puking, peeing, or (God please not yet) wet dream (how on Earth did we get almost to that point already? shoot me now) incident occurs at least the mattress will be saved. have the Ikea Kura in the other room, for my 6 and 4 year olds; the toddler bed is under the Kura, which is sort of a loft bed. Making the top of the Kura isn’t as bad, but it’s still a yoga-like exercide leaving me bruised and battered about the fattier regions of my body. I was so glad to read this, I thought I had missed some magical way of “making” lofted beds. Now that I know others share my pain, maybe I’ll swallow my pride and just get them all sleeping bags to go on their mattresses.

Jeilu 2 years ago

I’m sorry but I find this author very offensive with the use of words. Stupid article.

Jeilu 2 years ago

Stupid article. watch out for the words that you use — such as “bunk beds are evil” and describing it as hell. Sorry but I totally didnt like how this was written at all. the writer must be a very negative person to begin with

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Tish 3 years ago

OMG! We just ordered bunk beds for our daughters and I seriously just woke up from a dead sleep thinking…how in the $&@? am I going to make top bunk??? So I started Googeling. What have we gotten ourselves into?

Em 3 years ago

So, guys, here’s the thing. My little sister and I had bunk beds many moons ago and my dad would just pull the mattress off the bed, momma would change the sheets, and then he’d stick it back up. We did it ourselves as we got older.

Although, they agree bunk beds are the devil.

Helen 3 years ago

I love the bunks as there is room to put a long worktop area with storage bins underneath for the small boys to put all their toys on. I like to put clean sheets on at least once a week but it isn’t a problem for me – I get up onto the top bunk to change the fitted sheet, then to do the duvet I stand on the floor at the foot of the bed, lift up the bottom of the mattress through the bars to hook the bottom of the duvet under, then get back up there again to straighten the duvet. My 5 year old likes lots of teddies on there and I leave it to him to put them all back!

    Helen 3 years ago

    (and I am fussy about having it all neat and tidy so would rather do it myself!) :-)

Crystal 3 years ago

as someone who slept in the top bunk i think there the best thing ever. I changed my own sheets too.

Tatum 3 years ago

Wow you guys are over reacting. I’m 20 and have a bunk bed with my roomie. And I love it! The only issue is getting up and down when you are sick. It’s not that hard to put sheets on it, you put the furtest corner on, jump off and you can put the other 3 on.

Tricia 3 years ago

Meh, I bought two full sized bunk beds for my four daughters, the space is wonderful, it’s not hard. Maybe it depends on the bed. These were like 600 on Amazon w/ free shipping. White with over sized drawers underneath, we love them!

Liz 3 years ago

I went from a toddler bed to the top of a bunk bed, and stayed there until I went to college. My mother never changed a sheet in my entire childhood. Making up a bed was one of the first chores I was taught, but then it was up to my if I wanted to do it. My mom declared she had better things to do than police my bedding.

Molly Barrans 3 years ago

Pull the super-light mattress down, put the waterproof mattress cover and sheet on it, then put it back up. Simple.

    Katie 3 years ago

    Yes! I was going to say the same.

Len 3 years ago

No kids no problem and no complaining. If have a family u need to sacrifice everything for ur kids that’s how life is.Alien…

Laa 3 years ago

Didn’t read all the other comments (too many!) BUT here is an EASY FIX: Just lay a flat sheet on the top bunk! It doesn’t have to be perfect..There will be other blankets covering it!!

Wendy 3 years ago

There’s an easy way to change the sheets. Pull the mattress off the bed and stand it on its long edge alongside the beds. Put on the fitted sheet, upper corners first, then lower corners. Put the mattress back into place. Use a washable duvet to cover the kid, and no top sheet.

A kid that still wets the bed does not get to sleep on a top bunk.

Travis 3 years ago

Such BS. We have a bunk for our 3 and 4 year olds and they love it! you must be a super dooper lazy crybaby if changing the sheets (which surely you dont do more than once a fortnight?? or you’re being a little over the top imop) is THAT big a deal? And just to add to that…surely you’re not making their bed everyday?? #1 they should make their own, and #2, it’s a bunk bed in a child’s room that nobody sees. Is it REALLY that important it gets made?
Bunk beds rock!

    Lana 3 years ago

    My thoughts exactly!!

“outraged” with fellow mothers 3 years ago

Why are any of you getting bunkbeds for kids who can’t make their own beds anyhow? And only so much dirt and germs are good for your child’s immune system….stop being lazy and change your poor kids sheets. You had the children stop whining and do your job. This site is like a huge bitch fest. It’s unbelievable there are so many women that can’t focus on more important things like your child’s behavior or attitude or if they are happy and you are providing them the best training to be a good person. Too many mothers out here are apparently not focused on the right topics and in turn are turning out just horrible people who put a drain on our economy or worse…suck up our tax dollars in court costs and prison sentences. Thank you for that ladies!!

    Tish 3 years ago

    Prison over a bunk bed. Really???I think you’re over reacting just a tad don’t you?

Lea 3 years ago

You mean I’m supposed to change that sheet?

tove 4 years ago

I must say we did not have any doubt to get a bunk bed when I was pregnant with #3 and #2 therefor had to move out of the crib. We do live in Japan so space is an issue and likewise heating and cooling, which mean two rooms upstairs and the living room has space heaters/airconditioners. So the 8, 6 and 2 year old share a room where we have a bunk bed, a crib and a futon in case I or my husband or both of us sleep with the “baby” or one of the other children, which happens almost every night. Yes it is a bit of a hassle to change sheets on the top matters but we have never had any issue with the kids going to sleep. Bedtime=silence per my definition and they know it.

Steph G. 4 years ago

Have hubby (or if you’re willing to push yourself today, you could do it) just take the mattress completely off the top bunk. Undress it, then redress it- layer 1: waterproof mattress protector, layer 2: sheet, layer 3: waterproof mattress protector, layer 4, sheet. Put on however many layers you want, and then careen that sucker on the top bunk. When there’s a mess, or you just want to change sheets, pull off just one layer of sheet & protector. It’s easier to get them off than to put them on! If done well, you could end up only having to add sheets once a month or so.

Heather 4 years ago

Don’t fall for the loft bed conspiracy either. And regardless of the height of the bed, spend the extra money and invest in a really, REALLY good waterproof mattress pad. AND, no matter how much you just spent on that mattress pad, give up the hope of ever selling your child’s used mattress unless you know someone who is willing to take your child’s old pee into their home for money.

Beverly 5 years ago

Bunk bed huggers and inseparable sheets make “bunk making” a little easier.

Jax 5 years ago

Told exH not to get bunk beds for our 4y/o who has his own room bc I think he’s too young for the top bunk and I’m scared he’ll get hurt… After reading this, hoping exH has learned a lesson about listening to the smarter primary caretaker! Lol

Lloon70 5 years ago

I bought my daughter a loft bed. She changes her own sheets

angela 5 years ago

When I was pregnant w/our 3rd child, we had 3 bedrooms. So our middle one had to move into his big brothers room. Bunk beds were the only option. The guys put it together + @ 6 months pregnant, I got up on the bunk + put sheets on.I gave my poor hubbie a heart attack I’m sure cause he walked in the room + my ass was in the air. He used to be pretty adamant about changing sheets on our bed but w/the bunks? Not a care! I realized the err of my ways that day but there was not much to do. Now the two smaller ones are in the bed + I don’t make the top bunk anymore-the kids do. They wouldn’t care if they slept on hay! Just give em a pillow + blanket + they r done. So save the bunks til they get a little older + can change sheets themselves. Then make them change your sheets too. No free rides kids!

Karie 5 years ago

I wish the truth about bunk beds had been shared with me before I bought one for my boys. I hate making the top bunk. My upcoming solution is to buy a day bed with a trundle.

Mike Brown 5 years ago

Bunk Beds don’t need to be scary or questionable. We manufacture quality solid hardwood bunk beds in Toronto, ON and back our products with a 10 year warranty. Our bunks are strong enough for two grown adults to sleep top and/or bottom. Our ladder is made of 1″ thick solid hardwood and will hold your average football player with ease. So rest assure, when you buy quality beds for your children, you will sleep much easier at night knowing the bed is safe and secure.

    Lloon70 5 years ago

    Will you come change the sheet for some of these people

    Heather 4 years ago

    Mike, it’s not that bunk beds are scary or questionable. I’ve seen children act like monkeys on bunk beds and the bed is none the worse for wear. The problem comes in reaching up over your head to try to wrangle a fitted sheet and mattress pad six feet up. There’s just no easy way to do that. Especially in the middle of the night when your child has just wet the bed and you’re half asleep. No matter how safe and secure the bed is, no matter how high the quality, you’re going to wish you just had a mattress that sat a waist height and shed liquid like a raincoat. Or better yet, changed its own sheets.

Kelly 5 years ago

I’ll be the rare dissenter that grudgingly appreciates those bunks. We have 6 kids and only 4 bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms are pretty small so we have two sets of bunkbeds. One set is from IKEA and is actually meant to be a loft sort of bed that can be flipped over one way to put a desk or make a play area underneath or flip the other way to make a canopy. We flipped it so there is a mattress that basically sits on the floor, hence; the bottom bunk. And then the other mattress goes on top. Because the height is minimal, it’s not difficult to make at all. The girls share that one. The boys, on the other hand, have regular bunks, complete with the absolutely impossible upper bunk. The mattress actually has to be SLID into place, which means changing the sheets is a herculean effort! My boys are 12 & 13 but even the both of them can’t manage it. Thankfully, my 13 year old has taken the top bunk & isn’t a bedwetter. He also showers every night before bed so the sheets stay cleaner longer (at least that’s the theory we’re going with), so we can go with just once a week sheet changing. We used to have a loft bed for our 17 year old. But he hated it, said it was much too hot up there, he couldn’t sit up there and play his guitar, hanging out with friends in his room was awkward. So back to IKEA we went and got just a basic old bed.

On July 2nd, my friend from Sweden is coming for a (long) visit. So the bunks are going to be occupied by 14 and 16 year old girls who are already fighting over who gets which bunk. I’ll let them worry about the sheets on their own (bet they won’t change them the entire 3 weeks-lol)

Cat 5 years ago

Glad I read this!! We’re moving house soon and I’ve promised my 2 sons a bunk bed (or “bumper bed” according to my eldest!) in their new room. Am gonna have to renege on that deal now that I’ve read this post! Any ideas on how to break the news? How about those cabin beds, are they any good?

Tamika 5 years ago

OMG! I wish I found your site months ago. I have one of those twin over full beds and it is a royal PITA!

Heather 5 years ago

OMG! Evil does not even describe changing the top bunk~~~ NIGHTMARE. LOL

Tiffany 5 years ago

I regret getting bunk bed with every fiber of my being. Or the only thing worse than bunk beds? A loft bed! In our boy’s room we have bunk beds PLUS a trundle that rolls out from underneath. My boys think the most fun thing they can possibly do is to jump from the top to the trundle. Downstairs in the evening all we hear is BOOM. A few minutes later… BOOM. The cardboard that holds the bottom of the trundle mattress is one gigantic hole now. lol. If an 8 year old, 5 year old and 3 year old can cause this much chaos, I’m terrified of the teenage years. In our daughter’s room there is a loft bed – someone remind me why I bought a top bunk?? I’m looking to replace the beds with normal beds and just deal with the lack of “play space” – they drag their toys all over the house anyways, they don’t need play space in their rooms…

Aria 5 years ago

I had a set of bunk beds growing up, all to myself. What’s the big deal? As a kid I could change the sheets from the floor. It took a minute or so longer than the bottom, but was easy. And you really so lazy that changing a set of bunk bed sheets causes you to huff and puff and fear a heart attack?

tracey 5 years ago

Darling, let ME give YOU a word of advice now. Ok?

Ahem.

#1 Don’t get bunk beds till they’re 100% potty trained. That is a given.

#2 Don’t put sheets on their bed. Just a blanket to lie on. Then? You never have to change the sheets! Voila!

#3 One final option would be to just, um, NOT CHANGE the sheets. I will admit this. We don’t change sheets very often. We are dirty, dirty people. But I don’t have a broken back from trying to change bunk sheets. Choose your poison.

Brie 5 years ago

Oh lord! I feel this way about cribs, as well! I hate lifting that darn mattress out of the crib to change a sheet. Alas, a crib is pretty much inevitable. =/ Total. Frustration.

Kerrie McLoughlin 5 years ago

we don’t have other options in our 1327 square foot home and 5 kids so we have to embrace the bunk. i agree about the top sheet … like putting a slipcover on a couch. and the baby loves to climb the ladder just to watch me freak out.

Calli 5 years ago

Bought a beautiful (way to expensive), solid bunk bed for my two boys. Boys ran in, flew to the top, argued who got the top and then one jumped from and one jumped on the top bunk. Blah.
Night came, and, for the first time in 5 years, my 8yo has a accident -wth! Next came my first bunk sheet changing experiance (and also my last). NIGHTMARE!! It took me almost 40 mins!!!!!! Needless to say, the next day I let the boys pick out two new sleeping bags each and that is what they now sleep in- when guests come by we throw a comforter over them and ta-dah… no ones the wiser. : )
Now I’m back to loving our bunks!

Holly 5 years ago

I agree! That’s why I have the twice a month cleaning lady change the sheets on the bunk beds for me!

Angi 5 years ago

My children have bunk beds.. I so wished someone would have warned me!! The sheets are just begining!!

Maegan 5 years ago

Hmmm…I had a bunk bed as a teen…even though I didn’t share it with anyone. It was one of those full/twin bunks. The top was mostly for pillows & stuffed animals unless a friend was sleeping over. I also let the kids I babysat sleep up there for overnight stays. I don’t remember changing the sheets being an issue. Plus, we’re set to get a set soon…so I want you to be very wrong. 😉

Currently my kids share a twin bed. It was fine until I ended up with a bed wetter…cuz it gets them both up in the middle of the night.

Autherine@BoysRising 5 years ago

The bunk beds look great in all the Pottery Barn catalogs but the ladder scares me. Both boys share a queen size bed and will do so until they are 20. How about that for brotherly bonding?

Gayletrini 5 years ago

LOL here I was thinking you were going to say the fear of children turning into Supermen or Mary Poppins as they parachute off of the top bunk.
Or lifting one of those genius sleeping children into the top bunk.
Is definitely the reason for no bunk bed
but have to say I think I like this reason as well. LOL
Refuse to have them in my house by the way for all of those reasons and now even more because of yours LOL
you are hilarious

Black Martha 5 years ago

I wish I would have read this post a lot sooner. We bought a bunk bed for our boys and OMG it has been the biggest headaches ever. I hate changing the sheets!!!

Edie Mindell 5 years ago

I totally agree. Bunk beds for my kids are a no-no. I would prefer each of them having a separate bed rather than have the agony of a bunk bed.

Tanis 5 years ago

Awesome post – thanks :) I had never even considered the sheet changing thing – I just avoided the bunk beds for safety reasons.

Unfortunately you don’t know how your kids will use/play with something until you get it home, so you can’t guarantee that the lil’ guys won’t play Superman and “fly” from the top bunk. I wasn’t willing to take the chance.

Instead, we positioned their two twin beds in an “L” shape, leaving a small square area on the floor. When you consider the fact that they are young enough that they don’t take up the full length of their beds and can keep some toys on the foot end of each of them, it actually works well. Plus they have “captain” style beds – draws underneath. No bunks for this house…

A.C. 5 years ago

I must have it so easy. I have one kid, she got an unused bunk bed from my dad, and she makes her top bunk (with a little help from the ground-me). I love the bunk bed cause now she actually sleeps in her room (most of the time).

Dani 5 years ago

i hate the idea not just because of the sheet changing, but because i would live in fear of the top one falling off and breaking their head open. i’m paranoid enough already.

anymommy 5 years ago

I desperately want to take your advice, but with four kids in one room, I think I’m going to have to find this out the hard way. I need that air space to store sleeping children.

S. Lynn C. 5 years ago

My younger cousin had a bunk bed that he shared with his older brother for a while. It’s good for saving space if you only have one room for the kids, but yeah – taking on and off the sheets is a backache begging to happen!

Life with Kaishon 5 years ago

Dead on! : )
I just need another baby so Kaish can share a bunk bed.

Dawn 5 years ago

oh, this is so true-changing the top bunk is my least favorite job in the house-followed by changing the bottom bunk where i hit my head at least 10 times-and would you believe i have 2 sets of bunks in my house-what was i thinking the second time around!!! glad to see i’m not the only one who doesn’t change the sheets on the top frequently! thanks for the laugh!!

Loukia 5 years ago

Oh, yes, they are! I hate them because I always feel like the kid on top come crashing down! My kids were playing on their cousin’s bunk bed (who lives in D.C.) when we were there a while back (when I met you for the first time!) and I was a panicked mess, with my arms in the air, ready to catch my little one. Scary! Scary! Scary! And changing the top sheet… NO IDEA how’d you do that! OMG. While, like, standing on the ladder? Yup, NO bunk bed. Ever!

cartersmom 5 years ago

I have 2 sets of bunk beds… I tell my husband that he (being 6ft 5) is responsible for the top bunks since 3 of the 4 kids are his and he is tall enough to reach all the edges! So far, so good! PHEW!

TheActorsWife 5 years ago

I was so jealous of my cousins’ bunk bed growing up. And, I always thought when I have kids…maybe I should reconsider.

Jill 5 years ago

I am just getting back from a 4 day vacation where my kids shared a queen sized bed in a sh*tty hotel … where they bitched and moaned every single day that “their feet touched” … blah blah blah.

I’d take that noise ANY F’ING day over changing the top sheet of their bunk bed…

They suck! Big monkey dick! 2 more months of this crap and it’s back to sharing a bed for awhile…

alimartell 5 years ago

bunk beds are OF THE DEVIL.

I remember from my overnight camp days that trying to make the top bunk on a bunk bed is THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD.

The Flying Chalupa 5 years ago

That and the fact that my 2-1/2 yr old is ready for Jackass Toddlers and is bound to kill himself on a bunk bed.

Always one for meaningful advice. Thank you, Jill.

Kat 5 years ago

My kids sleep in bunk beds and they make their own darned beds! There’s no way in hell that I’ll risk my wide butt climbing up there. :)

Ally 5 years ago

Ha! I have only one child, but even we were not privy to this secret, and bought a loft bed. Oh it was so cool. Dresser and desk underneath, all efficient on space and all. And then I had to change the sheets. Again, and again, and again. And I went through that special kind of hell until we GAVE that bed away.

Andreea @Journey To USA 5 years ago

As a child, I always dream having bunk beds but I was a single child and I m sure it were pretty expensive in those days.

Now, I dream of them for my future kids. Nedlees to say, bunk beds subject is dead and bury after reading this.

If I were in your shoes, I would tell them that it’s night’s camper every night and trick them to sleep on the floor.

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